The 25 Most Anticipated TV Shows of Fall 2018

on September 04, 2018, 5:45pm
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Kidding


Premiere: September 9th on Showtime

Michel Gondry and Jim Carrey’s previous collaboration, 2004’s Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, cemented the actor as a performer with depths beyond the slapstick comedy that made him a superstar and the filmmaker as one of the rare directorial voices working today who still believes in the wistful old magic of the past while understanding its more painful underpinnings. Now, the two return with Kidding, a series about a Mr. Rogers-esque daytime host called Mr. Pickles, who struggles to reconcile the benign innocence and sweetness of his series with the real-life death of his son, an ensuing divorce, and a Los Angeles that seems crueler than ever. Carrey isn’t the star he was twenty years ago, but if the episodes of Kidding we’ve seen are any indication, that’s going to be a good thing, and make for some compelling TV. –Dominick Suzanne-Mayer

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American Horror Story: Apocalypse

Premiere: September 12th on FX

Apocalypses are endings, yeah? And, Jesus Christ almighty, do we hope this is the end of Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story, a series that has cemented itself across eight seasons as a vessel for compelling ideas that can’t help but (usually about mid-season) slaughter each of them in a vat of bubbling, acidic excess. This season will bring together characters from the series’ watchable first season, Murder House, and its irredeemable third, Coven, all while introducing a whole new set of characters who we’re sure won’t clog up the narrative at all. Sure, it’s cool that Stevie Nicks is reprising her role, but we’re pretty positive her scene will blip by as quickly as the rest of the season’s stories, giving way to new, unnecessary diversions that give that old adage of “throwing it all against the wall to see what sticks” a bad name. –Randall Colburn

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Bojack Horseman

Premiere: September 14th on Netflix

As BoJack returns for a fifth season, the trajectory of its title character seems to have changed. What was once a show about BoJack’s steady bottoming out as a person has turned into the character slowly rebuilding himself, through better understanding his family history, the friends who’ve tolerated him for so long, and his sister, Hollyhock, who still wants to be a part of his life. Alongside Princess Carolyn’s next adventure, Todd’s always-amusing antics, and the steady dissolution of Diane and Mr. Peanutbutter’s relationship, we’re excited to see whether BoJack and BoJack can keep getting better in season 5. –Andrew Bloom

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Maniac

Premiere: September 21st on Netflix

Quite a bit of speculation surrounds Maniac, the new series from True Detective season one showrunner Cary Fukunaga. A dark comedy starring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill (for the first time since Superbad!), Maniac follows them as participants in a pharmaceutical trial which promises a miracle cure. Drawn by their own demons, and by a course of pills which promise to fix any and every abnormality in the human mind, the duo are roped into worlds beyond their wildest imaginations. Everything about this has “endless op-eds speculating about What’s Actually Going On” written all over it. –Dominick Suzanne-Mayer

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Jane Fonda in Five Acts

Premiere: September 24th on HBO

There are icons out there, but sometimes an icon’s an icon several times over. That’s the argument behind Jane Fonda in Five Acts, documentarian Susan Lacy’s intimate look at a woman who’s been a fitness guru, activist, two-time Oscar winner, author, TV star, and wife and divorcée three times over. But while Fonda has worn many hats, Lacy’s portrait is equally as interested, if not more so, in the woman behind these iconic moments — Fonda’s decades-long struggle with an eating disorder, her relationship with father Henry Fonda, her mother’s suicide, and the fallout from her antiwar protests all get a look. “This is the beginning of my last act,” Fonda says in the film’s arresting trailer. “In order to know how to go forward, I’m gonna have to know where I’ve been.” She’s willing to look back in front of a camera, and odds are, we’ll all be richer for it. –Allison Shoemaker

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