Even though we are on the cusp of a season-less television schedule, come September and October, the new seasons of old favorites begin. With more horror television than ever before, we put together this handy-dandy guide to when all your old favorites and new offerings are airing. Set those DVRs now!
FROM DUSK TILL DAWN
September 6 on El Rey
The third season of the Robert Rodriguez show, based on the Robert Rodriguez vampire movie, airs on Robert Rodriguez’s channel. Guess what? Robert Rodriguez directs an episode, along with other horror directors Eduardo Sanchez (THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT), Dwight Little (HALLOWEEN 4), and Alejandro Brugues (JUAN OF THE DEAD).
AMERICAN HORROR STORY
September 14 on FX
Season six of the popular anthology series has offered absolutely no clue as to what it might be about. I have speculated about what might be going on. The usual cast of characters is back: Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, and Lady Gaga among the announced cast.
September 16 on Syfy
This off-brand version of THE WALKING DEAD is hitting its third season. I may actually have to start watching it.
September 19 on Fox
Returning for its second season, Lucifer goes up against his most challenging opponent yet: his mom. Seems a bit early for this show to jump the shark.
September 20 on Fox
Season two of the horror-“comedy” (I put comedy in quotes because I don’t think I laughed once during the entire first season) is set in a mental asylum. That’s always good for some chills. I have heard that instead of just focusing on the Chanels, there will also be special interest paid to “weird medical cases” being treated there. Jamie Lee Curtis returns, so I’m in.
September 23 on Fox
I don’t think anyone was clamoring for a television series based on one of the scariest films of all time, but here it is. An old priest, a young priest, and Geena Davis. I’ll give it a go. I just fear it is going to go the way of A&E’s DAMIAN, which was terrible.
September 23 on Syfy
It’s a post-apocalyptic near-future in a world taken over by vampires. The “Van Helsing” in this new Syfy show is Vanessa Helsing. I’m out.
September 27 on Syfy
Not quite an anthology, not quite a series, CHANNEL ZERO will feature two six-episode story arcs. One involves the creepypasta Candle Cove; the other follows a woman whose world is changed by a “disturbing” haunted house.
ASH VS. EVIL DEAD
October 2 on Starz
Ash. Evil dead. Comedy. Chainsaw. Buckets of blood. Groovy.
October 5 on CW
Remember the 2000 movie, FREQUENCY? Apparently it was popular enough that, sixteen years later, the CW decided they should turn it into a series. A woman talks to her dead father through a HAM radio, and changes the past in ways that affect the future. One of FOUR time-travel network shows this season, this one at least looks dark and haunting.
October 13 on CW
Season TWELVE of SUPERNATURAL kicks off, making it one of the longest-running scripted dramas in history. I am over my “Time to pack it in” phase, and am eager to see what happens with the new branch of the Men of Letters. Bonus: Rick Springfield plays Lucifer.
October 13 on USA
Three strangers discover they are all dreaming different parts of the same dream. According to the official plot, as the trio “delve deeper into the meaning behind their connection to each other, they realize that the implications are much larger than their personal fates, and the future of the world lies in their hands.” Way to keep expectations down.
THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW
October 20 on Fox
Fox’s live special-event musical has Tim Curry’s blessing, so I will give it a shot. The one thing I can’t figure is how Laverne Cox as Frankenfurter will play into the story. Curry’s Frankenfurter dressed as a woman; will Cox dress as a man? I think she is a great actress, but I think casting a transgendered woman in the role of the “sweet transvestite” is a little bit of stunt casting.
THE VAMPIRE DIARIES
October 21 on CW
I don’t care what anyone says: THE VAMPIRE DIARIES is always one of the darkest, goriest shows on television. (Maybe not as much in the last two seasons.) This eighth season will be the show’s last, and Kevin Williamson (who co-created the series but left after the first season) returns to usher the show into the grave. For those who are concerned, TVD spinoff THE ORIGINALS returns in midseason, and will likely not be affected by TVD going off the air.
October 21 on Netflix
Originally a BBC production, Netflix commissioned a third season of this popular sci-fi/thriller anthology that focuses on the fear and danger of technology in our society.
THE WALKING DEAD / TALKING DEAD
October 23 on AMC
The granddaddy of horror TV returns for its seventh season. Season six ended on a cliffhanger that left fans angry. Who did Negan kill? My money is on Maggie, but I guess we will have to wait until October to find out. Immediately following TWD, TALKING DEAD returns with Chris Hardwick hosting. And if you are a die-hard TWD fan, check out the two-hour recap special that is scheduled to air the week prior, on October 16. It’s a good introduction for people who are new to the series, and for fans, it will feature 100% new interviews with the cast and producers. Full disclosure: I was an associate producer on the project.
PEOPLE OF EARTH
October 31 on TBS
TBS has really been blowing up with awesome original programming. PEOPLE OF EARTH joins the group on Halloween. A skeptical journalist investigates a support group for alien abductees and starts to suspect that he may have been abducted himself.
November 2 on WGN
SALEM kicks off its third season Halloween week (never mind that it is after Halloween) and, according to the tagline, things in Salem “go to hell.” The dead are being raised, witches are having apocalyptic visions of the future, and there is blood abound.
STAN AGAINST EVIL
November 2 on IFC
A retired small-town sheriff must team up with the tough new sheriff in order to fight off the “plague of demons” that has been haunting the town. That’ll teach you to build your town where a massive 17th century witch burning took place.