What to Watch in September - 9 Genre TV Premieres You Can't Miss
Between sci-fi, fantasy, crime thriller, procedurals, and hybrids of two or more of these genres, September will be a gold mine for premieres of new and returning shows. Favorites and anticipated newcomers such as Arrow, The Flash, The Walking Dead, and Homeland won't premiere until October, but here are nine can't-miss premieres airing this month:
Sons of Anarchy - Season 7
September 9th 10 p.m. on FX
The seventh and final season is fast approaching, and it promises to be exciting, violent, and yes, anarchic. After the events of last season, Charlie Hunnam's Jax seeks revenge, insisting that everyone in his gang be willing to risk their lives for the person standing next to them. Terminator's Robert Patrick recurs, while Glee's Lea Michele is set to guest star.
Haven - Season 5
September 11th 8 p.m. on Syfy
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This super-sized fifth season of Syfy's adaptation of Stephen King's The Colorado Kid sees protagonist Emily Rose turn to the dark side. While the show usually airs 13-episode seasons, the fifth season will contain 26 installments, with the first half airing on September 11th and the second half premiering in 2015.
Gotham - Season 1
September 22nd 8 p.m. on Fox
We haven't been shy about our excitement for Gotham, and we're not alone. Deadline reports that it's the most buzzed-about show premiering in September, and one of the top five most highly anticipated shows of the fall, while The Hollywood Reporter announced that Gotham was named the "most promising new show" by the Television Critics Association. Join us on September 22 as we live tweet the buzzy premiere.
Sleepy Hollow - Season 2
September 22nd 9 p.m. on ABC
Sleepy Hollow wasn't the biggest hit of last television season, but it might have been the most surprising one. Mixing the Sleepy Hollow legend with police procedural tropes, religious imagery, and borderline ridiculous revisionist history could have been a recipe for disaster, but the show's humor and the chemistry between the leads manage to make the disparate threads work. Hopefully the upcoming second season will live up to its first, which gained the distinction of being named one of Time's top ten best new shows of 2013.
The Blacklist NBC 10
"A war is coming" against Big Bad "Berlin" in the second season of the Silence of the Lambs-type crime thriller The Blacklist. The first season saw nearly universal critical acclaim, especially for the performance of star James Spader, who was nominated for a Golden Globe. Mary Louise Parker and The Good Wife's David Fonteno have been confirmed for the Season 2 cast.
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - Season 2
September 23 9 p.m. ABC
After a slow start, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. finally lived up to its potential at the end of last season with its exciting post-Winter Soldier HYDRA conspiracy plotlines. There are a thousand reasons to be excited for the upcoming season, chief among them the casting of Xena: Warrior Princess's Lucy Lawless as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Isabelle Hartley, Friday Night Lights's Adrianne Palicki as Mockingbird, and Twin Peaks's Kyle MacLachlan as (spoiler!) Skye's father.
Forever - Season 1
September 23 10 p.m. on ABC
Forever is part sci-fi, part crime thriller, with an intriguing concept: Dr. Henry Morgan (Fantastic Four's Ioan Gruffold) is a 200-year-old immortal being who studies cadavers in order to unlock the secret of his own longevity. Although there will likely be many jokes that he is "that other immortal doctor," a Sherlock Holmes-type twist may make for interesting viewing.
Bones - Season 10
September 25th 8 p.m. on Fox
Who would have thought while watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer that David Boreanaz and Alyson Hannigan would have (arguably) the most successful post-Buffy careers, with both helming their own long-running television shows? After a decade (a decade!) this spiritual child of the X-Files shows no signs of slowing down.
Once Upon a Time - Season 4
September 28th 8 p.m. on ABC
After last season revealed that Frozen princesses Elsa and Anna would join the roster of fairy tale characters, the upcoming season will formally introduce the characters and reveal their backstory. Although it's a little disappointing that Kristen Bell won't reprise her role in the film, fans will likely still keep their fingers crossed that the sisters, played by Fringe's Georgina Haig and Elizabeth Lail, will at least do some singing. Lost and Revolution's Elizabeth Mitchell also joins the cast as a primary antagonist.
New on Netflix Streaming in September 2014
September 7 - The Blacklist Season 1
September 14 - Arrow Season 2
September 16 - Bones Season 9
September 22 - Revolution Season 2 (final season)
September 28 - The Walking Dead Season 4