ByAdam Ferguson, writer at Creators.co
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Adam Ferguson

It's July, which means it's Comic-Con month! San Diego's leading nerd-fest is set to run from the 23rd until the 27th, at a time when we're likely to hear about a slew of meaty details regarding upcoming film and television releases as these not-so-specifics escape from the mouths of many an important person.

As ever, there's a of buzz surrounding the current entertainment ambience: Batman and Superman are scheduled for a cape-off, Avengers is about to enter its Age of Ultron, and superhero TV shows seem to be flying off the production line.

Now seems like a perfect time to peer into the promise of the future and preview what autumn has in store for our small screens. September is still a few months away but given television pilots and season premiers will be the talk of nerdville come the 23rd (I'm a committed house owner there) I reckon we're allowed to get a little excited.

Here, then, is a small sample of six disparate shows that will be returning this autumn. What exactly should we expect?

Spoiler Warning: For those who haven't yet watched the previous seasons of these shows, stop reading now to avoid cataclysmic disappointment.

American Horror Story (Season 4)

Credit: Screenrant
Credit: Screenrant

The story so far...

Stories, would be more apt wording. Seasons one, two and three of American Horror Story all utilise the same familiar faces, but that's where the similarities end. Up until this point we've lived in a murder house, escaped a mental asylum and been part of a witches coven.

Who's new?

The usual suspects will be back - Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters - but this season will also play host to a pair of new actors. The Shield's Michael Chiklis is set to play Peters' father whilst recent Hunger Games gamemaker Wes Bentley has also been recruited.

What should we expect?

Like the previous three seasons, this one has a theme. And it's decidedly creepy: Freak Show. It'll be set during the 1950s in Florida at a struggling unorthodox carnival. After a comparatively dull third run, American Horror Story needs to reclaim the disconcerting glory of its second season. The mix this time looks appetising.

Arrow (Season 3)

Credit: DC Wiki
Credit: DC Wiki

The story so far...

Since escaping the island, Oliver Queen's hidden identity as The Arrow has slowly but surely unravelled in front of those close to him. By now, just about everyone in his circle of friends knows who he is and it turns out that the people of Starling City have become rather reliant on their masked crusader.

Who's new?

Peter Stormare has been cast in a villainous role. Devon Aoki will appear as a wholly proficient martial artist. Brandon Routh is dawning a coat of science. Business as usual, then.

What should we expect?

More exhilarating action along with some wickedly choreographed battles. Arrow has grown exponentially as a TV show since inception, and its cast has too - Stephen Amell's emergence as a well-oiled yet psychologically rugged urban vigilante is one of the show's greatest success stories. The second season ended on a high note and if the narrative continues in that vein, we're in for a damn fun ride.

Homeland (Season 4)

The story so far...

Clare Danes' CIA officer Carrie Mathison has gone through a heck of a lot. From accusing a rescued POW of being a terrorist - correctly, might I add - to falling for that same soldier, to becoming mentally unstable, it's been a tough ride. We last watched her discreetly draw a star on the CIA's memorial wall in remembrance of her tragically lost soul mate.

Who's new?

Lalia Robbins will be a new series regular, portraying a US ambassador. House of Cards actor Corey Stall and Life of Pie star Suraj Sharma are set to fulfil recurring roles as a CIA chief in Pakistan and a medical student respectively.

What should we expect?

Aside from the occasional episode-long lull, Homeland has been a fairly consistent quality churner since season one. Though, it's probably time for a change of scenery and, thankfully, a change of scenery is exactly what's in store for us. We'll be accompanying Carrie on her transfer to a CIA station in the Middle East.

Marvel's Agents of SHIELD (Season 2)

The story so far...

Towards the end of season one we found out that Ward had been working with the not-yet-defunct Hydra organisation. His mentor and co-defector, Garrett, has been killed and Ward is now being held captive. When it comes to SHIELD, newly anointed Director Coulson and his team have quite the rebuilding task ahead of them.

Who's new?

No fresh casting news has been announced at present, but with SDCC just around the corner it's likely that this particular issue will be addressed very soon.

What should we expect?

More than other show listed, Agents of SHIELD has admirably plugged away and gained a truly genuine sense of momentum. The storytelling has vastly improved and we've come to possess a great affinity for each of the characters. At the moment there are a lot of questions and hardly any answers, but one thing's for sure: Season two will undoubtedly see Coulson's cool streak motor on.

The Newsroom (Season 3)

The story so far...

The team have covered some earth-shattering world issues, such as Osama Bin Laden's demise to the 2012 US Presidential Election. They've even survived a potential show axing that, at one point, was as close to a certainty as can be imagined.

Who's new?

Nobody noteworthy. We're stuck with those eclectic Atlantis Cable Newsies.

What should we expect?

It's been announced that this is going to be the series' final bow. Three seasons is a decent run in the current cut-throat climate, nevertheless you'll soon be able toss The Newsroom into the Firefly pile of 'shows that ended too soon'. Listen out for more snappy Sorkin dialogue and rounds of barely digestible witty banterings between the ACN news team.

The Walking Dead (Season 5)

The story so far...

Much of season four was spent walking, the group having been forcibly sliced into a number of smaller teams. Resultantly, we watched our doomsday survivors fend for themselves on the way to a place of hope. The season ended at Terminus - not quite the safe-haven it'd been paraded as - with Rick and company trapped inside a boxcar.

Who's new?

Teen Wolf star Seth Gilliam has been cast as a new series regular but, for now, that's all folks!

What should we expect?

A lot of zombie guts. Murmurs suggest a darker tone (can it get any more morbid?) and an even larger number of shocking moments. With ratings and critical consensus rising exponentially, there's nothing to suggest that The Walking Dead is looking to cool things down. More power to 'em.

Enjoy Comic-Con everyone!

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