Fall seasons don’t only include the premieres of new series. New original movies usually abound, and Fall 2013 is no exception. Here are some of the Fall 2013 New Shows: Movies to check out over the next few months, from dramas to family films and more. All times are ET; check back for updates and additions.
Fall 2013 New Shows: Movies
An Adventure in Space and Time
Who’s In It? David Bradley, Jessica Raine, Brian Cox, Sacha Dhawan
What’s It All About? Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, this entertaining, and at times touching, film is a dramatic retelling of how the classic sci-fi series Doctor Who was created and first aired in Britain 50 years ago this November. Like Doctor Who itself, this real-life story is a fascinating tale, well-told by director Terry McDonough, and it explores how the program not only revolutionized sci-fi television, but also helped begin to diversify British TV production, including featuring the first female producer at the BBC.
Burton and Taylor
Premieres: Oct. 20 at 9pm
Who’s In It? Helena Bonham Carter, Dominic West
What’s It All About? Before you think, “Didn’t we just have an Elizabeth Taylor/Richard Burton biopic?” consider that this drama does not attempt to encompass the entirety of the famed celebrity couple’s on-again, off-again relationship, but follows their private and public lives as played out against their ill-fated appearance in a 1983 revival of Noel Coward’s stage play Private Lives.
The Challenger Disaster
Premieres: Nov. 16
Who’s In It? William Hurt, Brian Dennehy, Joanne Whalley, Kevin McNally
What’s It All About? Science Channel and the BBC coproduce this film, the first dramatic feature for Science Channel, with Hurt as U.S. physicist Richard Feynman. The movie reconstructs Dr. Feynman’s instrumental efforts in uncovering the truth behind the space shuttle Challenger tragedy of 1986.
Christmas With Tucker
Hallmark Movie Channel
Premieres: Nov. 18 at 8pm
Who’s In It? James Brolin, Josie Bissett, Gage Munroe
What’s It All About? This prequel to Hallmark’s A Dog Named Christmas tells the story of a young boy who, in the months following his father’s death, forms a bond with a neighbor’s dog.
Garage Sale Mystery
Premieres: Sept. 14 at 9pm
Who’s In It? Lori Loughlin, Andrew Dunbar, Rick Ravanello, Cameron Bancroft
What’s It All About? Based on Suzi Weinert’s novel Garage Sale Stalker, this movie features former Full House star Loughlin as a career garage-sale hunter who starts investigating a string of burglaries related to the sales she frequents.
The Good Witch’s Destiny
Premieres: Oct. 26 at 9pm
Who’s In It? Catherine Bell, Chris Potter, Robin Dunne, Catherine Disher
What’s It All About? In this sixth installment of Hallmark Channel’s popular film franchise, Cassie Nightingale is back. With her birthday fast approching, all Cassie wants is for her family and friends to be together for one last hoorah, since her husband Jake’s kids, Brandon and Lori, are growing up with lives of their own. As Cassie’s special day approaches with signs of a curse looming over her, it’s clear that she needs to conjure up more magic to make things right again.
House of Versace
Premieres: Oct. 5 at 8pm
Who’s In It? Gina Gershon, Raquel Welch, Enrico Colantoni, Colm Feore
What’s It All About? Based on Wall Street Journal reporter Deborah Ball’s book, this drama brings to light the story of Donatella Versace’s inspiring triumph over tragedy by carrying on her brother Gianni Versace’s powerful legacy after his 1997 slaying. The film is followed by a one-hour documentary called Versace: Beyond the Headlines.
Who’s In It? Rob Lowe, Ginnifer Goodwin, Will Rothhaar, Michelle Trachtenberg
What’s It All About? Based on Bill O’Reilly’s bestseller, this film chronicles the fateful series of seemingly unrelated occurrences that led two disparate men — John F. Kennedy (Lowe) and Lee Harvey Oswald (Rothhaar) — on a collision course that would change history. Airing near the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination, Killing Kennedy boasts a stunning performance from Lowe and a little-seen look at the human circumstances behind the lives of Oswald and his wife, Marina (Trachtenberg).
Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight
Premieres: Oct. 5 at 8pm
Who’s In It? Christopher Plummer, Frank Langella, Benjamin Walker, Danny Glover
What’s It All About? This terrific drama from director Stephen Frears (The Queen) is on its face a look at Muhammad Ali’s historic court battle to obtain conscientious objector status during the height of the Vietnam War. And while the film masterfully does follow that storyline, and captures the mood and concerns of that era, it also subtly manages to address ideas and questions of law and the Supreme Court itself that we still wrestle with in 2013.
Ragin’ Cajun Redneck Gators
Premieres: Sept. 5 at 9pm
Who’s In It?
What’s It All About? Syfy moves from a summer of sharks in its original movies to crocs and gators this fall, starting with this one. From two feuding Cajun families, a young man and woman have to keep their love affair secret. But when some discarded “blue moonshine” from the man’s father results in mutated, gigantic predatory gators, both families have to work together to stop them. Unfortunately, the truce doesn’t last long, and the toxic moonshine causes anyone bit by a gator to actually turn into one.
The Watsons Go to Birmingham
Premieres: Sept. 20 at 8pm
Who’s In It? Wood Harris, Anika Noni Rose, David Alan Grier, Harrison Knight
What’s It All About? Based on Christopher Paul Curtis’ 1996 Newbery Honor-winning book, this family film is set in 1963 and follows the Watson clan as they travel from Flint, Mich., to Birmingham, Ala. They find a culture shock as they head into the South during a dark period in American history and experience the Jim Crow segregation laws there.
An Adventure in Space and Time: © BBC/BBC Worldwide. Credit Hal Shinnie
Burton and Taylor: © BBC
The Challenger Disaster: Science Channel/BBC
Killing Kennedy: National Geographic Channel/Kent Eanes
The Good Witch’s Destiny: Courtesy of Hallmark Channel
Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight: Jojo Whilden/HBO
The Watsons Go to Birmingham: © Crown Media United States, LLC. Credit Annette Brown