One of the nice things about the current television landscape is that there really aren’t many rules anymore. Wanna cast a couple movie stars in a show that lasts a total of 10 episodes? Cool. Wanna release all the episodes of your next season at once in the middle of the night and just let people watch whenever they want? Nice. Wanna make a goofy comedy that’s also an incredibly deep dive on the subjects of depression and loneliness, and tell the whole thing from the perspective of an animated showbiz horse? Go nuts, my guy.
But even if there aren’t real “rules” anymore, in a hard and fast sense, there are still some pretty helpful guidelines. Tips, if you will, to help make sure a season of television is on the right track. Here are three pretty important ones.
– Michael Schur should be in charge of a network comedy.
– Kiefer Sutherland should have a show in which America is under attack from a mysterious group of evildoers who are probably in cahoots with a current, former, or future Vice President.
– There should be at least one show about a talking dog.
This is why I’m optimistic about the upcoming fall television season. All three of those boxes are checked off together for the first time since 2014, when Parks and Recreation, 24: Live Another Day, and Dog With a Blog were all airing new episodes. There are other things to look forward to as well, and we’ll get to them in a minute, but this is a very exciting development. I mean, for me, at least. But I’m the one making this list, so that’s kind of what we’re working with here.
Below, please find the most exciting new shows of the fall season, ranked. Check out our full September preview for more.
10. The Crown (Netflix)
The Crown is Netflix’s big fancy British-American series about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, who will be played by Claire Foy, which is notable because Claire Foy is not Helen Mirren. I didn’t even know you were allowed to make a movie or TV show about Queen Elizabeth without casting Helen Mirren.
I suppose the reasoning behind the decision was that the first season will focus on an earlier part of Elizabeth’s life, but Netflix reportedly spent $156 million on the first 10 episodes, so don’t you dare try to tell me that there wasn’t money to cast Helen Mirren and age her down a few decades with CGI. It’s shameful, really. The only way I will be swayed from this opinion is if it turns out they made the show for $6 million and they just put a $150 million pile of cash in the background of every scene without even explaining it.