Stay Tuned: Fall TV preview
Here’s what you can expect from this season’s fall TV line-up:
Midseason on Fox, the clock starts ticking for a new Jack Bauer on “24: Legacy,” while over in Chicago, a tech billionaire takes over the police department to put an end to corruption in “APB.” In more police centered drama, “Shots Fired” explores the aftermath of a racially charged shooting by police in a Tennessee town. Missing Michael from “Prison Break?” He’s back. Or is he? Find out on the reboot of the great escape show. In “The Mick,” a hustler has to raise her spoiled nieces and nephews while three singers try to make it in the music biz on “Star.” Time traveling friends round out midseason on “Making History.” Starting in the fall, revisit Murtaugh and Riggs with a remake of “Lethal Weapon,” follow the story of a female MLB player on “Pitch,” and watch “The Exorcist,” if you dare. If live action/animation is more your thing, check out “Son of Zorn” on Sunday nights.
On ABC, an “American Housewife” raises three kids in wealthy Westport, Connecticut. Also a mother of three, with one child having special needs, is Minnie Driver on “Speechless.” Kiefer Sutherland is the “Designated Survivor” after an attack on Washington, D.C. makes him president, a former first daughter works to overturn wrongful convictions in “Conviction” and life is told from a dog’s point of view in the comedy “Downward Dog.” Inspired by the work of defense attorney Mark Geragos and cable news producer Wendy Walker, “Notorious” explores the intersection of media and criminal law. Midseason from Shonda Rhimes is “Still Star Crossed” based on a book that picks up after Romeo and Juliet’s deaths while “Time After Time” also based on a book and a film, follows H.G. Well’s in his modern day hunt for Jack the Ripper. “Imaginary Mary” stars Jenna Elfman as a woman who suddenly starts talking to her childhood imaginary friend after meeting the love of her life.
With a few exceptions, most of NBC’s new shows begin midseason. In the fall, Ted Danson helps Kristen Bell become a better person in the afterlife in “The Good Place,” the lives of a group of people who share the same birthday intersect in “This Is Us” and three people chase a criminal through time in “Timeless.” Midseason offers “Taken,” a prequel to the film franchise, “Trial & Error,” a law comedy, “Midnight, Texas” based on “True Blood” author Charlaine Harris’ trilogy, “Marlon” a take on the life of comedian Marlon Wayans and “Great News,” which follows a news producer whose mom interns at her TV station. Chicago is once again the city to watch in “Chicago Justice” from uber-producer Dick Wolf and fans of Tom Keen can rejoice. He returns in spin-off “The Blacklist: Redemption.” Fans of the Land of Oz books can also celebrate with “Emerald City,” a dark reimagining of Dorothy and company. Workplace comedy “Powerless” rounds out midseason focusing on insurance agents who cover damage by superheroes.
On CBS, Dr. Phil is back in the form of “NCIS” alum Michael Weatherly who plays him early in his career on “Bull” while another familiar face, this time Kevin James, returns in “Kevin Can Wait” about a retired cop. It’s the season of the reboot and CBS’s contributions are “MacGyver” and “Training Day,” which begins midseason. Also midseason, is “Doubt” starring Katherine Heigl as a defense attorney who falls for her potentially dangerous client. Late October brings “The Great Indoors” about an adventure reporter who has to manage a staff of millennials at a digital magazine, “Pure Genius,” which follows a surgeon who heads a hospital that performs groundbreaking, risky procedures and the millionaire who employs him and finally, “Man With A Plan,” which sees the return of Matt LeBlanc. LeBlanc plays a contractor turned stay at home dad who discovers his kids aren’t so great.
— Melissa Crawley is the author of “Mr. Sorkin Goes to Washington: Shaping the President on Television’s ‘The West Wing.’” She has a Ph.D. in media studies and is a member of the Television Critics Association. To comment on Stay Tuned, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter at @MelissaCrawley.