I do not get to screen new shows, so my first impressions are usually based on the description, first trailer, and reviews from trusted TV journalists. Sometimes I am completely wrong, and sometimes I find something that I love. It was actually a little harder this year to pick eight new shows because I am not that excited about most of the new Fall line-up, but these are the shows that I am definitely going to check out. There may be a few others that I add, and a few that drop off after the first episode, so keep an eye on my Currently Watching page to see what I stick with.
1. Star Trek: Discovery, premieres September 24th on CBS then moves to CBS All-Access, stars Sonequa Martin-Green, Jason Isaacs, Michelle Yeoh, Rainn Wilson, Terry Serpico, Doug Jones, Shazad Latif, Maulik Pancholy, Anthony Rapp, Kenneth Mitchell, Clare McConnell, Damon Runyan, Rekha Sharma, Sam Vartholomeos, Mary Wiseman, and Wilson Cruz. Ten years before Kirk, Spock and the Enterprise, the USS Discovery explores new worlds and lifeforms as one Starfleet officer learns to understand all things alien. I have never watched any of the other Star Trek series but I enjoy the most recent movies, and I love the cast, so I will give it a try.
2. SEAL Team, premieres September 27th on CBS, stars David Boreanaz, Max Thieriot, Neil Brown Jr., AJ Buckley, Toni Trucks, and Jessica Paré. The lives of the elite Navy SEALs as they train, plan and execute dangerous, high-stakes missions for our country. Deployed on clandestine missions worldwide at a moment’s notice, and knowing the toll it takes on them and their families, this tight-knit SEAL team displays unwavering patriotism and fearless dedication even in the face of overwhelming odds. It looks like it will have a pretty standard procedural format, but I like to mix those kinds of shows in with my more serialized dramas. There are several new military shows coming out this Fall, and I will probably check out most of them, but this is the one that has the most promise.
3. Will & Grace, premieres September 28th on NBC, stars Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes, and Megan Mullally. This is technically not a new show, but because it has been off the air for ten years, I am counting it as new. In the original series finale, Will and Grace had lost touch as they started new families of their own. However, that ending will be completely ignored when the show returns. Jack and Karen will be back in their original homes, and Will and Grace will have moved back in together. I honestly have not watched this show since it went off the air, but I am excited for it to return.
4. The Gifted, premieres October 2nd on Fox, stars Stephen Moyer, Amy Acker, Sean Teale, Jamie Chung, Coby Bell, Emma Dumont, Blair Redford, Natalie Alyn Lind, and Percy Hynes White. Based on character from Marvel’s X-Men universe, this new series centers around a suburban couple who discover that their children possess mutant powers. They are forced to go on the run, and end up joining an underground network of mutants fighting to survive. There are also several new comic book-based shows coming out this year, and I may give a few of them a try, but this one looks the most interesting. I like the cast, and it has a darker tone, which will hopefully help ground the show a little bit.
5. The Mayor, premieres October 3rd on ABC, stars Brandon Michael Hall, Yvette Nicole Brown, Bernard David Jones, Marcel Spears, and Lea Michele. As a publicity stunt, a young rapper decides to run for mayor of his small hometown. Unfortunately, his plan goes awry and he ends up winning the election. With the help of his mother and friends, Courtney will have to work hard to transform the struggling city he loves. I was not originally planning to watch this show, but a few of my favorite journalists have said that the pilot was one of their favorites this year, and I trust them enough to at least give it a try. Also, Daveed Diggs is one of the Executive Producers, and it definitely is an interesting concept, to say the least.
6. Kevin (Probably) Saves the World, premieres October 3rd on ABC, stars Jason Ritter, JoAnna Garcia Swisher, and Kimberly Hébert Gregory. Kevin Finn is a cluelessly self-serving person who returns home to stay with his widowed twin sister and niece. On his first night there, an unlikely celestial being named Yvette appears to him and presents him with a mission – to save the world. This was created by the same women who ran Agent Carter and Reaper, so I am down for anything they bring me. I also just really enjoy Jason Ritter.
7. Alias Grace, will be released November 3rd on Netflx, stars Sarah Gadon, Anna Paquin, Edward Holcroft, Kerr Logan, Paul Gross, Michael Therriault, Rebecca Liddiard, and Zachary Levi. Based on the novel by Margaret Atwood (who also wrote The Handmaid’s Tale), this story is about the real life murders of Thomas Kinnear and his housekeeper Nancy Montgomery in Upper Canada. Although the novel is based on factual events, the doctor at the center of the story who researches the case is fictional. I have not yet watched The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu, mostly because reality is upsetting enough, but a murder mystery intrigues me.
8. Knightfall, premieres December 6th on History, stars Tom Cullen, Sam Hazeldine, Simon Merrells, Pádraic Delaney, Ed Stoppard, Olivia Ross, Julian Ovenden, Sabrina Bartlett, Bobby Schofield, and Jim Carter. The Knights Templar were the most powerful, wealthy and mysterious military order of the Middle Ages, entrusted with protecting Christianity’s most prized relic — the Holy Grail. The show goes into the clandestine world of this brotherhood of warrior monks. I am a sucker for historical dramas, and I have heard great things about this show. Plus, who doesn’t like hot guys in full suits of armour? There is no premiere date yet, but I will update my list when it has been announced.