By Derek Munyon
Arts & Entertainment Editor
Fall signals the coming of chilly weather, but it also signals the coming of horror based television shows. When you read this story, there will have been two episodes of The Walking Dead spin-off series, Fear the Walking Dead, already aired. Here’s a list of five other horror based TV shows either debuting or returning this Fall season.
Fear The Walking Dead, AMC
Fear the Walking Dead is the companion to AMC’s wildly popular series The Walking Dead. This series has quite a different feel than its parent series.
This show depicts the very beginning of the zombie apocalypse and is set in Los Angeles, which automatically gives it a different look than the solitary rural Georgia landscapes of the original. It will also probably focus more on how the government and general citizens deal with one another in the event of a global catastrophe.
The Walking Dead, AMC
Returns Oct. 11
The massive phenomenon returns for its sixth season. The survivors, lead by former sheriff Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), are now in the seemingly safe Alexandria, but how long that peace will last is anyone’s guess. While I’m generally always disappointed with the acting on this show, there’s no denying its popularity and what it has done for both horror and comic based series’ on television.
American Horror Story, FX
Returns Oct. 7
AHS returns with a fifth season in October, and I’m fairly excited. This season will take place in a hotel, supposedly based off the disturbing and likely haunted Cecil Hotel, a real hotel in L.A. that has had a number of murders, suicides and strange happenings.
Despite its writing being a bit wonky at times and its plot getting a bit too campy and taken heavily from more popular horror films, what makes this series stand out is the superb acting. Star of the previous four seasons, Jessica Lange, will not be returning for this season and it will instead feature Lady Gaga. However, other AHS veterans, Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates and Evan Peters will be returning. So will Finn Wittrock, who was arguably the brightest star of last season, which was rather dull otherwise.
Ash vs. Evil Dead, Starz
Begins Oct. 31
This is maybe the show that I’m most excited for. The Evil Dead movie series began in 1981 and has produced three films and a reboot that was surprisingly good. It has since become a horror/comedy staple. This series is set to take over after the third movie “The Army of Darkness” and features Bruce Campbell returning to his classic role of Ashley Williams, complete with chainsaw hand and “boomstick.” The trailer looks like absolute fun, gory beauty and I can’t wait for it.
Supernatural, The CW
Returns Oct. 1
Coming back for it’s eleventh season, the series, which focuses on the Winchester brothers fighting supernatural threats, is one of the longest horror-based continuous series on TV. I have to admit, I haven’t watched more than just a few episodes of this series, but it is one of the most popular horror focused series’ on TV right now.