The past few months of Summer TV didn't seem to be quite as exciting as they've been in years past, with relatively few dependable hits like America's Got Talent and Better Call Saul keeping audiences entertained while anticipating the fully stocked fall TV season. Thankfully, that time is almost here, and we will soon be blissfully caught up in a deluge of original programming pouring from broadcast networks, cable giants, and streaming studios.
The 2018-2019 fall TV season has everything that TV audiences want the most. From spooky Halloween-tinged fare to network police procedurals to Lost-esque mysteries to superhero action to comedy revivals, it's all there. So without further ado, let's go over all the new shows we think audiences should be most excited to see.
The Haunting of Hill House - Netflix
Cast: Carla Gugino, Henry Thomas, Timothy Hutton, Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Victoria Pedretti, Kate Siegel
Premise: Based on the celebrated Shirley Jackson novel, Netflix's The Haunting of Hill House gives the spooky subject matter an update as it explores one family's experiences with one of the most haunted homes in all of fiction. When the siblings all return to the house as adults, they find that confronting their past will be a much more frightening experience than group therapy. And as evidenced by the show's first trailer, it'll be a wild ride for viewers as well.
Why We're Most Excited: Everything about this project screams excellence, but the not-so-secret weapon is show developer and director Mike Flanagan, who has crafted such stellar genre flicks such as Oculus, Ouija: Origin of Evil and Gerald's Game. Expect some big and disturbing twists from this one.
Premiere Date: October 12
The Rookie - ABC
Cast: Nathan Fillion, Afton Williamson, Eric Winter, Richard T. Jones, Melissa O'Neil, Alyssa Diaz, Mercedes Mason
Premise: Nathan Fillion's John Nolan is a man who turned 40 and decided to cast aside his relatively normal and easy lifestyle in order to move to Los Angeles and take up a rookie position within the LAPD. As if being a new cop wasn't hard enough even in the best of situations, John will also have to deal with the personal opinions of those around him as he tries to prove his worth among L.A.'s finest.
Why We're Most Excited: There isn't a TV show out there that wouldn't be improved by Nathan Fillion's star power, and even though The Rookie's premise sounds like an alternate Earth's version of the former ABC drama Castle, we still can't wait to watch Fillion taking on a role where he's not the most likable person in the room right away.
Premiere Date: October 16