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Ranking September's 5 Most Anticipated New and Returning Cables Dramas

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | August 15, 2013 | Comments ()


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1. Boardwalk Empire (September 8th) — Boardwalk has done a magnificent job of killing off major characters while still maintaining the intensity of the drama. It helps that it’s a sprawling cast of characters, and new ones are constantly being introduced so that there’s always someone we can glom onto emotionally. This season, the biggest reason to get excited is the introduction of the phenomenal Jeffrey Wright, as well as an expanded role for Chalky White.

2. Luther (September 3rd) — The important thing is we’ll get to see more Ruth Wilson. No, the important thing is Idris Elba being all steely and grim and smoldering. NO. The important thing is Wilson. No, Elba. Oh, screw it. They’re equally important. Just wear a flak jacket over your soul before viewing. This show gets heavy as sh*t.

3. Homeland (September 29th) — The second season was wildly uneven, but the finale was plenty excellent (and a huge surprise in a season full of, perhaps, too many surprises). The trailer for the third season looks riviteing, especially if you’re a fan of Claire Danes’ cry face. There’s a few Saul faces in this trailer, too, that will tear you up. That’s a teddy bear that needs a big hug, y’all.

4. Masters of Sex (September 29th) — Michael Sheen, Lizzy Caplan, and generous helpings of premium cable sex (in the clinical sense, of course) make the debut of Masters of Sex a must see. Whether it lives up to the cast and the premise, however, remains to be seen.

5. Sons of Anarchy (September 10th) — There’s a lot going on in this season of Sons of Anarchy — Clay and Tara begin the year in prison — but that is usually true of the FX drama. It’s been very hit-and-miss since season two, but typically every fourth of fifth episode makes watching the others worth the time. Kurt Sutter has a mind full of crazy, but sometimes I feel like it needs to be reined in.





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  • PerpetualIntern

    I see your Homeland and raise you a Sherlock.

  • Conor

    You had me at Lizzy Caplan talking about ridin'!

    Also, this season of Luther was awesome (Irishman here, so BBC have already shown it all), you won't be disappointed.

  • Greg!

    Also Terriers

  • emmalita

    Don't do that to me! I started looking around going, "where?"

  • Also, say what you will about Homeland's faults; it's pretty damned cool that going into Season 3 we still don't really have a grip on Brody. We still are left with questions about where exactly his loyalties lie.

  • Season 3 of Luther will kill everyone dead. EVERYONE.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Nah, not everyone. Only a few. Some of them even deserve it.

    I still don't get the thing about differing release dates.

    BTW, the site's menu bar is suddenly grayed out. Is that just me?

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I'm seeing a slightly different layout myself on Safari. It looks similar to when other sites have changed to be more readable on tablet.

  • Guest

    Like Raid?

  • Django

    The flak jacket wasn't enough.

  • $65530708

    Season 3 of Luther has already aired in the UK so...

    Also for the first time in long time I'm highly anticipating some "Network Dramas". Specifically Elementary (and Hannibal in 2014).

  • Repo

    I enjoy Homeland, but am dismayed at the reduced screentime of Damian Lewis and Dane's cry face renders me impotent, so I'm conflicted on watching.

  • Jo 'Mama' Besser

    I haven't watched the trailer yet, but I do remember thinking at the end of the last season that in a world with Dana, they've killed off the wrong half of the cast if it isn't her half.

  • Guest

    I think there will be a lot less cry face for Danes this year and more steely determination. Less Lewis does suck...

  • ERM

    I'm annoyed already at what I'm assuming will be a melodramatic storyline about the teenage daughter's sexting. I prefer stories about terrorism without teenage melodrama...

  • cgthegeek

    One day, someone's gonna explain Charlie Hunnam's accent to me...

  • Fredo

    I'd settle for explaining the bro walk.

  • cgthegeek

    I was hoping the introduction of Jeffery Wright wouldn't mean a diminished role for Michael K Williams. Glad to hear is doesn't.

  • The_Ghost_of_Bo_Crowder

    Diminishing MKW's role even more would almost make him an extra.

  • Guest

    Williams use so far has been a total waste. Such a terrific actor and presence and he has really been given so little to do story wise.

  • John W

    The Ruth Wilson factor makes Luther #1.

  • AshBookworm

    Oh you guys! Luther! The four of you in the US that haven't it yet, I envy you. Wish I could watch it again for the first time.

  • Zirza

    I was about to say the same thing but you beat me to it. Sigh. I'm going to miss that show so much, like, at least until Doctor Who starts again.

  • lowercase_ryan

    I can't believe I'm not excited about Master's of Sex. It's like I don't even know myself anymore.

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    I'm annoyed already at what I'm
    assuming will be a melodramatic storyline about the teenage daughter's
    sexting. I prefer stories about terrorism without teenage melodrama...

  • danobc

    dat voice of luther. i am not gay and i still love idris elba. also, not enough ruth wilson in the trailer.

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