With outstanding shows like Penny Dreadful being taken from us, us horror fans have to treasure every single moment with the shows we have. Luckily, horror TV is more popular than ever now so we have tons of options to choose from when adding to our TV-watching schedule. There are 5 months left in the year and we will see the season premieres (or continuations) of 12 more horror TV shows. Here is your guide to what is premiering and when!
Fear the Walking Dead (AMC) – August 21st
The spinoff to The Walking Dead hasn’t exactly been the ratings smash that AMC was hoping it would be, but it’s doing well enough to warrant a second season, the second half of which premieres in just a few short weeks.
The Strain (FX) – August 28th
I’ll be completely honest, I have to force myself to sit down and watch The Strain. It’s just not that enjoyable of a watch for me, but for some reason I can’t bring myself to quit the show. Call me a masochist. Anyway, Season 3 looks to see the strigoi evolving and the city of New York becoming a full-blown battleground. Let’s see if it can make the characters any more likable!
From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series (El Rey) – September 7th
From Dusk Till Dawn‘s first season was a stretched out adaptation of Robert Rodriguez’s 1996 film of the same name. The second season was a marked improvement over the first because it allowed Rodriguez to finally give audiences the sequel he was never able to make. After the big cliffhanger in the Season 2 finale, expectations are pretty high for Season 3!
American Horror Story (FX) – September 14th
For the first time ever, audiences have absolutely no idea what the upcoming season of American Horror Story will be about. This will most likely prove to be a smart move, as interest in the series is higher than it has ever been. The series hasn’t had a good season since Asylum four years ago, so a creative resurgence could be in order for the Ryan Murphy series.
Scream Queens (Fox) – September 20th
Fox renewing Scream Queens was of the biggest surprises of the 2015/2016 TV season (though production move from New Orleans, Louisiana, to Los Angeles, California; after scoring a significant tax credit, so that may be why). It premiered to ratings that were well below expectations and gradually lost viewers as the season went on. As sad as that is, I for one am thrilled that we get a second season of Ryan Murphy’s goofy parody series. Season 2 will be set primarily at a hospital a la Halloween II. My one request: more Denise Hemphill!
The Exorcist (Fox) – September 23rd
While the idea of an adaptation of The Exorcist sounds terrible enough as it is, the fact that it will be airing on Fox seems like a knife in the heart to horror fans. Still, with an actress of Geena Davis’s caliber leading the cast, there is hope for this watered-down adaptation yet. It’s certainly an intriguing idea, so I’ll at least be watching the first couple of episodes to see if it’s worth it.
Van Helsing (Syfy) – September 23rd
The Van in this Van Helsing is actually Vanessa Van Helsing. the daughter of Abraham. While it essentially looks like The Walking Dead but with vampires, the pedigree of the producers is impressive. Early reviews of the pilot are strong as well, so there is hope for this series yet!
Ash Vs. Evil Dead (Starz) – October 2nd
Even though fans will probably never get a sequel to the 2013 Evil Dead, they were finally rewarded for decades of patience with Starz’s Ash Vs. Evil Dead last year. Filled with gore, nudity, gallows humor and foul language, the 30-minute series turned out to be everything an Evil Dead fan could ask for. The fact that we live in a world where we can have a show like Ash Vs. Evil Dead is pretty great. Knowing that Starz has so much confidence in it doesn’t hurt matters, either. Expect a Season 3 renewal in the weeks leading up to the premiere.
Supernatural (The CW) – October 13th
With 12 seasons, Supernatural has now become the CW’s longest running show, and the longest running fantasy series in the United States. That is no small feat! The series (which I admittedly do not watch, but my sister is obsessed with it) has an incredibly loyal fanbase that will probably see is through to a 20th season. Good for them!
The Vampire Diaries (The CW) – October 21st
Season 8 of The CW’s long-running vampire series (created by Scream‘s Kevin Williamson) will be its last. Better to end it now before it jumps the shark, though some would argue that it’s already done that.
The Walking Dead (AMC) – October 23rd
AMC’s zombie series has been a massive success for the network (it attracts the most 18- to 49-year-old viewers of any cable or broadcast television series), so it’s no surprise it’s going into its 7th season this year. Hopefully they’ll actually reveal whom Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) killed in the Season 6 finale, and not hold off on the reveal for an episode like some people have predicted.
Salem (WGN America) – Halloween Week
One of the most underrated shows on television right now is WGN America’s Salem (read my Season 2 reviews here, my plea to get people to watch it here, and Bree Ogden’s plea to get people to watch it here). While it got off to a rough start, Salem really found its footing about halfway through the first season and had a near-perfect second season once it began to embrace its trashiness. Fans of Lovecraftian horror should definitely check this one out.
Teen Wolf (MTV) – November 21st
MTV’s surprise hit adaptation of the 1985 Michael J. Fox film (who saw that coming?) will be starting it’s final season at the close of the year. Will it go out with a whimper or with a bang? Only time will tell…
Which show are you most looking forward to this year? Let us know in the comments below!