Although many fans wish some shows would stick around forever, some just have to come to an end and make way for a new series. Here are some shows for the fall season worth your devotion.
Knowing you’re going to die changes what you’re willing to do for your family. Millions of viewers have rooted for anti-hero Walter White (Bryan Cranston) since 2008, when the terminally ill chemistry teacher started selling methamphetamine to support his family. In season four, Walter and Jesse (Aaron Paul) barely survive Gus’s (Giancarlo Esposito) machinations to drive them apart and end up destroying the meth lab. The first half of the season five aired in July 2012, and the final half will be revealed this August. Will Walter die? Is there any redemption in sight for the anti-hero? For better or for worse, the gritty drama prepares to answer the big one: Is Walter really “out”?
Premiered: Aug. 11
AMC, Sundays at 9 p.m.
After a dynamic fourth season featuring multiple storylines in both New York and the beloved William McKinley High, the light-hearted “Glee” appears to be maturing. Graduated New Directions members pursued musical careers in the real world, and the newly initiated Glee Clubbers confronted issues of gun violence, gender identity and bulimia. Tragically, lead cast member Cory Monteith, who played the amiable quarterback Finn Hudson, passed away on July 13 due to a heroin and alcohol overdose. Monteith was known for his moving solo of “Losing My Religion” and an electrifying performance of “Don’t Stop Believin’” with co-star Lea Michele, who plays the finicky but talented Rachel Barry. The pair’s wildly popular “Finchel” relationship mirrored a real life romance. FOX producers are currently discussing the show’s future and casting two new roles.
Premiere date: Sept. 26
FOX, Thursdays at 9 p.m.
‘ONCE UPON A TIME’
“Once Upon a Time” reinterprets classic fairytales with enchanting success once again. In the season finale, the sophomore drama sailed its colorful cast of princesses and misfits off to Neverland. However, viewers know that not everyone on board has a heart of gold. Emma (Jennifer Morrison), Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin), and Prince Charming (Josh Dallas) will have their hands full thwarting the dark agenda of Rumpelstiltskin (Robert Carlyle), and the ship’s captain is none other than Captain Hook himself—a dashing, devil-may-care version played by Colin O’Donoghue. Fans of the fairytale crossover series will enjoy new additions to the growing cast, which will include Rufio and the Lost Boys. With Emma’s son kidnapped and a dark reimagining of Peter Pan that involves him stealing children for sinister purposes, “Once Upon a Time” ensures that the stakes for Storybrooke are higher than ever.
Premiere date: Sept. 29
ABC, Sundays at 8 p.m.
The image of a traditional nuclear family is gently challenged by ABC’s acclaimed comedy “Modern Family,” winner of 16 Emmy Awards. The fourth season followed its tradition of emphasizing the eccentricity of iconic characters (the husband/father-in-law rivals, the smart sister, the bossy mother) and injecting the plot with hilarious bouts of unpredictability. Phil (Ty Burrell) faced off with enemy real estate agent Gil Thorpe, Luke (Nolan Gould) proved once again that he is the King of One-Liners and Gloria (Sofia Vergara) discovered new and exciting ways to exploit her pregnancy. In the aftermath of a June 26 victory for gay marriage in California, co-creator Christopher Lloyd hinted to Entertainment Weekly that a marriage might be in the works for opposites-attract duo Cam and Mitch (Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson).
Premiere date: Sept. 25
ABC, Wednesdays at 9 p.m.
Golden Globe winner Jonathan Rhys Meyers, known for his riveting portrayal of King Henry the VIII in “The Tudors,” is the latest to don the cloak of none other than Dracula himself. In a dark and alluring rendition of Bram Stoker’s Victorian England, this freshman drama promises intrigue, sword fighting on rooftops and questions about the nature of good and evil. The notorious vampire poses as an American entrepreneur fascinated by the possibilities of electricity to enact revenge on those who “cursed” him with immortality, and his partner in crime is none other than Van Helsing himself. However, a mysterious woman reminiscent of Dracula’s past wife threatens to derail their plans. The producers of “Dracula” have met worldwide success with period pieces such as “Downtown Abbey”; why not throw in some fangs?
Premiere date: Oct. 25
NBC, Fridays at 10 p.m.
What if superpowers were in the hands of society’s most devious miscreants? When a mysterious storm hits a local detention center, five young delinquents drudging their way through community service discover they can do extraordinary things – but consequently, don’t want to do anything extraordinary with them. However, they may have to when villains appear who can brainwash teenagers into zombie-like Mother Teresa behavior, or even more outrageous, manipulate milk to disastrous effect. Completely offensive and brilliant, “Misfits” will enter its fifth season with the main characters dealing with the anniversary of the storm and finally going to therapy – necessary when you can “shag” powers out of other people or transform into a turtle.
Premiere date: Oct. 2013
E4, Hulu.com, Date and Time TBA