Our 16 Most Anticipated New Fall 2015 TV Shows

#10. Into the Badlands

Into the Badlands

Premiere Date: November 15th on AMC

Why We’re Excited: This could either be insanely awesome, or incredibly bad, but since it’s an AMC series, we’re hoping for the best. After all, it’s hard not to get excited about a show that promises tons of awesome martial arts action.  The cast features the likes of Daniel Wu and Avatar villain Stephen Lang, and the network has been touting an influence of Quentin Tarantino. That’s a pretty bold comparison, but we’ll be tuning in this fall to see what the show brings to the table. Watch the trailer for the show right here.

Official Synopsis:

Into the Badlands is a genre-bending martial arts series inspired by the classic Chinese tale Journey to the West. In a land controlled by feudal barons, Into the Badlands tells the story of a great warrior and a young boy who embark on a journey across a dangerous land to find enlightenment. After cities fall into ruins and survivors return to the fields, a new society forms where the strongest prosper and the weak serve.

A high-octane fantasy story filled with martial arts action and a “Tarantino” touch, this series is about an unlikely band of adventurers who embark on a quest through this futuristic world in search of a better life.

Created by AMC Studios and produced by Oscar-nominated Stacey Sher and Michael Shamberg (Pulp Fiction, Erin Brockovich, A Fish Called Wanda, Django Unchained, Contagion), and master martial arts filmmakers Daniel Wu and Stephen Fung (Tai Chi Zero)

Series is written by the creators of hit drama Smallville Al Gough and longtime writing partner Miles Millar (Shanghai Noon, Spider-Man 2), who will also serve as show runners and executive producers.

#9. Limitless

Premiere Date: September 22nd on CBS

Why We’re Excited: This is one of several TV adaptation of previously released movies, but this is the only one with direct ties to the source material. Bradley Cooper reprises his role as Edward Mora, now a senator, who influences Brian Finch (Jake McDorman), a new user of the brain-boosting drug known as NZT. Cooper won’t be popping up all the time, likely only guest starring when it’s sweeps time, but the idea of keeping the show in the universe of the movie’s narrative is fascinating and just might make this worth watching.

Official Synopsis:

LIMITLESS, based on the feature film, is a fast-paced drama about Brian Finch (Jake McDorman), who discovers the brain-boosting power of the mysterious drug NZT and is coerced by the FBI into using his extraordinary cognitive abilities to solve complex cases for them. Working closely with Brian in the major case squad in New York City is Special Agent Rebecca Harris (Jennifer Carpenter), a formidable investigator with a dark past, and Special Agent Boyle (Hill Harper), a former military officer and Rebecca’s confidante. They report to Special Agent in Charge Nasreen “Naz” Pouran (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio), a canny manipulator of the reins of power. Unbeknownst to the FBI, Brian also has a clandestine relationship with Senator Edward Mora (Academy Award nominee Bradley Cooper, recurring), a presidential hopeful and regular user of NZT who has plans of his own for his new protégé. Fueled now with a steady supply of NZT that enables him to use 100% of his brain capacity, Brian is more effective than all of the FBI agents combined, making him a criminal’s worst nightmare and the greatest asset the Bureau has ever possessed. Craig Sweeny, Marc Webb, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Heather Kadin, Bradley Cooper, Todd Phillips, Ryan Kavanaugh, Tucker Tooley and Tom Forman are executive producers for CBS Television Studios in association with K/O Paper Products and Relativity Television. The pilot was directed by Marc Webb (“The Amazing Spider-Man” 1 and 2 Feature Films).

#8. The Bastard Executioner

Premiere Date: September 15th on FX

Why We’re Excited: Basically, this feels like Game of Thrones by way of Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter, and that’s about all you need to know. The cast includes Lee Jones, Stephen Moyer, Katey Sagal, Flora Spencer-Longhurst, Sam Spruell and Sutter himself too. The series may not have a deep mythology drawn from books like Game of Thrones, but since it’s on a network like FX, there just might be room for two gritty fantasy shows on cable.

Official Synopsis:

The Bastard Executioner is a blood-soaked, medieval epic that tells the story of Wilkin Brattle, a 14th century warrior, whose life is forever changed when a divine messenger beseeches him to lay down his sword and lead the life of another man: a journeyman executioner. Set in northern Wales during a time rife with rebellion and political upheaval, Wilkin must walk a tight rope between protecting his true identity while also serving a mysterious destiny.

Guided by Annora, a mystical healer whose seeming omniscience keeps Wilkin under her sway; manipulated by Milus Corbett, a devious Chamberlain with grand political aspirations; and driven by a deepening connection with the Baroness Lady Love, Wilkin struggles to navigate political, emotional and supernal pitfalls in his quest to understand his greater purpose.

#7. Master of None

Aziz Ansari

Premiere Date: November 6th on Netflix

Why We’re Excited: Even though nearly every successful stand-up comedian gets their own show playing some version of themslves, it’s the caliber of the comedian that gets fans excited. And in this case, it’s Parks & Recreation star Aziz Ansari leading his own show on Netflix. Ansari isn’t exactly playing himself, but he is playing an actor living in New York, and that’s not too far off. There’s no trailer out yet, but I just have a good feeling about this one, especially with people like Claire Danes, Noah Emmerich, Colin Salmon, H. Jon Benjamin and fellow stand-up Todd Barry involved.

Official Synopsis:

Based on the comedic viewpoints of Aziz Ansari, the show follows the personal and professional lives of Dev (Aziz Ansari), a 30-year-old actor in New York who has trouble deciding what he wants to eat, much less the pathway for the rest of his life. Ambitious, funny, cinematic, and both sweeping in scope and intensely personal, Dev’s story takes him through subjects as diverse as the plight of the elderly, the immigrant experience, and how to find the most delicious pasta for dinner.

#6. Supergirl

Premiere Date: October 26th on CBS

Why We’re Excited: Do you even have to ask? The show may not be part of the growing DC Comics television universe situated firmly at The CW, but this is the first time Supergirl is getting a live-action television series of her own. Melissa Benoist, the very promising supporting star of Whiplash and Glee, takes the lead role as Superman’s cousin Kara Zor-El who is finally embracing her powers and starting to live up to her potential. It has a vibe that we haven’t really seen in a superhero TV series before, a little lighter than you might expect, and it marks new territory for CBS. Here’s hoping they make it work.

Official Synopsis:

SUPERGIRL is an action-adventure drama based on the DC Comics character Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist), Superman’s (Kal-El) cousin who, after 12 years of keeping her powers a secret on Earth, decides to finally embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be. Twelve-year-old Kara escaped the doomed planet Krypton with her parents’ help at the same time as the infant Kal-El. Protected and raised on Earth by her foster family, the Danvers, Kara grew up in the shadow of her foster sister, Alex (Chyler Leigh), and learned to conceal the phenomenal powers she shares with her famous cousin in order to keep her identity a secret. Years later at 24, Kara lives in National City assisting media mogul and fierce taskmaster Cat Grant (Golden Globe Award winner Calista Flockhart), who just hired the Daily Planet’s former photographer, James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks), as her new art director. However, Kara’s days of keeping her talents a secret are over when Hank Henshaw (David Harewood), head of a super-secret agency where her sister also works, enlists her to help them protect the citizens of National City from sinister threats. Though Kara will need to find a way to manage her newfound empowerment with her very human relationships, her heart soars as she takes to the skies as Supergirl to fight crime. Greg Berlanti (“The Flash,” “Arrow”), Ali Adler, Sarah Schecter and Andrew Kreisberg are executive producers for Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. The pilot was directed by Glen Winter (“Arrow”).

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