One thing that is good about the end of summer is saying goodbye to dull summer programing and hello to new hit programs and to the return of our favorite TV shows. So go ahead and set the DVR, here are the shows that we can’t wait to watch.
If you are missing a great crime/drama/thriller in your TV lineup, The Blacklist should be at the top of your list. Fans of Persons of Interest, 24 and The Silence of the Lambs will enjoy Emmy award winner James Spader as Raymond Reddington, one of the most wanted men in America. He strikes a deal with the FBI to catch elusive criminals and will only work with one small-time agent,, Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone). Fans will enjoy fast-paced thrills and Spader’s psychological exploration of each case, as well as uncovering his own agenda.
Another thriller we are adding to our must-watch list is suspense thriller Hostages, coming to CBS in September. The show centers around Ellen Sanders (Toni Collette), a surgeon who is scheduled to operate on the President. But when a FBI agent kidnaps her family to force her to kill the president, she holds the nation and her family’s lives in her hands.
Fans of The Avengers have a reason to rejoice: Agent Coulson is alive and well and is on a mission to save the world (again). Joss Whedon brings this mega-blockbuster to TV as Coulson (Clark Gregg) and puts together a top-secret team of super agents to help save the world from intergalactic threats. Sci-fi and fantasy fans will be eager to see Whedon’s latest TV series and comic book buffs will be eager to see a favorite series brought to life.
One of our favorite comedies, ABC’s Modern Family, is coming back for its 5th season and promises to bring the laughs and warm hearts all over again. The family experiences new changes as Manny (Rico Rodriguez) and Luke (Nolan Gould) head to high school, Cam (Eric Stonestreet) adjusts to his job as a teacher and Claire (Julie Bowen) tries to reenter the workforce.
ABC’s hit show Scandal returns for what promises to be a sizzling 3rd season. Show creator Shonda Rhimes has hinted that the new season may pick up right where it left off, after a huge plot twist and reveal in the season two finale where viewers find out that Rowan (Joe Morton), leader of black ops team B613 is actually Olivia’s (Kerry Washington) father. Fans will be treated to nail-biting turns as Olivia continues to deal with a media frenzy after being outed as President Grant’s (Tony Goldwyn) mistress and delve into who leaked the news.
ABC is adding another real world meets fantasy show to its lineup with Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, a spinoff of their hit show Once Upon a Time (which we will also be watching). The original show includes some of our favorite fairy tale characters with a twist and places them in modern times. Once Upon a Time in Wonderland is based on Alice in Wonderland characters (obviously) and includes favorites like Alice (Sophie Lowe), the White Rabbit (John Lithgrow) and the Queen of Hearts (Barbara Hershey). Fans will also see even more favorite characters from other stories like Jafar (Naveen Andrews) from Aladdin.
After a season of heartbreak and shocking surprises (Andrea!), hit show The Walking Dead returns to AMC in October for its fourth season with a whole new set of problems and new cast members to fall in love with. The official season four 4 trailer shows walkers piling up on the prison and hints at a possible mole in the group. Fans of the show will enjoy learning more of the backstory behind fan favorite character Michonne (Danai Gurira) and plenty of screentime for Daryl (Norman Reedus).
J.J. Abrams is keeping busy. Between Star Trek and the upcoming Star Wars mega franchises, he is producing another sci-fi meets cop drama Almost Human for FOX. Fans of his previous sci-fi/fantasy/mystery dramas Fringe and LOST will enjoy the themes and premises in the show as well as the traditional elements of a cop drama brought to a whole new level. Almost Human explores LAPD officers who are paired with highly advanced androids. Be prepared to experience the differences between human intuition and computer logic and to explore your feelings about technologically advanced robocops.
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