Four new TV faces to watch

Orlando Sentinel - - PEOPLE & ARTS - By Chris Bar­ton chris.bar­ton@la­times.com

While a new sea­son al­ways of­fers its usual crop of fa­mil­iar faces in new places such as David Bore­anaz in “SEAL Team” and Leah Rem­ini re­unit­ing with “King of Queens” co-star Kevin James on “Kevin Can Wait,” here’s a run­down of some new faces whose pro­files stand to get a boost in the new fall sea­son.

Bran­don Micheal Hall

Where you can see

him: As the ti­tle char­ac­ter on ABC’s “The Mayor” (pre­mier­ing Oct. 3), a half-hour com­edy pro­duced by “Hamil­ton” co-star and mu­si­cian Daveed Diggs about a hip-hop artist who runs for of­fice for pub­lic­ity rea­sons and ac­tu­ally wins. Where you may have

seen him: As Ju­lian in TBS’ dryly comic mil­len­nial mur­der mys­tery “Search Party.”

Why he mat­ters: Be­cause given Diggs’ re­cent run — which also in­cludes his own in­ven­tive hip-hop project clip­ping. — the se­ries has po­ten­tial. Plus, it might be re­fresh­ing to watch the re­sults of an un­ex­pected vic­tory by a po­lit­i­cal out­sider that has no real-world reper­cus­sions.

Frankie Shaw

Where you can see

her: Writ­ing, di­rect­ing and star­ring in the Show­time com­edy se­ries “SMILF” (pre­mier­ing Nov. 5), which was picked up by the net­work af­ter her short film of the same name won the Jury Prize at Sundance in 2015. Where you may have

seen her: If you didn’t hap­pen to be at Sundance that year, she ap­peared on the first sea­son of “Mr. Ro­bot” as Shayla, El­liot’s trou­bled drug-deal­ing neigh­bor and part-time ro­man­tic in­ter­est and on Ama­zon’s short-lived 2016 se­ries “Good Girls Re­volt” as re­searcher

Naomi. Why she mat­ters:

Be­cause the se­ries’ au­teuris­tic vi­sion has a sim­i­larly smart, funny and raw feel­ing as FX’s “Louie,” ex­cept about young sin­gle moth­er­hood, and be­cause it may also yield a fresh per­spec­tive on its South Bos­ton set­ting by not in­volv­ing a Wahlberg or an Af­fleck.

Robin Thede

Where you can see

her: Host­ing her own late-night show “The Run­down,” which is co­pro­duced by Chris Rock and due on BET on Oct. 10. Where you may have

seen her: As a writer and the fun­ni­est cast mem­ber of her pre­vi­ous gig, “The Nightly Show with Larry Wil­more,” where for the first year and a half she also served as head writer. Why she mat­ters:

Al­ready hav­ing bro­ken one glass ceil­ing as the first (and only) black woman head writer for a late-night com­edy se­ries, Thede will also be the first to have her own show since net­work mate Mo’Nique in 2011. Promis­ing a mix of pop cul­ture news with the req­ui­site po­lit­i­cal ma­te­rial, Thede has the voice, chops and ex­pe­ri­ence to put a dis­tinc­tive stamp on a crowded late-night field.

Shazad Latif

Where you can see

him: As Lieu­tenant Ash Tyler, a se­cu­rity of­fi­cer in “Star Trek: Dis­cov­ery” (pre­mier­ing Sept. 24). Latif was orig­i­nally cast as a Klin­gon, but this spring he wound up switch­ing sides in the “Trek” uni­verse’s lat­est tele­vised con­flict. Where you may have

seen him: As an In­dian-English Henry Jekyll in “Penny Dread­ful,” Show­time’s im­pres­sion­is­tic take on the clas­sics of gothic horror.

Why he mat­ters: Be­cause in terms of tele­vi­sion lega­cies, they don’t get much more revered than “Star Trek,” so the stakes are high. But with its his­tory as one of the few fran­chises to choose utopia over dystopia when de­pict­ing hu­man­ity’s fu­ture — here sched­uled to be roughly 10 years be­fore the orig­i­nal mis­sion of Capt. Kirk and the En­ter­prise — if noth­ing else it will be a change of pace.

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Bran­don Micheal Hall plays a hip-hop artist who runs for of­fice for the pub­lic­ity — and wins — in ABC’s “The Mayor.”

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