To correspond with yesterday’s Top 10 New TV shows coming soon, I thought I’d also put out a list of top 10 returning shows coming soon. As usual, this is in a random order, and only include the shows hitting at the end of 2015.
US Premiere Date: October 12 | Network: FX | Season: 2
FX’s anthology series and adaption from one of my favourite movies by the Coen Brothers, Fargo’s first season was one of the contenders for show of the year. Whether it can replicate that feat with a new cast, new setting, and Ronald Reagan included remains to be seen, but given what we’ve seen so far, it looks just as likely that they’ll do it again.
US Premiere Date: October 13 | Network: WGN America | Season: 2
Manhattan, a show about the race to build the first atomic bomb, took me by surprise as to just how compelling TV it could be when WGN America’s second ever scripted series blew me away as one of the highlights of last year’s offerings. Gripping, smart, compelling and with excellent actors, Manhattan is a must watch period drama that I’ll be covering for SpoilerTV. I can’t wait to see where season 2 goes and as a result this is one of the series that I’m most looking forward to return.
US Premiere Date: October 16 | Network: Cinemax | Season: 2
Another period drama that I’ll be reviewing for SpoilerTV, Steven Soderbergh’s The Knick’s first season was just as good as Manhattan’s was, even if it was ten times more gory and looked at a different era – the early days of medical practice in New York City, with Clive Owen putting one of the best performances of 2014 in. This show should be just as excellent in its sophomore season, and hopefully, Cinemax can keep up the extremely high levels of quality.
US Premiere Date: October 6 | Network: The CW | Season: 2
My personal favourite comic book series on air right now, iZombie, about the adventures of Liv Moore following her resurrection, offered a fresh, alternative take on zombie drama and the CW added an excellent comic book series to its line-up. With some great one-liners, heart and fantastic characters, iZombie should have no problem getting better and better as the show goes on.
US Premiere Date: October 4 | Network: HBO | Season: 2
To say HBO’s dark drama about life after the rapture is depressing would be an understatement. It’s soul shattering, emotionally draining and also, as it turns out, incredibly gripping television. With an excellent cast and a great soundtrack, The Leftovers should make a very awesome second season. Having read Tom Perolta’s novel shortly after watching the series, they’ve now reached the end point of the book, so it’s going to be interesting to explore what happens next as the series undergoes a new direction, moving to a town where supposedly, nobody was taken by the rapture.
The Walking Dead
US Premiere Date: October 11 | Network: AMC | Season: 6
I spent the Summer catching up on the other big, dark, depressing and soul shattering drama on television at the moment, and whilst I may be five episodes away from the finish line, I’m just as hyped up for the new season as everyone else looking forward to it is. It should be fantastic to return to the post apocalyptic action even if the slow pace can haunt the show at times, and I’m looking to see what exciting new directions the show can explore in Season 2.
US Premiere Date: October 6 | Network: The CW | Season: 2
Whilst not necessarily the best comic book TV show on air right now, The Flash is certainly leagues ahead in the best superhero show on TV right now, and Season 1 got off to an excellent start, injecting charm, humour and fun into a mostly grimdark DC Live Action Universe. Watching Barry Allen defeat multiple bad guys (including Mark Hamill) as the fastest man alive was incredibly fun and given the direction that the show took with Harrison Wells, and the cliffhanger that the series left it on, it will be very interesting to see what happens next, especially given that we’re set to explore new alternate realities, where you can expect characters like Jay Garrick to show up. Things should be interesting indeed, especially if you’re a comic book fan.
US Premiere Date: October 8 | Network: The CW | Season: 3
The final show on this list is the dark, more mature and more unpredictable cousin of The Vampire Diaries that’s perfect vampire TV for those not interested in The Vampire Diaries. Yes, it may be a spinoff, but it’s closer in tone to The Sopranos than that show, offering some good backstabbing, twists and turns with some jaw dropping cliffhangers and some unpredictable results. It’s also a show that actually uses its location, New Orleans, incredibly well, unlike say NCIS: New Orleans – which could just as easily be set in Manhattan and we wouldn’t recognise the difference. If you want an urban fantasy show on TV and haven’t checked it out yet, The Originals is your best bet.
US Premiere Date: October 7 | Network: The CW | Season: 4
After a terrible third season, Arrow joined Gotham with being the weakest of the comic book shows on television with one disappointing episode after the other, and incredibly stupid plot decisions making our heroes more and more unlikable. Judging from what we’ve seen so far it looks like the show is learning from those mistakes, including DC Comics character Mister Terrific, a trip to Coast City (home of Green Lantern), a new suit, and plenty more things in store for Team Arrow. By far the biggest and most exciting thing of all though is John Constantine, fresh off his recently cancelled NBC series, will be making his debut in Arrow in what hopefully should be more than just a one-time role. That’s the biggest reason why I’m excited for this fourth season, and why it’s earned a place on this list.
US Premiere Date: September 27 | Network: Fox | Season: 3
Brooklyn Nine-Nine is the only comedy to make this list and it’s one of the best, as well, right up there with Veep and Parks and Recreation for my favourite comedy series on TV. Season 3 picks up with Holt no longer in charge, and also will hopefully feature plenty of laughs, excitement and humour. During Season 2 I laughed at least once per episode, and I’m hoping for more of the same in the Golden Globe Award Winning show’s third.
Runners Up: Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD (ABC), Sleepy Hollow (Fox), The Blacklist (NBC), Scandal (ABC), American Horror Story: Hotel (FX), Chicago PD (NBC),
You can check out the previous entry in the series here. What are the returning shows that you're looking forward to this year? Let me know in the comments below.