Last week, I shared the returning shows that I am most excited about, so here are the eight new shows that I will be checking out this Fall. Please let me know in the comments which new shows you are looking forward to watching!
1. Queen Sugar, premieres September 6th at 10/9c on OWN, stars Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Kofi Siriboe, Nicholas L. Ashe, Dondre T. Whitfield, Omar J. Dorsey, Timon Kyle Durrett, Greg Vaughan, Tina Lifford, Ethan Hutchison, Henry G. Sanders, Bianca Lawson, Glynn Turman, and Marycarmen Lopez. Based on the book by Natalie Baszile, and Executive Produced by Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey, this show tells the story of estranged siblings coming together to run their family’s struggling sugarcane farm in Louisiana. The story itself sounds interesting, and the cast looks fantastic, but I am also interested in this series because DuVernay hired all female directors and she made sure that the crew was inclusive of all races and genders, which is, sadly, still very rare.
2. The Good Place, premieres September 19th at 10/9c on NBC, stars Kristen Bell, Ted Danson, William Jackson Harper, Jameela Jamil, D’Arcy Carden, and Manny Jacinto. Bell plays a woman who has entered into the afterlife and ended up in the Good Place, but soon realizes that she has been mistaken for someone else. So that she does not get found out and sent to the Bad Place, she is determined to change her ways and become a good person. Veronica Mars and Sam Malone together in one show?! I’m in. Also, it looks forking hilarious.
3. This Is Us, premieres September 20th at 10/9c on NBC, stars Sterling K. Brown, Justin Hartley, Ron Cephas Jones, Chrissy Metz, Mandy Moore, Chris Sullivan, Milo Ventimiglia, and Susan Kelechi Watson. This series will follow a group of people whose lives intersect and who all share the same birthday. In fact, they may have more in common than they think. It has a great cast, and looks like it will fill the Parenthood sized hole in my heart. Me and my box of tissues are ready!
4. Pitch, premieres September 22nd at 9/8c on Fox, stars Kylie Bunbury, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Ali Larter, Mark Consuelos, Dan Lauria, Mo McRae, Meagan Holder, and Tim Jo. Bunbury plays a pitcher, known for her screwball, who becomes the first woman to play Major League Baseball. Even though she has made it to the big leagues, she still has to prove herself to her teammates and the fans. Fox has teamed with MLB for the show allowing production to film at Petco Park in San Diego, as well as the use of various MLB marks, logos, uniforms, teams, stadiums, and game footage. I was fortunate to see the first episode of this at a Round Rock Express game last month, and it is fantastic. I will say, as a Philadelphia Phillies fan, I am hoping for at least one cameo from the greatest mascot of all time.
5. Luke Cage , will be released September 30th on Netflix, stars Mike Colter, Mahershala Ali, Alfre Woodard, Simone Missick, Theo Rossi, Frankie Faison, Erik LaRay Harvey, Darius Kaleb, and Frank Whaley. A wrongly-accused escaped con fights to clear his name and defend his neighborhood, and he just happens to be bulletproof. As a Marvel show, it is part of the larger universe with Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and the yet-to-be-released Iron Fist, who are all members of The Defenders. From what I can tell, this first season of Luke Cage takes place after the first season of Jessica Jones, but is happening at the same time as Daredevil season two. I have evidently become a Marvel-nerd, so I am really looking forward to this next chapter in the forever on-going Marvel story.
6. No Tomorrow, premieres October 4th at 9/8c on The CW, stars Tori Anderson, Joshua Sasse, Sarayu Blue, Jonathan Langdon, Jesse Rath, and Amy Pietz. A risk-averse quality-control assessor falls for a free-spirited thrill seeker who believes the apocalypse is coming. The premise sounds a little silly, but also like it could be a lot of fun. Plus, ABC has deprived me of my Galavant-fix, so I am excited to watch Joshua Sasse in this new role.
7. Good Girls Revolt, will be released October 28th on Amazon, stars Grace Gummer, Anna Camp, Joy Bryant, Genevieve Angelson, Leah Cohen, Erin Darke, Hunter Parrish, Jim Belushi, Chris Diamantopoulos, Teddy Bergman, and Daniel Eric Gold. This series is based on a book by Lynn Povitch about her experience as a researcher at Newsweek in the ’60s. Journalist/Screenwriter Nora Ephron and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton are featured in the series, but the rest of the characters are fictional. In seeking fairness in the workplace, a group of women sparked changes in the careers, love lives, and friendships in their office. The first episode is on Amazon now, if you want to check it out before the rest of the season is released.
8. The Crown, will be released November 4th on Netflix, stars Claire Foy, Matt Smith, John Lithgow, Jeremy Northam, Jared Harris, James Hillier, and Daniel Betts. A revealing look at the beginning of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, and how the romances and political rivalries of the time helped shaped the modern British Monarchy. Creator Peter Morgan has stated that he would like to do six seasons of the series, with each season focusing on specific years of Elizabeth’s rule, finishing with the present day. I really just find the history fascinating, and am always ready for more.