Summer is typically a pretty quiet time for TV fans, but July is full of television news, thanks to last weekend’s Comic-Con and today’s kickoff of the Television Critics Association Press Tour.
As entertainment reporters (including EW’s Inside TV team) settle in for two weeks of TCA presentations, we’re looking forward to the new and returning shows we didn’t catch up with down in San Diego, plus reminding you of all the great news we scooped up during our Comic-Con interviews. Stick with EW.com through Aug. 7 for everything you need to know about these shows and more:
When we last left the show’s star-crossed lovers, Carrie (Claire Danes) had just risked everything to help Brody (Damien Lewis) cross the border after he was framed (?) for a bombing at the vice president’s funeral. With Saul (Mandy Patinkin) now in charge, how will the dynamic change for our flawed heroine? With a mess of cliff-hangers ending season 2, any hints about where Carrie and Brody ended up after their near-Bonnie & Clyde escape are welcome.
American Horror Story: Coven
While we’re pretty sure the panel will be overshadowed by questions for creator Ryan Murphy about his other show’s future after the tragic death of Glee star Cory Monteith, American Horror Story fans will certainly get their fair share of scoop about the scary miniseries’ next installment, Coven. Last season’s Asylum was set in the 1960s, but Murphy has said the upcoming season will take place in the modern day. New stars featured on the show this season will include Emma Roberts (alongside real-life boyfriend Evan Peters), Gabourey Sidibe, and Kathy Bates; Frances Conroy, Jessica Lange, and more will be returning.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The Michael J. Fox Show
In the sometimes topsy-turvy world of television, there’s one thing that’s consistently a safe bet: Michael J. Fox. Yes, he of Alex P. Keaton fame has never had a sitcom fail, and his new venture, which uses his real-life struggle with Parkinson’s disease as a mechanism to move the story of his character – a local New York City news anchor – forward is a pretty sure thing for NBC. The trailer was well-received at the network’s upfront this spring and since has announced cast additions, including Anne Heche as a “sharp, savvy and tough-as-nails” producer. We’ll be looking forward to hearing about New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s guest spot and more details about the plot.
Larry David is back home at HBO, but he’s a little hairier than his Curb Your Enthusiasm alter ego. In the previews we’ve seen so far, David is still his irascible self, even under a ratty wig and woodsman beard, as he goes toe-to-toe with his boss, played by Mad Men’s Jon Hamm. HBO is known for some spectacular original movies (Behind the Candelabra, Game Change), but this is the pay channel’s first comedy film we can remember. Is it a sign of things to come?
How I Met Your Mother
We’re not expecting any promotional fanfare around the musical dramedy, given Monteith’s death July 13, but with creator Ryan Murphy scheduled to talk about American Horror Story: Coven, the Cory question will be unavoidable. How will Finn be written off the show? How will his absence affect already-written scripts? With production starting in early August and season 5 premiering Sept. 26, these questions are already on Murphy’s mind, and reporters will no doubt push him and Fox execs for answers.
Once Upon a Time/Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
American Idol/The X Factor
Fox is still clinging to its pair of singing competitions, even though Idol appears to be in a ratings free-fall after dominating for a decade and Factor never really found its footing in a crowded marketplace. What is the master plan to make these shows succeed? We’re hoping to hear about some big changes that will set the singing spectacles apart from their celeb-packed rival, NBC’s The Voice.
The Vampire Diaries
The Arsenio Hall Show
Woof! Woof! Woof! Will the woofing and fist-pumping be back in the house when Arsenio Hall comes back to TV? Sure looks that way! Hollywood’s about to meet the ‘hood again, and we’re excited for the return of the dog pound entering the late-night scene yet again in a CBS-syndicated show debuting Sept. 9. Hall was last seen on TV winning Celebrity Apprentice in 2012. Could a Bill-Clinton-on-sax redux be in order too?