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It’s that time of year again! The autumn is here, and with that comes not only rubbish weather, but also a long list of new and returning TV shows. Some have been on the air for years, while others are obviously making their debut. Whether or not that latter batch will last remains to be seen, but there’s an awful lot of newcomers to be excited about this year.

Throw in the ones which have been on the air for years, and it’s easy to see why people continue to say that the stories being told on the small screen are overtaking those on the big one. What you’ll find here then is a look at the twenty new and returning TV shows which you most definitely need to have on your to-do list over the next two months.

20. The Exorcist

We live in a time when a lot of movies are being remade or somehow given unnecessary sequels on the small screen, and news that The Exorcist was among them elicited a lot of groans.

However, early word on the pilot has been mostly positive, and the signs are pointing to this being the compelling exorcism drama that Outcast sadly failed to be. Described as,”a propulsive, serialised psychological thriller following two very different men tackling one family’s case of horrifying demonic possession, and confronting the face of true evil,” the show could very well end up taking us all surprise even if it never manages to top the film.

 

19. Arrow

The past couple of seasons of Arrow have been very hit and miss, but things are so far looking good for the show in its fifth year.

Oliver Queen will be assembling a brand new team of vigilantes made up of comic book characters like Artemis, Mister Terrific, and Wild Dog, while Chad L. Coleman’s mysterious villain also looks set to be a nice change of pace from the watered down versions of Ra’s al Ghul and Damien Darhk fans delighted in picking holes in.

Throw in the fact that those redundant flashbacks are finally coming to an end, and this could well be Arrow’s best season since Deathstroke made his presence felt in the second.

 

18. Pitch

Pitch finding an audience outside of America could be an issue. Set in the confines of Major League Baseball, it focuses on a young pitcher noted for her screwball pitch who becomes the first woman to play in the league after she’s chosen to play for the San Diego Padres.

If you’re not a baseball fan, chances are that you’re already lost, but Ginny Baker’s battle to find a place in the male dominated sport should make for very interesting viewing. Throw in the fact that the pilot delivers a pretty massive (and very unexpected) twist, and Pitch could very well develop a strong following despite the subject matter being off putting to non-fans.

 

17. South Park

Last year, South Park had what many called its best season yet as it took season eighteen’s use of continuity and created a compelling season long arc which really delved into the whole issue of political correctness in the show’s typically crude and clever way.

That is actually carrying over into South Park’s twentieth season, though internet trolls are seemingly coming under fire this time, not to mention the upcoming Presidential election (albeit with Mr. Garrison filling in for Donald Trump). After all this time, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the show has grown stale, but that really isn’t the case as the premiere proved.

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