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10 TV Shows You’ll Want to Watch This Fall and Winter

Dozens of new programs will premiere this fall and winter, but only a handful stand out.
Several shows are almost guaranteed to be successful–the Walking Dead “spinoff” will bring over many of the viewers from the original series. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow will entice people who enjoyed The Flash and Arrow. Bastard Executioner will benefit from a few key similarities to Sons of Anarchy.
And a few shows boast recognizable stars–Jennifer Lopez and Wesley Snipes among them–to at least get a fighting chance at survival.
Check out the 10 top shows to look forward to below.
Bastard Executioner (FX)

Kurt Sutter returns to FX with an all-new show, rather than basking in the success of Sons.
Fans will be pleased to see several familiar faces among the actors, including Sutter himself and his wife Katey Sagal.
“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,” according to FX.
Premieres this fall (specific date not yet announced).
Containment (CW)

The CW continues its slow build-up with a promising show about a viral outbreak in Atlanta from Julie Plec (Vampire Diaries, The Tomorrow People).
The show is based on the Belgian TV series Cordon, which also ran in the United Kingdom. The trailer looks pretty good, but it definitely remains to be seen how strong the series will turn out.
“Neighbours in a block wake one morning to find they have been sealed inside their apartments. Can they work together to find out why? Or will they destroy each other in their fight to escape?” according to the show’s description on IMDB.
Premieres in January or February (specific date not yet announced).
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (CW)

Fans of the DC universe should welcome another installment, which will feature a slew of familiar faces as well as some newcomers.
Prison Break alums and Flash villains Dominic Purcell and Wentworth Miller (Heat Wave and Captain Cold) will be part of the force, along with Caity Lotz (Sara Lance), Brandon Routh (The Atom), and Victor Garber (Firestorm) from the universe. Newcomers announced so far are Arthur Darvill as Rip Hunter, Ciara Renee as Hawkgirl, and Franz Drameh as Jay Jackson.
Few specific details have been announced, seen by the lack of an official website or even a description on IMDB.
Premieres in January or February (specific date not yet announced).
Dr. Ken (ABC)

Ken Jeong gets the starring role here as a frustrated doctor juggling his career, marriage, and family.
While that seems to indicate a lot of drama, it will be a comedy and looks to be one of the stronger ones on the upcoming TV slate based on Jeong’s previous work. At the very least, fans of his should tune in to see if they like the show.
“Doctor turned actor/comedian Ken Jeong plays Dr. Ken, a brilliant physician with no bedside manner. He is always trying to be a good doctor, as well as a good husband and dad to his two kids. Luckily, his therapist wife Allison is just the right partner to keep things sane,” according to ABC.
Premieres Friday, Oct. 2 at 8:30 p.m.
Fear the Walking Dead (AMC)

The new Walking Dead series is not a companion series or a prequel or a spinoff, primarily because it will feature no characters from the original series and also be set in Los Angeles instead of Georgia and the East Coast.
Fear has been getting good early reviews and has a strong look in the trailers, although it’s safe to say the comparison to the original will be hard to shake. Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, and Frank Dillane are among the stars. A second season has already been confirmed.
There’s no official description on the website, but the basic premise has the show set in the same “Dead” world, but further back in the timeline than when Rick wakes up in Georgia. The main characters’ families struggle to deal with the zombie outbreak and impending collapse of civilization, with hard choices having to be made.
Premieres on Sunday, August 23 at 9 p.m. ET.
Little Big Shots (NBC)
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Two of the top daytime TV hosts, Ellen DeGeneres and Steve Harvey, team up for this new series starring children.
The pair are both executive producers but Harvey will be the host for the show, which will feature “the world’s most talented and extraordinary kids,” according to the network.
“In ‘Little Big Shots,’ Harvey will showcase young musicians, singers, dancers and every form of wunderkind in the country, and go toe to toe with them in conversations and interviews, with hilarious results,” NBC added.
Premieres midseason (specific date not yet announced).

Fear The Walking Dead Reviews Are Coming In and They’re Very Positive

Fear The Walking Dead reviews are coming in, and are almost overwhelmingly positive. The show premieres to the public on Sunday, August 23.
Robert Kirkman and his team have faced skepticism about a show that has seemed so similar to the original, but the latest reviews indicate that there’s plenty of fresh material not to mention fantastic new actors.
Fear is not a spinoff, since none of the characters from The Walking Dead are set to appear in it, and it’s not quite a prequel because of that same reason.
Instead, it starts a month or two before Rick wakes up from his hospital bed, but it’s set in Los Angeles instead of rural Georgia. The main characters are two high school teachers who have fallen in love with each other. Madison (Kim Dickens) has a daughter Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey) and son Nick (Frank Dillane), while Travis has a son Christopher (Lorenzo James Henrie). The latter brings his mother Liza (Elizabeth Rodriguez) into the story because he lives with her.

TVLine notes that the 90-minute pilot is strong, with Dillane in particular a “compelling presence.”
“Dickens (who, for my money, stole Gone Girl) can’t help but be likable, and Curtis is allowed to play Travis as self-aware enough to know when his unrelenting sweetness has made his fiancée — and us! — gag. And, even if the kids are jerks, it’s still pretty damn poignant to watch this group try to make sense of the apocalypse that they haven’t a clue is upon them,” it added.
HitFix added after watching the pilot that the series is surprisingly “quite engaging.”
“The strength comes down to the performances and its ability to be self-referential without devolving into self-parody. Cliff Curtis and Kim Dickens star as a couple who are working to integrate their blended family, and they’re each more than equipped to quickly establish the stakes of this world and get the viewer invested in their familial relationships. Without giving too much away, there’s already a fair bit of drama unfolding in their lives when the reanimated monsters make their presence known,” it said.
Not everyone was effusive about the show. The Hollywood Reporter, which regularly praises The Walking Dead, says that Fear “falls short creatively” and the teenagers “are inherently annoying.”
It does note, though, that the show will garner millions of viewers, most of whom will likely embrace it.

Producers, Actors Talk
Executive producer Greg Nicotero admitted the first season is a bit slow compared to what Walking Dead fans have come to expect.
“A lot of people talk about the show and they’re like, ‘It’s a slow burn.’ When you have anything like this where the audience knows more than the characters, watching them make the right decisions and the wrong decisions, it’s like, ‘What are you doing?! Why would you go near that guy? Why would you let that happen?'” he told Show Biz Junkies.
“We tried to slow-burn the story to make it as much about the anxiety tension and paranoia that goes with this outbreak” instead of “confrontations with zombies,” executive producer Dave Erickson added at TCA earlier this month.
Elizabeth Rodriguez (Liza) also answered the question, “Is there intense paranoia in an urban situation?”
Travis (Cliff Curtis), Madison (Kim Dickens), Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey), and Nick (Frank Dillane) in Fear the Walking Dead season 1. (Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC)

Liza (Elizabeth Rodriguez) and Chris (Lorenzo James Henrie) in Fear the Walking Dead season 1. (Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC)

“But in the story, it’s first accepting that. Who accepts that? Who’s in denial? What does that take away from us in having to make decisions. And so because we don’t have the rules, it’s not black and white,” she said.
“So, along the way you see us have to compromise and change our values. I think we lose a part of who you are. You’re constantly reinventing yourself only because you have to, because of the choices you have to make to survive. So it’s really beautiful. We do a lot of that in this. I think the fans are going to connect with those questions.”
Meanwhile, Nicotero confirmed recently that Fear The Walking Dead season 2 will have 15 episodes.
They’ll start shooting the second season in November or December. “I think the plan is to have a zombie TV show on 52 weeks a year,” he told Screencrush, referring to having a new episode of either Fear or the original series on every Sunday.