Fall 2016 Television Preview: Versailles, Insecure & More

Some of my favorite television programs are on break. No Games of Thrones, Power, The Last Ship or Underground until well into 2017. So I’ve been looking for some new shows to watch and it looks like I’ve lucked up. There’s some promising TV coming our way that might just satisfy our appetites and fill the void of much needed daily drama, comedy and intensity. Check out a few of the series’ I’ll be checking out this Fall and into the new year below.


VERSAILLES

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Versailles. If you’re a “period” buff Ovation is premiering a new series just for you. Set in 1667, 28-year-old all-powerful king of France, Louis XIV, decides to build the greatest palace in the world – Versailles. However, his lack of budget, affairs and political intrigues make things a bit complicated. The king begins to show his viciousness as secrets are revealed and politics and war are maneuvered through, revealing Versailles in all its glory and brutality.

The 10 episode series starring George Blagden will premiere on Ovation October 1st at 10PM ET. The story of Versailles is one of depth and layers but you can get a little bit of drama now by checking out the trailer below.


INSECURE

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Insecure. I’m a huge fan of the “regular smegular girl” that is Issa Rae and was thrilled to see that she would be starring alongside another one of my faves, Jay Ellis, in HBO’s Insecure.  The half-hour comedy series delves into the friendship, experiences and tribulations of two black women. Created and executive produced by Issa Rae, this eight-episode series looks to be filled with awkward, vulnerable and relatable moments.

Insecure premiers on HBO on October 9th at 10:30PM ET. Watch the trailer below for a few pre-premiere laughs.


AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE

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American Housewife. Katie Otto, a confident, unapologetic wife and mother of three, raises her not so perfect family in a wealthy suburb in Connecticut filled with flawless families; a far cry from her own. Katie is dead set on “keeping it real” and not allowing her environment to deter her from raising her children with old-fashioned values, even if her methods appear unconventional. But we all know that sometimes keeping it real can go all the way wrong.

American Housewife premieres on ABC on October 11th at 8:30PM ET. Catch some of the tug of war between Katie and her bougie neighbors in the trailer below.


MONEY. POWER. RESPECT.

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Money. Power. Respect. If your TV fix is reality shows then you’ve probably had your fill of the limelight celebrities, housewives etc. that we see ALL THE TIME. If you’re looking for some behind-the-scenes reality, WE TV’s new reality series might be for you. Money. Power. Respect. focuses on the people who turn artists into stars. The new series will follow the lives of six high-powered female entertainment attorneys who use the tricks of their legal training to get Money, Power and Respect in their personal & professional lives.

Money. Power. Respect airs on October 13th at 10PM ET on WE TV. Watch a sneak peek below.


SHOTS FIRED

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Shots Fired. FOX isn’t airing this show until 2017 but it looks too good not to share anyway. Shots Fired is a compelling drama that focuses on the aftermath of racially charged shootings in a small Southern town. The timely series follows Ashe Bell (Sanaa Lathan) through a media storm that sets off when an African-American cop kills a white teenager.

There is no air date just yet, but the trailer will give you an emotional look at art imitating life in this intense drama.

Have I missed any new must-see TV series? Feel free to share and chime into the chatter.