The #AAW Fall 2013 TV Preview: SHIELD Agents, Robot Cops, Zombies, Headless Horsemen and more!

by Kevin Marshall   August 21, 2013 at 12:00AM  |  Views: 1,727
Source: AMC

The air is cooler and the leaves are about to change, which can mean only one thing: it's time for us to lock ourselves inside our homes and refuse to leave! Thankfully, the start of our hibernation cycle coincides with the start of a new television season.

 

So while we mourn the impending end of Summer, we're also celebrating the premieres of some of the most interesting, highly anticipated shows of the year.

Let's take a look at some of what's on tap.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Source: Disney-ABC Domestic Television

Premieres Tuesday, September 24th on ABC

It'd be tough to argue that any show has more hype behind it than this one, which ties into the Marvel movie universe, spins off "The Avengers," and is produced by Joss Whedon. Clark Gregg is back as Agent Coulson after having apparently died in "The Avengers," proving that just like the comics they're based on, death is an impermanent state and merely a temporary inconvenience. They've put together an interesting cast for this show, and supposedly it'll incorporate various elements of the Marvel Universe. We're hoping to see Luke Cage and Iron Fist make an appearance. Or, you know, we'll riot.

 

The Michael J. Fox Show

Premieres Thursday, September 26th on NBC

Michael J. Fox returns to television as a news anchor making his own return to the air after taking time off to focus on his health and his family. Early buzz is pretty good on this one, which is certainly good news considering how close to home the concept hits with the show's star.

Dracula

Source: NBC

Premieres Friday, October 25th on NBC

It's an old story that's been told in every form imaginable over the years, so your first reaction may be to dismiss the idea of a television series. But the trailer for this highly-stylized reimagining seems to put enough effort into making the story seem fresh and intriguing that viewers might be willing to give it a chance. We're thinking it probably won't be Bela Lagosi great, but it certainly doesn't look like a "Dracula 2000."

Almost Human

Premieres Monday, November 4th on Fox

J.J. Abrams' latest sees Karl Urban as a cop in the year 2043 who's forced to confront his dislike and distrust of "synthetics" – robot cops, basically – by being partnered with a flawed, earlier model that's more human in his emotions and insecurities. In terms of quality, this could be the new "Fringe." Hopefully, though, it won't be the new "Fringe" in having to fight every year to get renewed.

Sleepy Hollow

Premieres Monday, September 16th on Fox

Ichabod Crane has found himself in the 21st Century and, naturally, so has the Headless Horseman. It's not really made clear how this happens, but we do see some cool flashbacks to the Revolutionary War and George Washington himself. I cannot tell a lie – I'm kind of looking forward to this one!

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Source: Universal Television

Premieres Tuesday, September 17th on Fox

Starring Andy Samberg, Chelsea Peretti, Andre Braugher, and Terry Crews, this police comedy might have the best lineup of any other show this season.

The Tomorrow People

Premieres Wednesday, October 9th on The CW

For those of you old enough to remember, yes, this is indeed an Americanized reboot of the British sci-fi show that aired on Nickelodeon in the mid-90s.

In addition to all the new series premiering this Fall, we also have no shortage of anticipated returns.

Homeland

Source: Showtime Networks

Premieres Sunday, September 29th on Showtime

The stuff really hit the fan at the end of the second season, and now Brody's a fugitive on the run. How and where they go from here is anybody's guess.

Arrow

Premieres Wednesday, October 9th on The CW

I'm not sure that anybody could have predicted what a huge hit this show has become, but it's back and will be incorporating even more characters from the DC Universe, including (finally) the Black Canary.

American Horror Story: Coven

Source: 20th Century Fox Television

Premieres Wednesday, October 9th on FX

This show is more camp than horror, but it's great as long as you're just willing to throw your hands up, have fun and go along for the ride. The story this season centers around a coven of witches from 1830s Salem who have popped up in modern day New Orleans, with the setting alternating between the two time periods. Much of the show's top-notch cast has returned including Jessica Lange, Frances Conroy, Evan Peters, Lily Rabe, and Sarah Paulson, but they've also added Gabourey Sidibe ("Precious"), Kathy Bates, and Angela Bassett.

Boardwalk Empire

Source: HBO

Premieres Sunday, September 8th on HBO

The criminal empire in Atlantic City faces challenges from the outside this season as we're introduced to a new antagonist (Dr. Narcisse) while all the old ones are still out there, including Al Capone waging war against the law in Chicago.

How I Met Your Mother

Premieres Monday, September 23rd on CBS

This Fall kicks off the ninth and final season of this beloved sitcom. In the final moment of last season we met (kind of) the mother and now we'll finally see the conclusion of the lengthy, convoluted story Ted Mosby has been telling his children. "Dad, seriously, you met her at a wedding nine years after the start of your story. This was all very unnecessary."

The Walking Dead

Premieres Sunday, October 13th on AMC

Of course this one's on the list. More are added to the Ricktatorship after the events in Woodbury, a rival clan makes an appearance, the Governor's still out there, and oh yeah, the zombies.

Speaking of TV shows, our All Access Weekly host Katie Linendoll recently got a guided tour through the "Breaking Bad" exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York City. Check it out:
 

 
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