FALL TV PREVIEW
Networks ready to roll out fall premieres
“Will & Grace,” “Dynasty” and “S.W.A.T.” — fall TV looks stuck in the past.
The commercial broadcast networks are playing it safe, with revivals and reboots and a host of familiar faces, including Edie Falco, David Boreanaz, Kyra Sedgwick and Shemar Moore.
Will it work? You will decide.
As the fall TV season unofficially opens tomorrow, here's what's coming to a screen near you: Make ’em laugh
“Will & Grace” (NBC, Sept. 28) reunites the cast 11 years after the show went off the air as if nothing has changed. NBC's preview amounted to highlight clips of the first eight seasons. Even so, the network has already renewed it for a second season. Your love for nostalgia may vary.
OK, who wanted the “Big Bang Theory” prequel? In “Young Sheldon” (CBS, Sept. 25), it's 1989 and 9-year-old Sheldon (Iain Armitage) starts high school and manages to offend everyone, from students to teachers alike, in record time. Won't anyone show a young geek some love?
A young rapper's (Brandon Micheal Hall) publicity stunt goes awry and suddenly he's “The Mayor” (ABC, Oct. 3) of a California town, an idea that honestly seems a lot more plausible these days. Lea Michele (“Glee”) and Yvette Nicole Brown (“Community”) co-star.
You think your family is suffocating you? In “9JKL” (CBS, Oct. 2), a downon-his-luck actor (Mark Feuerstein) ends up living in a Manhattan building with his parents (Linda Lavin, Elliot Gould) on one side and his brother on the other and the walls have ears. At least, it feels that way to our hero.
“Me, Myself & I” (CBS, Sept. 25) follows one man at three points in his life — at 40 (played by Bobby Moynihan, fresh from “Saturday Night Live”) and 25 years earlier as a teen and 25 years later as a senior played by John Larroquette. Will three versions equal even half a funny show?
No, it's not a dumping via social media. On “Ghosted” (Fox, Oct. 1), two lunkheads (Craig Robinson, “The Office,” and Adam Scott, “Parks and Recreation”) are recruited into investigating and protecting mankind from aliens on Earth. Think of it as a comedy crossover between “The X Files” and “Men in Black.”
Make ’em cry
Enjoy some Reagan-era excess with the reboot of “Dynasty” (CW, Oct. 11). The series updates the Carrington family by turning Krystle into an ambitious Latina businesswoman named Cristal and turns Sammy Jo into a man. But the enmity between the new wife and grown daughter Fallon will set off those trademark cat fights.
David Boreanaz has been working steadily in prime time for 20 years (in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Angel” and then “Bones”) and he's not taking any
breaks. He stars in “Seal Team” (CBS, Sept. 27), about a elite Navy Seal squad that chases terrorists around the world while trying to balance some complicated personal lives.
Shemar Moore headlines “S.W.A.T.” (CBS, Nov. 2), a remake of the cult '70s cop show. When his commander accidentally shoots a boy, he's forced to assume command — and finds out he's now answering to his girlfriend.
Needing still more patriotism in your prime time? “The Brave” (NBC, Sept. 25) follows an elite squad of undercover military heroes as they try to advance freedom around the world. Mike Vogel (“Cloverfield”) stars.
If you're looking for heroes of the super-kind, Marvel is all over the map — the network map. “The Gifted” (Fox, Oct. 2) is set in the “X-Men” universe with several teens discovering they have paranormal gifts. Cult TV favorites Stephen Moyer (“True Blood”) and Amy Acker (“Angel”) star as parents who realize they must protect their children from a world that would destroy them.
“Marvel’s the Inhumans” (ABC, Sept. 29) finds the royal family of a race of powerful creatures facing a coup from within and forced to abandon their home on the dark side of the moon. It stars Anson Mount (“Hell on Wheels” as Black Bolt, the king whose whisper can shatter a mountain; Serinda Swan (“Graceland”) as his wife Medusa, whose hair can snare a man; and a 2,000-pound dog named Lockjaw, who can teleport.
This seems sort of meta: “Ten Days in the Valley” (ABC, Oct. 1) finds the producer of a cop show (Kyra Sedgwick, “The Closer”) involved in a criminal conspiracy when her daughter is abducted.
In “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World” (ABC, Oct. 3), a sad sack (Jason Ritter, “Parenthood”) forced to move back home one night encounters a meteor and then gains a guardian only he can see who pushes him to do great things with a mix of encouragement and slaps upside the head.
From the creator of “House” comes “The Good Doctor” (ABC, Sept. 25), about a brilliant surgeon (Freddie Highmore, “Bates Motel”) with autism who joins a demanding new medical practice.
Even Dick Wolf wants to get some of that sweet true-crime cash. The mastermind behind the “Law & Order” franchise brings us his latest installment in “Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders” (NBC, Sept. 26) with Edie Falco (“The Sopranos,” “Nurse Jackie”) as defense attorney Leslie Abramson in a wig so notorious, it deserves its own Bravo show.
What if you could crowdsource crimefighting? That's the premise of “Wisdom of the Crowd” (CBS, Oct. 1). Jeremy Piven (“Mr. Selfridge”) stars as a tech giant, grieving the loss of his murdered daughter, who vows to use all his tools to harness social media to capture criminals. What could go wrong?
CHANNEL SURFING: Fall leaves may be changing, but nightly network shows are staying somewhat the same with spinoffs, reboots and prequels hitting the airwaves, including NBC’s ‘Will & Grace,’ above.
FALL LINEUP: Stephen Moyer and Amy Acker star in Fox’s ‘The Gifted,’ top, while Edie Falco, above, is back with Dick Wolf’s latest ‘Law & Order’ spinoff chronicling the Menendez murders.