Look for these great shows to return for a new season
Sundays @ 9 p.m. on PBS
Premiere date pending
I DON’T USUALLY get caught up in the hype of a spinoff or rebooted series, seeing as it’s usually just a really poor rehashing of what was once a good story concept. But that doesn’t mean I’m not willing to make an exception should something truly exceptional grace my TV screen.
BBC’s most recent rendition of the classic, entertainingly witty crime-solving Sherlock Holmes is without a doubt the best remake of the franchise since it regained its popularity with the release of the Sherlock Holmes film starring Robert Downey Jr. It takes place in modern day London, each episode based on one of the original Sherlock tales by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle but with a modernized twist. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman were born to take on the roles of Holmes and Watson, and even with their newly acquired fame on the big screen, they have continued to remain loyal to the series and their fandom.
The premiere of the third season is the most anticipated yet. I myself can hardly contain my excitement, fuelled mostly by my curiosity following last season’s finale; how did Sherlock survive? Is Dr. Watson going to get married? Is Moriarty really dead?
Actually, the biggest mystery of all right now is when they plan on releasing the third season so we can finally be made privy to what the writers have in store for our favourite crime-solving duo. A whole new year of awesomeness awaits.
Sundays @ 9 p.m. on Showtime
Premieres Sept. 29
WITH OTHER MUST-SEE cable dramas finishing their run earlier this year—Game of Thrones, Dexter, and Breaking Bad—now is the time for Showtime’s critically acclaimed series Homeland to be thrust into the mainstream spotlight. Entering its third season, a prime for many successful serialized TV shows, Homeland ups the ante to ridiculous levels once again.
Continuing the exploits of CIA Analyst Carrie Mathison, played exquisitely by Claire Danes, and her complicated relationship with accused terrorist and former Prisoner of War Nicolas Brody, played by the excellent Damian Lewis, first-rate performances propel this political drama-action thriller from 24 producer Howard Gordon. It’s not too late to catch up.
Thursdays @ 9 p.m. on NBC
Premiere date pending
COMMUNITY IS THE best show on television that nobody is watching.
Well, people are watching it; they’re just not watching it live, which means every season could be its last. If you haven’t started watching it yet, you need to get on that, because having a new episode to look forward to each week is such a lovely feeling and this could be your last chance to feel it in real time.
Jokes aside, Community has three rock-solid seasons under its belt and even though their last season had its ups and downs, there were fantastic moments throughout. The cast is a rag-tag team of multi-talented comedians featuring Oscar-winning writer Jim Rash as the adorably creepy Dean of Greendale Community College, Ken Jeong as fraudulent Spanish professor-turned-megalomaniac Señor Chang, and John Oliver as slacker professor Ian Duncan.
A premiere date for the 13-episode season has yet to be announced but with show creator Dan Harmon back at the helm and the promise of a return to its roots of pop culture homages and meta-humour, this could be the best season of Community yet.
The Walking Dead
Sundays @ 9 p.m. on AMC
Premieres Oct. 13
WHEN OCT. 13 comes around, I (along with many others, I’m sure) will be tuning in to watch The Walking Dead. The show easily satisfies my cravings for zombie action and well-written television. In addition to that, it constantly keeps viewers on the edge of their seats—nobody is safe.
Favourite characters may be killed off at any moment and the show certainly knows how to hit watchers’ emotional centres. On top of that, the show always has astounding cinematography, a brilliant makeup department, and truly stellar acting from the entire cast. Of course, the zombie kills are pretty badass too, whether from a katana, a crossbow or a plain old gun.
So until October 13th, I’ll be counting down the days until The Walking Dead comes back for its fourth season of killing off humans and zombies alike.