The fall TV season is officially underway, bringing with it a host of new TV shows and movies. New series are falling faster than the fall leaves on broadcast, cable, and streaming services like Netflix, Disney Plus, Apple TV Plus and more.
This weekend’s lineup is led by the premiere of the sprawling sci-fi epic series, adapted from Isaac Asimov’s flagship novel. Ahead of Halloween, Mike Flanagan has a new horror tale to keep us all awake and terrified, Midnight Mass. And Star Wars: Visions gives a whole new animated twist to the beloved franchise.
The final seasons of college comedy Dear White People and legal drama Goliath are also on deck.
And that’s not all: there are a ton of new tv shows and specials available on broadcast and cable. If you cut the cord, just sign up for one of the best cable tv alternatives to access your favorite channels.
Here are our picks for new movies and TV shows to watch this weekend.
Foundation (Apple TV Plus)
Series premiere | Episodes 1-2 (TV-MA) | How to look at the Foundation
The classic book by Isaac Asimov has long resisted adaptation. This is probably why showrunner David S. Goyer spoke out against a strict interpretation. The series is a show, of course, but also focuses deeply on its characters – some of whom have been turned into women. The story begins with mathematician Hari Seldon (Jared Harris) using a theory he developed to confirm that the Galactic Empire, which rules all mankind, is on the verge of collapse. It’s not too big to fail. Seldon wants to start a knowledge-preserving “foundation” on the edge of the galaxy, but the powers that be, led by Brother Day (Lee Pace), violently oppose it.
Midnight Mass (Netflix)
Series premiere | Episodes 1-7 (TV-MA) | Look now
Haunting of Hill House creator Mike Flanagan delivers yet another thrilling story, drawing on his stable of usual suspects like Henry Thomas, Rahul Kohli, Kate Siegel (also Flanagan’s wife). Midnight Mass takes place on Crockett Island, a sleepy and unhappy place with the return of disgraced Riley Finn (Zach Gilford) and the arrival of charismatic priest Father Paul (Hamish Linklater). When unexplained miracles begin to occur, the community slips into the grip of a religious fervor and fanaticism that soon spawns darker and more disturbing events.
Dear Whites (Netflix)
Season 4 premiere | Episodes 1-10 (TV-MA) | Look now
For its final season, Dear White People transforms into a ’90s jukebox musical featuring the cast singing and dancing. Performances of all kinds dominate the final chapter, which delves even deeper into what it means to be black in white space. As graduation looms and a new class of radical thinkers arrives at the University of Winchester, Sam (Logan Browning) grapples with his own activism rather than gaining the influence to effect change. within the system. The music may be retro, but the themes and questions that come up are all extremely topical.
Star Wars: Visions (Disney Plus)
Series premiere | Episodes 1-9 (TV-PG) | Look now
Luc is not Star Wars of your father (or mother). The anthology series features nine shorts from Japanese animation studios, pushing the boundaries of Star Wars look and feel. The compelling stories mostly stick to the canon, although only one uses existing characters. Otherwise, they’re refreshing and visually daring versions of the familiar galaxy from afar. One of the episodes is a rock opera set on Tatooine! Another focuses on lightsaber smiths, while “The Twins” is a jaw-dropping thriller about the fight between the Dark Side twins for a kyber crystal. George Lucas took a lot of inspiration from Akira Kurosawa, and Star Wars: Visions brings the loop back.
Goliath (Amazon Prime video)
Season 4 premiere | Episodes 1-8 (TV-MA) | Look now
After a hiatus of almost two years, Billy Bob Thornton returns as Crusader lawyer Billy McBride – who, yes, survived Diana’s shot in the Season 3 finale. Now, goes back to his Big roots. Law when Patty (Nina Arianda) lands a job at a prestigious firm in San Francisco. They’ve set their sights on one of America’s most loathsome giants: the opioid industry. It’s a monumental task all the more difficult as Billy still grapples with his history of drug addiction and chronic pain. Patty is suspicious, their partnership is tested and they both have to risk everything to do the right thing.
Cursed Patrol (HBO Max)
Season 3 premiere | Episodes 1-3 (TV-MA) | Look now
The scarred, disfigured and traumatized superheroes of the Doom Patrol are back. The pandemic shortened the filming of the second season, leading it to stop on a huge cliffhanger. The team were locked in wax, while Niles (Timothy Dalton) could only watch in horror as Dorothy (Abi Montgomery) was pulled into the fire by Candlemaker. In Season 3, the struggling heroes grapple with internal questions about who they are and who they want to be. Things really get complicated when Madame Rouge (Michelle Gomez) shows up in a time machine with a mission. The only problem is, she doesn’t remember what it is.
The Starling (Netflix)
Movie | 1 h 42 min (PG-13) | Look now
What is sorrow if not enduring love? It looks like writer Matt Harris and director Theodore Melfi have taken this line from WandaVision and made it into a sentimental Hallmark melodrama. Melissa McCarthy plays a woman who has suffered a terrible tragedy. As her husband (Chris O’Dowd) takes her grief to a mental institution, Lilly stays behind to keep things together. She doesn’t do very well at this, especially after a starling in her garden begins to torment her. Obsessed with calming him down or killing him, Lilly turns to a local vet (Kevin Kline) who happens to be a former therapist.
The Great British Pastry Show (Netflix)
Season 12 premiere | Episode 1 (TV-PG) | How to watch the Great British Baking Show
The most delicious comfort food on TV returns with a dozen new bakers, taking on confectionery challenges under the Big White Tent. Like the episode, this one was filmed in a bubble so you can have peace of mind while drooling on all the cakes, cookies, pies, pies, breads, rolls, and candies. Judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith are back, as are hosts Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas. And no need to feel guilty for over-watching; the show takes place one episode at a time, in the UK and the US.
Love on the Spectrum (Netflix)
Season 2 premiere | Episodes 1-6 (TV-14) | Look now
Charming and sensitive docuseries continue to follow people with autism as they navigate between dating and romance. Season 2 brings back familiar faces, like Michael, always on the hunt for a girlfriend who appreciates his old-fashioned, gentlemanly ways. Mark and Chloe, two very nice faces from the last lap, meet this time at a meeting. There are also newcomers, like Kassandra, an outgoing cosplayer who collects teeth. Teo is 22 and new to romance, so she needs to date people of different genders first to determine her preference.
The Walking Dead: World Beyond (AMC Plus)
Season 2 premiere | Episode 1 (TV-MA) | Airs Sunday, September 26 at 3 a.m.ET
The second and final season of this Walking Dead spin-off will have a first week ahead on AMC Plus, before tilting to cable. It concludes the trip of young friends Iris (Aliyah Royale), Hope (Alexa Mansour), Elton (Nicolas Cantu) and Silas (Hal Cumpston). The group faced off against the mysterious soldiers of the Civic Republic, but now one of their own has been taken into custody by the CRM. They must find a way to free Hope and stop whatever Elizabeth Kublek (Julia Ormond) and the CRM are planning. And somehow involved in it all Jadis (Pollyanna McIntosh), first introduced in the flagship series as the leader of the trash.
The 74th Annual Tony Awards (Paramount Plus)
Special | Airs Sunday, September 26 at 7 p.m. ET
Broadway and the theater industry have been hit hard by the pandemic. But the show must go on! The lights are shining again and the Tonys are finally celebrating the best productions and performances of the 2019-2020 season. Yes, that sounds a bit like ancient history, but go for it. The bulk of the Tony Awards will air exclusively on Paramount Plus, which will be followed by The Tony Awards Presents: Broadway’s Back !, on Paramount Plus and CBS. The live concert event will feature special performances from the top three musical contestants (Jagged Little Pill, Moulin Rouge: The Musical and Tina: The Tina Turner Musical), as well as the presentation of the top three Tonys for Best Musical, the Best Play and Best Cover of a Play.