September is awesome. It’s the start of Autumn, which is my favourite season. The leaves on the trees start to turn orange. The world starts to smell a bit like bonfires. Starbucks start to sell pumpkin spiced lattes. And American telly starts to get really good again! Here’s my guide to the shows that I’m really excited about getting back into in September (dates shown are the American ones – they usually pop up on UK tv shortly after)
American Horror Story season 6 (14th September
“The theme of the trailers seem to be… Well, that it’s being kept secret!”
The spooky anthology show is back, a little earlier than usual (it usually premiers in early/mid October). The theme is being kept pretty hush-hush at the moment but show runners Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk have been releasing teaser trailers almost constantly to whet the appetites of fans. The theme of the trailers seem to be… Well, that it’s being kept secret! What we do know is a lot of the cast from Hotel are confirmed to be returning – Lady Gaga, Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson (of course), Matt Bomer, Wes Bentley, Evan Peters and (my favourite) Denis O’Hare are among the stars who are definitely going to be back. I really enjoy AHS, even though for me the high point was season 2 (Asylum). That said, Evan Peters and Denis O’Hare never fail to create watchable tv, so I’m happy to keep coming back for more.
Gotham season 3 (19th September)
“Jim Gordon systematically attempts to punch his way out of any situation”
This is (unintentionally) the silliest program on telly. Jim Gordon systematically attempts to shout ‘damnit’ and punch his way out of any situation. But, damnit, it’s entertaining. The series, which focuses on a young Bruce Wayne being guided into Batman-hood by Alfred (ass kicking former marine turned butler) and Jim (not Commissioner Gordon… Yet!), and cluelessly flirting with future cat botherer, Selina Kyle. Season 3 has had a touch of controversy before it even airs one second of footage – Poison Ivy (a frizzy haired youngster in seasons 1 and 2) had been recast in sexy grown up lady form for season 3. Presumably because they wanted to do something with her characters, and having a 9-year-old dole out poisoned kisses could be considered dodgy ground. I’m personally looking forward to having a few questions answered: Will Bullock have a bit more luck with the ladies? Will Oswald Cobblepot continue to be the writers’ muse? Why does the Riddler look hotter with his glasses than without? Tune in on 19th – same bat time, same bat channel.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine season 4 (20th September)
“We don’t need to break them up to get the ‘will-they-won’t-they vibe’ back”
When I first watched Brooklyn Nine-Nine, way back when it first started on E4, I didn’t like it. I didn’t ‘get’ the first episode. When it popped up on Netflix, I gave it another go and, boy howdy, I loved it! Andy Samberg is hilarious as cop Jake Peralta, and his relationship with straight-laced Amy is both sweet and funny. Hopefully they’ll stick to the Parks and Rec style ‘they’re together now, we don’t need to break them up to get the ‘will-they-won’t-they vibe’ back. The supporting cast in this are what really make the show – hard as nails Rosa (who is a trained ballerina), gentle giant Terry (who just wants to eat his yoghurt in peace), modest to a fault Gina (the brains of the operation), foodie Boyle (Jake’s slightly obsessive best friend) and the stern Captain Holt (who, like Parks and Rec’s Ron Swanson, has got weirder as the series goes on). Season 4 promises to pick up with Peralta and Holt in witness protection after a sting went wrong in season 3. Very excited to see just how odd this show is going to get!
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D season 4 (20th September)
“Agent May is someone all little girls can aspire to be”
I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with S.H.E.I.L.D – the first season, right up until episode 18 if I remember correctly, was a real chore to watch. I didn’t even know the names of half the main characters. But I’ve stuck with it, and now I’m pretty keen to pick back up with the characters. Don’t get me wrong, I really like Coulson, the Fitz Simmons relationship is super cute (and well worth the wait), and Agent May is someone all little girls can aspire to be. The show is really building up the Inhumans plot, and I’m interested to see how the characters will develop this season. But guys, please say we’ve closed the book on Lincoln and Ward. I’m sure they’re nice chaps in real life but their stories have run out of steam.
Scream Queens season 2 (20th September)
“Like Glee with less singing and life messages, and more decapitations”
Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk are certainly earning their Christmas spending money – another show by these guys is on the planner for September. I really enjoyed this show last year – it’s bright, cool, and funny; like Glee with less singing and life messages and more decapitations. It ended wrapped up in a nice little bow, so I expected it to be an anthology show a la AHS, but it seems that the cast are returning in the same roles this year. Yes, sometimes it doesn’t quite make sense, and sure, some of the characters are a bit stereotypical (though I assume that’s to play to the scary movie genre), but if you want to log out of your brain for a bit and watch a daft Heathers meets Scream hour of tv, there’s nothing sweeter.
Last Man on Earth season 3 (25th September)
“A show that’s name becomes less and less accurate every episode”
A show that’s name becomes less and less accurate every episode. Don’t get me wrong, if the show was just Will Forte alone every episode, I’m sure it would still be funny, but his interactions with the other last humans is what makes this show funny and touching. The show tries to flip stereotypes on their heads – the beautiful Melissa is not as perfect as she seems, while the overweight, balding Todd finds himself beating away the ladies with a stick – all loving his personality in a world with little choice in male company. The last season ended with Forte’s character Phil learning a few home truths as his brother dies from the virus that wiped out the human race and his wife Carol celebrates being pregnant with their first child. This season promises to pick up where the last one left off – with some folks in hazmat suits heading towards the beach house of the main characters. I do love it when a cliff hanger is addressed straight away!
Luke Cage season 1 (30th September)
“The third show in the run up to the eventual Defenders series”
Argh ok, I’m putting this out there, I have no idea what to expect from this but if the first two seasons of Daredevil, the first season of Jessica Jones, and the trailer are anything to go by, this show is going to be awesome. Mike Colter (who guest starred in Jessica Jones) steps up to bat in his own show about the super strong ex-con with unbreakable flesh. The third show in the run up to the eventual Defenders series, Luke Cage has all eyes on it, hoping it will keep up the quality of the previous shows. Clear your schedules, people, this is going to require a binge watch!