With the changing of the leaves and the smell of freshly sharpened pencils comes the return of some of our favorite television shows—the agonizing wait between seasons has lasted all summer forcing us to, quite literally, sweat it out.
While we’ve bid a bittersweet farewell to a myriad of shows both young and old (I’m looking at you, Almost Human, Nikita, The Tomorrow People and Revolution), things are looking up with the season premieres of the following five series that we simply can’t seem to get enough of:
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (September 28)
This spiffy, comedic police procedural premiered last year and wasted no time collecting nominations and awards of the highest honor. Starring funnyman Andy Samberg as up-and-comer (and precinct-clown) Detective Jake Peralta and the uber-cool Andre Braugher as Captain Ray Holt, along with a diverse cast of talented actors, the Golden Globe-winning and Emmy-nominated Nine-Nine is headed back for a second season in late September.
Fans are already salivating over the cliffhanger from last season’s finale: how will Amy (Melissa Fumero) react to Jake’s confession of feelings for her? Will his undercover work take a toll? So long as the writers don’t drag this into a pull-your-hair-out fest the way the showrunners over at Law & Order: SVU did to Benson and Stabler, we’ll probably be okay with whatever happens.
Doctor Who (August 23)
The nerdy television show to end all nerdy television, Doctor Who enters its eighth—scratch that, 450th—season at the end of this month…and it looks like viewers are in for a treat. The fan favorite, which first premiered in 1963, hasn’t lost any momentum since its reboot in 2005 and appears to be evolving into something completely different once again.
Over the past seven seasons, audiences were delighted by the scrappy, jaded ninth Doctor, the fast-talking, quirky tenth Doctor, and the adorably loving and sartorially challenged eleventh Doctor, played aptly by Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, and Matt Smith, respectively. But showrunner and writer Steven Moffat wanted to go darker—and older—for a change. “We couldn’t just go for another quirky, young man with an interesting haircut, as people would start to notice what we were doing,” he joked with Best Daily. With the change in character, companion Clara (portrayed by the lovely Jenna-Louise Coleman) has a lot on her hands. “Clara was the control freak who had the controllable Doctor (Eleven),” Moffat explained to the Mail. “It was a stable relationship and they were a lovely couple. But now the Doctor grows his fangs back and she thinks, ‘bloody hell, that is hard.’”
Elementary (October 30)
Move over, Sherlock, Elementary is back this fall and ready to smash expectations. The American import of the British masterpiece, chopped and sewn back together in a fresh re-imagining, spent most of season two making up for a lackluster first year in brilliant fashion and finished out the term in a blaze of glory (pun intended). With brother Mycroft in hiding after faking his death, partner Joan preparing to move out of the brownstone, and Holmes himself staked out in London once again, what will become of our beloved duo?
Throughout the first episode, which picks up approximately 12 months after the season two finale, Holmes spends a great deal of time “trying to get in Joan’s good graces after a year away in London,” reports TVLine. Of course, with these two, nothing ever comes easy. Both Holmes and Watson will be confronted with a stark realization that things have changed dramatically over the past year, each one of the former partners toting a new companion—a new boyfriend for Joan and a protege named Kitty for Holmes. Chaos will inevitably ensue.
I suppose the days of naming a bee after one another are over.
The Walking Dead (October 12)
The acclaimed AMC drama has had more than its fair share of accolades over the past four seasons, and it seems that this year will be no different. With a whirlwind fourth season ending in a mysterious compound full of what can only be assumed are human skulls, fans were left shuddering from tension and expectation. What is Terminus?
With a full fifth season slated to premiere in mid-October, the absurdly talented cast, crew and writers are already about halfway through filming what they’ve called an “explosive,” “messy” and “brutal” year. Said executive producer Tom Luse, in an interview with AMCTV, “I think our journey this season, especially at the beginning, is going to show the scale of the world that we’re living in in a way that we haven’t done before. That is the most interesting thing. We’re showing many aspects of what has been going on for the last couple of years that we haven’t had an opportunity to show before.”
Still craving more TWD? Check out this exclusive clip from San Diego Comic Con, revealing how the season 4 finale was supposed to end.
New Girl (September 16)
With a raucous season three finale straight out of the Three Stooges playbook, New Girl is set to deliver the most “idiotic” season yet—those, of course, being the words of the show’s own promotional poster. With the gang back from a nightmarish cruise, complete with over-zealous employees, bad wine, and an unintentional lock-down, what will happen to unlucky-in-love Jess, Cece, Schmidt and Nick? Has water-phobic Coach been scarred for life? And will Winston ever get to shoot a bunch of fish with a machine gun?
With Nick and Schmidt back to sharing a bedroom (perhaps even…bunk-beds?) and an apartment challenge to get lucky straight out of the gates, season four is bound to hold a treasure trove of comedy gold. And with guest stars Jessica Biel and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s Kaitlin Olson joining the ranks, there’s no telling what horrendous decisions might be made.
Which returning shows are you most excited for?