Fall TV Preview: Very Special Specials, Reality & Talk Shows

The Voice, Amy Schumer, Rachel Zoe...oh my! Fall's reality, talk shows, and special specials are here for you to eye. Everything kicks off when Stephen Colbert takes over The Late Show on September 8.

Then, Andy Samberg dons his tux to host the Emmy Awards on September 20. Will Jon Hamm finally be rewarded for his work on Mad Men? Can Amy Poehler score some Parks and Recreation love? Eat some waffles with loads of whipped cream and pour the world a Coke while you watch.

The talk-show world welcomes two newbies this fall: stylist Rachel Zoe — she of "I die" and "Bananas" — and Trevor Noah. Can he fill Jon Stewart's shoes at The Daily Show? We shall see...

Come on and ease on down the road to see the rest of fall's alternative programming.
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The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (September 9, CBS)

How do you replace one legendary late night funny man who made his series a classic? You hire another legendary late night funny man who made his own series a classic. In May, after 20-plus years on the air, David Letterman retired as host of The Late Show, but hopes are high for the hilarious former host of The Colbert Report as he steps out of character and into another late-night institution. Colbert already has us cracking up with his promos, so we’ll definitely be tuning in.
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The Emmys (September 20, Fox)
Hosted By Andy Samberg

This is not the year to skip the Emmys. With a young, buzzy comedian hosting, you're all but guaranteed energy and at least a couple of solid jokes and gags. After grabbing two Golden Globes, will Transparent take home an Emmy? Will Elisabeth Moss and Jon Hamm finally, finally get the TV Academy love their Mad Men performances deserve? And remember, if you're not watching, you miss your opportunity to tweet your real-time joy and rage at the wins and snubs.
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Fashionably Late With Rachel Zoe (September 24, Lifetime)
New Series

She’s baaack. Stylist to the stars Rachel Zoe is making her talk-show debut, bringing viewers a weekly breakdown of what’s happening in the world of fashion, beauty, and pop culture. She’s got an impressive client list, so we’re crossing our fingers for celebrity cameos (come on, J Lawr!). She described her show in The Zoe Report as, “Basically like the most glamorous cocktail party with the chicest guests ever,” so get ready.
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The Amazing Race (September 25, CBS)
Season 27

There are few shows that can boast 27 seasons of TV gold, but The Amazing Race somehow keeps on going strong. This time, eleven teams made up of paparazzi, newlyweds, athletes, and news anchors strap on their backpacks and step into their most comfortable shoes for another race around the globe for a million bucks.
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The Daily Show With Trevor Noah (September 28, Comedy Central)

Anyone tasked with replacing Jon Stewart would have their work cut out for them, but Trevor Noah is going into the job with Daily Show fans feeling apprehensive. If you’ll recall, back in March, the Twitterverse dug up some ugly (and by that we mean sexist, homophobic, and anti-Semitic) tweets from the up-and-coming comedy star. But the uproar seems to have quieted and Noah has the support of Stewart. So we’re keeping an open mind.
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Amy Schumer Live At The Apollo (October 17, HBO)

If you still haven't gotten enough of Amy Schumer — and of course you haven't, even after Trainwreck and that amazing season of her show — there's more on the way this fall. Schumer's latest stand-up special, which was filmed at the historic Apollo Theater in May, will air in October. Did we mention Chris Rock directed it? Now that's a dream team.

Watch the trailer.
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The Voice (September 21, NBC)
Season 9

Gwen Stefani is getting comfy in the judging seat alongside Adam Levine, Pharrell, and Blake Shelton. This time around, four new mentors are also being thrown into the mix: Selena Gomez (team Stefani), Missy Elliott (team Pharrell), Brad Paisley (team Shelton), and John Fogerty (team Levine). Sing it!
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The Wiz (December 3, NBC)

Starring: Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige, Stephanie Mills, Shanice Williams

The Sound of Music Live! was a ratings hit, but a critical stinker. Peter Pan Live! was just sort of mediocre all around. But NBC is undeterred and is giving The Wiz a try.

And would you believe our hopes are high for this live musical? For one, the production, which is slated to get a Broadway run in the 2016–17 season, will be directed by Tony-winning Kenny Leon, with input from Cirque du Soleil. Harvey Fierstein is updating the book. Newcomer Shanice Williams is playing Dorothy; Stephanie Mills, Broadway’s original Dorothy, is Auntie Em; Mary J. Blige is Evillene, the Wicked Witch of the West; Uzo Aduba and Amber Riley are good witches; and in a bit of gender-reversed wizardry (heh heh), Queen Latifah is The Wiz. We will most certainly be easing on down the road with this group.
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