The second the last show’s season finale ended in May, summer seasonal depression immediately set in. But at last, the wait is over. The television hibernation comes to a close with returning favorites and a new crop of pilots airing in the upcoming weeks. With all these new shows premiering, The PHOENIX predicts which will rise to the top of the pack and which will drop out.
If you’re a fan of Revenge, then watch Betrayal. Just like Revenge, Betrayal promises to sprinkle romance, crime and secrets in with a huge helping of drama to give ABC another (hopefully) addictive soap opera-esque guilty pleasure. The show focuses on an extramarital affair turned deadly in, of all places, the Windy City. It starts Sept. 29 at 9 p.m. on ABC.
If you loved one of the biggest superhero movies of all time, The Avengers, then try its spin-off, MARVEL: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Coulson is actually alive, and this time he works with agents to handle major international crises. Critics are calling this “the TV event of the fall season”; just don’t expect cameos from Thor or Iron Man. Catch the first episode Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. on ABC.
If you like fairy tales like Once Upon a Time, then watch Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. ABC’s hit gets its own spin-off and it revolves around Alice in Wonderland – another spectacular, modern take on the classic children’s story. Alice goes back to Wonderland in order to find her true love again in this action-packed, surreal thriller. The trailer’s darkness and mystery sparks a lot of curiosity as to how the show will pan out. Travel down the rabbit hole Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. on ABC.
If you like Twilight (or any vampire show/movie), then watch The Originals and Dracula. The CW’s hit The Vampire Diaries is giving the original vampire family, led by Klaus, its own story where they return back to New Orleans to regain control of the city they once ruled. Dracula is a Victorian-era drama about the classic bloodsucker seeking revenge with a Downton Abbey feel. Sink your teeth into The Originals Oct. 3 at 8 p.m. on CW and Dracula Oct. 25 at 10 p.m. on NBC.
If you got sucked into the D.C. drama, Scandal, then The Blacklist and Hostages will definitely satisfy you. In Blacklist, one of the FBI’s most-wanted criminals turns himself in, seemingly in order to help bring down other high-profile criminals and terrorists. The catch: the only agent he’ll speak to is a rookie – but why? Hostages focuses on a surgeon’s family that is held captive until the surgeon kills the president during an operation. Catch Blacklist Sept. 23 at 9 p.m. on NBC and Hostages at the same date and time on CBS.
Sadly, this year’s fall comedies are looking weaker than the new dramas.
The Millers (CBS) follows Will Arnett while he deals with his parents’ separation (which was inspired by his own divorce). You’d think the Arrested Development alum would be above lame fart jokes, but apparently not.
Dads (FOX) is yet another sitcom about men and parents. This time, two men and their dads. So far, it’s getting negative reviews for poor, racist jokes.
Bridesmaids star Rebel Wilson leads in a new comedy on ABC about a girl and her two nerdy roommates who vow to have a “super fun” girl’s night out every Friday in Super Fun Night. Although Wilson is hilarious, the so/so supporting cast is going to make it difficult for her to comedic genius to shine.
Welcome to the Family (NBC) is about two families merging when a young couple discovers they’re expecting a baby. It seems many comedies are trying to capture the magic of Modern Family but it looks as though this will be another failed attempt with an unoriginal storyline.
Pro tip: Remember that a pilot episode isn’t always the best judge of a show, so if you think you might enjoy something, stick around for at least two or three weeks before deciding if you’ll stick with it.