Fall has arrived and with it, Spooky Season! There’s nothing like cuddling up on the couch for a show after dinner, as the temperature drops, and the sun sets a little earlier each day. Here are a few new and returning shows to help you settle in for a cozy evening.
“Interview with the Vampire”
Jacob Anderson, aka Raleigh Richie, aka Greyworm of “Game of Thrones,” has returned to the small screen in the new adaptation of Ann Rice’s “Interview with the Vampire.” Anderson takes on the role of Louis de Pointe du Lac, a Creole man living in 1910 New Orleans, who has the (mis)fortune of running into the vampire, Lestat de Lioncourt (Sam Reid).
The reviews for this reimagining of Rice’s famed novel have been resoundingly positive, and the show has already been renewed for season two. After watching episode one, I agree whole-heartedly. The intentional choice to make Louis Black and explore his full life amongst the backdrop of a racist early 20th century America brings a much-needed element that Rice’s early vampire novels failed to explore.
You can catch the drama Sunday nights at 9 pm CST on AMC.
I wasn’t sure about this one. It looked like “Scandal,” and “How to Get Away with Murder”—light, but I added it to my watch list anyway. I turned it on one Friday night as I was preparing dinner, and oh baby!
Jax Stewart’s (Emayatzy Corinealdi) professional life is thriving despite—or maybe because—she likes to play in shades of gray. Her personal life; not so much. Her teenage son is a sullen, moody pain in the ass, her husband is controlling and ridiculous, her mother is nosey, and Stewart can’t sleep. I’m leaving a lot out because every bit of new information revealed about Jax’s life will leave you with your mouth agape.
Get caught up Tuesdays on Hulu.
One of my new favorite shows—and the breakout comedy of last year is back for season two.
If you need a bright spot on your TV watching, “Abbott Elementary” continues to be laugh-out-loud funny, and heart warming. The show continues to show adorably flawed idealist junior teachers finding their footing with the help and guidance of experienced teachers, against a backdrop of budget constraints, clueless management, and emotionally clumsy kids. The whole gang has returned to do their best for the students, and maybe learn a few things themselves.
… Oh, and things might be over between Taylor and (CENSORED), but you didn’t hear that from me.
Airs Wednesday at 8 p.m. CST on ABC.
The action drama returns for its third season this fall on CBS. Staring Queen Latifah as former CIA agent Robyn McCall, we find her still trying to balance motherhood and doing the right thing by those up against powerful nefarious forces.
Latifah is still lighting up our screens while kicking butt. “A lot of women love the action,” she told People Magazine. “And they love that I’m playing this badass character. They want to see some justice delivered in a really cool and entertaining way.”
Catch it on CBS Sunday nights at 9 p.m. Central.
When I was a kid, I remember watching “Rescue 911.” It was a “reality-esque” program that recreated harrowing 911 calls. I think it’s one of the reasons I keep coming back to “9-1-1.” Sure, it’s “copaganda.” I won’t deny it. But putting Angela Bassett and Aisha Hinds in leading roles brings depth and emotion to a show that burns through storylines quickly.
Now in its sixth season, we’ll learn more about Athena’s (Bassett) backstory and see if Henrietta (Hinds) makes a comeback after burnout.
Watch Mondays at 7 pm CST on Fox.
The CBS comedy is back! I told you about how much I enjoyed this British revamp over the summer, and now here I am ready to spend more time with my favorite unalive folks during my favorite time of year.
This season finds Jay (Utkarsh Ambudkar) and Samantha (Rose McIver) working through all the anxieties of being proprietors of a demanding bed and breakfast and looking to their ghostly roommates for help. Trailers for the season promise viewers more back stories on our charmingly undead friends, as well as a steady supply of laughs.
Airs Thursdays at 7:30 CST on CBS
“Recipes for Love and Murder”
I love murder mysteries, and this show serves it up. Set in Karoo, South Africa, Tannie Maria (Maria Doyle Kennedy) is forced to make a career pivot from providing delicious recipes in the community paper to handling the advice column. When one of the letter writers is murdered, it’s up to Tannie and her colleague, Jessie September (Kylie Fisher) to find out who did it. Content warning: intimate partner violence is a recurring issue through the season.
Season one is streaming on Acorn TV.
Perdita Patrice is a Texas-based writer and documentary filmmaker. She enjoys live music, reading, and watching TV. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @perditapatrice