September means only one thing in the TV universe - all your new favourite shows return from their summer break for their latest series. But this time of year also means the start of a ton of brand new shows, mostly from over the pond. Here’s a run-down of the new shows that seem the most promising.
6th September, FX
Created, written by and starring Community’s Donald Glover, Atlanta is a semi-autobiographical comedy-drama about two cousins as the attempt to find their big break in rap music. The series, which is only two episodes in, has already gained rave reviews from critics, praising Glover’s comedic and writing style. Watch the trailer here.
TBC October, BBC Three
The eight-part Doctor Who spin-off written by young adult author Patrick Ness follows the sixth former’s of Coal Hill Academy. As The Doctor’s time-travelling has caused the walls of space and time to stretch thin, an outbreak of various monsters start to pour in through the cracks of time. The show features a cast of fresh new talent as well as Mr Selfridge’s Katherine Kelly.
3rd October, ABC
Agent Carter may have been cancelled but that doesn’t mean Hayley Atwell will disappear off our screens. In Conviction, she plays Hayes Morrison, the daughter of a former President who’s blackmailed into taking a job as the head of the New York Conviction Integrity Unit. With her team of lawyers, detectives and forensic experts, they re-examine cases where there’s a credible suspicion that the wrong person may have been convicted. Watch the trailer here.
4th November, Netflix
In what is reportedly the most expensive show ever produced by Netflix, The Crown follows the reign of Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy), from her marriage to Prince Phillip (Matt Smith) to present day. If the producers have their way, the show would end up spanning 60 episodes over six seasons. The show also stars Jared Harris, Vanessa Kirby, John Lithgow and Greg Wise.
21st September, ABC
Kiefer Sutherland plays Tom Kirkman, the US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development who is suddenly appointed President. He’s the designated survivor, a role in the US government where a cabinet member is arranged to be physically distant when the President and other top leaders are gathered in a single location. After a catastrophic attack during the State of the Union speech, Kirkman finds himself in the highest position, though he may not be the right man for the job. Watch the trailer here.
5th October, The CW
In this re-imaging of the 2000 film, police detective Raimy Sullivan (Peyton List) discovers that she is able to speak to her deceased father in 1996 through a ham radio. They attempt to work together on a decades-old unresolved murder case, but her attempts to save his life trigger a ‘butterfly effect’ which creates havoc in the present day. Watch the trailer here.
The Great Indoors
27th October, CBS
Star reporter for Outdoor Limits magazine Jack (Joel McHale) is forced to swap his adventures in the wild to the sticking around in the office, when the magazine’s founder Roland (Stephen Fry) announces the company’s move to web-only content. He assigns Jack to supervise the millennials, the so-called journalists who make up the online and social media team. Watch the trailer here.
30th September, Netflix
Introduced in Netflix’s Jessica Jones series last November, Mike Colter’s appearance as Luke Cage was embraced and got us excited for his own solo series. The latest Marvel offering will explore his life before Jessica Jones, following the former convict as he undergoes an experiment that ends up being sabotaged and gives him superhuman strength. He’s then forced to go into hiding as he attempts to rebuild his life. The show also stars Mahershala Ali, Alfre Woodard and Simone Missick.
Vanessa Hudgens takes on the lead role of Emily Locke in Powerless, an insurance claims adjuster who’s fed up of her job. Her company is said to be the worst in America but there’s a twist - they deal with cleaning up the mess left behind by superheroes. The show also stars Danny Pudi, Alan Tudyk, Christina Kirk and Kate Micucci.
Created by Empire show-runner Lee Daniels, Star follows a girl group of three talented singers (played by Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny and Brittany O’Grady) who navigate their road to success in the Atlanta music industry. The girls, each from different backgrounds, attempt to reach for their dreams while at the same time, manage their expectations of the industry. The series also stars Queen Latifah while Lenny Kravitz has a recurring role. Watch the trailer here.
TBC, BBC One
Co-created by and starring Tom Hardy, the eight-part miniseries follows an adventurer who returns from Africa, along with 14 stolen diamonds, in an attempt to avenge his father’s death. The show will also star Oona Chaplin, David Hayman, Michael Kelly and Jonathan Pryce. Watch the trailer here.
This is Us
20th September, NBC
The series follows an ensemble cast (including Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore and Justin Hartley) who cross paths and life stories in an unexpected way - they all share the same birthday. Watch the trailer here.
Time After Time
Harry Potter and UnREAL actor Freddie Stroma stars as The Time Machine author H.G. Wells as he attempts to change history in the late 1800s by building an actual time machine. But when his best friend John Stevenson (Josh Bowman) is actually revealed to be Jack The Ripper, Stevenson hijacks the time machine and travels to present-day New York. Wells follows in an attempt to track him down to take them both back to their time. Watch the trailer here.
2nd October, HBO
Produced by J.J. Abrams and Jonathan Nolan, based on the novel of the same name by Michael Crichton, Westworld follows a futuristic theme park and the robots that inhabit it. The eagerly-anticipated HBO show promises a dark journey into the dawn of artificial intelligence, with a stellar cast including Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden , Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright and Tessa Thompson.