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It's that time of year again - that magical season that follows the bleak uncertainty of weeks of prospective cancellations: fall network trailer time.

Kicking us off this year - Fox, and their seriously weird new crop of shows, headlined by Wayward Pines, a new event series from M. Night Shyamalan and Chad Hodge.

With an all star cast (the introductions are basically just a list of Oscar nominations) led by Matt Dillon, Juliette Lewis and Terrence Howard (who is all over Fox this year) the show is expected to debut mid-season, and is going to be a seriously odd proposition when it does. The trailer pitches it as something like Twin Peaks directed by Shyamalan, which sounds like a simultaneously terrible and incredible idea. We'll just have to wait until early 2015 to find out which.

The trailer is below, and and you can then keep right on going for the rest of Fox's upcoming schedule - including a major new comedy from Will Forte, The Office's Rainn Wilson as an unhinged detective, and some seriously serious drama in the vein of

True Detective


Wayward Pines (Mid-season)

The Pitch: Twin Peaks gets a twist - or twenty.

The Team: Chad Hodge writes, M. Night Shyamalan directs. Both produce.

The Cast: Matt Dillon, Juliette Lewis, Terrence Howard, Melissa Leo, the shadow of their statuettes.

Hieroglyph (Mid-season)

The Pitch: Period drama gets old school - Ancient Egyptian type old school.

The Team: Travis Beacham writes, Miguel Sapochnik directs, both produce.

The Cast: Max Brown, Condola Rashad, Kelsey Chow, Reece Ritchie, and Gimli himself, John Rhys-Davies.

Empire (Mid-season)

The Pitch: Like Boardwalk Empire, but without the Boardwalk. And with more rap.

The Team: Lee Daniels, fresh off The Butler, writes/directs/produces, alongside Danny Strong. Timbaland handles the tunes.

The Cast: Terrence Howard (who looks set to be ever-present come the new year) and Taraji P. Henson are the heavyweights, with a young cast behind them.

Backstrom (Mid-season)

The Pitch: Dwight Schrute goes all Monk on us, with a decent sized dash of House in there too.

The Team: Hart Hanson and Mark Mylod adapt Leif G.W. Persson's book series.

The Cast: Rainn Wilson. Who else were you planning on watching it for?

Utopia (Fall)

The Pitch: A group of fifteen real people are given a year to create a Utopia - and to survive on their own.

The Team: John de Mol adapts his hit Dutch show for the US market.

The Cast: A bunch of normal people - who will promptly start stabbing one another in the back and hooking up with one another within minutes of the show beginning.

Gracepoint (Fall)

The Pitch: A True Detective style drama about a small town devastated by the loss of one of it's own - adapted from the British series Broadchurch.

The Team: Original writer Chris Chibnall returns, with Dan Futterman and Anya Epstein as showrunners.

The Cast: David Tennant reprises his leading role, with Breaking Bad's Anna Gunn replacing the original series' Olivia Colman.

Gotham (Fall)

The Pitch: Batman (actually) Begins - this time showing the rise of James Gordon through the Gotham police force.

The Team: Bruno Heller writes, Danny Cannon directs. Both produce.

The Cast: Ben McKenzie plays Gordon, with Jada Pinkett Smith coming to TV as the series' big bad.

Mulaney (Fall)

The Pitch: Broad, old fashioned comedy, with a Seinfeld-esque stand-up component.

The Team: SNL's Lorne Michaels is the big name exec-producer, with John Mulaney writing his own vehicle.

The Cast: John Mulaney is very much the center of attention, but Martin Short and Elliott Gould add old school credibility.

The Last Man on Earth (Mid-season)

The Pitch: Will Forte is the last man on earth. What more do you need?

The Team: Forte co-creates with Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the directors of The LEGO Movie and 21 Jump Street.

The Cast: Will Forte. Hence the title.

The Others:

Also upcoming on Fox are Becki Newton starring comedy Weird Loners and Seth MacFarlane's new animated show Bordertown. Red Band Society, a dramedy following a children's ward at a hospital, is also on it's way, starring Octavia Spencer and Dave Annable. We'll have trailers up as soon as we get 'em.

What do you guys think? Which of the upcoming shows most sounds like it'll float your boat? Let me know below!


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