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ANTICIPATION REPORT: Supernatural Shows Dominate October Programming

Supernatural shows are all the rage in October. Netflix/The CW

It’s only fitting that supernatural series dominate in October’s Anticipation Report. September set the stage with American Horror Story and The Purge making their Anticipation Report appearances. Leading the charge on our Anticipation Report is The CW’s Legacies. The spinoff of beloved vampire series, The Originals, will follow Hope Mikaelson, daughter of Originals characters Klaus and Hayley, as she attends school for gifted children and tracks her as her newfound abilities unfold and she learns how to control them.

Witchy women continue to set the tone at No. 2, with Netflix’s latest entry, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, being released on the 26th. Based on Archie Comics and set in the dark Riverdale universe, the series follows half-witch/half-mortal Sabrina Spellman as she fights evil forces and tries to balance the human world with abnormal family life. Meanwhile, the long-awaited Charmed reboot comes in at No. 3. A new set of sisters, Macy, Mel, and Maggie, will chant “the Power of Three,” and seek to combine their forces to defeat demons and protect the innocent on the 14th. 

There are a few non-Halloweeny series that made this month’s list. Netflix is set to release its second Spanish series with teen soap, Elite (No. 4). Combining juicy drama with mystery, the show sees three working-class students gain admittance to the most exclusive school in the country, Las Encinas, after a terrible earthquake. And there the class clash begins, only to end in murder. And at No. 5 it's ABC’s The Rookie. Castle’s Nathan Fillion returns to the network as John Nolan, the oldest rookie cop in the L.A.P.D. Despite skepticism, Nolan decides to pursue his dream and use the life experience he’s gained to good use.

October is a huge month for fan favorites. After a two-year hiatus, Marvel’s Daredevil (No. 1) makes its comeback to Netflix with a third season. The superhero series will head to a darker place as a physically and emotionally broken Matt Murdock goes “full devil.” Netflix remains a strong force on our returning shows list as two animated series arrive with second seasons. First, the Nick Kroll pubescent comedy, Big Mouth (No. 2), continues to tackle sex education, raging hormones, and its latest monster: shame. Anime-inspired series, Castlevania (No. 4) returns to Trevor Belmont’s story as he and his comrades race to save humanity at the hands of Dracula and his sinister vampire war council.

Outside of streaming platforms, mark your calendars for these network and cable shows. On the 10th, the CW will release its third season of Riverdale. This season will feature potential cults, a special flashback episode, and even more tragedy. And alas, The Walking Dead will bid farewell to a special character when it returns for the show’s 9th season on October 7th. Big changes are ahead that will either delight or upset The Walking Dead’s fanbase.

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