New Fall TV We Can’t Wait to Watch (and Books to Match)!

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The new fall TV shows are almost here and we’re already picking our favorites. From superheroes to thrillers, this year’s lineup looks like it’s going to be one of the best. Here are 5 new shows we can’t wait to binge on and the books we’re reading alongside them.

Watch: Ten Days in the Valley, ABC

This new psychological thriller stars Kyra Sedgwick as Jane Sadler, a single mom who’s struggling to balance work and family. When her daughter goes mysteriously missing one night, it sends her world into a tailspin, making her question everything. Dark and mysterious, Ten Days in the Valley premieres October 1st on ABC.

Read: A Stranger in the House, Shari Lapena

A Stranger in the House Shari LapenaLapena’s suspenseful read tells the story of Karen and Tom Krupp, a seemingly happy couple with hidden secrets that threaten the life they’ve built together. After Karen suffers memory loss following a car accident, she no longer knows who she can trust. Just like Ten Days in the Valley, A Stranger in the House is all about how quickly your life can spiral out of control.

Watch: Future Man,

This new Seth Rogan venture stars Josh Hutcherson as Josh Futturman, a janitor/gamer who’s recruited by mysterious future visitors to become a time traveler. Now the fate of humanity rests in his hands in a comedy that looks both suspenseful and completely hilarious. Future Man premieres on November 14th on HULU.

Read: All Our Wrong Todays, Elan Mastai

All Our Wrong Todays Elan MastaiTime travel and humor also mash up in Mastai’s recent novel about Tom Barren, a man who lives in an alternate version of 2016 where everything is perfect. When he finds himself in our (much messier) version of 2016, he has to make the ultimate choice between true love and a ‘perfect’ future.

Watch: Dynasty, The CW

The CW is rebooting the 1980’s primetime soap opera that was famous for its endless face slaps. The reboot – starring Grant Snow and Nathalie Kelley – promises to be just as juicy, with a few 2017 twists. The new drama premieres October 11th on The CW.

Read: The Bourbon Kings, J.R. Ward

The Bourbon Kings J.R. WardWard’s southern family saga definitely has a few storylines worthy of Dynasty, including plenty of drama, love stories that will make you swoon, and a legacy that the wealthy Bradford family will do anything to protect. The Bourbon Kings is the first book in the saga, and the soapy, heartfelt characters will pull you in from the first page. The third and final story, Devil’s Cut, came out in August.

Watch: White Famous, Showtime

The new comedy White Famous stars Jay Pharoah as Floyd Mooney, a rising standup comedian who’s on the verge of major stardom. Based loosely on Jamie Foxx’s own rise to fame, the show is all about what you’re willing to compromise in order to succeed. White Famous premieres on Showtime on October 15th.

Read: I Can’t Make This Up, Kevin Hart

I Can't Make This Up Kevin HartPharoah’s character Floyd could certainly relate to Hart and his path to stardom. In his memoir, Hart takes us from his rough childhood in North Philadelphia to his ultimate success as a celebrated standup and actor. The stories of his life are both honest and hilarious, giving us an intimate portrait of a man who was determined to make it doing what he loved.

Watch: The Gifted, Fox

You can never have enough Marvel superhero shows, which is why we’re so excited to watch The Gifted, starring Stephen Moyer and Amy Acker. The two play a separated couple who discover that their troubled teenage children actually have mutant superpowers – and that the government is after them. The show premieres October 2nd on FOX.

Read: Dear Cyborgs, Eugene Lim

Dear Cyborgs Eugene Like The Gifted, Lim’s novel is all about resisting an unfair and possibly corrupt authority. He blends narratives to show how resistance can manifest in different characters and places – even in different timelines and futures. Oh, and there are superheroes too, of course. This book is like nothing you’ll ever read, but you also won’t be able to put it down.


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Rachel Carter grew up surrounded by trees and snow and mountains. She graduated from the University of Vermont and Columbia University, where she received her MFA in nonfiction writing. She is the author of the So Close to You series with Harperteen. These days you can find her working on her next novel in the woods of Vermont.

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