A new month means that new TV shows are on the horizon for us to all binge. As the days get shorter and the nights get colder here are five new shows premiering in the month of September from streaming services like Amazon and Disney Plus.
1. The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power – Amazon (September 1st)
This is it. The reported most expensive television show ever produced is finally being released this month.
Amazon reportedly spent anywhere from $700 million to $1 billion bringing to life a Middle Earth TV show. Amazon may technically be the streaming service for The Wheel of Time, but this is the company’s real answer to Game of Thrones.
After that show’s success, every company wanted their own Game of Thrones. The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power looks like it’s going to be the biggest gauntlet throw down of them all.
The story takes place during the Second Age of Middle Earth. (The events of The Lord of the Rings take place in the Third Age.)
While J.R.R. Tolkien had plenty of material and histories of Middle Earth to pull from, this is a much more unexplored territory in terms of Middle Earth. Meaning there are a lot of directions that the show can take.
This is easily one of the most anticipated television premieres of the month, if not the entire year.
2. Wedding Season – Hulu (September 8th)
Half of the ads for this show refer to it as an action comedy, while the other half refer to it as a romantic thriller. It looks like Wedding Season might be trying to be both and could pull the combination off.
Premiering on Hulu (or on Disney+ if you’re not in the United States) Wedding Season centers around Katie and Stefan, who start a romantic relationship even though Katie is already in a committed relationship. This gives Stefan the opportunity to interrupt her wedding at the classic “Speak now or forever hold your peace” moment.
While this is a grand romantic gesture it ends up looking really bad when Katie’s new husband and his entire family are later murdered at the reception. The show looks like it’s going for a madcap feel as Katie and Stefan are on the run with nobody knowing who to trust, as they try to solve the murder at hand.
3. Vampire Academy – Peacock (September 15th)
It’s not a crazy thing to say that the Vampire Academy series capitalized off of the surge of interest in Vampire YA novels. The first book in the series was published just two years after Twilight.
But that doesn’t mean that Vampire Academy hasn’t found quite a bit of success in its own right. The original book spawned a six-book series, a spinoff series comprising another six books, a graphic novel adaptation and a movie adaptation in 2014.
It was only a matter of time before a television show came out as well. While the infatuation with teen vampires might not be what it once was, there have been plenty of examples of YA novels spawning forgettable movies before being rebooted as more successful television shows.
Peacock is clearly hoping to pull off that exact trick with Vampire Academy. Peacock is still looking for that must-see crossover hit that will make the service more than just “that place to watch Office reruns”.
Vampire Academy is one of their most high-profile shows scheduled for the rest of 2022.
4. Reboot – Hulu (September 20th)
Everything’s getting rebooted these days, even shows that never existed. (Sorry, this isn’t a reboot of the classic CGI series ReBoot from the 90s.)
Hulu’s new comedy show covers the trials and tribulations of rebooting a classic family sitcom for the modern era. Rachel Bloom stars as the writer who pitches a reboot of the show Step Right Up.
This is clearly drawing inspiration from shows like Full House. The cast is made up of Johnny Knoxville, Keegan-Michael Key, and Judy Greer who all play actors returning to the sitcom that made them famous.
With the show within the show streaming on Hulu as well, you can expect plenty of meta jokes about the idea of reboots, revivals, and the status of the television industry. Not to mention plenty of bits about how a show today would have to work differently than one that was on TV back in the 90s.
It looks like it might be going for a much softer version of something like Bojack Horseman.
5. Star Wars: Andor – Disney+ (September 21st)
Star Wars continues to become just as much or more of a television franchise than a movie franchise as another Star Wars TV show debuts this month. This one focuses on Andor, one of the main characters from Rogue One.
Because of [spoilers for Rogue One], the show is obviously a prequel to the events that happened in the movie, taking place around five years before we meet the character. Does this mean that there are five seasons planned for the show?
With it being Star Wars, they’ll probably be willing to make as many as they can. Mon Mothma also seems to be getting a bigger role in the series, as we get to see how integral she was in the early days of the Rebel Alliance.
Which of the TV shows we listed above will you be watching? Share your thoughts in the comments below, we’d love to read them!