2019 Fall TV Preview – Cable (Are You Ready For Tom Hardy’s Edgy Christmas Carol Miniseries?)

Showtime

On Becoming a God in Central Florida

Krystal Stubbs, a minimum-wage water park employee, lies, schemes and cons her way up the ranks of the cultish, multibillion-dollar pyramid scheme that drove her family to ruin in the first place.

Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Théodore Pellerin, Mel Rodriguez, Beth Ditto, Ted Levine, Alexander Skarsgård, Usman Ally, Cooper Jack Rubin, Julie Benz, Melissa de Sousa

Premiered August 25th

Murder in The Bayou

This five-part docu-series investigates the unsolved murders of eight women in and around Jennings, Louisiana. In examining the violent sex and drug trade the young victims were a part of, the series uncovers the secrets of this troubled town.

Premieres October 6th

Back To Life

Miri Matteson has just returned home to Hythe, Kent after serving an 18-year jail sentence. As Miri attempts to rebuild her life, she forms a friendship with Billy, who cares for the elderly woman next door.

Starring: Daisy Haggard, Adeel Akhtar, Geraldine James, Richard Durden, Jo Martin, Jamie Michie, Christine Bottomley, Liam Williams

Premieres October 6th

The L Word: Generation Q

Set ten years after the events of The L Word, The L Word: Generation Q follows an ensemble cast of friends, the majority of whom are lesbian women. The series relocates from its original setting of West Hollywood, California to Silver Lake, Los Angeles.

Starring: Jennifer Beals, Katherine Moennig, Leisha Hailey, Arienne Mandi, Leo Sheng, Jacqueline Toboni, Rosanny Zayas, Sepideh Moafi

Premieres December 8th

Work In Progress

A funny and uniquely human comedy, the series follows a 45-year-old self-identified fat, queer dyke from Chicago whose misfortune and despair unexpectedly lead her to a vibrantly transformative relationship.

Starring: Abby McEnany, Theo Germaine, Karin Anglin, Celeste Pechous, Julia Sweeney

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Premieres December 8th

HBO

Watchmen

“The series takes place in an alternative, contemporary reality in the United States, in which masked vigilantes became outlawed due to their violent methods. Despite this, some gather around in order to start a revolution while others are out to stop it before it is too late, as a greater question rises above them all; who watches the Watchmen?”

Starring: Regina King, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Adelaide Clemens, Andrew Howard, Jeremy Irons, Tom Mison, Sara Vickers, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Dylan Schombing, Adelynn Spoon, Lily Rose Smith, Jean Smart, James Wolk, Hong Chau, Dustin Ingram, and Robert Redford.

Premieres October 2019

Mrs. Fletcher

Based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Tom Perrotta. The show is a dual coming-of-age story, exploring the impact of internet porn and social media on the lives of Eve Fletcher, an empty-nest mother, and her college freshman son.

Starring: Kathryn Hahn, Jackson White, Owen Teague, Katie Kershaw, Domenick Lombardozzi, Cameron Boyce, Jen Richards, Casey Wilson

Premieres October 27th

His Dark Materials

Based on author Philip Pullman’s beloved trilogy, His Dark Materials follows Lyra, a brave young woman from another world. Lyra’s quest to find her kidnapped friend leads her to uncover a sinister plot of a secret organization, encounter extraordinary beings and protect dangerous secrets.

Starring: Dafne Keen, James McAvoy, Ruth Wilson, Lin Manuel Miranda, Clarke Peters, Ian Gelder, Will Keen, Ariyon Bakare, Georgina Campbell, Anne-Marie Duff, James Cosmo, Lucian Msamati, Mat Fraser, Geoff Bell, Simon Manyonda, Lewin Lloyd, Daniel Frogson, Tyler Howitt, Archie Barnes

Premieres Fall 2019

Catherine the Great

Amid scandal, intrigue and immense conflict, Russian empress Catherine the Great develops a unique and devoted relationship with Grigory Potemkin as they overcome their adversaries and serve as the architects of modern-day Russia.

Starring: Helen Mirren, Jason Clarke, Gina McKee, Rory Kinnear, Richard Roxburgh, Kevin McNally, Sam Palladio, Clive Russell, Paul Ritter, Paul Kaye

Premieres Autumn 2019

Starz

The Dublin Murders

Based on the books by Tana French, the series follows Rob Reilly – a smart-suited detective whose English accent marks him as an outsider – who is dispatched to investigate the murder of a young girl on the outskirts of Dublin with his partner, Cassie Maddox. Against his better judgment and protected by his friendship with Cassie, he is pulled back into another case of missing children and forced to confront his own darkness. As the case intensifies, Rob and Cassie’s relationship is tested to the breaking point and when Cassie is sent undercover for another murder case, she is forced to come face to face with her own brutal reckoning.

Starring: Killian Scott, Sarah Greene, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Moe Dunford, Leah McNamara, Ian Kenny, Eugene O’Hare, Jonny Holden, Conleth Hill, Peter McDonald

Premieres Fall 2019

Epix

Godfather of Harlem

In the early 1960s, infamous crime boss Bumpy Johnson returns from 10 years in prison to find the neighborhood he once ruled in shambles; with the streets controlled by the Italian mob, Bumpy must take on the Genovese crime family to regain control.

Starring: Forest Whitaker, Vincent D’Onofrio, Ilfenesh Hadera, Giancarlo Esposito, Antoinette Crowe-Legacy, Nigél Thatch, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Lucy Fry, Paul Sorvino, Rafi Gavron

Premieres September 29th

TNT

Tell Me Your Secrets

The show centers on a trio of characters each with a mysterious and troubling past, including Emma, a young woman who once looked into the eyes of a dangerous killer, John, a former serial predator desperate to find redemption and Mary, a grieving mother obsessed with finding her missing daughter. As each of them is pushed to the edge, the truth about their pasts and motives grows ever murkier, blurring the lines between victim and perpetrator.

Starring: Lily Rabe, Amy Brenneman, Hamish Linklater, Enrique Murciano, Chiara Aurelia, Ashley Madekwe, Bryant Tardy, Elliot Fletcher, Stella Baker, Marque Richardson, Katherine Willis, Charles Esten

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Premieres 2019/2020

USA

Treadstone

A thrilling action series that follows members of a covert CIA operation from their origins to the present day. Recruits to the black ops program titled Operation Treadstone participate in a behavior modification protocol, turning them into superhuman assassins. Years later, operatives from around the world are mysteriously woken to resume their deadly missions. As the members struggle to balance their everyday personas with their training, other CIA agents begin to investigate a conspiracy that gives them more insight into the government bureau’s dark history.

Starring: Jeremy Irvine, Brian J. Smith, Omar Metwally, Tracy Ifeachor, Han Hyo-joo, Gabrielle Scharnitzky, Emilia Schüle, Michelle Forbes, Michael Gaston, Shruti Haasan, Patrick Fugit, Tess Haubrich

Premieres October

Freeform

Party of Five

This reboot of the Nineties show will follow the five Acosta children as they navigate daily life struggles to survive as a family unit after their parents are suddenly deported to Mexico.

Starring: Brandon Larracuente, Elle Paris Legaspi, Emily Tosta, Niko Guardado

Premieres 2019

Everything’s Gonna Be Okay

The series introduces Nicholas, a neurotic 25-year-old visiting his single dad and two teenage half-sisters, one of whom is on the autism spectrum. He hasn’t been particularly present in his siblings’ lives, but when their dad reveals that he is terminally ill, the girls have to cope with not only a devastating loss but also the realization that Nicholas is the one who will have to rise to the occasion, move in and hold it all together.

Starring: Josh Thomas, Kayla Cromer, Maeve Press, Adam Faison

Premieres 2019/2020

Motherland: Fort Salem

What if 300 years ago the witches had cut a deal with the U.S. government to fight for their country? Motherland follows three young women from basic training in combat magic into early deployment at Fort Salem.

Starring: Ashley Nicole Williams, Jessica Sutton, Taylor Hickson, Demetria McKinney,  Amalia Holm

Premieres 2019/2020

Comedy Central

Good Talk With Anthony Jeselnik

In Good Talk, Jeselnik switches gears from his signature acerbic style for tongue-in-cheek interviews with his fellow comedians about their careers, influences and what it’s like to live in his massive shadow. Jeselnik and his guests center their extremely funny conversations around stand up, stories and bits and participate in elegantly bizarre studio segments. Over the course of six episodes, Jeselnik will sit down with David Spade, Kristen Schaal, Kumail Nanjiani, Natasha Leggero, Nick Kroll, and Tig Notaro.

Starring: Anthony Jeselnik

Premieres September 6th

Crank Yankers

The world’s favorite profane puppets will be pranking on phones, social media, e-sport platforms and any venue where trouble can be made.

Starring: Adam Carolla, Arturo Castro, Will Forte, Nikki Glaser, David Alan Grier, Kathy Griffin, Tiffany Haddish, Lil Rel Howery, Abbi Jacobson, Jimmy Kimmel, Nick Kroll, Natasha Leggero, Thomas Lennon, Demetri Martin, Tracy Morgan, Bobby Moynihan, Kevin Nealon, Adam Pally, Chelsea Peretti, Aubrey Plaza, Jeff Ross, Tony Barbieri, Paul Scheer, Iliza Shlesinger, Sarah Silverman, Jimmy O. Yang, and Derek Waters.

Premieres September 25th

PBS

Country Music

Directed by Ken Burns, this special event is an exploration of country music – from its roots in ballads, hymns and the blues to its mainstream popularity – and highlights the unforgettable characters and storytellers who made it “America’s music.”

Premieres September 9th

Press

Set in the world of newspapers in London, this razor sharp and observant drama explores the current turbulent media landscape and the ethical dilemmas that journalists and editors face each day.

Starring: Charlotte Riley, Ben Chaplin, Priyanga Burford, David Suchet

Premieres October 6th

TBS

Chad

Chad navigates his first year of high school on a mission to become popular. His friendships and sanity are pushed to the limits as he uses every tactic at his disposal to befriend the cool kids, while enduring his mother’s new dating life and reconciling with his cultural identity.

Starring: Nasim Pedrad, Ella Mika, Saba Homayoon, Paul Chahidi, Jake Ryan, Alexa Loo

FX

A Christmas Carol

Ebenezer Scrooge, a bitter old man, despises the Christmas holiday. Over the course of Christmas Eve night he is visited by three ghosts to show him his past, present and future.

Starring: Guy Pearce, Tom Hardy, Andy Serkis, Stephen Graham, Charlotte Riley, Joe Alwyn, Vinette Robinson, Jason Flemyng, Kayvan Novak, Lenny Rush, Johnny Harris

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Premieres December 2019