Fall TV preview 2018: 12 new streaming shows to look for this fall

September 8, 2018

Fall TV preview 2018: 12 new streaming shows to look for this fall

CLEVELAND, Ohio – It was scary how quickly streaming services emerged as major programming players. Well, it certainly was scary to the broadcast networks and cable channels. And sometimes the celebrated series being served up in the streaming world were both scary and scary good, as was the chilling case with Netflix’s “Stranger Things” and “Black Mirror.”

The high-profile streaming shows on the way this fall cover a great many genres, but you’re definitely seeing the eerie influence of “Stranger Things” and “Black Mirror.” So, even with Hulu’s “Castle Rock” finishing up its run this Wednesday, Sept. 12, there will be no shortage of fright-minded fare coming your way over the next two months.

Yes, the most-anticipated streaming shows of the fall range from a Shakespearean tragedy to a Chuck Lorre comedy. But look how many of these 12 newcomers are employing scare tactics, guaranteeing there will remain plenty of screaming in streaming:

“The First” (Friday, Sept. 14, Hulu): Sean Penn and Natascha McElhone lead the cast of this ambitious near-future drama about a crew of astronauts attempting to become the first humans on Mars.

“The Dragon Prince” (Friday, Sept. 14, Netflix): This animated animated fantasy series is set in the magical land of Xadia, where magic comes from six primal sources: sun, moon, stars, sky, Earth and ocean. When dark magic is added to the mystical mix, war breaks out, and three kids are caught up in the conflict: two human princes and the elven assassin sent to kill them.

“Maniac” (Friday, Sept. 21, Netflix): Emma Stone and Jonah Hill star in this dark comedy based on the even more bizarre Norwegian television series. Set in a world somewhat like our own, the series follows disaffected and aimless Annie Landsberg (Stone) and wealthy Owen Milgrim (Hill), who has struggled with a disputed diagnosis of schizophrenia. The two strangers are drawn to the late stages of a mysterious pharmaceutical trial for different reasons. Sally Field and Justin Theroux play doctors who are recurring characters.

“The Good Cop” (Friday, Sept. 21, Netlfix): Tony Danza and Josh Groban star in this odd-couple father-and-son comedy about Tony Caruso Sr. and Jr. Tony Sr. is a disgraced former New York police officer who never followed the rules. Tony Jr. is an obsessively honest cop who scrupulously follows every rule.

“King Lear” (Friday, Sept. 28, Amazon): Anthony Hopkins tackles the title role of Shakespeare’s tragedy, set in an alternate-universe modern London that’s highly militarized. The outstanding supporting cast includes Hopkins’ “Howards End” and “Remains of the Day” co-star Emma Thompson as Goneril, Emily Watson as Regan, Florence Pugh as Cordelia and Jim Broadbent as the Earl of Gloucester.

“Into the Dark” (Friday, Oct. 5, Hulu): Emmy-winning producer Jason Blum is in charge of this 12-part horror anthology series. The first episode follows a sophisticated and cynical hit man transporting a body on Halloween. The second episode, starring Dana Silvers and Dermot Mulroney, tells of a woman who, a year after her mother’s death, feels trapped in her house on Thanksgiving.

“The Romanoffs” (Friday, Oct. 12, Amazon): Writer-producer Matt Weiner (“Mad Men”) has assembled a tremendous cast for this anthology series filmed on three continents. Among the stars in these eight self-contained stories are Kathryn Hahn, who grew up in Cleveland Heights, Diane Lane, Corey Stoll, Griffin Dunne and three “Mad Men” players: John Slattery, Christina Hendricks and Jay R. Ferguson. What connects the episodes is that each features characters claiming to be descended from Russian royalty.

“The Haunting of Hill House” (Friday, Oct. 12, Netflix): Carla Gugino and Henry Thomas, who co-starred in the Netflix adaptation of Stephen King’s “Gerald’s Game,” join Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser and Timothy Hutton in this modern reimagining of Shirley Jackson’s landmark horror novel, “The Haunting of Hill House” (made into a widely acclaimed film, “The Haunting,” in 1963 and a less-well-received movie in 1999). This series version follows five siblings who grew up in the most famous haunted house in America. Now adults, they’re reunited by the suicide of their youngest sister.

“Light as a Feather” (Friday, Oct. 12, Hulu): Recalling the teen horror films of the ’70s, this series looks at an innocent game of “Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board” gone bad. The five teen girls involved in the game start dying off in the exact way that was predicted, forcing the survivors to figure out why they’re being targeted – and whether the evil force hunting them down is one of their own. The series stars Brianne Tju, Ajiona Alexus, Peyton List, Liana Liberato and Haley Ramm.

“The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” (Friday, Oct. 26, Netflix): If you’re thinking sitcom from the ’90s or Archie Comics from the 1970s, dispel any notions of anything that tame. This version of “Sabrina the Teenage Witch,” starring Kiernan Shipka (“Mad Men”), combines coming-of-age drama with horror, moving the concept closer to “Rosemary’s Baby” and “The Exorcist” and far away from its Archie origins (a journey started in 2014 with the Archie Horror comic book, “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina”). This half-mortal Sabrina is struggling to reconcile her dual nature while battling the evil forces that threaten her and her family.

“Homecoming” (Friday, Nov. 2, Amazon): Julia Roberts stars in this psychological thriller about a case worker helping soldiers transition back to civilian life. After starting a new life, she realizes there are haunting mysteries about the job she left. The supporting cast includes Sissy Spacek, Bobby Cannavale, Shea Whigam and Stephan James.

“The Kominsky Method” (Friday, Nov. 16, Netflix): Chuck Lorre (“The Big Bang Theory,” “Two and a Half Man”) is the writer, director and executive producer behind this comedy starring Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin. Douglas plays Sandy Kominsky, a briefly famous Hollywood star who is now a respected acting coach. Arkin plays his longtime agent and friend, Norman Newlander. As we watch the two pals cope with growing old in a town that reveres youth and beauty, Lorre gets to toss some satiric darts at the entertainment industry.

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