Fresh air­ings

TV’s fall lineup has some old, some new, one big re­union.


The cal­en­dar says that au­tumn of­fi­cially be­gins Fri­day, but for TV fans, fall al­ways ar­rives a few days ear­lier.

Ever since the ad­vent of net­work TV, fall has been the time to un­veil all the new shows. Orig­i­nally, they were de­signed to co­in­cide with the roll­out of the year’s new car mod­els that came out at the same time, but TV has evolved into a year-round af­fair in re­cent years.

We can credit (or blame) ca­ble, VCRs, DVRs and the rise of on­line stream­ing ser­vices for slightly di­lut­ing the im­por­tance of the fall sea­son.

Th­ese days, broad­cast net­works save some of their best pro­grams for mid­sea­son and fill the sum­mers with as much new stuff (usu­ally game and re­al­ity shows) as they can.

That said, it’s still the third Mon­day of September when Nielsen of­fi­cially be­gins to count eye­balls for rat­ings pur­poses. Be­gin­ning Mon­day, vet­eran shows will start to re­turn from hia­tus and new hope­fuls will try to break into the lineup.

Each year, some shows sneak in early, while oth­ers (such as on The CW) come in late, but by the first week of Novem­ber, the en­tire fall sched­ule should be up and run­ning.

In ad­di­tion to adding new shows, the net­works tweak their sched­ules each fall to take on the com­pe­ti­tion with the best avail­able pro­grams. The idea is to win the time slot for brag­ging rights and ad­ver­tis­ing dol­lars. Be sure to check each new nightly sched­ule. Some old fa­vorites could be on at dif­fer­ent times or even dif­fer­ent days this fall.

And de­spite the tech­nol­ogy that has in­creased time-shift­ing view­ing habits, most people still watch their fa­vorites on a night-by-night ba­sis and record some shows for later. So, here’s a break­down by day and net­work.

Note that this lineup is for the fall sea­son only. Mid­sea­son shows will be cov­ered when they roll around early in 2018.

Caveat: Be aware of those ir­ri­tat­ing net­work stunts when a show has a spe­cial pre­miere one night and then moves to an­other day or time. The Orville, for ex­am­ple, pre­mieres in two parts (Sept. 10 and to­day), then set­tles down in its reg­u­lar slot on Thursday.

An­other ex­am­ple is CBS’ Young Shel­don, which will de­but Sept. 25 after The Big Bang The­ory, then dis­ap­pear com­pletely un­til Nov. 2.



New: Ten Days in the Val­ley, 9 p.m. Oct. 1. This mys­tery thriller stars fan-fa­vorite Kyra Sedg­wick (The Closer) as a sin­gle mother and pro­ducer of a TV po­lice drama. Real life in­ter­feres when her young daugh­ter dis­ap­pears. There will only be 10 episodes, so the ac­tion should move along quickly.

Re­turn­ing: The Toy Box, 6 p.m. Oct. 1; Amer­ica’s Fun­ni­est Home Videos, 7 p.m. Oct. 8; Shark Tank, 7 p.m. Oct. 1 (two hour pre­miere).


New: Wis­dom of the Crowd, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1. Jeremy Piven (En­tourage, Mr Sel­fridge) plays a soft­ware en­tre­pre­neur who de­vel­ops an on­line crowd­sourc­ing plat­form that he hopes will help him find his daugh­ter’s killer.

Re­turn­ing: 60 Min­utes (Sea­son 50), 6 p.m. Sept. 24; NCIS: Los Angeles, 8:30 p.m. Oct. 1; Madam Sec­re­tary,9 p.m. Oct. 8


New: Ghosted, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1. Craig Robin­son (The Of­fice) and Adam Scott (Parks and Recre­ation) are re­cruited by a se­cret agency to in­ves­ti­gate un­ex­plained para­nor­mal ac­tiv­ity in Los Angeles. It’s a wacky com­edy some­where be­tween The X-Files and Ghost­busters. It’s made even fun­nier be­cause the char­ac­ters play it straight.

The Orville — Part 2 of the spe­cial two-part pre­miere airs at 7 p.m. to­day. See the Thursday night lineup for de­tails.

Re­turn­ing: Bob’s Burg­ers, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 1; The Simp­sons, 7 p.m. Oct. 1; Fam­ily Guy,8 p.m. Oct 1. The Last Man on Earth, 8:30 p.m. Oct. 1. NBC:

In progress: Foot­ball Night in Amer­ica, 6 p.m; NBC’s Sun­day Night Foot­ball, 7 p.m.



New: The Good Doc­tor, 9 p.m. Sept. 25. Fred­die High­more (Bates Mo­tel) plays Shaun Mur­phy, a bril­liant young sur­geon af­flicted with autism and sa­vant syn­drome. He has trou­ble con­nect­ing with people, but his med­i­cal skills are as­tound­ing. The feel-good se­ries is from House cre­ator David Shore, so think of Mur­phy as Dr. Gre­gory House in his 20s and with­out the mis­an­thropy.

Re­turn­ing: Danc­ing With the Stars, 7 p.m. Mon­day. CBS:

New: Young Shel­don, spe­cial pre­view at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25. Se­ries pre­miere 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2.

This highly an­tic­i­pated spin-off stars Iain Ar­mitage as the 9-year-old Shel­don Cooper we know and love from The Big Bang The­ory. In this com­edy, Shel­don is liv­ing in East Texas with his wacky fam­ily and just start­ing high school.

Jim Par­sons, who plays Shel­don on The Big Bang The­ory, nar­rates.

9JKL, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2. The com­edy stars Mark Feuer­stein (Royal Pains) and was in­spired by his real life when he once lived in an apart­ment with his brother’s fam­ily on one side and his par­ents on the other. Linda Lavin and El­liott Gould play his folks.

Me, My­self & I, 8:30 p.m. Sept. 25. The com­edy has flash­backs and flash for­wards as it cov­ers one man’s life over a 50 year span. Play­ing Alex Ri­ley are (in or­der of age) Jack Dy­lan Grazer, Bobby Moyni­han and John Lar­ro­quette. Jaleel “Urkel” White is on board as the buddy.

Re­turn­ing: The Big Bang The­ory, 7 p.m. Sept. 25 (moves to Thurs­days on Nov. 2); Kevin Can Wait, 8 p.m. Sept. 25; Su­pe­rior Donuts, 8:30 p.m. Oct. 30; Scor­pion, 9 p.m. Sept. 25. The CW:

New: Valor, 8 p.m. Oct. 9. The drama fol­lows an elite unit of Army he­li­copter pi­lots train­ing for clan­des­tine mis­sions. It mixes soap opera in­trigue with a sea­son-long plan to res­cue a squad of miss­ing sol­diers.

Re­turn­ing: Su­per­girl,7 p.m. Oct. 9.


New: The Gifted, 8 p.m. Oct. 2. Par­ents (Stephen Moyer, True Blood; Amy Acker, An­gel) dis­cover their kids pos­sess mu­tant pow­ers, so they go on the run from the gov­ern­ment and join up with other mu­tants to sur­vive.

Re­turn­ing: Lu­cifer, 7 p.m. Oct. 2.


New: The Brave, 9 p.m. Sept. 25. An­other of sev­eral new mil­i­tary dra­mas this fall. This one fea­tures Anne Heche as the gov­ern­ment head of an un­der­cover spe­cial ops team that fights ter­ror­ists.

Re­turn­ing: The Voice, 7 p.m. Sept. 25. TUES­DAY SHOWS ABC:

New: The Mayor, 8:30 p.m. Oct. 3. Bran­don Micheal Hall por­trays young rap­per Court­ney Rose, who runs for mayor as a pub­lic­ity stunt and some­how wins. Lea Michele (Glee) is his friend and chief aide. This se­ries, la­beled “charm­ing and up­lift­ing,” has high pre-sea­son buzz.

Kevin (Prob­a­bly) Saves the World, 9 p.m. Oct. 3. This fan­tasy com­edy/drama stars Ja­son Rit­ter as Kevin Finn, a self­ish, ma­te­ri­al­is­tic, un­happy slob on a down­ward spi­ral, who is tasked by a ce­les­tial mes­sen­ger with a mis­sion from God — save the world.

Re­turn­ing: The Mid­dle (fi­nal sea­son), 7 p.m. Oct. 3; Fresh Off the Boat, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3; black-ish, 8 p.m., Oct. 3. CBS: Re­turn­ing: NCIS, 7 p.m. Sept. 26; Bull, 8 p.m. Sept. 26; NCIS: New Or­leans, 9 p.m. Sept. 26.

The CW: Re­turn­ing: The Flash, 7 p.m. Oct. 10; DC’s Le­gends of To­mor­row, 8 p.m. Oct. 10 Fox: Re­turn­ing: Lethal Weapon, 7 p.m. Sept. 26; The Mick, 8 p.m. Sept. 26; Brook­lyn NineNine, 8:30 p.m. Sept. 26. NBC:

New: Law & Or­der True Crime: The Me­nen­dez Mur­ders, 9 p.m. Sept. 26. This an­thol­ogy se­ries from Dick Wolf be­gins with an eight-episode drama­ti­za­tion about the in­fa­mous Me­nen­dez broth­ers and their mur­der case. Edie Falco (The So­pra­nos) stars.

Re­turn­ing: The Voice,7 p.m. Sept. 26; This Is Us, 8 p.m. Sept. 26.


ABC: Re­turn­ing: The Gold­bergs, 7 p.m. Sept. 27; Speech­less, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27; Modern Fam­ily, 8 p.m. Sept. 27; Amer­i­can Housewife, 8:30 p.m. Sept. 27; Des­ig­nated Sur­vivor, 9 p.m. Sept. 27.


New: SEAL Team, 8 p.m. Sept. 27. David Bore­anaz trades in his FBI badge from Bones to head an elite Navy team that does the dirty work no one else is trained for.

Re­turn­ing: Sur­vivor, 7 p.m. Sept. 27; Crim­i­nal Minds, 9 p.m. Sept. 27.

The CW:

New: Dy­nasty, 8 p.m. Oct. 11. This is a modern-day re­boot of the iconic 1980s prime-time soap that fol­lows the Car­ring­ton and the Colby fam­i­lies. The two new cat-fight­ing vix­ens are Fal­lon Car­ring­ton (El­iz­a­beth Gil­lies) and her soon-to-be step­mother Cristal Flores (Nathalie Kel­ley).

Re­turn­ing: Riverdale, 7 p.m. Oct. 11.

Fox: Re­turn­ing: Em­pire, 7 p.m. Sept. 27; Star, 8 p.m. Sept. 27. NBC: Re­turn­ing: The Good Place, 9 p.m. Sept. 20 (moves to 7:30 Thurs­days on Sept. 28); The Black­list, 7 p.m. Sept. 27; Law & Or­der: SVU, 8 p.m. Sept. 27; Chicago P.D., 9 p.m. Sept. 27.


ABC: Re­turn­ing: Grey’s Anatomy, 7 p.m. Sept. 28 (two hours); Scan­dal (fi­nal sea­son), 8 p.m. Oct. 5; How to Get Away With Mur­der, 9 p.m. Sept. 28.


New: S.W.A.T., 9 p.m. Nov. 2. It’s cops, not the mil­i­tary in this re­boot of the 1970s TV se­ries. She­mar Moore (Crim­i­nal Minds) plays the leader of the Los Angeles elite squad. He’s torn be­tween his loy­alty to the streets and his duty to fight crime.

Re­turn­ing: NFL Thursday Night Foot­ball, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28; Mom, 8 p.m. Nov. 2; Life in Pieces, 8:30 p.m. Nov. 2.

The CW: Re­turn­ing: Su­per­nat­u­ral, 7 p.m. Oct. 12; Ar­row, 8 p.m. Oct. 12.


New: The Orville, 8 p.m. Sept. 21. Reg­u­lar time slot pre­miere (fi­nally). This space com­edy/drama set 400 years in the fu­ture was cre­ated by Seth MacFar­lane (Fam­ily Guy), who plays the cap­tain of the USS Orville. It’s an homage to — and a spoof of — Star Trek, and this sea­son’s best new at­tempt at in­no­va­tion.

Re­turn­ing: Gotham, 7 p.m. Sept. 21.


New: Will & Grace, 7 p.m. Sept. 28. Not tech­ni­cally new, this “re­vival” re­unites the four main char­ac­ters from the beloved sit­com last seen in 2006. Wel­come back Eric McCor­mack, De­bra Mess­ing, Sean Hayes and Me­gan Mul­lally.

Re­turn­ing: Su­per­store, 7 p.m. Sept. 28; Great News, 8:30 p.m. Sept. 28; Chicago Fire, 9 p.m. Sept. 28.



New: Marvel’s In­hu­mans, 8 p.m. Sept. 29. More ad­ven­ture set in the Marvel uni­verse. This one will be eight episodes and stars An­son Mount (Hell on Wheels) as Black Bolt, the head of the In­hu­man Royal Fam­ily and King of At­ti­lan. The se­ries moves to its reg­u­lar time at 8 p.m. Oct. 6.

Re­turn­ing: Once Upon a Time, 7 p.m. Oct. 6.

CBS: Re­turn­ing: MacGyver, 7 p.m. Sept. 29; Hawaii 5-0, 8 p.m. Sept. 29; Blue Bloods, 9 p.m. Sept. 29

The CW: Re­turn­ing: Crazy Ex-Girl­friend, 7 p.m. Oct. 13; Jane the Vir­gin, 8 p.m. Oct. 13.

Fox: Re­turn­ing: Hell’s Kitchen, 7 p.m. Sept. 29; The Ex­or­cist, 8 p.m. Sept. 29. NBC: Re­turn­ing: Date­line NBC, 8 p.m. Sept. 29; Blindspot,7 p.m. Oct. 27.


The net­works gave up pro­gram­ming Satur­day evenings long ago be­cause view­ers are out do­ing other things. What was once a big night of TV is now used mainly for re­runs.

The only new prime-time Satur­day show each week is CBS’ 48 Hours, which re­turns at 9 p.m. Sept. 30.

If you’re up late, NBC’s Satur­day Night Live is back for Sea­son 43 at 10:30 p.m. Sept. 30.


That’s the new fall sched­ule. Look for more in­for­ma­tion on the new and re­turn­ing shows in The TV Col­umn as they ar­rive.

Fi­nal warn­ing: Dou­ble check the new sched­ule right up to when the show is sup­posed to air. The net­works have been known to tweak their line­ups at the last minute. This story was ac­cu­rate at dead­line, but I found three quiet pre­miere changes in the four days be­tween the first draft and the fi­nal ver­sion.

Young Shel­don, a sort of CBS pre­quel/spin-off to The Big Bang The­ory, stars Iain Ar­mitage as 9-year-old Shel­don Cooper and Zoe Perry as his mother.

The Mayor is an ABC com­edy that stars Bran­don Micheal Hall as a strug­gling young rap­per who runs for mayor as a pub­lic­ity stunt and (sur­prise) wins.

The Orville is a space com­edy/drama on Fox that will re­mind many of the orig­i­nal Star Trek. Only with more laughs. It stars (from left) Penny John­son Jer­ald, cre­ator Seth MacFar­lane and Peter Ma­con.

Ghosted brings Adam Scott (left) and Craig Robin­son to Fox as a cou­ple of guys in­ves­ti­gat­ing the para­nor­mal in Los Angeles. Think of it as a cross be­tween The X-Files and Ghost­busters.

Kevin (Prob­a­bly) Saves the World stars Ja­son Rit­ter as a fel­low who gets an un­usual mis­sion from God. The ABC com­edy/drama is be­ing la­beled “charm­ing and up­lift­ing.”

SEAL Team stars David Bore­anaz as the leader of an elite Navy team. The CBS drama is one of four new shows with a sim­i­lar theme this fall.

The Good Doc­tor is a new ABC drama star­ring Fred­die High­more as a young sur­geon with autism and sa­vant syn­drome. It’s an­other “charm­ing and up­lift­ing” of­fer­ing.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.