19 Movies and TV Shows to Watch This Fall

Wahlbergs, Afflecks, Kalings, oh my! —Matt Juul, Matthew Reed Baker


the hollars

John Krasinski in The Hollars. / Sony Pictures Classics

The Hollars

John Krasinski directs and stars in this comedy drama about a struggling writer who moves back home to help his sick mother. Also starring Anna Kendrick, whose name you’ll see a few times in our fall arts preview (she wrote a little book, and also stars alongside Ben Affleck in The Accountant).

Out September 2, sonyclassics.com.

project runway

Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum. / Photo by Barbara Nitke/Lifetime

Project Runway

Three Massachusetts designers will have a chance to avenge Kelly Dempsey’s loss in last year’s finale when the reality competition series returns for season 15. Will they make it work?

Starts September 15, mylifetime.com.

Clark Gregg Agents of SHIELD

Agent Coulson, still alive. / Photo via ABC

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Boston-born actor Clark Gregg returns as fan-favorite S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Phil Coulson for the fourth season of Marvel’s hit superhero series. Comic book geeks are in for a treat this year as Ghost Rider is set to join the show (thankfully it’s not the Nic Cage version).

Starts September 20, abc.com.

The Blacklist

Lizzy’s father. Maybe. Maybe not. But maybe. / Photo by Will Hart/NBC

The Blacklist

James Spader returns as enigmatic FBI informant Raymond Reddington for season 4 of the popular NBC crime thriller.

Starts September 22, nbc.com.

american wrestler

Jon Voight as Principal Skinner. / American Wrestler: The Wizard

Boston Film Festival

This annual smorgasbord of celluloid returns, with screenings mainly at the AMC Loews Boston Common and the Revere Hotel’s Theatre 1. Its centerpiece film is American Wrestler: The Wizard, about a teenage Iranian refugee struggling to assimilate in his California town.

September 22-25, 617-523-8388, bostonfilmfestival.org.

Donnie Wahlberg Blue Bloods

Hard to tell with a shirt on, but that’s definitely Donnie. / Photo by Giovanni Rufino/CBS

Blue Bloods

Donnie Wahlberg and Bridget Moynahan are back as Det. Danny Reagan and ADA Erin Reagan for season seven of the CBS police drama.

Starts September 23, cbs.com.


Priyanka Chopra in Quantico. / ABC


Bollywood superstar (and Newton North alum) Priyanka Chopra returns for a second season of the ABC thriller. This time, her character, Alex Parrish, goes from the FBI to the CIA, where nothing nefarious ever happens.

Starts September 25, abc.go.com.

Bob's Burgers

Animation Domination! / Image via Fox

Bob’s Burgers

Expect to see a lot more from Eugene Mirman (Gene on the show) and company, since Fox recently renewed the animated comedy for at least two more years, with season seven set to premiere this fall.

Starts September 25, fox.com.

Mark Wahlberg Deepwater Horizon

Mark Wahlberg doing Mark Wahlberg things in Deepwater Horizon. / Photo by David Lee

Deepwater Horizon

Mark Wahlberg is once again teaming up with director Peter Berg, this time for a film about the 2010 BP oil spill. Just look at that guy in this photo, arm outstretched, mid-scream, about to maybe not save a comrade. So dramatic. So heroic. That’s our Marky Mark.

Out September 30, deepwaterhorizon.movie.


Mindy Kaling

Mindy is a mom now. What, like it’s hard? / Photo by Jordin Althaus/Hulu

The Mindy Project

Get ready for some more mama Mindy. Yes, in case you haven’t been keeping up, Dr. Mindy Lahiri is a mom now, and her baby daddy’s marrying another woman. It’s just like Scandal! (No, not really.)

Starts October 4, hulu.com.


What Olympics? / Photo by Scott Garfield/Netflix


Jennifer Coolidge will reunite with Jane Lynch and Fred Willard for director Christopher Guest’s new mockumentary about sports mascots. Side note: Can we get a couple of those karate bear trophies or nah?

Out October 13, netflix.com.

the accountant

The kehd’s wicked smaht. / The Accountant Courtesy Photo

The Accountant

In his latest film, Ben Affleck (not Matt Damon) is the one playing the math genius, but with a twist: He’s a small-town CPA working for bigtime international criminal organizations.

Out October 14, accountantmovie.com.


Jennifer Connolly in American Pastoral. / Lakeshore Entertainment

American Pastoral

Former BU track star and Boston Marathon finisher Uzo Aduba joins a star-studded cast in this crime drama about a family torn apart by politics in a post-war America. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Philip Roth.

Out October 21, lakeshoreentertainment.com.

man with a plan

Matt LeBlanc is a man with a plan…or at least a beer in one hand and wine in the other. / CBS

Man with a Plan

Matt LeBlanc (another Newton North alum) stars in this CBS comedy about a blustery contractor with three kids. The cast is also quintessentially New England, with Northampton’s Liza Snyder as his wife and Bridgeport, Connecticut’s Kevin Nealon as his brother.

Starts October 24, cbs.com.

Inferno Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks’s character is a Harvard cryptologist. Take him seriously! / Photo by Jonathan Prime/Columbia Pictures


Ben Foster plays a transhumanist scientist in this latest big screen addition to New Hampshire native Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code series. The film, which also stars Tom Hanks as a Harvard professor of symbology, is the third movie in the series.

Out October 28, sonypictures.com.


Manchester By The Sea Kyle Chandler Casey Affleck

Coach Taylor, is that you? / Photo by Claire Folger

Manchester by the Sea

Shot entirely on the North Shore, this cinematic tragedy stars Casey Affleck as a solitary handyman left in charge of his teenage nephew after his brother dies. Also featuring Kyle Chandler and Michelle Williams, the film made a splash at Sundance.

Out November 18, manchesterbytheseathemovie.com.

the affair

The Affair. / Showtime

The Affair

Hyde Park’s Maura Tierney won a Golden Globe for her role as cuckolded wife Helen Solloway in this Showtime series, which returns for a third run. Last season ended with Helen involved in the drunk-driving death of one of the four main characters. Now comes the fallout.

Starts November 20, sho.com/the-affair.

bleed for this

Miles Teller in Bleed for This. / Open Road Films

Bleed for This

The incredible comeback tale of Providence pugilist Vinny Paz is heading to theaters this fall. Written and directed by Ben Younger, and with Martin Scorsese as an executive producer, the film stars Miles Teller as the former boxing world champion, as well as Ted Levine as legendary manager Lou Duva. [Read more.]

Out November 23, bleedforthisfilm.com.

Gilmore Girls Lauren Graham Alexis Bledel

Back in Stars Hollow. / Photo by Saeed Adyani/Netflix

Gilmore Girls

Rejoice, GG fans! The New England-set comedy starring Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, and Melissa McCarthy is making a limited series return.

Starts November 25, netflix.com.