New pilots and old favorites complete the lineup for a season of premieres
By Ellise Shafer, ’17
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah: Premiering 9/28 at 11 pm on Comedy Central
An old favorite is getting a reboot this fall with new host Trevor Noah. The 31-year-old South African comedian joined “The Daily Show” as a contributor in 2014, appearing a few times on the show with ex-frontman Jon Stewart. Before “The Daily Show”, Noah had his own late night show in South Africa, “Tonight with Trevor Noah”.
According to Entertainment Weekly, changes to the show under Noah include a younger and more racially diverse perspective, geared towards teenage generations who consume news through social media and skim-reading. In addition, FOX News will no longer be a main target. Instead, Noah will be aiming his jokes towards the news outlets most visited by young adults.
“[“The Daily Show”] was based on an emerging 24-hour news cycle, that’s what inspired it,” Noah said at the Television Critics Association’s semi-annual press tour. “Now, you look at news and it has changed. It’s no longer predicated around 24-hour news. There are so many different choices. Half of it is online now.”
As for Noah’s sense of humor, he is planning on using his knowledge of seven different languages to add more impersonations and accents to the show. However, amid all the changes occurring to “The Daily Show”, Stewart’s original five executive producers will be kept.
“The biggest pressure is living up to the expectations that Jon has for me. I never dreamed I’d be sitting in this chair. I guess he knew something about me that I didn’t know at the time,” Noah said during the press tour. “There’s an immense pressure, personally. But it’s about the show first, it’s not about me.”
American Horror Story: Hotel: Premiering 10/7 at 10 pm on FX
Ryan Murphy’s “American Horror Story” saga is set to return in October, with its newest addition being “Hotel”. Set to star is none other than Lady Gaga, who will portray the owner of the Hotel Cortez, known simply as The Countess. Gaga’s character has been revealed to be a bisexual villain who maintains her beauty via the human blood of those she seduces- and then kills- with her chainmail glove.
Also returning to the cast is Angela Bassett, playing an actress wanting revenge from The Countess; Matt Bomer in the role of Gaga’s lover, Donovan; Kathy Bates as Donovan’s mother; Cheyenne Jackson as a fashion designer; Sarah Paulsen as a junkie named Hypodermic Sally; and Evan Peters as the Hotel Cortez’s original owner, shown only through flashbacks.
Guest stars will include model Naomi Campbell, Darren Criss of “Glee”, and Max Greenfield of “New Girl”. AHS veteran Emma Roberts will also make an appearance, but only in the last three episodes due to the taping of her newest show “Scream Queens”, which was also created by Murphy. According to Entertainment Weekly, Roberts’ character is set to be associated with Peters’- even though the the two called off their engagement in June.
Grandfathered: Premiering 9/29 at 8 pm on FOX
America’s favorite Uncle and funniest brother are back- and on the same show. John Stamos (“Full House”) and Josh Peck (“Drake & Josh”) are teaming up in the new comedy “Grandfathered”, a sitcom about a restaurant owner and bachelor (Stamos) who discovers he is the father to Peck’s character, Gerald- and a grandfather to Gerald’s daughter- on the same day.
Similar to “Full House”, the show that brought Stamos to fame, “Grandfathered” features the trials and tribulations of a not-so-nuclear family.
“‘Full House’ was one of the early unconventional family shows,” Stamos said at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour. “Now, we’re writing ‘Grandfathered’, which is a very relatable high-concept show.”
In addition to being the executive producer for “Grandfathered”, Stamos is also working on “Fuller House”- yes, a “Full House” reunion- set to come out on Netflix in 2016.