19 Movies and TV Shows to Watch This Fall
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.
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.
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.
James Spader returns as enigmatic FBI informant Raymond Reddington for season 4 of the popular NBC crime thriller.
Starts September 22, nbc.com.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 (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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.