Looking for a Halloween horror binge for the weekend? Stream the three seasons of Penny Dreadful on Netflix. Want to frighten your friends and loved ones?  Turn on Splatterdays, Pluto TV’s free marathon of horror classics. Keep reading to learn more about the season’s best Halloween programming.


MARATHONS

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31 Nights of Halloween, Freeform
The annual event on the network features its usual lineup of Halloween-themed movies — The Addams Family, Maleficent, Hotel Transylvania, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and of course Hocus Pocus — along with a special (31 Nights of Halloween Special Fan Fest) and an all-day Hocus Pocus marathon on the day itself.

Huluween, Hulu
Visit the streaming service’s Halloween-themed hub for a personalized selection of popular Halloween TV episodes and movies. Hand-picked Halloween collections include Freaky Franchises, Foreign Frights, Psychological Horror & Thrillers, Sci-Fi Scares, Indies, Zombies, Humorous Horror, Anthologies, alongside Hulu Originals and Huluween Essentials.

AMC FearFest, AMC
The network’s annual horror marathon promises 104 spooky titles, including Alien, Halloween, Friday the 13th, Final Destination, The Omen, Leprechaun, and more (ongoing).

Netflix & Chills, Netflix
The streaming service’s spooky hub contains plenty of horror movies and horror TV series, plus a selection of original movies and series debuting throughout the month of October.

Splatterdays and 31 Nights of Horror, Pluto TV
In the free streaming service’s horror marathon, watch a different scary movie every night starting at 10 p.m. ET. Selections include classics like Day of the Dead and Hellraiser and modern hits like You’re Next and Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones. In the “Splatterdays” terror marathon, watch a marathon of slasher movies every Saturday night starting at 7 p.m. ET. Titles include Prom Night, Prom Night 2: Hello Mary Lou, I Saw The Devil, Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers, and Severance.

Supernatural, TNT
On Halloween day, TNT will air nine hours straight of some of the CW hit’s spookiest episodes, including “Ghostfacers,” “Monster Movie,” “ScoobyNatural,” and many more. The marathon runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 31.

A Shudder Halloween Collection, Shudder
The horror streaming service is highlighting classics including the Halloween movies and originals including Belzebuth and Terrified.

13 Nights of Halloween, HDNet Movies
A mix of classic and modern horror and thriller films will play every night on the network. Highlights include a Night of the Living Dead Marathon, an Edgar Allan Poe/Vincent Price night, and a 24-hour marathon on Halloween itself.


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SERIES

American Horror Story 77% — Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on FX

Castle Rock 88% —  available to stream on Hulu

Charmed  — Fridays at 8 p.m. on The CW

Creepshow — streaming Thursdays on Shudder

Daybreak 70% — streaming Thursday, Oct. 24 on Netflix

A Discovery of Witches 83% — available to stream on Sundance Now

Glitch 80% — season 3 is now available to stream on Netflix

Legacies  — Thursdays at 9 p.m. on The CW

Halloween Baking Championship — Mondays at 9 p.m. on Food Network

Haunted  —  available to stream on Netflix

Into the Dark 69% — Blumhouse’s horror anthology — available to stream on Hulu

Marianne 94% — available to stream on Netflix

Mr. Mercedes 91% — Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on Audience

Light as a Feather 50% — available to stream on Hulu

Penny Dreadful 91% — available to stream on Netflix

Prank Encounters 40% — streaming Friday, Oct. 25 on Netflix

The Purge 42% — Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on USA

The Walking Dead 80% — Sundays at 9 p.m. on AMC

Zomboat! — streaming Friday, Oct. 25 on Hulu


RELATED: Best Horror TV Series to Watch on Netflix


MOVIES & SPECIALS

In the Tall Grass (2019) 36% — the film based on the novella by Stephen King and Joe Hill, now streaming on Netflix

Fractured (2019) 59% — a family’s car trip goes wrong in this film starring Sam Worthington and Lily Rabe, now streaming on Netflix

Wounds (2019) 47% — a New Orleans bartender’s life begins to unravel after a series of disturbing and inexplicable events that begin to happen to him after picking up a phone left behind at a bar, now streaming on Hulu

Little Monsters (2019) 79% — the critically acclaimed Australian horror comedy about a school field trip that ends with a zombie outbreak stars Lupita Nyong’o and is now streaming on Hulu

Rattlesnake (2019) 30% — a single mother (Carmen Ejogo) and her daughter drive across the country to start their new life, but things go wrong when their car breaks down in the middle of nowhere and the daughter is bitten by a rattlesnake, premieres Friday, Oct. 25 on Netflix


RELATED: Best Horror Movies on Netflix to Watch Right Now


The Top Ten Revealed: Rockin’ Ghoulish Songs — premieres Sunday, Oct. 27 at 8:30 p.m. ET on AXS TV

Agatha Raisin — premieres Monday, Oct. 28 on Acorn TV

World’s Biggest Ghost Hunt: Pennhurst Asylum — premieres Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 8 p.m. on A&E

The Very VERY Best of the 70s: Horror Films — premieres Thursday, Oct. 31 at 8 p.m. ET on AXS TV

The 13 Scariest Movies of All Time — premieres Thursday, Oct. 31 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW, hosted by Dean Cain


EPISODES

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The Simpsons 85% — “Treehouse of Horror XXX” now available to stream on Fox.com

Evil 93% — “October 31” premieres Thursday, October 24 on CBS

The Conners 93% — “Nightmare on Lunch Box Street” premieres Tuesday, October 29 on ABC

Schooled 73% — “Run, Rick, Run” premieres Wednesday, October 30 on ABC


Riverdale -- "Chapter Sixty-One: Halloween" -- Image Number: RVD404b_0249.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Camila Mendes as Veronica, KJ Apa as Archie and Eli Goree as Munroe -- Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW -- © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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Riverdale 84% — “Chapter Sixty-One: Halloween” premieres Wednesday, October 30 on The CW

Nancy Drew — “The Haunted Ring” premieres Wednesday, October 30 on The CW

Young Sheldon — “Seven Deadly Sins and a Small Carl Sagan” rebroadcast Thursday, October 31 on CBS

Mysteries Decoded — “Vampires of New Orleans” premieres Thursday, October 31 on The CW


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AMERICAN HORROR STORY: 1984, Riverdale, The Mandalorian, The Walking Dead season 10 Michonne, Peaky Blinders (Kurt Iswarienko FX; Robert Falconer/The CW; Disney+; Jackson Lee Davis/AMC; Robert Viglasky/© Caryn Mandabach Productions Ltd. 2019)

(Photo by Kurt Iswarienko FX; Robert Falconer/The CW; Disney+; Jackson Lee Davis/AMC; Robert Viglasky/© Caryn Mandabach Productions Ltd. 2019)

If you’re making your list of what to watch this fall, you might have noticed you can choose from approximately 1,000 new series — OK, maybe not quite that many, but definitely even more shows than ever. That’s because in addition to all the network originals, there are even more streaming services coming (Disney+ and AppleTV+ hit this fall, not to mention HBO Max and Peacock in the spring).

It’s all a little overwhelming. How do you even choose? There are only so many hours in a day, so if you pick a show for each hour to watch live, you can catch up On Demand, on your DVR, or on the streaming service of your choice. To help you make those big decisions, we’ve organized the fall TV schedule day by day and in order of premiere date. We’ve included ongoing series and streaming launch dates in the calendar, but we haven’t included one-off specials or TV movies — check out our handy “Premiere Dates Calendar” to find out when those debut.

Sunday | Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday | Saturday


SUNDAY


7 p.m.
America's Funniest Home Videos : Season 30, ABC (9/29)

7:30p.m.
60 Minutes: Season 52 (2019) CBS (9/29)

8 p.m.
The Circus: Inside the Wildest Political Show on Earth: Season 4 (2019) Showtime (9/22)
The Simpsons: Season 31 (2019) 80% Fox (9/29)
Batwoman: Season 1 (2019) 80% The CW (10/6)
Ray Donovan: Season 7 (2019) Showtime (11/17)

8:30 p.m
Bless the Harts: Season 1 (2019) 82% Fox (9/29)
God Friended Me: Season 2 (2019) CBS (9/29)
Back to Life: Season 1 (2019) 100% Showtime (10/6)

9 p.m.
The Deuce: Season 3 (2019) 88% HBO
Shark Tank: Season 11 (2019) ABC (9/29)
Bob's Burgers: Season 10 (2019) Fox (9/29)
Supergirl: Season 5 (2019) 92% The CW (10/6)
The Walking Dead: Season 10 (2019) 77% AMC (10/6)
Watchmen: Season 1 (2019) 96% HBO (10/20)
Shameless: Season 10 (2019) 20% Showtime (11/10)

9:30 p.m.
Family Guy: Season 18 (2019) Fox (9/29)
NCIS: Los Angeles CBS (9/29)
Leavenworth, Starz (10/20)

10 p.m.
Godfather of Harlem: Season 1 (2019) 92% Epix (9/29)
The Rookie: Season 2 (2019) ABC (9/29)
Madam Secretary : Season 6, CBS (10/6)
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Mr. Robot: Season 4 (2019) 97% USA (10/6)
Inside the Actors Studio: Season 23 (2019) Ovation (10/13)
Silicon Valley: Season 6 (2019) 94% HBO (10/27)
Slow Burn: Season 1, Epix (11/24)
The L Word: Generation Q: Season 1 (2019) 81% Showtime (12/8)

11 p.m.
Work in Progress: Season 1, Showtime (12/8)

11:30 p.m.
Rick and Morty: Season 4 (2019) 94% Adult Swim (11/10)

Sunday Streaming Premieres
The Crown: Season 3 (2019) 90% Netflix (11/17)

Sunday | Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday | Saturday


MONDAY


8 p.m.
Dancing With the Stars: Season 28 (2019) ABC (9/16)
9-1-1: Season 3 (2019) 75% Fox (9/23)
The Voice : Season 17, NBC (9/23)
The Neighborhood: Season 2 (2019) CBS (9/23)
All American: Season 2 (2019) 100% The CW (10/7)

8:30 p.m.
Bob Hearts Abishola: Season 1 (2019) 54% CBS (9/23)

9 p.m.
A Very Brady Renovation: Season 1 (2019) 67% HGTV (9/9)
Prodigal Son: Season 1 (2019) 58% Fox (9/23)
All Rise: Season 1 (2019) 56% CBS (9/23)
The Good Doctor: Season 3 (2019) ABC (9/23)
Below Deck : Season 7, Bravo (10/7)
Scream 61%: Resurrection, VH1 (10/14)
Black Lightning: Season 3 (2019) 89% The CW (10/21)

10 p.m.
Bluff City Law: Season 1 (2019) 36% NBC (9/23)
Bull: Season 4 (2019) CBS (9/23)
My Horror Story: Season 1, Travel Channel (10/21)

10:30 p.m.
One of a Kind: Season 2 (2019) HGTV (9/9)

1:35 a.m.
A Little Late With Lilly Singh: Season 1 (2019) 82% NBC (9/16)

Monday Streaming Premieres
Taken Down: Season 1 (2018) 83% Acorn TV (9/16)
Letterkenny: Season 7 (2019) Hulu (10/14)

Sunday | Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday | Saturday


TUESDAY


8 p.m.
NCIS: Season 17 (2019) CBS (9/24)
The Voice : Season 17, NBC (9/24)
The Resident: Season 3 (2019) Fox (9/24)
The Conners: Season 2 (2019) 86% ABC (9/24)
The Flash: Season 6 (2019) 85% The CW (10/8)
Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: Season 6 (2019) PBS (10/8)

8:30 p.m.
Bless This Mess: Season 2 (2019) ABC (9/24)

9 p.m.
mixed-ish: Season 1 (2019) 76% ABC (9/24)
FBI: Season 2 (2019) CBS (9/24)
This Is Us: Season 4 (2019) 91% NBC (9/24) (pictured in featured image, credit: NBC)
Empire: Season 6 (2019) Fox (9/24)
Arrow: Season 8 (2019) 95% The CW (10/15)
The Purge: Season 2 (2019) USA (10/15)

9:30 p.m.
black-ish: Season 6 (2019) ABC (9/24)

10 p.m.
Mayans M.C.: Season 2 (2019) 100% FX
Greenleaf: Season 4 (2019) OWN
Mr. Mercedes: Season 3 (2019) AT&T Audience Network (9/10)
Emergence: Season 1 (2019) 94% ABC (9/24)
New Amsterdam: Season 2 (2019) NBC (9/24)
NCIS: New Orleans: Season 6 (2019) CBS (9/24)
Most Terrifying Places: Season 1, Travel (10/1)
Ink Master: Grudge Match, Paramount (10/1)
Treadstone: Season 1 (2019) 47% USA (10/15)
The Misery Index: Season 1 (2019) TBS (10/22)

Tuesday Streaming Premieres
Sorry For Your Loss: Season 2 (2019) Facebook Watch (10/1)
The Mandalorian: Season 1 (2019) 93% Disney+ (11/12)
High School Musical: The Musical: The Series: Season 1 (2019) 75% Disney+ (11/12)
The World According to Jeff Goldblum: Season 1 (2019) 82% Disney+ (11/12)

Sunday | Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday | Saturday


WEDNESDAY


8 p.m.
%: Season 13, USA
The Masked Singer: Season 2 (2019) Fox (9/25)
Survivor: Season 39, CBS (9/25)
Chicago Med: Season 5 (2019) NBC (9/25)
The Goldbergs: Season 7 (2019) ABC (9/25)
All Elite Wrestling: Season 1 () TNT (10/2)
Riverdale: Season 4 (2019) 84% The CW (10/9)

8:30 p.m.
Schooled: Season 2 (2019) ABC (9/25)

9 p.m.
The Real Housewives of Dallas: Season 4 (2019) Bravo
Modern Family: Season 11 (2019) 79% ABC (9/25)
Chicago Fire: Season 8 (2019) NBC (9/25)
Almost Family: Season 1 (2019) 32% Fox (10/2)
SEAL Team: Season 3 (2019) CBS (10/2)
Nancy Drew: Season 1 (2019) 53% The CW (10/9)
Vikings: Season 6 (2019) 100% History (12/4)

9:30 p.m.
The Cool Kids: Season 2 (2019) ABC (9/25)

10 p.m.
American Horror Story: 1984 (2019) 87% FX (9/18)
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Chicago P.D.: Season 7 (2019) NBC (9/25)
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season 14 (2019) 83% FXX (9/25)
South Park: Season 23 (2019) 50% Comedy Central (9/25)
() % CBS (10/2)

10:30 p.m.
Cake: Season 1 (2019)  FXX (9/25)
Crank Yankers: Season 5 (2019) Comedy Central (9/25)

Midnight
Baroness von Sketch Show: Season 5 (2020) IFC (10/30)

Wednesday Streaming Premieres
Limetown: Season 1 (2019) 71% Facebook Watch (10/16)
Castle Rock: Season 2 (2019) 89% Hulu (10/23)
The Cry: Season 1 (2018) SundanceTV (10/23)
Mad About You: Season 1 (2019) 42% Spectrum (Part 1: 11/20; Part 2: 12/18)

Sunday | Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday | Saturday


THURSDAY


7:30 ET/4:30 PT
Thursday Night Football, Fox

8 p.m.
Young Sheldon: Season 3 (2019) CBS (9/26)
Superstore: Season 5 (2019) 100% NBC (9/26)
Grey's Anatomy: Season 16 (2019) 100% ABC (9/26)
Supernatural: Season 15 (2019) 100% The CW (10/10)

8:30 p.m.
Perfect Harmony: Season 1 (2019) 62% NBC (9/26)
The Unicorn: Season 1 (2019) 85% CBS (9/26)

9 p.m.
Mom: Season 7 (2019) CBS (9/26)
The Good Place: Season 4 (2019) 100% NBC (9/26)
A Million Little Things: Season 2 (2019) ABC (9/26)
Legacies: Season 2 (2019) The CW (10/10)

9:30 p.m.
Sunnyside: Season 1 (2019) 36% NBC (9/26)
Carol's Second Act: Season 1 (2019) 50% CBS (9/26)

10 p.m.
Mr Inbetween: Season 2 (2019) 100% FX
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Season 21 (2019) 80% NBC (9/26)
How to Get Away With Murder: Season 6 (2019) 80% ABC (9/26)
Evil: Season 1 (2019) 92% CBS (9/26)
Temptation Island: Season 2, USA (10/10)

Midnight ET/9 p.m. PT
This Close: Season 2 (2019) Sundance TV

Thursday Streaming Premieres
Explained: Season 2 (2019) Netflix (9/26)
Creepshow: Season 1 (2019) 97% Shudder (9/26)

Sunday | Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday | Saturday


FRIDAY


8 p.m.
Hawaii Five-0: Season 10 (2019) CBS (9/27)
American Housewife: Season 4 (2019) ABC (9/27)
The Blacklist: Season 7 (2019) NBC (10/4)
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Charmed: Season 2 (2019) The CW (10/11)

8:30 p.m.
Fresh Off the Boat: Season 6 (2019) ABC (9/27)

9 p.m.
Murder in the Bayou: Season 1 (2019) Showtime
Magnum P.I.: Season 2 (2019) CBS (9/27)
Dateline NBC: Season 27 (2018) NBC (9/27)
20/20: Season 42 (2019) ABC (9/27)
Dynasty: Season 3 (2019) The CW (10/11)
Ghost Nation: Season 1, Travel (10/11)

10 p.m.
Couples Therapy: Season 1 (2019) 100% Showtime
Blue Bloods: Season 10 (2019) CBS (9/27)

11 p.m.
Good Talk With Anthony Jeselnik: Season 1 (2019) Comedy Central
Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents, Comedy Central (10/18)

Friday Streaming Premieres

Titans: Season 2 (2019) 81% DC Universe
Unbelievable: Season 1 (2019) 98% Netflix
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Undone: Season 1 (2019) 98% Amazon (9/13)
Disenchantment: Part 2 (2018) 73% Netflix (9/20)
Criminal: UK: Season 1 (2019) 85% Netflix (9/20)
Criminal: Spain: Season 1 (2019) Netflix (9/20)
Criminal: France: Season 1 (2019) Netflix (9/20)
Criminal: Germany: Season 1 (2019) Netflix (9/20)
Fastest Car: Season 2 (2019) Netflix (9/20)
Inside Bill's Brain: Decoding Bill Gates: Limited Series (2019) 43% Netflix (9/20)

The Politician: Season 1 (2019) 58% Netflix (9/27)
Big Mouth: Season 3 (2019) 97% Netflix (10/4)
Peaky Blinders: Season 5 (2019) 85% Netflix (10/4)
Raising Dion: Season 1 (2019) 83% Netflix (10/4)
Goliath: Season 3 (2019) 80% Amazon (10/4)
Light as a Feather: Season 2 (2019) Hulu (10/4)
Living With Yourself: Season 1 (2019) 80% Netflix (10/18)
Looking for Alaska: Season 1 (2019) 91% Hulu (10/18)
Modern Love: Season 1 (2019) 75% Amazon (10/18)

The Kominsky Method: Season 2 (2019) 100% Netflix (10/25)
Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan: Season 2 (2019) 67% Amazon (11/1)
The Man in the High Castle: Season 4 (2019) 92% Amazon (11/15)
Dollface: Season 1 (2019) 59% Hulu (11/15)
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Season 3 (2019) 79% Amazon (12/6)
Reprisal: Season 1 (2019) 53% Hulu (12/6)
The Expanse: Season 4 (2019) 100% Amazon (12/13)
Marvel's Runaways: Season 3 (2019) 83% Hulu (12/13)
Lost in Space: Season 2 (2019) 85% Netflix (12/24)

Sunday | Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday | Saturday


SATURDAY


10 p.m.
48 Hours: Season 32 (2018) CBS (9/28)
Star Wars Resistance 92%: Season 2, Disney Channel (10/5)
Destination Fear, Travel (10/26)

11:30 p.m.
Saturday Night Live: Season 45 (2019) 72% NBC (9/28)

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FALL 2019 TV SURVEY: 40 MOST ANTICIPATED NEW SHOWS

For Rotten Tomatoes’ annual Fall TV Survey, we asked thousands of our users what they’re most looking forward to in the coming TV season and to reflect on the best shows from seasons past.

Comic book, sci-fi, and fantasy titles dominate the top 10 most anticipated new titles of fall. And then there’s Helen Mirren as the Russian empress in upcoming HBO limited series Catherine the Great.

The Mandalorian took first place with 33.36% of the vote, while Watchmen was hot on its heels with 33.22%.

Some of these titles, like third place Carnival Row (31%), are already running or have just launched on streaming services, so you can already start checking out a few of the new series Rotten Tomatoes users said they’re most interested in this fall.

Disagree with the survey results? Tell us in the comments who you think should have made the list or have been ranked higher.

Sunnyside: Season 1 (2019)
36%

#40
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Sunnyside settles for broad comedy over the specific insights its subject matter craves, shortchanging its superb cast and timely topics in the process.

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: As sharply dressed as it is smartly written, Godfather of Harlem walks familiar blocks to its own beat and makes a strong first impression.

Dollface: Season 1 (2019)
59%

#38
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Dollface has all of the right parts: a talented cast, a promising premise, and plenty of surreal intrigue -- if only its shallow vision of feminism didn't undermine them.

#37
Synopsis: A strong-willed father navigates the stress of the holiday season when his daughter brings her new boyfriend home for Christmas.... [More]

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus:
Starring:

Diagnosis: Season 1 (2019)
100%

#35
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: As emotional as it is illuminating, Diagnosis' deep dives into the lives of patients navigating complicated health care systems is at once harrowing and hopeful.
Starring: Dr. Lisa Sanders

#34
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: An appealing cast can't make up for Almost Family's appalling premise.

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: As unique as Dolly herself, Heartstrings' many tales of heartache and love don't always play, but strong performances and a sense of tension should be enough for fans of music and melodramaalike.

#32
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: While The Politician can't uphold all of its tantalizing promises, it delivers just enough soapy satire in a sumptuous setting to keep Ryan Murphy fans invested -- though its unlikely to win him many new votes.
Directed By: Ian Brennan, Brad Falchuk

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus:

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Bafflingly bad, the only mystery is how The I-Land got made in the first place.
Directed By: Chad Oakes, Mike Frislev

#29
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: While its family drama and superhero aspirations don't quite come together, compelling performances and a sense of wonder keep Raising Dion afloat and suggest that with a little more guidance it could become something great.

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Groundbreaking, but unfortunately grating, Bob (Hearts) Abishola undermines its own progressive premise with underwhelming humor that relies too heavily on outdated stereotypes.

#27
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Perfect Harmony's precarious premise doesn't always hit the right notes, but a charming cast and and a few clever jokes inspire hope that with a little more practice it could really sing.

#26
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Warm and funny, The Unicorn finds humor in unexpected places and shows off a whole new side of the talented Walton Goggins.

Daybreak: Season 1 (2019)
70%

#25
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Daybreak's blend of soapy teen drama and post apocalyptic horror has some truly inspired moments, even if it feels like you've seen a few of them before.

#24
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Though Bluff City Law's procedural proceedings often feel outdated, fans of Jimmy Smits and Caitlin McGee may find comfort in its familiar beats.

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: While not quite as impressive as its legendary subject matter, An American Saga is a beautifully rendered and raw exploration of the Wu-Tang journey.

All Rise: Season 1 (2019)
56%

#22
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: While All Rise can't quite rise above the shows it aspires to be, it shows potential for future growth while providing a decent showcase for Simone Missick.

#21
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Though Why Women Kill falls short of its ambitious premise, fans of Marc Cherry and his impressive cast will find much to like it its darkly soapy and stylish delights.

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: While Carol's Second Act earns high marks for bringing Patricia Heaton front and center, awkward plotting and lackluster jokes hold it back from living up to its star's high standards.

#19
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Heartbreaking and powerful, Unbelievable transcends familiar true-crime beats by shifting its gaze to survivors of abuse, telling their stories with grace and gravity.

mixed-ish: Season 1 (2019)
76%

#18
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: While it needs more time to establish its own comedic voice, mixed-ish and its appealing cast are off to a sweet and smart start.

Emergence: Season 1 (2019)
94%

#17
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Led by an outstanding Allison Tolman, Emergence avoids becoming just another mystery-box mess with strongly-written characters that will keep viewers caring no matter the resolution.

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Though it may not win many new converts, fans of Danny McBride will find much to praise in The Righteous Gemstones's darkly hilarious pews.

#15
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: An appealing aesthetic and promising ensemble can't quite liven up Nancy Drew, a broody and bland mystery that follows too closely in the footsteps of the shows it aspires to be.

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Strange, surreal, and surprising, Living With Yourself takes a minute to come together, but once it does it proves to be a clever rumination on identity driven by Paul Rudd's impressive dueling performances.

#13
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Though it shows promise, Prodigal Son sidelines a spectacular Michael Sheen in favor of a more pedestrian procedural that often drifts too deeply into the grotesque.

#12
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: While Treadstone is as action-packed and frenetically paced as you'd expect from the Bourne universe, it lacks the narrative momentum and cohesion necessary to set it apart.
Directed By: Tim Kring

Creepshow: Season 1 (2019)
97%

#11
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Delightfully eerie, Creepshow captures the spirit of the original while forging its own spooky path.

Evil: Season 1 (2019)
92%

#10
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Smartly-written and effectively unsettling, Evil works best when it dares to delve into the depths of the uncomfortable questions it poses.

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Though its sumptuous setting and design often outshines its storytelling, Catherine the Great remains a seductive, if scattershot, period drama thanks to the great Helen Mirren.

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#8

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: The daemon is in the details and while His Dark Materials visual splendor and exceptional performances deftly capture the essence of Philip Pullman's seminal novels, it could use a little more magic.

Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: An epic fantasy adventure that will please old and new fans alike, Age of Resistance expertly builds on the lore of The Dark Crystal, crafting compelling new mythos without losing sight of the humanity at the story's heart.

#5
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Critics Consensus: Though the world of The Witcher at times feels only half-formed, Henry Cavill brings brawny charisma to a series teeming with subversive fantasy elements and dark humor.
Directed By: Alik Sakharov

Batwoman: Season 1 (2019)
80%

#4
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Critics Consensus: Though it needs more time to develop its own identity to truly soar, Batwoman's fun and stylish first season is a step in the right direction for representation and superhero shows alike.

#3
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Critics Consensus: Beautiful, but bloated, Carnival Row boasts meticulously crafted mythology and luscious world building -- unfortunately its story of haves and have nots simply has too much going on.

Watchmen: Season 1 (2019)
96%

#2
Adjusted Score: -1%
Critics Consensus: Bold and bristling, Watchmen isn't always easy viewing, but by adding new layers of cultural context and a host of complex characters it expertly builds on its source material to create an impressive identity of its own.

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Critics Consensus: Action-packed and expertly-crafted -- if at times a bit too withholding -- The Mandalorian is a welcome addition to the Star Wars universe that benefits greatly from the cuteness of its cargo.

UPDATED 11/24: List updated to remove Lincoln, which won’t premiere until early 2020. And adding Sunnyside to No. 40 on the list. 


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Director, writer, and producer Patty Jenkins is the latest to sign with streaming giant Netflix. Speaking of… Ryan Murphy unveils a slew of Netflix projects he’s developing. Plus, the streamer announces Kevin James’ new comedy, and the 25th anniversary of Friends is giving fans around the world a chance to celebrate.


PATTY JENKINS SIGNS MULTI-YEAR DEAL WITH NETFLIX

WONDER WOMAN, director Patty Jenkins, Gal Gadot on set, 2017. ph: Clay Enos/©Warner Bros./courtesy Everett Collection

(Photo by Clay Enos/©Warner Bros./courtesy Everett Collection (Patty Jenkins with 'Wonder Woman' star Gal Gadot on set))

Writer, director, and producer Patty Jenkins (Wonder Woman, Monster, I Am the Night) has agreed to enter a multi-year overall deal to produce new series exclusively at Netflix.

“I’m so excited to embark on a great journey of making the new world of television with a company and group of people I admire as much as Ted, Cindy, Channing, Peter and the team at Netflix,” Jenkins said in a statement. “I look forward to digging in to some great work together soon.”

Jenkins is currently working on Wonder Woman 1984, the sequel to her $820-million grossing 2017 superhero film.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Patty Jenkins to Netflix. Her trailblazing work has pushed boundaries and she confidently tells stories that leave an unforgettable mark. We look forward to fostering her many ideas and helping them come to life,” Netflix Vice President of Original Series Channing Dungey said in a statement.

The deal is valued at $10 million over three years, Variety reported.


RELATED: 21 Most Memorable Movie Moments: Patty Jenkins on “No Man’s Land” from Wonder Woman (2017)


RYAN MURPHY ADDS A CHORUS LINE AND HALSTON TO HIS NETFLIX SLATE

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 23: Ryan Murphy attends the TIME 100 Gala Red Carpet at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 23, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for TIME)

(Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for TIME)

In addition to the already announced One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest prequel Ratched, starring Sarah Paulson, and The Politician premiering September 27, Ryan Murphy told Time Magazine about seven more streaming shows he is producing for Netflix.

Murphy is adapting two Broadway musicals: A Chorus Line as a 10-episode series and The Prom as a feature starring Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman. Ewan McGregor is set to star as fashion designer Halston in a Murphy miniseries, while Patti Lupone and Holland Taylor are slated for the sex industry drama Hollywood.

“Jessica Lange and I are working on a piece about Marlene Dietrich in Vegas in the early ’60s,” he told Time. “But I’m so booked. When am I going to do it? I don’t know.”

He’s also developing documentaries, including a 10-part Andy Warhol series and the film A Secret Love about an octogenarian couple coming out as lesbians.


NEW YORK COMIC-CON LINEUP INCLUDES WATCHMEN
SCREENING, SNOWPIERCER EXCLUSIVE SNEAK PEEK

WarnerMedia announced it would present a Snowpiercer panel at New York Comic Con, promising an exclusive sneak peek at the series starring Jennifer Connelly and Daveed Diggs and based on the 2014 film of the same name. Impractical Jokers, Tacoma FD, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, and All Elite Wrestling are also coming to NYCC.

CBS will bring Star Treks Picard and Discovery, as well as Evil and Tell Me a Story, and The CW’s Nancy Drew and Charmed, according to Deadline.

Netflix announced it will preview season 3 of Big Mouth with Nick Kroll and season 2 of Lost in Space with the cast, plus the world premiere of their new series Daybreak.

Hulu, meanwhile, will present world premiere screenings and panels on Marvel’s Runaways season 3, J.J. Abrams and Stephen King’s Castle Rock season 2, and Reprisal’s first season.

Castle Rock is produced by Warner Bros. Television, which announced that it will also present Watchmen and Batwoman screenings with Q&As; Riverdale, Manifest, and Roswell, New Mexico video presentations with Q&As; a Harley Quinn screening; and the premiere of new footage from Black Lightning, Katy Keene, Legacies, Prodigal Son and Titans.


THE SEVENTH FRIENDS CAST MEMBER IS GOING ON TOUR

Friends couch in the Grand Canyon (Warner Bros. Productions.)

(Photo by Warner Bros. Productions)

The sofa from Central Perk on Friends is going on a world tour to celebrate the landmark sitcom’s 25th anniversary. Wherever you are, the sofa will be there for you to take selfies with up to two of your closest friends, maybe four if you skooch together.

Complete tour dates here but some of the major destinations include the Grand Canyon; Empire State Building; London’s Tower Bridge, London Eye and Abby Road; Burj Khalifa in Dubai (the one Tom Cruise climbed in Mission: Impossible); Comic-Con Africa; and the Tribeca TV, Toronto and Venice Film Festivals.

The sofa appears in multiple places simultaneously, so is it possible some of those are not the actual screen- used sofa? Or can the Friends sofa fold space and time? It is magical, you know.


KEVIN JAMES WILL BE THE KING OF NASCAR

Kevin Can Wait stars Kevin James and Erinn Hayes (CBS)

(Photo by CBS)

You can’t keep Kevin James off TV for too long. Kevin Can Wait ended in its third season last spring, so it only took James about a year to line up a new show. This time it’s for Netflix, for which he starred in True Memoirs of an International Assassin.

The Crew stars James as the crew chief in a NASCAR garage. It will still feel familiar to King of Queens fans because it will be a multi-camera situation comedy, James will face off against millennials who think technology can fix everything. NASCAR has two executive producers on the series too.


THE MASKED SINGER DEBUTS TWO MASKS

The Masked Singer released a promo revealing Thingamajig and Butterfly ahead of their sneak peek September 15 and season 2 premiere September 25. Thingamajic belts out Kacey Musgraves from inside that big green fur, and Butterfly rocks out to Jessie J/Ariana Grande/Nicki Minaj without letting those wings get in the way.


FREEFORM IS MAKING A THANKSGIVING MOVIE

Marvel's Cloak and Dagger stars Aubrey Joseph and Olivia Holt (Freeform/Alfonso Bresciani)

(Photo by Freeform/Alfonso Bresciani)

Freeform announced its first Thanksgiving movie. Turkey Drop will star Olivia Holt of Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger. She’ll play Lucy Jacobs, a college freshman returning home worried her high school boyfriend is going to turkey drop her, dumped over the holidays.

Freeform’s press release promises Lucy’s efforts to keep her boyfriend will push her out of her comfort zone and teach her to put herself first. Adventures in Babysitting remake writer Tiffany Paulsen writes. Schitt’s Creek director Jerry Ciccoritti directs. You can see Turkey Drop during Freeform’s November “Kickoff to Christmas,”


TRAILER UPDATE: THIS IS US, THE DEUCE, THE PURGE, AND MORE

The trailer for season 4 of This Is Us shows a glimpse at the expanding word of the Pearson family. Jennifer Morrison appears both in and out of military fatigues, and montages show glimpses of a host of new characters. Favorite guest stars Ron Cephas Jones and Phylicia Rashad also make appearances in the trailer.

FXX released the trailer for season 14 of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. The gang plays laser tag, goes to the zoo, solves a black and white Sin City mystery, and experiments with flatlining and revival. Charlie (Charlie Day) pees on Mac (Rob McElhenney) and Frank (Danny DeVito) is very protective of his melon.

You can also check out the following new trailers:

– A Walking Dead season 10 teaser with no new footage.

– A full trailer for The Deuce’s third and final season.

– A first look at season 2 of USA’s The Purge.

– The trailer for Fox’s newest animated comedy Bless the Hearts.

– A trailer for Cake,  FXX’s short-form live-action and animation showcase Cake.

– The trailer for Criminal on Netflix featuring Hayley Atwell and David Tennant.

– The trailer for Netflix’s mystery series The I-Land inspired by the trailer for the Fyre documentary.

– First looks at CBS’s new romantic sitcoms Bob Hearts Abishola and The Unicorn.

– A trailer for season 3 of Young Sheldon.

– The trailer for Into the Dark’s September horror movie Pure.

– New teasers for The CW’s Nancy Drew and Batwoman, AT&T Audience Network’s Mr. Mercedes, FX’s American Horror Story: 1984 and Mr. In Between season 2, and Paramount Network’s Yellowstone season 3.


CASTING UPDATE: HOMECOMING’S NEW KING

Homecoming season 1 stars Julia Roberts (Amazon Prime Video)

(Photo by Amazon Prime Video)

Julia Roberts is not returning to the second season of Amazon’s Homecoming, which will tell a new story not based on the podcast. Chris Cooper will star in season 2, according to Deadline, which also reports that Glynn Turman has joined the cast of Fargo season 4 in a recurring role.

Al Pacino and Ellen Burstyn will help Ovation relaunch Inside the Actors Studio on Sunday, October 13 at 10 p.m., the network announced.

Rebel Wilson will host the Australian pet competition show Pooch Perfect for Australia’s Network Seven, according to Deadline, while John Stamos, Tony Revolori and Georgia King will recur on Quibi’s Darren Criss/Kether Donohue songwriter comedy Royalties.

Netflix cast Priyanka Chopra in The White Tiger, and Carey Mulligan and Ralph Fiennes will star in Netflix’s historical true story The Dig, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Paramount Network announced its cast for its Army medic dramedy 68 Whisky. Sam Keeley, Gage Golightly, Cristina Rodlo, Jeremy Tardy and Nicholas Coombe star. The show will premiere in early 2020.

Christoph Waltz joins Liam Hemsworth in an untitled thriller for Quibi. Danielle Mone Truitt has joined the Fox cop drama Deputy as a new character, replacing one played by Siena Goines. Stephen Dorff still stars with Truitt. Martha Plimpton joins the cast of HBO Max’s original Generation. The Resident adds Kearran Giovanni, Geoffrey Cantor, Michael Paul Chan and Erinn Westbrook for recurring roles in season 3, according to Deadline.

Garcelle Beauvais joins The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills for season 10, Bravo TV announced. She is the first African-American housewife on the show. Sutton Stracke also joins RHOBH. Ken Jeong, Nicki Glaser, Caroline Rhea, and Adam Carolla will perform at the Comedy Central Roast of Alec Baldwin.


DEVELOPMENT UPDATE: HULU GRABS HANDMAID’S TALE SEQUEL

The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu)

(Photo by Hulu)

Hulu announced it was developing a series based on Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale sequel, The Testaments. Atwood’s book releases September 10, and Handmaid’s series creator Bruce Miller is in talks for the sequel series.

USA Network announced it has ordered limited series Evel, to star Milo Ventimiglia and based on the life of the 1970s daredevil Evel Knievel. Production is expected to begin in 2020.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt will star, write, and executive produce drama series Mr. Corman, about an L.A. elementary school teacher, for Apple TV+, Variety reports.

The Obamas’ choice of names for their production company is in dispute, according to THR. They wanted to call it Higher Ground Productions, but there is already a Higher Ground Enterprises.

Monk creator Andy Breckman and director Randy Zisk are adapting the German detective show Einstein for CBS, according to Deadline. Tyler Perry has formed a new production company with Tim Palen, Peachtree & Vine Productions, according to THR.

NBC is developing a drama about a billionaire who freezes 250 people cryogenically, THR reports. The drama begins when they each wake up at different times. The Peacock is also developing Brain Trust, Deadline reports, about grad students developing the technology to project one’s mind into someone else’s body.

Marco Polo creator John Fusco and action director Renny Harlin are developing a TV series about the Hong Kong Triads, according to Deadline. Fox is developing an animated western comedy aimed at adults called Saloon, Variety reports.

Apple will not move forward with Richard Gere’s streaming series Bastards, and Janice Min is leaving Jeffrey Katzenberg’s Quibi streaming service, according to THR.


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Where do you go after Game of Thrones? For the creators of the hit HBO fantasy series, it’s Star Wars and now Netflix. Plus, this year’s Emmy Awards show is going hostless. Bold. But perhaps not as bold as the timing of FX’s next American Crime Story  topic.


Game of Thrones Creators Find Their New TV Home

Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have found their new home: Netflix. The duo has signed what sources told Deadline is a massive deal somewhere in the nine-figure range, after being courted by six different studios, including HBO.

“We’ve had a beautiful run with HBO for more than a decade and we’re grateful to everyone there for always making us feel at home,” the pair said in a statement. “Over the past few months we’ve spent many hours talking to Cindy Holland and Peter Friedlander, as well as Ted Sarandos and Scott Stuber. We remember the same shots from the same ’80s movies; we love the same books; we’re excited about the same storytelling possibilities. Netflix has built something astounding and unprecedented, and we’re honored they invited us to join them.”

The duo is also set to produce a series of Star Wars films, with the first expected in 2022.


RELATED:5 Places Star Wars Could Go in the 2020s


There Won’t Be an Emmys Host This Year

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Actor Julia Louis-Dreyfus accepts Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for 'Veep' onstage during the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Fox boss Charlie Collier confirmed to reporters at the 2019 Television Critics Association summer press tour that, like the Oscars, there will be no host for the 2019 Emmys. Later that day, former Golden Globes host Amy Poehler said she understands the reluctance of people to sign on for such a massive gig.

“Those shows are a beast and the people who produce those shows have a specific, hard job,” she said. But without a host, “It should be a fun party. Think about how fun it is to go to a party, and you don’t know who’s throwing it. Your brain will probably decide who the host is.”


Could the New Season of American Crime Story Influence the 2020 Election?

Beanie Feldstein at arrivals for 2019 Billboard Music Awards - Arrivals 4, MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NV May 1, 2019. Photo By: JA/Everett Collection

(Photo by JA/Everett Collection)

Immediately after FX announced that Impeachment would be the theme for the third season of American Crime Story, will focus on Bill Clinton’s impeachment through the eyes of the women involved in the case (starring Beanie Feldstein as Monica Lewinsky), and will premiere in late September 2020, an online backlash began denouncing the timing of the series. FX boss John Landgraf hit back at critics of the timing, saying that it’s scheduled then because people will be “interested in this right around the presidential election.”

“I believe very, very strongly in what we’re making. I’ve read it. I think it’s great,” Landgraf said. “I don’t believe it’s going to determine who’s the next president of the United States. I think that’s a little hysterical, from my standpoint, somebody saying that that’s going to influence the presidential election. And from my standpoint, I am insistent that I’m going to support artists who want to make great art, and they want to put it at the time and place where people are going to watch it. I will stand up here as long as I’m here, and I will stand for artists, and I will stand for art. And no one will shout us down in terms of you saying, ‘You can’t make that art,’ or ‘You can’t schedule at the time that most people want to watch it.’”


Fleabag Takes Top Honors at Television Critics Association Awards

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 03: Phoebe Waller-Bridge (L) accepts the Outstanding Achievement in Comedy Award for "Fleabag" onstage from Emma Dibdin and Laura Prudom during the TCA Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 03, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)

“Breezy, isn’t it?” Phoebe Waller-Bridge commented to journalists Laura Prudom and Emma Dibdin, who both wore her black Fleabag season 2 dinner scene outfit to present the Television Critics Association award for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy to the series. Fleabag also won Program of the Year and Individual Achievement in Comedy for star and creator Waller-Bridge when the industry organization handed out its annual honors on August 03, 2019 in Beverly Hills.

The awards included:

Individual Achievement in Drama: Michelle Williams (FOSSE/VERDON, FX)
Individual Achievement in Comedy: Phoebe Waller-Bridge (FLEABAG, Amazon)
Outstanding Achievement in News and Information: LEAVING NEVERLAND (HBO)
Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming: QUEER EYE (Netflix)
Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming: ARTHUR (PBS Kids)
Outstanding Achievement in Sketch/Variety Shows: LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER (HBO)
Outstanding New Program: RUSSIAN DOLL (Netflix)
Outstanding Achievement in Movie Or Miniseries: CHERNOBYL (HBO)
Outstanding Achievement in Drama: BETTER CALL SAUL (AMC)
Outstanding Achievement in Comedy: FLEABAG (Amazon)
Program of the Year: FLEABAG (Amazon)
Lifetime Achievement Honoree: David Milch
Heritage Award: DEADWOOD (HBO)


Supernatural Says Goodbye to the Winchester Brothers

Supernatural -- "Devil's Bargain" -- Image Number: SN1313a_0238b.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Jensen Ackles as Dean and Jared Padalecki as Sam -- Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW

(Photo by Dean Buscher/The CW)

As Supernatural heads into its 15th and final season, stars Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki reflected on the past and future of their demon-hunting brother characters.

“I don’t think these guys look in the past very often, unless it’s to help moving forward. I think they will continue to move forward, but this is just it’s a long journey that I don’t think is ever going to be over,” Ackles said . “I think we’re just going to go away for a while. How long, I don’t know.”

Cracked Padalecki, “And then 15 more seasons.”

But while Ackles noted “there’s a running joke on the set that this is Supernatural, and nothing ever stays dead,” executive producer Andrew Dabb said that he and the writers are planning a definitive ending.

“We’re looking at this as a true ending. And in a true ending, people can’t keep coming back over and over again. Through various machinations, some of the things that our guys have relied on to keep themselves going and going and going no matter what are going to go away. And they’re going to be facing life or death. Really, they face it a lot, but this time it’s for real,” Dabb said.


The Boys Is One of Amazon’s Biggest Shows Ever

The Boys superheroes in season 1 trailer screencap (Amazon Prime Video)

(Photo by Amazon Prime Video)

In the two weeks following its release, Amazon superhero series The Boys has already become one of the streamer’s most-watched series. From executive producers Eric Kripke (Supernatural) and Preacher executive producers Seth Rogen and Evan GoldbergThe Boys tells the story of entitled, dangerous superheroes managed by the nefarious Vought Corporation and the vigilantes seeking vengeance for wrongs committed by members of the Seven, the crème de la crème of the Vought superhero machine. Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios, said the series “surpassed our predictions for viewing in its first two weeks, and has become one of our most watched Amazon Original series by our Prime Video customers.” The series also became one of the most binged series of 2019 with Amazon Prime Video customers, Amazon reported in a release. The first season is Certified Fresh at 81% on the Tomatometer with 74 reviews. Season 2 is now in production.


RELATED: Why The Boys’ Twisted Take on the Superhero Genre Is So Deeply Satisfying


Teen Sleuth Nancy Drew Gets a Supernatural Update

The Nancy Drew novels have always contained a possible supernatural element that always turned out to be of human nature. But on The CW’s dark series featuring the classic teen detective, that supernatural element might be a little more real.

“There are ghosts in our show,” executive producer Noga Landau said. “The way to really look at it is that most of the things that are supernatural are rooted in something that’s happening mysteriously in the real world. Everything is rooted in emotion or some mystery amongst the living that has been unresolved.”

And while there will be a season-long mystery the characters solve, there will also be some case-of-the-week elements.

“The case in the pilot is the case that we will be unraveling through the course of the season,” executive producer Melinda Hsu Taylor said, “but every week there’s going to be a feel of, like, ‘Oh, this is the story this week.’ We’ve got this part of the mission to unfold, and another little mini mystery will become revealed to us through the things that we’re doing in that episode. I think it’s a really satisfying season-long mystery, but every week is going to be very satisfying as well.”


When Will Batwoman Don Her Wig?

CW_Batwoman_1stLook_V5.jpg -- Pictured: Ruby Rose as Batwoman -- Photo: JSquared Photography/The CW

(Photo by JSquared Photography/The CW)

When the character of Batwoman was first introduced to The CW’s Arrowverse in the 2018 “Elseworlds” crossover, she was wearing the character’s trademark red wig. But in the pilot for the CW series, which takes place before the events of “Elseworlds,” there’s no wig in sight.

“That’s going to come up in episode 3, when she really embraces her role as Batwoman,” executive producer Caroline Dries said. “She puts on that suit, as we see in the pilot, because she’s trying to scare her enemy. And she’s not necessarily trying to become Batwoman. She’s just trying to be disguise her identity and be a fearful opponent to her nemesis. So she it’s a gradual story. It’s an origin story, so it’s a gradual realization of, ‘Oh, actually, I’m going to need my own identity.'”

In the upcoming crossover, the epic five-show “Crisis on Infinite Earths,” Dries worked hard to make sure the story line for Batwoman still made sense in the universe of the series.

“[What] was really important to me as we were breaking the crossover is that I want to keep the tone of our show in Gotham very grounded,” she said. “We are just starting out, and our characters — it’s not normal for them to interact with aliens and travel to different universes and stuff like that, so that is the first thing I brought up to the major writers’ room as we were breaking the crossover.”


How Will Black Lightning Join the Arrowverse?

Black Lightning -- "The Book of the Apocalypse: Chapter Two: The Omega" -- Image BLK216c_0386b.jpg -- Pictured: Cress Williams as Black Lightning -- Photo: Josh Stringer/The CW -- © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved

(Photo by Josh Stringer/The CW)

In addition to the whopping five shows joining The CW’s annual Arrowverse crossover — Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, and Batwoman — “Crisis on Infinite Earths” will also introduce characters from the network’s other superhero series, Black Lightning. Arrowverse executive producer Marc Guggenheim said it was always the goal to make this crossover the biggest ever.

“Ever since we started talking about doing ‘Crisis’ — and we started it last year — the goal has always been how many different corners of the DC Universe can we touch? We already say, ‘It’s not “Crisis on CW,”‘ or ‘It’s “Crisis on Infinite Earths.”‘ And Black Lightning just makes so much sense. I’m a huge fan of that show, and I’m a longtime fan of that comic character. What it really came down to was Salim Akil deciding whether he wanted to do it. He and I had a great conversation last week talking about Black Lightning being part of the crossover. I think we’re both really jazzed and really excited that there are some phenomenal possibilities here.”


Say Hello to Your Friends: Netflix’s Baby-Sitters Club Casts Parents

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 17: Alicia Silverstone arrives at The Daily Front Row's 5th Annual Fashion Los Angeles Awards at Beverly Hills Hotel on March 17, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage); Mark Feuerstein (Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

(Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage; Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

Alicia Silverstone and Mark Feuerstein will play the parents of Baby-Sitters Club president Kristy in Netflix’s upcoming single-camera family series adaptation of The Baby-Sitters Club. Silverstone is Elizabeth Thomas-Brewer, the mother of Kristy Thomas and love interest of Feuerstein’s Watson Brewer. The series is based on Ann M. Martin’s best-selling book series about five Connecticut BFFs — Kristy Thomas, Mary Anne Spier, Claudia Kishi, Stacey McGill, and Dawn Schafer. Production is currently underway in Vancouver.


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Downtown San Diego is swarming with costumed superheroes and more of your favorite comic, film, TV, and video game characters — which means it’s time for San Diego Comic-Con again. This is the convention’s 50th year, and the first day brought panels for fan-favorite novels-turned-HBO series His Dark Materials, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The CW’s new dark mystery Nancy Drew, and more. Read on for the biggest news from Thursday’s TV panels.


Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Briefs Fans On Their Final Mission

MARVEL'S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. CLARK GREGG, CHLOE BENNET, MING-NA WEN (Image Group LA via Getty Images)

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s first Hall H appearance at Comic-Con was bitersweet following the Thursday announcement that the series’ upcoming seventh season will be its last. In fact, as executive producer Jed Whedon revealed, the cast assembled earlier in the week to read the series finale script together.

“The dragons look amazing,” star Clark Gregg quipped.

Executive producer and Marvel Television chief Jeph Loeb called the panel a “celebration” of the show’s seven-year run, which featured highlight reels of the first five seasons and cast remembrances of long days, tough scenes, and Ming-Na Wen’s boisterous laugh. Though she added newer cast member Jeff Ward has “taken the crown” as the group’s loudest cackler.

Gregg called the whole series a “magical journey” — particularly since it seemed his character, Agent Phil Coulson, died in Marvel’s Avengers. But as he recalled, Avengers director Joss Whedon pulled him aside one day and said, “you might not be dead.”

Coming back to the final year, which is set to air in 2020, Loeb said, “It’s going to be an ending you deserve because S.H.I.E.L.D. fans rock.” He thanked those in attendance for helping the show, which was often on the edge of cancellation, to reach a total of 136 episodes. “It’s the flagship show of Marvel Television, and it’s the show I love most,” he added.


His Dark Materials Debuts First Trailer

Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda is quite fond of author Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy. As he told the audience at the show’s Hall H Comic-Con panel on Thursday, he and his now-wife first bonded over a shared reading of the books. So when he was offered the part of Texan airship pilot Lee Scoresby — a dashing man with more than few traits of the traditional fantasy rogue — Miranda thought, “If they can see it, I’ll find it.”

In the world of His Dark Materials, souls are anthropomorphized as animal companions (known as “daemons”) for each of the major characters. Scoresby’s is a bunny.

“Sorry, an arctic hare,” Miranda said, correcting one fan’s question about Scorsby’s daemon. “[He’s] about a knee high. This ain’t no Thumper,” he explained, adding that arctic hares “survive in anything — they’re survivors and so is Lee Scoresby.”

The series, which also stars Dafne Keen, Ruth Wilson, and James McAvoy, takes viewers from the heart of this unusual world to many others (some of which can be glimpsed in the first full trailer for the series, which debuted during the panel). But for the lonely Scoresby, it means a chance to find new companions besides his demon.


 The Good Wife Creators Get Evil With Spooky New CBS Drama

The latest drama from The Good Wife and The Good Fight creators Robert and Michelle King is, like their other series, a procedural with deeper roots. Except instead of sociopolitical commentary, Evil, which premieres this fall on CBS, tackles the existential question of the origin of evil and its place on the dividing line between science and religion. A skeptical female psychologist teams up with a priest-in-training and a carpenter to investigate the backlog of unexplained mysteries and supposed miracles, demonic possessions, and hauntings in the Catholic church, and find out if there’s a logical explanation for each of if supernatural forces are at work.

“What’s fun is we’re looking at a lot of the same ideas we were exploring in our legal shows,” Michelle King told the crowd at the series’ San Diego Comic-Con panel following a screening of the premiere episode. “There’s crime, there’s evil, but we’re addressing it in a different way.”

Added star Mike Colter, a.k.a. Marvel’s Luke Cage, who plays the aforementioned priest, “All of us are trying to find a truth, and I think that’s what my character wants more than anything. …It’s that sort of thing that drives his character.”


Cobie Smulders Says Her Stumptown Character Is No Superhero

This fall, ABC will debut the graphic novel-based series Stumptown starring Avengers-adjacent Cobie Smulders as a private investigator with a gambling problem. In the series’ first SDCC panel, she told the crowd that her character doesn’t have much in common with the superheroes her Marvel character, S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Maria Hill, deals with. The series takes a much more grounded approach to crime-fighting.

“She’s not a superhero. She’s not really highly skilled. She’s a scrapper and the fight scenes will be very dirty and very realistic,” she teased.


Nancy Drew: The CW’s Newest Riverdale Companion

The CW’s new dark murder-mystery drama adapted from a beloved children’s literary series is Nancy Drew, which sees the titular teen detective embroiled in a murder mystery. Yes, it’s a dark and gritty take on the character much like Riverdale‘s versions of Archie Comics characters.

“We were huge fans of the 1970s show, and when we were putting this together, we started from [what] we all loved about Nancy Drew,” creator Stephanie Savage said. “She was brave, and smart, and fearless, but she wasn’t just the good girl. She had a little darkness about her.”


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