The new Fall Season is almost upon us and with that comes many things. Out of all those things comes an air of anticipation. That feeling that as great as TV has been in the past few years, we might be getting something from a show that's better than anything we've seen before.
And what a Fall Season the networks have in store for you! You want time travel and fantasy? They've got it. You want action and suspense? You can check that box too. You want comedy and drama? Well, that is in no short supply as well. And as for movies and a show from the past (and recent) present getting the small screen treatment? You can check that box as well.
What sets this fall season apart is the time period in which these shows are being released. TV is continuing to crush movies in regards to content and subject matter. Just when you think that all the good ideas have to have been conceived and put across on the small screen, along comes a show that knocks you on your butt.
This isn't to say that all the shows listed here are TV gold. Some will certainly not see a second season, others might get canceled before they even get a handful of episodes reeled off. This doesn't even mean that they are bad shows. The TV landscape is crowded enough. To stand out you need marketing dollars and muscle and, while networks have a lot of that, it isn't in infinite supply.
So, it is without further adieu that we give you the "15 Shows You Can't Miss This Fall". There's a lot to take in. Honestly, some of these shows might not even make it to second season. But for as long as all these show air, you're going to want to be along for the ride!
The Exorcist - September 23 on Fox
At first the thought of William Friedkin's brilliantly conceived opus being brought to the small screen seems, no pun intended, sacrilege. However, as we have mentioned above, TV has truly evolved into the place where very interesting things are happening. In this new take, The Exorcist follows two very different priests tackling one family's case of horrifying demonic possession. Now, before you think that the material might be too much for TV, we all know that FOX is known for pushing boundaries. And with so much to gain and lose, something tells us the network is really going to go for it with this reimagining.
Son of Zorn - September 25 on Fox
Jason Sudekis voices the title character in this new hybrid live-action/animated comedy about an animated warrior from a faraway island in the Pacific Ocean - where everything and everyone is animated - who returns to Orange County, CA, to win back his live-action ex-wife and teenage son. If you haven't seen the trailer for this show then you need to stop reading this list and get on it. Son of Zorn seems so pitch perfect, so destined to cause the censors at FOX headaches, that it is bound to be a hit of epic proportions. For as long as it remains on the air that is.
This is Us - September 20 on NBC
This show stars Mandy Moore ("A Walk to Remember"), Milo Ventimiglia ("Heroes," "Gilmore Girls") and Sterling K. Brown ("The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story"). It follows a unique ensemble. And as their paths cross and their life stories intertwine in curious ways, we find that several of them share the same birthday - and so much more than anyone would expect. Moving storylines, stories that intersect, week after week of seeing the onion peeled on the layers on these characters lives... Can NBC spell Emmy?