The Walking Dead

5 returning TV shows we're looking forward to the most + 11 more

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Aug 29, 2013

Dying to know what happened after the cliffhanger of your favorite genre show? Who died, who lived, who became human and who's going to Neverland? Well, the time is near and we're about to find out with the new fall TV season upon us.

What can you expect? The Governor is back on The Walking Dead, witches are stirring up trouble on American Horror Story, turning the power back on turned out to be A REALLY BAD IDEA on Revolution, and that's only the beginning when it comes to this new season.

Here's our list of five returning shows we MUST SEE, along with 11 additional shows in the order of which we'd most like to see them.

Must See

The Walking Dead (AMC) – Season 4 premieres Sunday, Oct 13 at 9 p.m.

“Season four is really the greatest hits of The Walking Dead,” said co-executive producer Greg Nicotero at ComicCon. “We're sort of compiling the great emotional moments and the great action moments.” Cable's monster hit picks up with what appears to be a time jump with the survivors hold up in the prison. However, with the Governor still on the loose (and actor David Morrissey signed up as a regular this season), it doesn't look like things are going to go well for the survivors. Emily Kinney, Chad Coleman and Sonequa Martin-Green have been promoted to regular status, with Larry Gilliard, Jr. added to the cast. Sixteen episodes have been ordered and it looks like we're going to get another split season.

Why we can't wait to see it: Watch the trailer below. Enough said.

Here's a preview:

American Horror Story: Coven (FX) – Season 3 premieres Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 10 p.m.

With a brand new story, a cast of new actors, and returning actors in new roles, American Horror Story: Coven will take place in New Orleans and be focused on witches, with Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates leading the cast. The story explores “the secret history of witches and witchcraft in America. Over 300 years have passed since the turbulent days of the Salem witch trials and those who managed to escape are now facing extinction. Mysterious attacks have been escalating against their kind and young girls are being sent away to a special school in New Orleans to learn how to protect themselves. Wrapped up in the turmoil is new arrival, Zoe (Farmiga), who is harboring a terrifying secret of her own. Alarmed by the recent aggression, Fiona (Lange), the long-absent Supreme, sweeps back into town, determined to protect the Coven and hell-bent on decimating anyone who gets in her way,” stated the press release. This season also stars Frances Conroy, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe, Gabourey Sidibe, Angela Bassett and Taissa Farmiga.

Why we can't wait to see it: Executive producers and co-creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk have reinvented series television with stand alone seasons and a rich troupe of actors who can't help but love the meaty roles they are offered. Through the last two seasons there has been plenty of bizarre, shocking horror for us to sink our teeth into. But most of all we can't wait to see Oscar winners Lange and Bates go at it.

Here's a freaky preview:

Revolution (NBC) - Premieres Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 8 p.m.

Last season's finale left us watching as missiles were about to destroy Atlanta and Philadelphia. When the action picks up in season two we'll discover what happened with the cities, as the President and his patriots try to reunite the United States of America. Rachel will go a little nuts, Charlie will go after Monroe, and we're guessing Miles will kiss somebody. However, it won't be long before the gang finds a mission for themselves. The show Revolution isn't called Revolution for nothing. Stephen Collins has been cast as Rachel's father.

Why we can't wait to see it: In season one, the series was about Charlie rescuing her brother, and then it was about stopping Monroe and turning the power back on. As for season two, the series will head in a completely different direction. While we don't have a clue what the driving force of the season will be, the wonderfully rich characters of Miles, Monroe, Rachel, Neville and Aaron give us plenty of reasons for wanting to tune back in.

Here's a preview:

Arrow (The CW) – Season 2 premieres Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 8 p.m.

At the end of first season, Oliver and Laurel got together, the Glades took a hit, Tommy died, and Moira ended up in custody for her part in Malcolm's evil plan. When season two returns, five months will have passed and one of the major themes will be Oliver going from being the Hood to the Green Arrow. He'll have “a couple of more heroes helping him out this season, in addition to one from last season,” said Andrew Kreisberg at ComicCon. “It’s not just about crossing names off a list anymore. This season is about him seeing that the city needs a hero.” We'll also see the introduction of Black Canary. But the really big news is that fan favorite Summer Glau joins the cast.

Why we can't wait to see it: Stephen Amell turned out to be an awesome Arrow, and Arrow turned out to be a worthy successor to Smallville. Tommy's death proves no one's really safe on the series, so it should be another interesting year for Arrow.

Here's a preview:

Haven (Syfy) - Premieres Friday, Sept. 13 at 10 p.m.

As a violent meteor storm pummeled Haven, a devastated Nathan watched as Audrey and Duke vanished along with the supernatural barn. Six months later, Duke finds himself ejected from the barn and stranded far away from Haven. Duke manages to find Nathan, who has left Haven. They make their way back to the town and learn that Dwight, the “Cleaner,” is now the Chief of Police and the Troubles are worse than ever. Elsewhere, a mysterious man named William (Colin Ferguson) believes he's found Audrey Parker.

Why we can't wait to see it: Last season, the producers gave us lots of answers and took Audrey and Nathan's relationship to a whole new level. No, we still don't know what causes the Troubles or why Audrey can mystically make them go away for 28 years along with herself. But it seems like it's going to be a season where anything can happen, including bringing Colin Ferguson back to Syfy.

Here's a preview:

Other returning series of interest:

The Vampire Diaries (The CW) – Season 5 premieres Thursday, Oct. 3 at 8 p.m.

Last season Katherine ended up with the cure, Silas ended up wearing Stefan, Bonnie ended up as a ghost, and Elena ended up with Damon. But don't expect things to calm down anytime soon for the characters. “The series heads into its fifth season with some characters headed off to college, a newly cured vampire trying to survive as a human, and a shocking Salvatore secret.” Oh yeah, and the real Stefan is locked away in a safe at the bottom of the quarry!

Here's a preview:

Grimm (NBC) – Season 3 premieres Friday, Oct. 25 at 9 p.m.

The season three premiere is a continuation of the season two finale, so expect more zombies and Nick in danger. The mystery about the key will continue and we'll learn more about the Royals. Meanwhile, the big news is that Monroe and Rosalee's relationship will progress as they head down the aisle. As for Juliette and Nick's relationship, well hopefully Nick won't turn into a zombie, cause that would be icky.

Here's a ComicCon interview with Megan Masters and the cast:

Once Upon a Time (ABC) – Season 3 premieres Sunday, Sept. 29 at 8 p.m.

With Henry kidnapped and taken to Neverland last season, the heroes and villains have to join forces on Hook's ship to save him. According to co-creator Edward Ktisis: “We will be seeing a lot of Neverland and [the land's] different areas....some, of course, will be those you remember from the’s a place where imagination comes from, and anything can happen.” We'll learn more about Peter Pan's motivation, meet Tinker Bell, and also run into The Little Mermaid. Meanwhile, don't expect the heroes and villains to suddenly get along. They'll have different ideas about how to save Henry.

Here's a preview:

Supernatural (The CW) – Season 9 premieres Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 9 p.m.

It looks like the troublemakers on the long running series aren't done with the Winchester Brothers quite yet. “We’re going to learn pretty quickly that a world full of fallen angels is pretty much a free-for-all,” said executive producer Jeremy Carver at ComicCon. “We’re going to see it’s not one unified body. We’ve got lots of angels out there with lots of different agendas. Many are feeling lost and vengeful. A world of fallen angels is a dirty, bloody, scary and, in some ways, a very human world.” Beyond that Felicia Day returns as Charlie and Castiel will deal with those pesky human issues like eating and what happens afterward.

Here's a preview:

Person Of Interest (CBS) – Season 3 premieres Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 10 p.m.

With a new timeslot, Person of Interest returns with the producers promising plenty of stand alone episodes and deeper mythology. Yes, the machine got moved and Root ended up in a mental institution. Not to worry. The Machine-obsessed hacker will get an entire season to cause the guys and their crew trouble. Amy Acker, who plays Root, has been promoted to a series regular, along with Sarah Shahi, who plays Samantha Shaw.

Here's a ComicCon interview with the cast:

The Big Bang Theory (CBS) – Season 7 premieres Thursday, Sept. 26 at 8 p.m.

Real time has passed with Leonard still away at sea doing Stephen Hawking experiments. When the series returns, Sheldon and Penny will have gotten a little too close, leaving Sheldon crushed when Leonard returns. Meanwhile, “Raj gets consoled about his ex-girlfriend and Wolowitz’s relationship with his mother causes an unusual threat to his masculinity," stated the press release.

Here's a TV Line interview with the executive producers and Johnny Galecki and Melissa Rauch:

Beauty & the Beast (The CW) - Premieres Monday, Oct. 7 at 9 p.m.

Detective Catherine Chandler watched as her true love was kidnapped in last year's season finale. This season picks up three months later. Vincent survives his captivity with Muirfield, but his beast will change. Cat and Vincent will be forced to grapple with the events of last year, along with their desire to be a normal couple, as they attempt to stay one step ahead of Muirfield. And Cat is “shaken to the core over the fact that everything she thought she knew about her life has been a lie, is determined to get answers to the secrets that have been revealed about her family,” stated the press release.

Here's a TV Line interview with the stars:

The Neighbors (ABC) – Season 2 premieres Friday, Sept. 20 at 8:30 p.m.

Expect more wacky adventures with the Weavers and the Joyner-Kersee/Birds. As they negotiate the challenges of marriage, raising kids and the struggles of everyday life, “despite the fact that they're not even the same species, both humans and Zabvronians had a lot to learn from each other. The Weavers realize they've found an ally in the family next door... even if they do cry out of their ears,” stated the press release.

Here's an interview with Tim Jo who plays Reggie Jackson at ComicCon:

Drop Dead Diva (Lifetime) – Season 5 returns Sunday, Oct. 6 at 9 p.m.

The series vanished during the summer, but it will return with the remaining five episodes of season five. What will happen now that Kim's had a baby, Stacy's been artificially inseminated, Jane saw Grayson kissing Nicole and the firm's up for sale? Oh my.

Haunted Highway (Syfy) – Season 2 premieres Wednesday, Nov. 27 at 10 p.m.

Jack Osbourne and his teams of investigators are back to go even further off the beaten path as they self-document their encounters with the paranormal. This season, Osbourne and his partner, Dana Workman, and the other team of Jael de Pardo and Devin Marble join forces to investigate the remote island of Dry Tortugas where an abandoned military fort is believe to harbor the ghost of a possible Lincoln assassination conspirator. The teams will also investigate Donner Party spirits, a werewolf-like creature in the bayous of Louisiana, and Iowa's Black Angel of Death.

Ghost Mine (Syfy) – Season 2 premieres Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 10 p.m.

The gold miners and paranormal investigators return to Eastern Oregon's notoriously haunted Crescent Mine to find gold and/or ghosts. The miners will learn more about the mine's history, the recurring Masonic symbols, and the Native American presence “Joe.”

Here's a preview:

What shows are you looking forward to?


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