Our 16 Most Anticipated New Fall 2015 TV Shows

#5. The Man in the High Castle

Man in the High Castle

Premiere Date: November 20th on Amazon (pilot available now for free)

Why We’re Excited: The pilot left little doubt that Amazon would pick up this show, thanks to its rich depiction of an alternate history of World War II in which the Allies lost, leaving North America occupied by Germany in the east and Japan in the West. The compelling vision of this different world order was enough to convince us that the show might rise to the potential of the rich characters in Philip K. Dick’s original novel, even if the pilot’s versions of those characters weren’t quite there yet. And we’re dying to see how the series tackles the novel’s particular, and at times peculiar ideas about the dissemination of revolutionary ideas.

Official Synopsis:

Based on Philip K. Dick’s award-winning novel, and executive produced by Ridley Scott (Blade Runner), The Man in the High Castle explores what it would be like if the Allied Powers had lost WWII, and Japan and Germany ruled the United States. Starring Rufus Sewell (John Adams), Luke Kleintank (Pretty Little Liars) and Alexa Davalos (Mob City).

#4. A Very Murray Christmas

Premiere Date: TBA December on Netflix

Why We’re Excited: We may be breaking the rules a bit by including a TV special on this list, but that should show you how excited we are to see Bill Murray team up with Lost in Translation director Sofia Coppola for the first Netflix Christmas spacial. The show is supposed to be a sort of homage to classic variety shows of the past, with holiday music and plenty of special guests including George Clooney, Miley Cyrus, Paul Shaffer, Amy Poehler, Chris Rock, Jason Schwartzman, Jenny Lewis, Phoenix, Michael Cera, Maya Rudolph, Rashida Jones, David Johansen, Frederic Moulin, Julie White, Dimitri Dimitrov and more. How could we not be excited?

Official Synopsis:

Written by Sofia Coppola, Bill Murray and Mitch Glazer and directed by Sofia Coppola, A Very Murray Christmas is an homage to the classic variety show featuring Bill Murray playing himself, as he worries no one will show up to his TV show due to a terrible snow storm in New York City.  Through luck and perseverance, guests arrive at the Carlyle hotel to help him; dancing and singing in holiday spirit.

The star-studded cast also includes George Clooney, Paul Shaffer, Amy Poehler, Julie White, Dimitri Dimitrov, Michael Cera, Chris Rock, David Johansen, Maya Rudolph, Jason Schwartzman, Jenny Lewis, Phoenix, Frederic Moulin, Rashida Jones, Miley Cyrus, and more

A Very Murray Christmas is executive produced by Coppola, Glazer, Roman Coppola and Tony Hernandez

#3. Ash vs. the Evil Dead

Premiere Date: October 31st on Starz

Why We’re Excited: Bruce Campbell is returning as Ash after decades of being away from the Evil Dead. And now that a a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, we need the King back. Evil Dead is the film that made Bruce Campbell the cult icon he is today, and having him back in the role that started it all, especially on a cable series where the blood will be limitless, is essentially a dream come true. Plus, Lucy Lawless is getting in on the action this time? It might be time to get Starz.

Official Synopsis:

“Ash vs Evil Dead” is the long-awaited follow-up to the classic horror film franchise The Evil Dead. The 10-episode first season of the half-hour series executive produced by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Bruce Campbell, the original filmmakers of the franchise, and Craig DiGregorio, who will serve as executive producer and showrunner.

Campbell will be reprising his role as Ash, the stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead. When a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons –personal and literal. Destiny, it turns out, has no plans to release the unlikely hero from its “Evil” grip.

The cast is led by Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, “Burn Notice”) in the role of Ash Williams, Lucy Lawless (“Salem,” “Spartacus”) as Ruby a mysterious figure who believes Ash is the cause of the Evil outbreaks, Ray Santiago (“Touch,” Meet the Fockers) as Pablo Simon Bolivar, an idealistic immigrant who becomes Ash’s loyal sidekick, Dana DeLorenzo (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas) as Kelly Maxwell, a moody wild child trying to outrun her past and Jill Marie Jones (“Sleepy Hollow”) as Amanda Fisher, a disgraced Michigan State Trooper set to find our anti-hero Ash and prove his responsibility in the grisly murder of her partner.

#2. Jessica Jones

Premiere Date: November 20th on Netflix

Why We’re Excited: As part of the expanding television side of the Marvel cinematic universe, this is the next comic book series set up at Netflix leading to the assembly of The Defenders. This time it’s Krysten Ritter taking the title role as a former superhero turned private eye in the heart of Hell’s Kitchen. This series will also introduce us to Luke Cage, who will get his own series in 2016. The Marvel universe just keeps getting bigger, and it’ll be nice to have another strong female character in the MCU.

Official Synopsis:

Ever since her short-lived stint as a Super Hero ended in tragedy, Jessica Jones has been rebuilding her personal life and career as a hot-tempered, sardonic, badass private detective in Hell’s Kitchen, New York City. Plagued by self-loathing, and a wicked case of PTSD, Jessica battles demons from within and without, using her extraordinary abilities as an unlikely champion for those in need… especially if they’re willing to cut her a check.

#1. The Muppets

Premiere Date: September 22nd on ABC

Why We’re Excited?: It’s the return of Jim Henson’s beloved creations to their own series for the first time since the 90s, and this is a take on the characters that we haven’t seen before. Taking a cue from The Office and Parks & Recreation, it’s a mockumentary series that will give us a more intimate and (mostly) mature glimpse into the personal lives of Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Fozzie Bear and more as they embark on making a new show for ABC. The 10-minute pitch video (above) that landed the show at ABC indicates that the spirit of The Muppets is fresh and familiar in the all the right ways.

Official Synopsis:

The Muppets return to primetime with a contemporary, documentary-style show. For the first time ever, a series will explore the Muppets’ personal lives and relationships, both at home and at work, as well as romances, breakups, achievements, disappointments, wants and desires. This is a more adult Muppet show, for “kids” of all ages.

Bill Prady (“The Big Bang Theory”) and Bob Kushell (“Anger Management”) are co-writers and executive producers. Randall Einhorn (“Wilfred”), Bill Barretta, Debbie McClellan and Kyle Laughlin are also executive producers. “The Muppets” is produced by ABC Studios and The Muppets Studio.

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