Everything we're excited about for Fall 2022

Everything we're excited about for Fall 2022

Our super-sized preview eyes a return to Wakanda and The White Lotus, dates with Weird Al and Taylor Swift, and the arrival of Wednesday, among others

Clockwise from bottom left: Don’t Worry Darling (Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures), Taylor Swift (Getty Images), Willow (Courtesy Disney+), The White Lotus (Courtesy HBO), Blonde (Courtesy Netflix), Doctor Who (Courtesy BBC One), Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Courtesy Marvel Studios)
Clockwise from bottom left: Don’t Worry Darling (Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures), Taylor Swift (Getty Images), Willow (Courtesy Disney+), The White Lotus (Courtesy HBO), Blonde (Courtesy Netflix), Doctor Who (Courtesy BBC One), Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Courtesy Marvel Studios)
Graphic: Libby McGuire

Fall 2022 is going to be weird (literally—Weird: The Al Yankovic Story debuts on November 4). But, even setting aside Yankovic’s delightfully bizarre-looking biopic, film studios, TV networks, record labels, and game developers are taking some big swings this season. And it’s genuinely exciting to see the diversity of what’s on offer: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is already blowing us away with a masterful trailer, Bros is giving us the first queer rom-com from a major film studio, and Taylor Swift is, well, seemingly just living her best life, and it’s hard not to root for that.

The season is also going to be a good one for sequels; Los Espookys, Abbott Elementary, Good Omens, and The White Lotus are all coming back, and the God Of War franchise returns with its latest offering, Ragnarök. Here’s everything we’re excited about in fall 2022, arranged in no particular order, because, honestly, it’s impossible to pick favorites from a deck this stacked.

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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever | Official Teaser

Release date: in theaters November 11

Forget Top Gun: Maverick and Avatar: The Way Of Water—obviously the year’s most anticipated sequel is our return to Wakanda. The final installment of the MCU’s Phase Four would be notable enough even without the untimely passing of the beloved T’Challa, Chadwick Boseman, throwing the story into uncertainty. Audiences will be mourning his loss even as they look forward to reuniting with writer-director Ryan Coogler and stars Lupita Nyong’o, Letitia Wright, Danai Gurira, Winston Duke, and Angela Bassett, all again kicking ass with cutting-edge technology amid gorgeous African vistas. Sidenote: can we award an early Oscar to whoever so brilliantly blended Tems’ “No Woman, No Cry” cover with Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright” in the above teaser trailer? [Jack Smart]

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Taylor Swift, Midnights

Taylor Swift, Midnights

Taylor Swift poses on the red carpet at the 2022 MTV VMAs
Photo: Catherine Powell/Getty Images for MTV/Paramount Global (Getty Images)

Release date: October 21

Taylor Swift’s 10th studio album is almost here. After two surprise drops in 2020 with folklore and evermore, and two re-releases in Fearless (Taylor’s Version) and Red (Taylor’s Version) last year, a new era begins. Swift is a pop superstar and smart businesswoman, so she taps into a recurring motif in her songs for Midnights. The album consists of 13 tracks that, as she puts it, “is a collection of music written in the middle of the night, a journey through terrors and sweet dreams.” It basically promises yet another crushing yet thrilling experience courtesy of Swift’s lyrical expertise. [Saloni Gajjar]

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Abbott Elementary season 2

Abbott Elementary season 2

Abbott Elementary Season 2 Teaser Promo (HD) ABC comedy series

Premiere date: September 21, ABC

I’m almost as excited about Abbott Elementary season 2 premiering September 21 as Janine Teagues surely is about the first day back at school. I say almost because no one under any circumstances could be more excited than dear Ms. Teagues, portrayed by series creator-star Quinta Brunson. Her infectious enthusiasm and optimism, sorely missing from our TV screens since April, was part of what made this laugh-out-loud sitcom such a game changer—for traditional network TV, but also in terms of the national conversation around public schools and appreciation for hardworking teachers. Somebody get me a chair—so I can start watching the whopping 22 episodes starting this fall! [Jack Smart]

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Blonde

Blonde

BLONDE | From Writer and Director Andrew Dominik | Official Trailer | Netflix

Release date: in theaters September 16, streaming on Netflix September 28

Based on Joyce Carol Oates’ novel of the same name, Blonde promises to show us a side of Marilyn Monroe that we (even us Smash fans) have never seen. The film, Netflix’s first NC-17 release, has generated buzz for what feels like years about the supposedly graphic nature of the sex scenes, leaving some to wonder whether this may actually be a fair depiction of a person whose name has become synonymous with exploitation. As star Ana de Armas told L’Offciel, “[T]o tell this story it is important to show all these moments in Marilyn’s life that made her end up the way that she did.” A herculean task, but de Armas seems more than up to it. [Drew Gillis]

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God Of War Ragnarök

God Of War Ragnarök

God Of War Ragnarok - PlayStation Showcase 2021 Reveal Trailer | PS5

Release date: November 9, PlayStation exclusive

The “Boy!”s will soon be back in town, as Kratos & Son finally make their way back to gaming after a protracted four-year absence. Building on the success of 2018’s God Of War—rightly heralded by fans and critics alike for the improbable magic trick of inserting a genuine heart back into one of gaming’s loudest and bloodiest franchises—Ragnarök will continue the journey of The God Of War and his teenaged son as they fight their way through the Norse pantheon, attempting to stop the coming of the prophesied ending of the world. [William Hughes]

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Black Adam

Black Adam

Black Adam – Official Trailer 1

Release date: in theaters October 21

Will Black Adam actually change the hierarchy of power in the DC Universe? Maybe, but only if new Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav allows it. With Zaslav’s recent bloodbath at HBO Max and the cancellation of Batgirl, the DCEU is in a precarious spot. Still, it’s hard not to get wrapped up in star Dwayne Johnson’s relentless enthusiasm for his passion project. And who doesn’t want to see Johnson run around in that skin-tight, padding-free costume? [Jen Lennon]

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Carly Rae Jepsen, The Loneliest Time

Carly Rae Jepsen, The Loneliest Time

Carly Rae Jepsen - Beach House (Official Video)

Release date: October 21

Carly Rae Jepsen’s next album might share a release date with Taylor Swift’s forthcoming Midnights, but she needs no pity. Those looking for unadulterated bubblegum pop scribed by a master will know exactly where to go: The Loneliest Time. In May, “Western Wind” blew in like a breath of fresh air, heavily deviating from the disco-influenced Dedicated. Paired with the newly released “Beach House,” Jepsen shows off her ability to balance softer tales of inner reflection with the saccharine, lovesick songs she built her reputation on. [Gabrielle Sanchez]

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Hocus Pocus 2

Hocus Pocus 2

Teaser Trailer | Hocus Pocus 2 | Disney+

Release date: September 30, Disney+

Sistahs! Peak ’90s nostalgia is upon us with the return of the Sanderson sister-witches in Hocus Pocus 2, arriving on Disney+ on September 30. It remains to be seen how much director Anne Fletcher, taking over from the original’s Kenny Ortega, will balance callbacks with modern updates in this wildly anticipated sequel; my favorite part of its rollout has been the image suggesting Kathy Najimy has traded her iconic cord-vacuum-broomstick for what looks like a pair of flying Roombas. All we know is if Bette Midler leads a musical number with even a fraction of the charm of “I Put A Spell On You,” we’re in for all treat, no trick. ’Tis time to get that black flame candle ready again. [Jack Smart]

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Decision To Leave

Decision To Leave

Decision to Leave (Heojil Kyolshim) new trailer official from Cannes Film Festival 2022

Release date: in theaters October 14

Earning the honor of Best Director for his work on the noir romance Decision To Leave, The Handmaiden’s Park Chan-wook is primed for another stellar U.S. premiere this fall. Starring Tang Wei and Park Hae-il, the mystery follows one detective as he investigates a mountainside death. Over the course of interviews and stakeouts, he finds himself falling in love with the widow—whose unemotional state makes her a prime suspect in her husband’s apparent murder. Decision To Leave will also represent Korea this year in the Academy Awards’ Best International Feature category, making it a must-watch for awards season. [Gabrielle Sanchez]

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Jodie Whittaker’s final episode of Doctor Who

Jodie Whittaker’s final episode of Doctor Who

Jodie Whittaker in Doctor Who
Jodie Whittaker in Doctor Who
Photo: James Pardon/BBC Studios/BBC America

Premiere date: TBA

Jodie Whittaker’s tenure as the 13th Doctor has been a mixed bag, but it’s still been a monumental chapter in Whovian history. Her run as the first female Doctor will come to an end this fall, with a Doctor Who episode that also marks the Centenary Special for 100 years of the BBC. It’s a grand occasion that will see the return of the Doctor and her companions Yaz (Mandip Gil) and Dan (John Bishop), allies Vinder (Jacob Anderson) and Kate Stewart (Jemma Redgrave), her nemesis the Master (Sacha Dawan), and classic Who companions Ace (Sophie Aldred) and Tegan (Janet Fielding). Not many other details are known, but once-and-future Who showrunner Russell T. Davies called it “an enormous finale, epic finale, 90-minute finale in October”—in which we’ll also likely get a glimpse of Ncuti Gatwa as the 14th Doctor. [Mary Kate Carr]

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The Woman King

The Woman King

THE WOMAN KING – Official Trailer (HD)

Release date: in theaters September 16

Gina Prince-Bythewood gave us 2020’s best comic-book superhero movie with The Old Guard. For her latest, she turns to the real-life inspirations behind Black Panther’s all-female Dora Milaje warriors: the Agojie, dubbed “Dahomey Amazons” by westerners. Dahomey stopped existing in 1904, so the plot may not go well for these women warriors in the end, though at least one of them apparently lived to be over 100 years old before passing away in the 1970s. For The Woman King, Viola Davis pairs her physical power with her thespian skills as General Nansica, with John Boyega as King Ghezo, and Lashana Lynch as an unnamed veteran warrior. Trailers promoting the project seem to promise a female-empowerment action film, and the principal cast trained for nine months for their fight scenes. But the actual history goes to some grimmer realities, and it’ll be fascinating to see how far the movie goes with them. [Luke Y. Thompson]

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Bros

Bros

Bros | Official Trailer [HD]

Release date: in theaters September 30

With Bros, Billy Eichner set out to make the first big-budget, mainstream, gay rom-com (apparently Good Will Hunting doesn’t count). The cast boasts the likes of Bowen Yang, Dot-Marie Jones, Jim Rash, and Kristin Chenoweth, and Judd Apatow features as a producer, so talent is clearly on its side. Whether or not Bros is truly “revolutionary” (as a recent Variety preview proclaimed) remains to be seen, but even if it’s just a good romcom about two guys, I would be plenty happy. [Drew Gillis]

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Alvvays, Blue Rev

Alvvays, Blue Rev

Alvvays - Pharmacist [Official Audio]

Release date: October 7

It’s been five long years since Canadian five-piece Alvvays released their transcendent sophomore album, Antisocialites. After what felt like eons of radio silence spent pondering if the band would ever release music again, the group made a joyous return with the single “Pharmacist” from their forthcoming record Blue Rev. Laced with lush, shoegaze textures and pop songwriting sensibilities, Alvvays has come back to us better than ever. [Gabrielle Sanchez]

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The Fabelmans

The Fabelmans

Steven Spielberg on the red carpet at the premiere of Ready Player One
Photo: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin / Contributor (Getty Images)

Release date: in theaters November 11

Despite having made approximately 900 movies about fatherless sons, Steven Spielberg has never made a purely biographical film. Sure, there was Jurassic Park, based on his real-life adventure at a dinosaur clone theme park, but aside from that, he’s known more for grand spectacle than memoir. That changes this year with The Fabelmans, the story of a boy, Sam Fabelman, from a broken home and, get this, a love of film. Of course, we want to know how Spielberg’s post-West Side Story film unfolds, and considering this is reportedly long-time collaborator John Williams’ final score, we’re already primed for an emotional experience. But let’s be honest, we just want to know if David Lynch is playing John Ford or not. [Matt Schimkowitz]

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Los Espookys season 2

Los Espookys season 2

Los Espookys Season 2 | Official Trailer | HBO

Premiere date: September 16, HBO

For the first time since 2019, the oddball dream team that is Renaldo (Bernardo Velasco), Andrés (Julio Torres), Úrsula (Cassandra Ciangherotti), Tati (Ana Fabrega), and, though he’s often offsite, Uncle Tico (Fred Armisen), returns for a new season of Los Espookys. If you’re unfamiliar with this very funny, mostly Spanish-speaking show, basically, it follows a group of pals who have a business cooking up elaborate, DIY scares. And we’re thrilled HBO has ordered a second batch of episodes, as shows with a comedic sensibility this singular are pretty damn rare. [Tim Lowery]

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BLACKPINK, Born Pink

BLACKPINK, Born Pink

BLACKPINK - ‘Pink Venom’ M/V

Release date: September 16

Armed with a Rolling Stone cover, their inaugural VMAs performance, and one of the most dedicated fandoms on the planet, BLACKPINK is simultaneously one of the biggest and most ascendant bands on the scene right now. The trappings of being both a girl group and K-Pop group aside, BLACKPINK’s astronomical reach has even made it to Sam Levinson’s corner of HBO. But the music hasn’t been forgotten, as evidenced by their upcoming second album, Born Pink. The juggernaut of a first single, “Pink Venom,” counts Taylor Swift as a fan, and Born Pink has reportedly already sold well over a million copies in presale. [Hattie Lindert]

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The Banshees Of Inisherin

The Banshees Of Inisherin

THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN | Official Trailer | Searchlight Pictures

Release date: in theaters October 21

What would you do if a lifelong friend abruptly ended your relationship for no apparent reason? If anyone can take such an unfortunate, yet banal, yet plausible scenario to its most entertaining extreme, it’s writer-director Martin McDonagh. The Banshees Of Inisherin reunites the master of distinctly Irish, distinctly dark comedy with his In Bruges stars, Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell, in what looks to be a bleakly funny tale poking at the true nature of friendship. Something tells me the “alarming consequences” this film’s logline promises means nihilistic violence rather than reconciliation. [Jack Smart]

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The 1975, Being Funny In A Foreign Language

The 1975, Being Funny In A Foreign Language

The 1975 - Happiness (Official Video)

Release date: October 14

The 1975 are, to put it lightly, divisive. But whether you love them or hate them, the fact remains that there are precious few mainstream rock bands willing to take big swings like these guys. They go big or go home, and everything they do, from frontman Matty Healy’s controversial interviews and hyper-online lyrics to the music’s restlessly sprawling eclecticism, reflects that ethos. You could call them pretentious or self-indulgent, but then again, isn’t that kind of the point? Leaping breathlessly from lovely Bon Iver-inspired folk ballads to immaculately sparkling new wave bangers, the 1975’s new album Being Funny In A Foreign Language, co-produced by renowned pop star whisperer Jack Antonoff, is almost certainly going to be A Lot. We wouldn’t have it any other way. [Peter Helman]

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Clerks III

Clerks III

Clerks III (2022 Movie) Official Trailer - Kevin Smith

Release date: in theaters September 13

Kevin Smith revisits the film that launched his career in Clerks III, his most personal project to date. Inspired by true events in Smith’s life, the story finds Randal (Jeff Anderson) surviving a heart attack and having an epiphany that he wants to be a filmmaker. And what better subject than his and Dante’s real-life experiences working at the Quick Stop? Basically, he sets out to make Clerks. What starts as a goofy, self-indulgent riff with fun callbacks for fans becomes something more poignant and thoughtful as the film goes on, and you get a sense of Smith wrestling with big, midlife issues like legacy and his own mortality. Bring tissues and be prepared to get a little misty-eyed before it’s over. [Cindy White]

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Oliver Sim, Hideous Bastard

Oliver Sim, Hideous Bastard

Oliver Sim - Hideous (Official Video)

Release date: September 9

The xx always seemed to epitomize a very particular brand of aloof, mysterious cool. But on his debut solo album Hideous Bastard, produced by Jamie xx himself, the band’s bassist and vocalist Oliver Sim isn’t afraid to get vulnerable—often painfully so. Upon announcing the album, Sim revealed for the first time that he’s been living with HIV since he was 17. Over the course of Hideous Bastard, he grapples with intense feelings of shame and fear, confronting and liberating himself through poignant, danceable, unabashedly queer songs that embrace the campy theatricality of horror cinema to capture real emotional truth. “Radical honesty/Might set me free,” he sings on “Hideous,” a song that’s anything but. [Peter Helman]

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The White Lotus season 2

The White Lotus season 2

The White Lotus: Blossom Circle | Official Promo | HBO

Premiere date: October TBA, HBO

While the exact premiere date of season two of Mike White’s The White Lotus has not yet been revealed, HBO promises it will arrive sometime in October. Jennifer Coolidge makes her grand return as Tanya McQuoid, and with an all-new cast featuring Michael Imperioli, Aubrey Plaza, Theo James, and Haley Lu Richardson, the show’s set with an ensemble as dynamite as the first season’s. The globe-trotting series will soon check us into The White Lotus Resort in Sicily to dive into “classic sexual politics, the naughty subversive stuff.” Hot. [Gabrielle Sanchez]

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Don’t Worry Darling

Don’t Worry Darling

Don’t Worry Darling | Official Trailer

Release date: in theaters September 23

Based on the trailer alone, Florence Pugh has a lot to worry about in director Olivia Wilde’s Don’t Worry Darling. She plays Alice, who lives with her husband, Jack (Harry Styles), in the experimental, ’50s-era company town of Victory, where the men working on the top-secret Victory Project live with their families. While the guys toil away in secret, their wives avail themselves of the town’s idyllic amenities. Until Alice starts asking questions. What’s really going on in the town of Victory isn’t the only question we’re eager to see answered. Previously, the Grammy-winning Styles had only been dipping his toe into acting. Now let’s see how he fares as a leading man. As for Wilde, a victory here after 2019’s whip-smart Booksmart will put her on the directing A-list. Don’t Worry Darling looks gorgeous, feels mysterious and relevant and has a killer cast (including Wilde, in a supporting role). [Mark Keizer]

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Perry Mason season 2

Perry Mason season 2

Juliet Rylance and Matthew Rhys in Perry Mason
(From left) Juliet Rylance and Matthew Rhys in Perry Mason
Photo: Merrick Morton/HBO

Release date: TBA

The first season of HBO’s gritty, noir-inspired Perry Mason reboot was everything. It went back to Erle Stanley Gardner’s original source material to give us a compelling kidnapping mystery set in a sumptuous and expansive 1930s Los Angeles, but still managed to keep both feet on the ground. Matthew Rhys gave us a scrappier, more hard-boiled version of the straitlaced defense attorney played by Raymond Burr in the 1960s TV series. In season two we can look forward to meeting new characters played by Katherine Waterston, Hope Davis, Sean Astin, Paul Raci, and Wallace Langham, among others. We’ll catch up with Perry, Della Street, and Paul Drake a few months after the end of the first season, as they build their legal practice, taking mostly civil cases and steering clear of the criminal world. But we know Perry can’t stay away from the action for too long. [Cindy White]

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Mobile Suit Gundam The Witch From Mercury

Mobile Suit Gundam The Witch From Mercury

Mobile Suit Gundam the Witch from Mercury - 『PROLOGUE』(EN,HK,TW,CN,KR,ID,VN,TH sub)

Premiere date: October TBA

The Mobile Suit Gundam anime television franchise has been running for over 40 years, telling stories about child soldiers, teenage terrorists, and—in one memorable example—a global karate tournament, with the only common thread being their use of big robots. And now, for the first new Gundam series since 2015, the franchise is introducing its first-ever female protagonist for The Witch From Mercury. If its tragic prologue teaser is anything to go by, the series will be yet another heartbreaking story about the horrors of war … that just happens to feature some extremely cool robots. [Sam Barsanti]

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Tove Lo, Dirt Femme

Tove Lo, Dirt Femme

Tove Lo - True Romance (Scene 4)

Release date: October 14

If Sweden’s soft power emanates from a single source, it could well be Tove Lo. The pop artist, known for addictive anthems like “Talking Body,” returns with her new album Dirt Femme, a phrase that could be a spiritual sister of “indie sleaze” (the era where Tove Lo first established herself.) The album’s first single, “No One Dies From Love,” is a heavenly earworm of synths and harmonics; the music video is Lana Del Rey’s “Ride” meets Ex Machina. If Tove Lo is the first to die from love, we’ll be in full indie-sleaze couture (read: American Apparel circle skirt and flower crown) at the funeral, dancing away our glitter tears. [Hattie Lindert]

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Good Omens season two

Good Omens season two

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

Premiere date: TBA

For fans who didn’t get enough Neil Gaiman content in 2022 with the release of The Sandman on Netflix, Prime Video is bringing back our favorite angel and demon pair, Aziraphale (Michael Sheen) and Crowley (David Tennant), for another season of divine mischief. Since the first season adapted the book Good Omens in its entirety, this one will have an entirely original story, though Gaiman has said it will be based on conversations he had with the late Terry Pratchett, who co-wrote the original with him. How do you top preventing Armageddon with the help of a young Antichrist, a witch hunter, a medium, and the descendant of a scarily accurate prophet? We have no idea, but if anyone can do it Gaiman can. [Cindy White]

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Bill Callahan, YTI⅃AƎЯ

Bill Callahan, YTI⅃AƎЯ

Bill Callahan YTI⅃AƎЯ Commercial

Release date: October 14

If reality feels all backward these days, Bill Callahan’s new album YTI⅃AƎЯ might just be the antidote. “I wanted to make a record that addressed or reflected the current climate,” the singer-songwriter explains in a statement. “It felt like it was necessary to rouse people—rouse their love, their kindness, their anger, rouse anything in them. Get their senses working again.” Since his early days of recording sad, funny, and beautiful songs under the name Smog, Callahan has solidified his position as one of indie rock’s greatest storytellers. He’s practically an elder statesman at this point, and YTI⅃AƎЯ, which features players like guitarist Matt Kinsey, bassist Emmett Kelly, pianist Sarah Ann Phillips, and drummer Jim White, is sure to have plenty of wisdom—dispensed, as always, in Callahan’s inimitably gravelly baritone. [Peter Helman]

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Mob Psycho 100 season 3

Mob Psycho 100 season 3

Mob Psycho 100 III | OFFICIAL TRAILER

Premiere date: October 5, Crunchyroll

Mob Psycho 100 is back after a three-year-long hiatus. Season three will cover the final arc of the manga, in which Mob graduates high school, tries to figure out what he wants to do with his life, and faces off against a cult. Sounds easy, right? The creative team behind the show knows something about pressure, too: anime openings are usually pretty entertaining, but few are as transcendently weird and masterfully animated as “99” and “99.9,” the openings from seasons one and two. Previously, if you’d asked me whether they could have possibly topped those for season three, I would’ve said absolutely not; now, after watching “1,” I think they might have actually pulled it off. [Jen Lennon]

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Willow

Willow

Willow | Official Teaser Trailer | Disney+

Premiere date: November 30, Disney+

Yes, Willow is another fantasy series based on a preexisting title that’s taking advantage of nostalgia for the original to attract a built-in audience, but hear me out. If the video introducing the new cast is any indication, Warwick Davis still has the same charisma and self-deprecating sense of humor that made the original Willow movie so much fun. And we could all use a little more fun in fantasy nowadays, couldn’t we? Ron Howard, who directed the original film, is on board as executive producer, along with his partner Brian Grazer and Kathleen Kennedy, so you know the show is in good hands. So far there’s been no confirmation of Val Kilmer’s involvement in the series, but showrunner Jonathan Kasdan has said that his character, Madmartigan, will be referenced “in a big way.” [Cindy White]

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Disenchanted

Disenchanted

Amy Adams and Maya Rudolph in Disenchanted
(From left) Amy Adams and Maya Rudolph in Disenchanted
Photo: Jonathan Hession/Disney

Release date: November 24, Disney+

Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, Idina Menzel, and James Marsden are all back for Disenchanted, the long-awaited sequel to the 2007 live-action homage to Disney’s animated musical heritage. Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz are also back to lend their collective genius to the soundtrack. New to the project this time around are Maya Rudolph (reportedly playing the film’s Big Bad), Yvette Nicole Brown, Jayma Mays, and Oscar Nunez. The story finds animated-princess-turned-real-girl Giselle (Adams) settled down in the suburbs with her family, but when trouble arises she’s thrust back into her former world of magical fantasy. There’s still a lot of mystery surrounding the project, but the biggest question is will they actually let Idina Menzel sing this time? (Spoiler alert: yes they will.) [Cindy White]

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Wednesday

Wednesday

Wednesday Addams | Official Teaser | Netflix

Premiere date: TBA

The Addams Family’s Wednesday Addams has maintained her goth teen queen status for over 80 years since her cartoon debut. She’ll be portrayed in live-action for the Netflix series Wednesday by Jenna Ortega, who’s transformed into a teen scream queen after proving her mettle in Scream 5, X, and Studio 666 this year. The indomitable Catherina Zeta-Jones and Luis Guzman play her parents, Morticia and Gomez Addams, and the cast also includes Gwendoline Christie and Riki Lindhome. If the ensemble wasn’t enough, Tim Burton directs multiple episodes as an exciting bonus. We are pumped to see how this team brings to life Wednesday’s coming-of-age adventures at the Nevermore Academy, including stopping a supernatural killing spree. [Saloni Gajjar]

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Blockbuster

Blockbuster

Randall Park and Melissa Fumero in Blockbuster
(From left) Melissa Fumero and Randall Park in Blockbuster
Photo: Ricardo Hubbs/Netflix

Premiere date: November 3, Netflix

The irony of Netflix releasing a television show about the last Blockbuster video store isn’t lost on anyone. In fact, it’s probably why Blockbuster is such an anticipated comedy (insert gif here of Marie Condo saying “I love mess”). Created by Vanessa Ramos, the 10-episode series boasts a talented leading duo in Fresh Off The Boat’s Randall Park and Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Melissa Fumero. Park’s Timmy Yoon is the store manager harboring a long-time crush on his employee, Eliza. The overall concept seems a little on-the-nose (Netflix’s history of sitcoms isn’t reliable either), but we hope Blockbuster’s charming cast—including J.B. Smoove, Madeleine Arthur, and Tyler Alvarez—helps turn it into the next Superstore. [Saloni Gajjar]

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Weird: The Al Yankovic Story

Weird: The Al Yankovic Story

Weird: The Al Yankovic Story Trailer #1 (2022)

Release date: November 4, The Roku Channel

Of all the musician biopics that have come out in the past few years, this one is sure to be the weirdest. That’s by design, of course. Did you really expect Weird Al Yankovic to write a serious movie about his own life? Every creative decision–from getting Daniel Radcliffe to play him (lip-synching to dubbed musical tracks) to a romantic subplot involving Madonna (Evan Rachel Wood)–takes the film further away from reality and into the world of parody. Obviously, that’s where Weird Al is most comfortable, but there are grains of truth in here too. The message about being true to yourself, for instance, is completely sincere. [Cindy White]

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