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September 30, 2016

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9 TV Shows We’re Looking Forward To This Fall

Fall has now officially arrived, bringing with it sweater weather, pumpkin spice and fewer hours of sunlight. But at Touchwood PR, one of things we most look forward to is a new TV season full of binge-worthy gems to watch on crisp Autumn nights. Some of this year’s highlights include a new sci-fi series starring Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood, Donald Glover’s return to television and plenty of great new Canadian shows! So get your blankets, pop some popcorn and check out these shows we’re most looking forward to.

1. Shoot The Messenger – Oct. 10, 2016

Synopsis: The series follows Daisy Channing, a young reporter trying to balance a messy personal life with a burgeoning career. Things go sideways when she tracks a story about a gang-related murder, and discovers an interconnected web of political and illicit sexual indiscretions that could destroy lives, including those of her own family.

Why we’re pumped: Filmed and set in Toronto and starring amazing Canadian talent Elyse Levesque Lyriq Bent and Lucas Bryant, we’re keen to get to the bottom of this intriguing tale of sex, lies and politics.

2. Westworld – Oct. 2, 2016

Synopsis: Inspired by the 1973 film of the same name, “Westworld” is centred around a futuristic theme park inhabited by artificial beings.

Why we’re pumped: Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris and Thandie Newton star in this sci-fi drama that blends technology, futurism and history. Need we say more? If you’re still not convinced, the show also comes from Executive Producer J.J. Abrams. Plus, HBO basically doesn’t make bad TV shows.

3. This is Us – Sept. 27, 2016

Synopsis: It’s an ensemble dramedy about a group of people who all have the exact same birthday and are on the verge of some major life changes as they all turn 36.

Why we’re pumped: We love a good tearjerker, and this trailer gives us all the feels. The word on the street is that this show fills the void that Parenthood left when it went off the air. Also, Andrea watched the first episode and loved it.

4. Atlanta – Sept. 6, 2016

Synopsis: Two cousins, with different views on art versus commerce, navigate their was through the Atlanta rap scene.

Why we’re pumped: Donald Glover returns to television for the first time since Community, and we missed him! This show seems like the perfect project for Glover, who is also a rapper under the name Childish Gambino.

5. This Life – Oct. 2

Synopsis: This Life is a family saga focusing on Natalie Lawson, an accomplished columnist and single mother in her early forties whose terminal cancer diagnosis sends her on a quest to prepare her teenage children for life without her.

Why we’re pumped:  We’re looking forward to seeing Torri Higginson reprise her ACTRA-nominated role as Natalie Lawson, an ailing mother of three, in this heart-wrenching tale. Is Natalie’s drug trial working? What will happen now that her children’s father has reappeared? We’re hoping to find out in Season 2.

6. Mascots – Oct. 13, 2016

Synopsis: A look into the world of competitive mascots.

Why we’re pumped: This show has so many hilarious actors, including Jane Lynch, Elizabeth Banks, Chis O’Dowd, Zach Woods and more. It’s just such an utterly ridiculous premise for a show that we have to watch it.

7. The Crown – Nov. 4, 2016

Synopsis: The Crown focuses on Queen Elizabeth II as a 25-year-old newlywed faced with the daunting prospect of leading the world’s most famous monarchy while forging a relationship with legendary Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill.

Why we’re pumped: Most of us know Queen Elizabeth as a grandmotherly, politely-waving woman who loves Corgis. The idea of getting a glimpse into her life as a 25-year-old just coming into power is very enticing.

8. Kim’s Convenience – Oct. 4, 2016

Synopsis: Kim’s Convenience is the funny, heartfelt story of the Kim’s, a Korean-Canadian family, running a convenience store in downtown Toronto.

Why we’re pumped: The CBC has released a series of hilarious advice and character introduction videos on YouTube for the series. The Toronto-shot series stars a number of Canadian actors, including Amanda Brugel.

9. Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life – Nov. 25

Synopsis: The follow-up series to Gilmore Girls, centring on the life of a young woman raised by a single mom in Stars Hollow, Connecticut.

Why we’re pumped: Our favourite TV show of the 2000s makes a triumphant return! Thank God for Netflix. We can’t wait to catch up on what’s new in the lives of Lorelai and Rory!

Happy binge-watching!