"Fall TV breakdown: American Horror story, Gotham, Scandal, How To Get Away with Murder and more"
Eight shows you should check out this fall
Just because we’re approaching the end of the first month of classes doesn’t mean it’s too late to get hooked on good shows. Here’s a list specifically for the procrastinators. Let the binge watching begin.
American Horror Story: Freak Show
From the mind of Ryan Murphy comes the fourth installment to the horror series American Horror Story, this time set at a freak show in 1950s Jupiter, Florida. Freak Show is set to feature a clown killer as well as a clash between the “freaks” and their enemies. In her final curtain call of the series, Jessica Lange (In Secret) stars as Elsa Mars, a German former cabaret performer. Other characters include Angela Bassett (Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.) as the three-breasted woman and Desiree Dupree with Sarah Paulson (12 Years a Slave) playing conjoined twins Bette and Dott Tattler. American Horror Story: Freak Show premieres Oct. 8 at 10 p.m. on FX.
Before Bruce Wayne became Batman and his enemies became super villains, there was Gotham. Ben McKenzie (Goodbye World) stars in this cop drama as a young James Gordon who later becomes commissioner of the Gotham City Police Department. This new show depicts his experiences solving one of Gotham’s biggest crimes: Who killed Bruce Wayne’s parents and why?
While investigating the murder, Gordon meets Fish Mooney, played by Jada Pinkett-Smith (Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted), a kingpin of Gotham. Gordon also stumbles upon on the origins of several super villains, including Penguin, Catwoman, Riddler and Poison Ivy. Gotham premiered Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. on Fox.
How to Get Away with Murder
Shonda Rhimes, the creator of Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy, returns with a new mystery drama, How to Get Away with Murder, starring Viola Davis (The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby). Davis plays Annalise Keating, one of the top law professors in the country teaching a class entitled ‘How to Get Away with Murder.’ Keating is a brilliant defense attorney and if her students impress her while competing in a variety of cases, they can work for her law firm. Slowly, the students are tested as they get wrapped up in their own murder. How to Get Away with Murder premiered Sept. 25 at 10 p.m. on ABC.
After years of fixing everyone’s lives but her own, Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington, Peeples) definitely deserved some rest. At the end of the last season of the drama, Pope chose to board a plane with Jake (Scott Foley, The Goodwin Games), leaving Pope & Associates as well as her on-and-off boyfriend President Fitz (Tony Goldwyn, Divergent) behind. As the look of uncertainty trailed across her face when she sat on the plane, Scandal fans knew Pope would return to Washington D.C. in a fresh cream pantsuit. But how will her loyal co-workers react when Pope arrives? Scandal premiered Sept. 25 at 9 p.m. on ABC.
Sons of Anarchy
An era is coming to an end as Sons of Anarchy starts its seventh and final season. Overcome with rage and hell-bent on revenge, Jax (Charlie Hunnam, Pacific Rim) and the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club don’t care who lives or dies outside of their family. As details of the murder that took someone close to Jax begin to surface, the show will only get more intense as Jax’s march on the warpath to retribution draws closer to his grasp. Sons of Anarchy premiered Sept. 9 at 10 p.m. on FX.
LeBron James, one of the greatest athletes of our generation, is dunking his way into Hollywood with his first produced comedy drama, Survivor’s Remorse. The new half-hour comedy follows Cam Calloway (Jessie T. Usher, When the Game Stands Tall) who just signed a multi-million dollar deal with a professional basketball team in Atlanta, Georgia. Calloway discovers what it means to be a professional athlete and the challenges that come with the territory. Think Entourage on a basketball court. Survivor’s Remorse premieres Oct. 4 at 9 p.m. on Starz.
The Mindy Project
Mindy Lahiri, Mindy Kaling’s character in The Mindy Project’s, is a person you can’t help but root for. After being on and off with Danny Castellano (Chris Messina, Cake) throughout the comedy series, she is officially with the die-hard, reserved New Yorker. As Mindy and Danny figure out who they are as a couple, they also deal with their animated co-workers at Shulman & Associates. The Mindy Project premiered Sept. 16 at 9:30 p.m. on Fox.
The Walking Dead
The post-apocalyptic drama is set to return in its fifth season. After a slower season last year, the gang led by Rick (Andrew Lincoln) is back to find the cure and build the world back to what it was like before the walkers came. Now at Terminus, which was believed to be a safe zone, founders of the area are holding them hostage. Their lives have slowly become more dangerous as they’re surrounded by the living and not the dead. The Walking Dead returns Oct. 12 at 9 p.m. on AMC.