September is kicking it off right with both new shows (The Exorcist, Van Helsing, and Aftermath) and returning shows (American Horror Story, Z Nation, Lucifer, and Scream Queens). Below we have brief summaries of what is coming and what to expect.
American Horror Story. Wednesday, September 14. 10PM on FX
The beauty of AHS is that each season is completely new with a different theme but many returning cast members. This year, the network kept the show and its theme completely under wraps until the premiere. The show is getting back to its spookier roots with a couple in a farm house that is not what it seems. Filmed docuseries style with most of the show being a “dramatic re-enactment” is yet another way the show runners are letting their creativity shine.
Check out the trailer for the show and news about the premiere here: http://www.horrornewsnetwork.net/real-trailer-american-horror-story-season-6-released/
Z Nation. Friday, September 16. 8PM on SYFY.
Z Nation has returned to lots of cult-ish love from its followers while flashbacks abound. This is the third season, but you can catch up with streaming services and jump in to join the fun.
Lucifer. Monday, September 19. 9PM on FOX.
Lucifer returns for its second season. This show seems to be more popular with the fans of police procedurals than with the horror crowd, but it does have the devil in it so it will stay filed in with our horror.
Scream Queens. Tuesday, September 20. 9PM on FOX
Similar to the AHS formula, Scream Queens will be back in a different setting than last season. Our main ladies were in college last season, while this season they will be working in a hospital. The characters remain the same, but some story-telling gymnastics happen to tie the two situations together. If this were not from the same producers as AHS, there may be skepticism as to the ability of the show to pull this off. As such, it is likely that if you enjoyed the first season you will like this one, too. This season adds John Stamos and Taylor Lautner for the testosterone fix and to provide potential suspects/victims.
The Exorcist. Friday, September 23. 9PM on FOX. NEW SHOW!
The Exorcist is one of the most anticipated new shows this season for the simple fact the most people are curious to see how a television show can compare at all with the iconic and terrifying movie. The show is “inspired by” the famous William Peter Blatty novel and, based on the pilot screening, isn’t as never-going-to-turn-the-lights-off-again scary. It does, however, have some genuinely frightening moments. The series in general will no doubt rely more on psychological drama than the non-stop terror that most people felt watching the movie, but that opens the door for more audience attachment to the characters and a deeper sense dread for their futures. Including major players like Geena Davis on a series like this conveys the network’s commitment to it.
Read our San Diego Comic Con coverage of the pilot episode here: http://www.horrornewsnetwork.net/sdcc-pilot-screening-exorcist/
Van Helsing. Friday, September 23. 10PM on SYFY. NEW SHOW!
The SYFY channel is on fire this year with exciting new shows. One of those is Van Helsing, about a woman named Vanessa Van Helsing who’s blood/bite can turn vampires back to human. A handy trick following the vampire apocalypse that this story is set in. This show falls in the action-horror genre and will appeal greatly to fans that like fighting sequences and more rough-and-tumble characters. Kelly Overton (the hot werewolf from True Blood), Jonathan Scarfe, and Christopher Heyerdahl star.
Check out our San Diego Comic Con interviews with the cast (links at the bottom of the article).
Aftermath. Tuesday, September 27. 10PM on SYFY. NEW SHOW!
SYFY continues to bring us new horror shows with the premiere of Aftermath. SYFY (http://www.syfy.com/aftermath/about) provides this synopsis : “When the world as they know it starts coming to an end, the Copeland family must face terrifying supernatural creatures and unprecedented disasters, including massive storms, earthquakes, meteor impacts, plague and the rapid decline of civilization. Will they be able to make it through – and figure out how to stop it?” Not quite post-apocalypse, but more of a present-apocalypse setting. What is not listed here is that the show stars Anne Heche and James Tupper which provides an additional layer of credibility.
Each year, horror becomes more pervasive on television. His may be the best year yet. Stay tuned for our October coverage of new and returning shows.