Every fantasy show (not named Rings Of Power and House Of The Dragon) coming to TV this fall

Every fantasy show (not named Rings Of Power and House Of The Dragon) coming to TV this fall

Shows like Willow and The Witcher: Blood Origin are leading a fantasy renaissance across the small screen

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(Clockwise from bottom left) The Witcher: Blood Origin (Photo: Netflix), The Winchesters (Photo: The CW), Good Omens (Photo: Prime Video), His Dark Materials (Photo: HBO), Anne Rice’s Interview With The Vampire (Photo: AMC), and Fate: The Winx Saga (Photo: Netflix)
(Clockwise from bottom left) The Witcher: Blood Origin (Photo: Netflix), The Winchesters (Photo: The CW), Good Omens (Photo: Prime Video), His Dark Materials (Photo: HBO), Anne Rice’s Interview With The Vampire (Photo: AMC), and Fate: The Winx Saga (Photo: Netflix)
Graphic: Libby McGuire

Amazon and HBO have done everything in their power to make sure all eyes are on them for the fall 2022 TV season, what with The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power or House Of The Dragon battling it out for mindshare and viewers. But there’s plenty of other excellent, innovative work being done in the fantasy realm on TV this season. Which is where this rundown comes in.

In a unique cultural moment, fall TV is stacked with promising new series, like Anne Rice’s Interview With The Vampire, The Witcher: Blood Origin, and The Winchesters. There are also some exciting returning shows, including Fate: The Winx Saga, Good Omens, and His Dark Materials. Perhaps the most wonderful thing is that these shows all co-exist at the same time. Here then is a look at every fantasy TV series (besides The Rings Of Power and House Of The Dragon) you need to know about this season.

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Vampire Academy

Vampire Academy

Vampire Academy | Official Trailer | Peacock Original

Premiere date: September 15, Peacock

Based on the series of young adult novels of the same name by Richelle Mead, Vampire Academy centers on Vasilisa “Lissa” Dragomir (Daniela Nieves), a vampire princess and the last of her royal line, and her best friend Rosemarie “Rose” Hathaway (Sisi Stringer), a half-vampire training to be Lissa’s Guardian. The title refers to the series’ setting: St. Vladimir’s Academy boarding school, where Lissa and Rose have reluctantly returned after going on the run. Upon their arrival, they have to face off against dangerous Strigoi (or immortal vampires, as opposed to Moroi like Lissa, who have lifespans similar to humans), navigate new romances, and figure out what the hell is going on at their school. Reductively, it’s Harry Potter with vampires; however, the Vampire Academy trailer is already delivering some deliciously campy drama that sets it apart from its wizarding counterpart.

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Fate: The Winx Saga (season 2)

Fate: The Winx Saga (season 2)

Fate: The Winx Saga | Season 2 Official Trailer | Netflix

Premiere date: September 16, Netflix

On the surface, Fate: The Winx Saga has a lot in common with Vampire Academy: they both take place at a magical boarding school, they each premiere within a day of the other, and ... actually, no, that’s where the similarities end. Still, don’t overlook this one because of its somewhat tired boarding school setting; it’s based on a wildly popular Nickelodeon animated series, Winx Club, and while season one didn’t exactly resonate with critics, it was a runaway success for Netflix in terms of ratings. Let’s hope Bloom (Abigail Cowen) and her fellow students/fairies Stella (Hannah van der Westhuysen), Musa (Elisha Applebaum), Terra (Eliot Salt), and Aisha (Precious Mustapha) can recapture some of the magic that made Winx Club so special in season two.

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Anne Rice’s Interview With The Vampire

Anne Rice’s Interview With The Vampire

Comic Con EXCLUSIVE Trailer | Anne Rice’s Interview With The Vampire | New Series Oct 2 on AMC

Premiere date: October 2, AMC

Interview With The Vampire—both Anne Rice’s novel and the 1994 film starring Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise—is a genre classic, so you’d be forgiven for being skeptical about what another adaptation can bring to the table. However, AMC has gotten ahead of that question by laying all its cards on the table: as panel host Damian Holbrook explained at San Diego Comic-Con 2022, AMC’s upcoming show is taking the queer subtext of the novel and film and making it text. The relationship between Lestat (Sam Reid) and Louis (Jacob Anderson) is explicitly sexual, as Louis confirms in a teaser trailer: “[Lestat] was my mentor, my lover, and my maker,” he says. To some extent, the change is necessary—there’s no way the show could have escaped accusations of queerbaiting if it left the nature of Lestat and Louis’ relationship ambiguous—but it’s a welcome one nonetheless.

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The Winchesters

The Winchesters

The Winchesters | Season Trailer | The CW

Premiere date: October 11, The CW

The Winchesters has a lot to prove as the first spin-off of The CW’s longest-running series, Supernatural. The show famously won’t include Sam Winchester (Jared Padalecki)—only Dean (Jensen Ackles) is returning to narrate this prequel about their parents. Drake Rodger and Meg Donnelly play John and Mary Winchester, who fall in love while fighting demons and searching for their fathers. It’s a tidy parallel to Supernatural, which started as a story about Sam and Dean reuniting to track down John, who had gone missing while on a hunt. The slick ’70s setting and new characters bring something fresh to the table, even if the plot seems to be resting on Supernatural’s laurels.

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Willow

Willow

Willow | Official Teaser Trailer | Disney+

Premiere date: November 30, Disney+

Ron Howard’s beloved Willow is getting a direct sequel in the form of a TV show—nearly 35 years after the film’s debut. Warwick Davis is back as the title character, a Nelwyn sorcerer who sets out on another quest to save the world. Refreshingly lacking in self-seriousness, Willow seems to be embracing the film’s hopefulness and positivity. Plot details are scarce, but the trailer and Davis’ introduction of the new cast are already giving off good vibes.

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The Witcher: Blood Origin

The Witcher: Blood Origin

The Witcher: Blood Origin | Post-Credits Teaser | Netflix

Premiere date: TBA, Netflix

Sadly, Netflix’s new live-action Witcher show, The Witcher: Blood Origin doesn’t have Henry Cavill, but it does have Michelle Yeoh, which should more than make up for Cavill’s absence. Focusing on a thriving Elven society 1,200 years before the events of The Witcher, the series will show the creation of the first monster hunter that would eventually become known as a Witcher. It will also tell the story of Conjunction of the Spheres, the magical event that allowed monsters to invade the worlds of men and elves.

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Good Omens (season 2)

Good Omens (season 2)

David Tennant and Michael Sheen in Good Omens
(From left) David Tennant as Crowley and Michael Sheen as Aziraphale in Good Omens
Photo: Courtesy of Amazon Studios

Premiere date: TBA, Amazon Prime

Good Omens season two has an interesting challenge ahead of it: while season one was based on Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s novel of the same name, season two doesn’t have any pre-existing source material to base its story on. Still, Gaiman has said that they always planned to write a sequel to Good Omens, and moving forward with season two seems like a lovely way to pay tribute to Pratchett, who died in 2015. Crowley (David Tennant) and Aziraphale (Michael Sheen) already saved the world in season one; with everything seemingly tickety-boo, what could possibly be next for the dynamic demon and angel duo?

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His Dark Materials (season 3)

His Dark Materials (season 3)

Dafne Keen as Lyra in His Dark Materials
Dafne Keen as Lyra in His Dark Materials
Photo: Courtesy of HBO

Premiere date: TBA, HBO

His Dark Materials will return for its third and final season with an adaptation of The Amber Spyglass, the final novel in Philip Pullman’s trilogy. Season two ended with Mrs. Coulter (Ruth Wilson) abducting Lyra (Dafne Keen) and Will (Amir Wilson) finally reuniting with his father, John (Andrew Scott), just before John dies. In season three, Lyra and Will have to deal with the prophecy about Lyra’s future and try to track down Asriel (James McAvoy) while a war rages between the Angels and the Authority. While His Dark Materials’ writing has frequently failed to live up to its stellar cast, the promise of celestial warfare in season three might just be able to bring the series to a strong conclusion.

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