Fall TV is here. Three new shows arrive — The Orville, The Deuce and Con Man. American Horror Story: Cult debuts.
Breaking down the week:
TUESDAY, SEPT. 5
American Horror Story: Cult (10 p.m., FX) — Season 7 premiere
A political-themed season adds Lena Dunham, Billy Eichner, Billie Lourd, and Colton Haynes to returning players Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Frances Conroy, and Mare Winningham.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 6
You’re The Worst (10 p.m., FXX) — Season 4 premiere
FRIDAY, SEPT. 8
BoJack Horseman (Netflix) — Season 4 premiere
One Mississippi (Amazon) — Season 2 premiere
SATURDAY, SEPT. 9
Con Man (10 p.m., SyFy) — new
The web series starring Alan Tudyk as a fading celebrity trying to prolong his fame on the sci-fi convention circuit comes to Syfy in the form of a 13-episode marathon. (The second season will also air at a later date.) Guest stars include Seth Green, Felicia Day, Sean Astin, James Gunn, and Tricia Helfer.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 10
The Orville (8 p.m., Fox) — new
Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane’s latest Fox series is a live-action homage to one of his favorite programs, Star Trek, complete with color-coded uniforms and an alien working among the bridge crew. The hourlong sci-fi dramedy is set 300 years in the future aboard a “mid-level” exploratory interstellar vessel named Orville. MacFarlane stars alongside Adrianne Palicki (as his first officer and ex-wife), Scott Grimes, Penny Johnson Jerald, and Chad L. Coleman. Jon Favreau directs the pilot. Fox is giving the series a high-profile post-NFL launch on successive Sunday nights (tonight and 9/17) before moving the show to its normal Thursday 9 p.m. timeslot on Sept. 21.
Outlander (8 p.m., Starz) — Season 3 premiere
The Deuce (9 p.m., HBO) — new
The latest HBO drama series from David Simon (The Wire, Treme)—co-created with his frequent collaborator, novelist George Pelecanos—is set in midtown New York’s porn industry during the late 1970s and early 1980s. James Franco (playing two characters based on real-life twins who were major players in the Times Square scene) and Maggie Gyllenhaal star, while the pilot is directed by Michelle MacLaren (Breaking Bad).
Top of the Lake: China Girl (9 p.m., Sundance) — miniseries
China Girl serves as the follow-up to Jane Campion’s acclaimed 2013 miniseries. Star Elisabeth Moss returns—joined by Nicole Kidman and Game of Thrones‘ Gwendoline Christie—for a new mystery that takes place in the much more urban setting of Sydney, Australia, where the body of an Asian girl washes up on the beach. The series premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May (a rarity for a TV show), and critics were greatly impressed by the episodes screened in France. The six-hour miniseries will air across three consecutive nights, with additional chapters on 9/11 and 9/12.
Fear The Walking Dead (9 p.m., AMC) — Season 3 fall premiere
Tim & Eric’s Bedtime Stories (midnight, Adult Swim) — Season 2 premiere