Scotch Porter’s Fall TV Mixtape
We get it — it's hard to think about Fall TV when you're still running your air conditioner 14 hours a day. But on the list of the best things about Autumn, new TV has got to be top five along with Back to School, college and pro football, the extra hour of sleep and Thanksgiving/Black Friday. And while our generation isn’t waiting around a floor model TV at 9 to catch In Living Color, or Friends — we still enjoy good TV. So for you TV lovers and streamers we’ve put together a comprehensive list of the best and most interesting shows of the season.
Wu-Tang: An American Saga (Hulu) September 2019 This 10-episode limited series is based around the formation of the legendary rap group Wu-Tang Clan, as the members choose music over life in the 1990’s New York City streets. One reason it's so compelling: the story has been fictionalized for added dramatic effect. We get to witness how The RZA (aka Bobby Diggs, played by Moonlight's Ashton Sanders), inspired by the murder of a friend, gathered his friends from different parts of the city like Method Man (played by Dave East), Ol' Dirty Bastard, GZA and Ghostface Killah into a group that starts slanging beats instead of dope — revolutionizing rap music in the process. In the immortal words of ODB, 'Wu-Tang is here forever”.
The Mandalorian (Disney+) November 2019 Anytime anything even remotely related to Star Wars is announced, millions of hardcore fans clamor in anticipation, and The Madalorian will prove to be no different. It's the first live-action Star Wars show ever. “The Mandalorian” begins its story after “Return of the Jedi” and the fall of the Empire, and follows the story of a lone Mandalorian warrior (Pedro Pascal) as he travels the galaxy far away from the New Republic and its laws. His character is modeled after bounty hunters from previous trilogies, Jango and Boba Fett. Other cast members include Giancarlo Esposito, Nick Nolte, Gina Carano Emily Swallow, and Carl Weathers, yes, Carl Weathers (formerly known as Apollo Creed) as Greef Carga. This is one of the most anticipated shows of 2019, and it's going to be the flagship series for Disney+ when it launches this November. Should be pretty epic. May the force be with you.
The Morning Show (Apple TV+) November 2019 Still not entirely sure what this show is about. Is it funny? Is it dramatic? Who cares, have you seen the cast? Apple has poured crazy money into this series which is set behind the scenes at a morning news show. It stars Jennifer Aniston, Steve Carrell, and Reese Witherspoon, so it is bound to be worth at least a watch, good or bad. The Morning Show doesn't have an official release date yet, but we’re assuming it will drop when Apple TV+ debuts in November, since it looks like the company is hoping this one will prove they can make legit TV — guess we’ll see!
Mindhunter (Netflix) Now Playing If you missed the first season of Netflix's popular serial killer crime drama Mindhunter, you’ll have two whole seasons to binge on once the show returns this fall. In season two, agents Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench's (Holt McCallany) methods are tested by the Atlanta child murders, during which at least 28 people were killed between 1979 and 1981. Fun fact: Mindhunter's Manson is played by Damon Herriman, who also played the notorious cult leader in this summer's Once Upon a Time in ... Hollywood. If you dig murder mysteries — promise you’ll be hooked.
Power (Starz) Now Playing Spoiler alert: If you’ve never watched this show and you plan on watching it in the future, just stop reading now. Ok, with that being said, the sixth and presumably final season of Power is sure to be dramatic from start to finish. Not going to lie, when that first episode aired, and we were reminded that Tommy shot Angela, but he was aiming at Ghost (eyeball emoji), I knew we were in for a ride. But as the theme song started to play (“They say it’s a big rich town, yeah”), there was an unfamiliar voice singing the hook and I, along with millions of other fans wasn’t feeling it. The show however, served up its usual scandalous plot twists, and left us ready for more. How it ends, guess we’ll find out. And once 50 cancels the Tre Songz version and puts the Joe theme song back up, all will be right with the world again.