Fall ushers in new and returning shows

Anna Quesse, Staff Writer

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With the turn of the leaves comes the return of numerous popular TV shows, as well as the premieres of new favorites. From “Scandal” to “Selfie,” viewers are eagerly waiting to see what these exciting shows have in store for them.

Jane the Virgin

Based on a Venezuelan telenovela, “Jane the Virgin” stars Gina Rodriguez as Jane, a religious young woman who is accidentally artificially inseminated. Series creator Jennie Snyder Urman compares the show to a mix of “Ugly Betty” and “Gilmore Girls,” featuring realistic and complex characters in outlandishly surreal situations. “Jane the Virgin” premieres Oct. 13 on the CW.

Scandal

Last season, “Scandal” left its fans disappointed with its rushed and increasingly convoluted writing. This year, however, creator Shonda Rhimes says this season will be a clean slate for the political drama, with a stronger focus on the core characters and fast-paced storytelling that made the show a hit. “Scandal” returns Sept. 25 on ABC.

Gotham

Set years before Bruce Wayne becomes Batman, this gritty drama will follow Jim Gordon, an idealistic young cop, played by Ben McKenzie, as he investigates crimes throughout corrupt Gotham City. Throughout its run, this highly-anticipated drama promises to introduce key figures from the Batman universe, including Poison Ivy and Harvey Dent, with a season-long build up to the eventual introduction of the Joker. “Gotham” premieres Sept. 22 on Fox.

Selfie

Loosely based on “My Fair Lady,” “Selfie” will follow Eliza Dooley – played by Karen Gillan – a woman plagued with the desire to become famous through social media. She soon realizes, however, that in order to become famous, she has to make friends in the real world instead of online. After she becomes the subject of an embarrassing viral video, she hires uptight marketing guru Henry Higenbottam, played by John Cho, to revamp her image. “Selfie” will premiere Sept. 30 on ABC.

Transparent

Written and directed by Jill Soloway, “Transparent” stars Jeffrey Tambor as Maura, a transgender woman who reveals her transition to her three loyal but self-destructive children. With a tone reminiscent of “Louie” and “Girls,” this comedy-drama has already received praise for its acting and groundbreaking portrayal of gender. All ten episodes of “Transparent” will be available on Amazon Prime starting Sept. 26.

 

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