Sure, it’s still summer and Game of Thrones hasn’t even premiered yet, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get excited for fall television! There’s a whole batch of shows that we’re excited for, regardless of whether they have major stars attached to them or not. Here are our picks for this coming fall, so set your DVR ASAP and count down the days until these shows premiere.
The Orville (Fox)
If you don’t like Seth MacFarlane, then this show is definitely not for you. But if you love sci-fi satire, Adrianne Palicki, and outer space in general, this is your new favorite comedy. The series takes place on the U.S.S. Orville, a mid-level exploration starship, and is a one-hour action comedy. (Basically, think of the show that would be if Family Guy and Galaxy Quest had a baby, and this is it.) There’s a lot of potential for laughs here, and since the pilot was directed by Jon Favreau we have a little more faith than usual.
Marvel’s Inhumans (ABC)
Okay, I’ll come right out and say it – the promotion for this show thus far has been awful. The images look bad, the logo is kind of a joke, and it feels like this is a throwaway film that Marvel Studios didn’t want. But there is one major reason that this show is on this list, and his name is Iwan Rheon. You loved hating him as Ramsey Snow on Game of Thrones, and his casting as Maximus the Mad is pure perfection. Literally, no other actor could do it better (so we think so far), so we’re making this show a must watch.
The Gifted (Fox)
Another hour-long show set on Fox, The Gifted is a family-focused action drama that focuses on mutant kind. If Legion is any indication of how well mutant stories transfer to TV, then this will be the best geeky drama of the year. Stephen Moyer is back as a regular on TV, which he hasn’t done since True Blood, and Amy Acker leaves the Whedon-verse for a while to save her and Moyer’s family. Despite the show not premiering until early October, we think we’ll get some great Halloween costume ideas out of it.
Have you missed Adam Scott since his Parks and Recreation days? Miss him no more, he’s back on TV with Craig Robinson in this ghostbusting series that, yes, has a lot of surface level similarities between it and the actual Ghostbusters film. The audience won’t know how real the stakes are (or aren’t) in this show for some time, but the combination of Scott and Robinson seems like a surefire hit this season.
Young Sheldon (CBS)
You may not love the idea of another Big Bang Theory show, but you have to give the producers credit for giving their breakout character a space all his own. Compared to its predecessor, Young Sheldon will be a single-camera format and will involve Jim Parsons (though it will be as a narrator only). Iain Armitage looks adorable as little Sheldon. We can’t believe that we have to wait until November to see him (and the rest of the cast) in action!