Autumn promises satisfying slate of shows

By Sean Ray | A&E Editor

With September right around the corner, it is almost time for the fall television season to begin, but with a busy schedule of classes, it can often times be hard for students to find the pilots that interest them.

A good metric to determine which shows to watch is whether a favorite star is going to be featured in the show. Big fan of “Glee?” Check out “Angel From Hell” premiering Nov. 5, which stars Jane Lynch as a woman who has just discovered she has a guardian angel that is not exactly mentally stable. Love “How I Met Your Mother?” Neil Patrick Harris has a new skit comedy show coming up titled “Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris” premiering Oct. 27.

Another good way to determine which shows are worthy of attention is to look for shows similar to ones you already enjoy. “The Bastard Executioner” coming out Sept. 15 promises to be a grim and gritty medieval drama much like “Game of Thrones.” Perhaps you’re more of a super hero fan? “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” a spin-off of the already widely successful “Arrow” and “Flash,” will be premiring in January 2016. If you’re looking for something coming out a bit sooner, “Heroes Reborn,” a mini-series attempting to reboot the earlier “Heroes,” will be coming out Sept. 24 and promises a return to the style of the first season of the original, according to showrunner Tim Kring.

In this image released by ABC, Kermit the Frog, left, and Gonzo the Great appear in a scene from "The Muppets," premiering Sept. 22. (Eric McCandless/ABC via AP)

In this image released by ABC, Kermit the Frog, left, and Gonzo the Great appear in a scene from “The Muppets,” premiering Sept. 22. (Eric McCandless/ABC via AP)

Quite a few shows are coming out with ties to already existing franchises. This can make it easy to determine whether one should watch the show; like the original franchise, you’ll most likely enjoy the show. “The Muppets” will be featured in a new TV show done in a documentary style similar to “The Office” that appears to be more adult humor-oriented than previous incarnations of the lovable puppet gang. Fans of science fiction can look forward to the “Minority Report,” a series that acts as a sequel to the classic tale.

Just in time for Halloween, there will be a number of spooky horror shows coming this fall. “Scream Queens,” an anthology series in the style of “American Horror Story,” and featuring quite a few former writers from it, follows a group of students and faculty on a college campus attempting to solve a series of murders occurring in the school, something that hopefully will not happen on Duquesne any time soon. The series features horror movie star Jamie Lee Curtis of “Halloween” fame. However, the show horror fans are perhaps most looking forward to is “Ash vs. The Evil Dead,” a sequel to the cult classic film series by Sam Rami, that once again stars Bruce Cambell as the titular Ash. The show promises horror, gore and lots of cheesy jokes and one-liners to satisfy all audiences.

In any case, it remains important to try out new shows this fall season. While it can feel safe to just remain watching the same shows season after season, trying something new can easily lead to discovering a new favorite show.

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