TV shows to look forward to this Autumn
We've got a whole year to wait for more Game of Thrones (sob), Fortitude isn't back until January, and we blitzed Stranger Things in a weekend, so there was a definite brilliant-tv-shaped-hole starting to appear in our lives. Luckily, it looks like there's plenty to watch and obsess over in the next few months. Phew! Here are some upcoming shows that have the potential to become the next thing we bore friends, strangers and you by talking about. ALL THE TIME.
Mr Robot - season two
The series follows Elliot Alderson, a young man living in New York City, who works at the cyber security company Allsafe as a security engineer. Constantly struggling with social anxiety disorder and clinical depression, Elliot's thought process seems heavily influenced by paranoia and delusion. He connects to people by hacking them, which often leads him to act as a cyber-vigilante. He is recruited by a mysterious insurrectionary anarchist known as Mr. Robot and joins his team of hacktivists known as fsociety.
We loved the first season of Mr Robot — the crazy plot alongside the beautiful off-centre cinematography and music made it stand out from other tv series. Its unreliable narrative and diversion between reality and fantasy require you to concentrate but the pay off is well worth the effort. We can't wait to see where they take the storyline next season.
Screening on Amazon Prime from 14 July 2016. Season one is now being aired in the UK on the Universal Channel.
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life
The show follows single mother Lorelai Gilmore and her daughter, also named Lorelai but who prefers to be called Rory, living in the fictional town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut.
We wrote about how excited we are about this show returning as soon as we heard it was actually a thing. We know a few more details since then - it's going to be four parts, split across the seasons of the year. We can't wait to be back in the fast-talking, coffee-drinking company of Lorelai and Rory. (#teamjess)
Premieres on Netflix on November 25th in both the US and the UK.
The Get Down
The Get Down focuses on 1970s New York City. Consigned to rubble, a rag-tag crew of South Bronx teenagers are nothings and nobodies with no one to shelter them - except each other, armed only with verbal games, improvised dance steps, some magic markers and spray cans. From Bronx tenements, to the SoHo art scene; from CBGBs to Studio 54 and even the glass towers of the just-built World Trade Center, The Get Down is a mythic saga of how New York at the brink of bankruptcy gave birth to hip-hop, punk and disco – told through the lives and music of the South Bronx kids who changed the city, and the world forever.
We are big Baz Luhrmann fans. We could probably write a book about our teenage obsession with his Romeo + Juliet adaptation. The Get Down is getting tons of hype as the trailer looks amazing. Luckily we've not got long to wait and see if Baz Luhrmann has successfully bought his trademark style of flamboyant visuals accompanied by a super appropriate soundtrack to tv.
Premieres on Netflix on August 12th in the UK.
The Affair - season three
The Affair explores the emotional effects of an extramarital relationship between Noah Solloway and Alison Lockhart when they meet in the resort town of Montauk in Long Island. Noah is a New York City schoolteacher and Williams College alum who has had one novel published and is struggling to write a second book. He is happily married with four children, but he resents his dependence on his wealthy father-in-law. Alison is a young waitress trying to piece her life and marriage back together in the wake of her child's sudden death. The story of the affair is depicted from Noah's and Alison's perspectives respectively, complete with memory bias.
We adored both seasons of this show and the twists and turns the plot took. This show uses the unreliable narrator device that works so well in novels, but they have the advantage that they can play with subtle visual differences too that vary depending on whose point of view we are seeing. It's subtle, sexy and it has Joshua Jackson being all tortured and gorgeous. Last season was left on quite the cliffhanger so the new episodes can't come soon enough.
Coming back to Showtime in the US from November 20th and expected on Sky Atlantic in the UK shortly after.
The Fall - season three
Metropolitan Police Superintendent Stella Gibson, a senior investigating officer tasked with reviewing investigations, is seconded to the Police Service of Northern Ireland in order to assess the progress of a murder investigation that has remained active longer than 28 days. When it becomes apparent a serial killer is on the loose, local detectives must work with Stella to find and capture Paul Spector, who is attacking young professional women in the city of Belfast. As time passes Stella's team works tirelessly to build a case, but they are met with complications both inside and outside the PSNI. Paul, concurrently, builds a relationship with his children's babysitter, Katie, to unknown ends. As Spector's world comes crashing down, both literally and figuratively, it may turn out to be his professional, and not his personal, decisions that cause the killer to face a fate he did not expect.
Gillian Anderson wafting around, looking gorgeous in floaty blouses, and Jamie Dornan confusing you by making you find a murderer hot is an amazing combination. This drama is what the BBC do best: it's gritty and not afraid to take risks with its storylines. Now, to be honest, this show could have stopped at the end of last season and we'd have been happy, so we're really interested what the writers have planned. We're sure we won't be disappointed.
Will premiere in the autumn on BBC Two in the UK.
Three strangers realise they are dreaming parts of the same dream. As they delve deeper into the meaning behind their connection to each other, they realise that the implications are much larger than their personal fates, and the future of the world lies in their hands.
The premise and the trailer for this show have us so intrigued, we hope that it gets picked up by a UK network. We really like shows with characters that are seemingly unconnected but whose storylines inevitably intertwine.
Set to air on October 13th on USA Network but no UK screening details yet.
This Is Us
Sometimes life will surprise you. This refreshingly honest and provocative series follows a unique ensemble whose paths cross and their life stories intertwine in curious ways. We find several of them share the same birthday, and so much more than anyone would expect.
This show looks really sweet and heartfelt and stars Milo Ventimiglia and Mandy Moore as husband and wife, amongst an ensemble cast. The trailer looks as if this show will set out to make us both laugh and cry, but it will be nice to have something that gives us some new characters to love, hate and generally get over-attached to.
Set to premiere on NBC on September 20th but no UK screening details yet.
The one-hour drama series Westworld is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin. Set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past, it explores a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged.
This show from HBO is inspired by Michael Crichton’s 1973 movie Westworld but the trailer looks like it will be taking full advantage of advances in film to make this show bigger and shinier. Sky Atlantic have been airing the trailer on tv and in cinemas and we hope that the show ends up being just as exciting as it looks.
Will arrive on HBO on Sunday the October 2nd in the US and shortly after in the UK on Sky Atlantic.
Know of any other new tv shows that we should be excited about? Let us know your recommendations in the comments below or @we_are_busy.