As the networks roll out their fall TV schedules, new shows fill the spaces left vacant by cancelled series and shows that took their final bow this spring. These new series will compete against not only the other networks’ programming, but the ever-expanding choice of content on cable and streaming.
Fox has already ordered 12 pilots for the 2016-2017 season. They include the 24 reboot, 24: Legacy; Pitch about the first female professional baseball player; and TV adaptations hit movies Lethal Weapon and The Exorcist.
ABC also picked up the drama Designated Survivor starring Kiefer Sutherland as a low-ranking cabinet member thrusted into the president’s seat under dire circumstances. The network also ordered a new Shondaland series, Still Star-Crossed and kept Hayley Atwell in the family with Conviction after canceling her Marvel series, Agent Carter.
CBS has given a series order to eight new shows including Kevin James’ new sitcom, Kevin Can Wait. James was a steady fixture on the network from 1998 to 2007 when his show, The King of Queens, ran for nine seasons. The network also welcomes back Michael Weatherly, who is exiting NCIS this spring after 13 seasons. He will star in the new show, Bull, about the early career of Dr. Phil McGraw during his time as a trial consultant.
Back in January, NBC ordered the comedy The Good Place straight-to-series with Kristen Bell and Ted Danson set to star. The network has added a total of nine series including two more comedies, DC Comics’ Powerless and Trial & Error, starring John Lithgow, as well as Chicago Justice, the fourth installment in Dick Wolf’s Chicago franchise, and The Blacklist spinoff starring Ryan Eggold and Famke Janssen.
The CW didn’t leave much room on their schedule to add more shows, renewing 11 series, but the network did pick up 3 new shows including the Archie Comics adaptation, Riverdale, from producer Greg Berlanti.
Here are all the shows premiering this fall. See below for the complete 2016 fall schedule.
ABC gave its first fall pick-up to Kiefer Sutherland’s new drama, Designated Survivor. The pilot received “arguably the most enthusiastic reactions” among all the pilots in contention at the alphabet network. The network has picked up eight new shows including a new Shondaland drama, Still Star-Crossed, which follows the aftermath of Romeo & Juliet; the law drama Conviction, starring Hayley Atwell; and the comedy Imaginary Mary, starring Jenna Elfman and Rachel Dratch, voicing the title character. Here are the descriptions for each series.
Following the cancellation of Marvel’s Agent Carter, Hayley Atwell will stay in the ABC family headlining the new drama, Conviction. The series is co-created by writer Liz Friedman and director Liz Friedlander with a supporting cast including Eddie Cahill, Shawn Ashmore, Merrin Dungey, Emily Kinney, Manny Montana and Daniel DiTomasso. Read ABC’s synopsis below.
Lawyer and former First Daughter Hayes Morrison (Atwell) is about to accept a job offered from her sexy nemesis, NY District Attorney Wayne Wallis, to avoid jail time for cocaine possession and avoid hurting her mother’s Senate campaign. Working with his team at the new Conviction Integrity Unit will let her use her brilliant mind to turn over cases where there is credible suspicion of wrongful conviction, and give her a chance to turn things around with her high-powered political family.
Sutherland transitions from Jack Bauer to President of the United States in his new series, but he doesn’t come to the position of Commander-in-Chief quite so easily. The 24 alum’s supporting cast includes Natascha McElhon, Maggie Q, Kal Penn, Adam Canto, Italia Ricci, LaMonica Garrett and Tanner Buchanan. David Guggenheim wrote the pilot script, directed by Paul McGuigan, for the series produced by the Mark Gordon Co. Read the synopsis below (via Deadline):
Designated Survivor centers on Tom Kirkman (Sutherland), a lower cabinet member who unexpectedly becomes president after a devastating attack on Washington. He will struggle to prevent the country and his own family from falling into chaos, as he is thrust into one of the most difficult presidencies in history.
Fargo alum Allison Tolman stars in this comedy based on the web series from creators/writers Samm Hodges and Michael Killen. They will also serve as executive producers with Mosaic Media Group’s Jimmy Miller and Sam Hansen, and Animal Media Group’s Kathy Dziubek. The series also stars Lucas Neff, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Barry Rothbart and Mo Collins. Read ABC’s synopsis below:
Downward Dog is about a struggling millennial, Nan (Allison Tolman), from the point of view of her lonely and philosophical dog, Martin. One session at obedience school already makes them realize that even at their worst, they may be the best thing for each other.
Jenna Elfman stars in this new live action/CGI hybrid comedy from the executive producers of ABC’s The Goldbergs, writer Adam F. Goldberg, writer David Guarascio and Doug Robinson.Saturday Night Live alum Rachel Dratch also lends her voice to the childhood imaginary friend of Elfman’s character who pops back into her life at an inopportune time. Read ABC’s synopsis below.
Imaginary Mary centers on Alice (Elfman), a fiercely independent career woman whose life is turned upside-down when she meets the love of her life – a divorced father with three kids. This triggers even more upheaval when the slightly unhinged imaginary friend she created as a child suddenly reappears to help her navigate the transition from single girl to a woman ready for a family.
Piper Perabo and Daniel Sunjata star in this provocative look at the unique, sexy, and dangerous interplay of criminal law and the media. The show is inspired by the true stories of famed criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos and cable news producer Wendy Walker, who also serve as executive producers.
The supporting cast is rounded out by Sepideh Moafi , Kate Jennings Grant, Ryan Guzman, Kevin Zegers, J. August Richards and Aimee Teegarden. Josh Berman co-writes and executive produces. Allie Hagan who is a co-writer and co-executive producer.
Minnie Driver returns to television in a family comedy that features a special needs child (played by Micah Fowler, an actor with special needs). The show comes from Friends alum Scott Silveri who wrote the show and serves as an executive producer with Jake Kasdan and Melvin Mar. Driver’s co-stars include John Ross Bowie (The Big Bang Theory), Mason Cook, Micah Fowler, Kyla Kennedy and Cedric Yarbrough. Read ABC’s synopsis below:
Maya DiMeo (Driver) is a mom on a mission who will do anything for her husband Jimmy, her kids Ray, Dylan, and JJ, her eldest son with special needs. As Maya fights injustices both real and imagined, the family works to make a new home for themselves, and searches for just the right person to give JJ his “voice.”
The latest production from Shondaland follows the story of Romeo and Juliet after the young lovers’ death in the Shakespeare classic. Heather Mitchell, who previously worked on Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, wrote the pilot directed by Michael Offer and based on the book by Melinda Taub.
The show features a large cast including Clara Rugaard (as Juliet), Wade Briggs (as Benvolio Montague), Anthony Head (as Lord Silvestro Capulet), Zuleikha Robinson (as Lady Guiliana Capulet), Lashana Lynch (as Rosaline), Ebonee Noel (as Livia), Sterling Sulieman (as Prince Escalus), Medalion Rahimi (as Princess Isabella), Grant Bowler (as Damiano Montague), Susan Wooldrigde (as Nurse), Torrance Coombs (as Paris) and Dan Hildebrand (as Friar Lawrence). Read ABC’s synopsis below.
Still Star-Crossed, a period drama from Shondaland, picks up where the famous story of Romeo and Juliet ends, charting the treachery, palace intrigue and ill-fated romances of the Montagues and Capulets in the wake of the young lovers’ tragic fate.
Time After Time
Executive producer Kevin Williamson adapts the novel written by Karl Alexander and the movie Time After Time for the small screen. The show follows the English author H.G. Wells as he’s transported to modern day Manhattan to track down Jack the Ripper. The series stars Freddie Stroma and Josh Bowman as well as Genesis Rodriguez and Regina Taylor. Williamson wrote the teleplay for the pilot, directed by Marcos Siega. Read ABC’s synopsis below.
Time After Time delivers a fantastical cat and mouse adventure through time when famed science fiction writer H.G. Wells is transported to modern day Manhattan in pursuit of Jack the Ripper. Once H.G. arrives in New York City, he finds a world he never thought possible and a young woman who captivates him.
Katy Mixon stars as the “second fattest housewife in Westport,” Connecticut in the comedy series written by Sarah Dunn. Mixon stars alongside Diedrich Bader, Johnny Sequoyah, Daniel DiMaggio, Julia Butters, Carly Hughes and Ali Wong. The show is executive produced by Aaron Kaplan, Rick Weiner and Kenny Schwartz and director Ruben Fleischer. Read ABC’s synopsis below:
Katie Otto (Mixon), a confident, unapologetic, plump wife and mother of three, raises her flawed family in the wealthy town of Westport, Connecticut, filled with “perfect” mommies and their “perfect” offspring. She lets us in on her deepest, most unfiltered thoughts through voiceover as the she lives her life as the second fattest housewife in Westport.
CBS gave its first series order of the year to Kevin James’ family comedy, Kevin Can Wait. James spent nine years on the network from 1998 to 2007 starring in The King of Queens. CBS will also keep NCIS veteran Michael Weatherly onboard in Bull, which is about the early career of Phil McGraw (aka Dr. Phil), and add new comedies from Matt Leblanc (Man With a Plan) and Joel McHale (The Great Indoors). Also look for TV reboots of MacGyver and Training Day. Here are the descriptions for each series.
Departing NCIS star Michael Weatherly sticks with CBS in the new drama series, Bull, based on the early career of Dr. Phil McGraw during his days as head of one of the most prolific trial consulting services of all time. The show comes from Paul Attanasio and counts McGraw as well as his son Jay McGraw as two of its executive producers alongside Amblin’s Justin Falvey and Daryl Frank. The series also stars Freddy Rodriguez, Christopher Jackson, Geneva Carr and Jaime Lee Kirchner.
Katherine Heigl attempts to resuscitate her television career one more time in this new law drama. The series will also star Steven Pasquale, Dulé Hill, Dreama Walker, Elliott Gould, Kobi Libii and Laverne Cox, who will play a transgender lawyer, a series regular role specifically written for a transgender actor for the first time ever. The executive producers on the project include Tony Phelan, Joan Rater, Carl Beverly, Sarah Timberman and director Adam Bernstein. Read CBS’s synopsis below:
A smart, chic, successful defense lawyer at a boutique firm starts to fall for her charismatic client who may or may not be guilty of a brutal crime.
The Great Indoors
Joel McHale follows up six seasons (but still no movie) on Community with this new CBS comedy. The show comes from writer Mike Gibbons, who also serves as an executive producer with Chris Harris and director Andy Ackerman. The supporting cast includes Stephen Fry, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Shaun Brown, Christine Ko, Susannah Fielding and Chris Williams. Read CBS’s synopsis below:
An adventure reporter (McHale) must adapt to the times when he becomes the boss to a group of millennials in the digital department of the magazine.
Kevin Can Wait
James leads this multi-camera comedy as a retired police officer who looks forward to spending more time with his family. He will also serve as an executive producer with Bruce Helford, Rock Reuben, Jeff Sussman and Andy Fickman, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The supporting cast includes Erinn Hayes, Taylor Spreitler, Mary-Charles Jones, James Digiacomo, Ryan Cartwright, Leonard Earl Howze, Lenny Venito and Gary Valentine. Read CBS’s synopsis below:
Kevin Can Wait is a multicamera effort about a newly retired police officer looking forward to spending carefree, quality time with his wife and three kids, only to discover he faces tougher challenges at home than he ever did on the streets.
Lucas Till stars as the new MacGyver in this reimagining of the TV series that ran on ABC from 1985 to 1992. CSI alum George Eads will co-star.The pilot went through several writers and the most recent, Paul Downs Colaizzo and Brett Mahoney, may be gone once the show starts filming this summer. James Wan will serve as executive producer alongside director David Von Ancken and original MacGyver creator Lee Zlotoff. Henry Winkler, who was an executive producer on the original series, will also serve the show in some capacity. Read CBS’s synopsis below:
A reimagining of the television series of the same name, the new MacGyver follows a 20-something MacGyver (Till) as he gets recruited into a clandestine organization where he uses his knack for solving problems in unconventional ways to help prevent disasters from happening.
Man With a Plan
Matt LeBlanc returns to network television in this multicamera comedy. The Friends star also serves as an executive producer alongside Jeff and Jackie Filgo as well as pilot director James Burrows. Read CBS’s synopsis below:
The multicamera comedy centers on a contractor (LeBlanc) who learns that raising his kids is more challenging than expected when his wife back to work.
The new medical drama from Jason Katims is set in Silicon Valley. The show stars Augustus Prew and Dermot Mulroney as well as Odette Annable, Brenda Song, Reshma Shetty, Ward Horton and Aaron Jennings. The series is also executive produced by True Jack’s Michelle Lee and David Semel, who directed the pilot. Read CBS’s synopsis below:
Pure Genius is about a young Silicon Valley tech titan (Prew) who enlists a veteran surgeon (Mulroney) with a controversial past in starting a hospital with a cutting-edge, “new school” approach to medicine.
The second reboot for CBS is a reimagining of the 2001 Antoine Fuqua film that won Denzel Washington an Oscar for Best Actor. Justin Cornwell stars opposite Bill Paxton, who makes his series regular debut in the series written by Los Angeles Police Department detective Will Beall. Fuqua also serves as an executive producer alongside Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, KristieAnne Reed and Danny Cannon, who directed the pilot. The show’s cast is rounded out by Katrina Law, Drew Van Acker, Lex Scott Davis and Julie Benz. Read CBS’s synopsis below:
Training Day is described as a reimagining that begins 15 years after the 2001 film left off, the reboot centers on an idealistic young African-American police officer (Cornwell) who is appointed to an elite squad of the LAPD where he is partnered with a seasoned, morally ambiguous detective (Paxton).
Fox has ordered 12 new series including three comedies and six dramas. The network will reboot the 24 franchise with Kiefer Sutherland onboard as an executive producer. Empire co-creator Lee Daniels premieres another music drama and Lethal Weapon gets a new life on the small screen. Here are the descriptions for each.
24: Legacy (Midseason 2017)
Fox reboots one of its most popular series, 24, with a new team racing against the clock. The show stars Corey Hawkins (aka the new Jack Bauer), Miranda Otto and Jimmy Smits. Original star Kiefer Sutherland will serve as an executive producer on the new series alongside Howard Gordon, Brian Grazer, writers Manny Coto and Evan Katz, and director Stephen Hopkins. Read Fox’s synopsis below:
24: Legacy chronicles an adrenaline-fueled race against the clock to stop a devastating terrorist attack on United States soil – in the same real-time format that has propelled this genre-defining series.
APB (Midseason 2017)
Weeds alum Justin Kirk stars in this drama series inspired by The New York Times story “Who Runs the Streets of New Orleans?” Natalie Martinez will co-star in the series from executive producer Len Wiseman and led by showrunner, Matt Nix. Fox may hold APB for a midseason premiere, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Read the synopsis below:
APB centers on a tech billionaire (Weeds’ Justin Kirk) who purchases a troubled police precinct in the wake of a loved one’s murder, but can this eccentric and enigmatic figure’s cutting-edge approach fix the broken ways of these blue blooded veterans?
The Exorcist (Fall 2016)
The TV version of The Exorcist finds its inspiration in William Blatty’s 1971 book, the same as director William Friedkin did for the 1973 movie. The new series from executive producer Jeremy Slater is set in modern day and stars Geena Davis as well as guest appearance by Alan Ruck. Read the synopsis below (via The Hollywood Reporter):
The Exorcist is a modern reinvention inspired by William Blatty’s 1971 book, the drama is a propulsive, serialized psychological thriller following two very different men tackling one family’s case of horrifying demonic possession, and confronting the face of true evil.
Kicking & Screaming (Midseason 2017)
Fox throws 10 pampered partners to the lions (or whatever roams the jungles of Fiji) in this new reality competition series hosted by New Girl star Hannah Simone. The contestants are partnered with trained survivalists in the show from executive producer Matt Kunitz. Read Fox’s synopsis below:
Kicking & Screaming is a new competition series that teams 10 expert survivalists with pampered partners to face the toughest challenges of their lives. The series drops these unlikely duos into a tropical jungle in Fiji, where they must overcome dangerous animals, raging rivers, hunger and extreme weather. To win the competition, the experts will have to drag their partners, “kicking and screaming,” to the finish line.
Lethal Weapon (Fall 2016)
After four feature films, Lethal Weapon will move to the small screen this fall under showrunner Matt Miller. Clayne Crawford and Damon Wayans Sr. will fill the roles originated by Mel Gibson and Danny Glover in the movies and Jordana Brewster will co-star. The show also has Dan Lin and McG signed on as executive producers. Read the synopsis below (via The Hollywood Reporter):
When Texas cop and former Navy SEAL Martin Riggs (Crawford) suffers the loss of his wife and baby, he moves to Los Angeles to start anew. There, he gets partnered with LAPD detective Roger Murtaugh (Wayans), who, having recently suffered a “minor” heart attack, must avoid any stress in his life.
Making History (Midseason 2017)
Adam Pally and Leigton Meester will travel back in time in Fox’s most well-received comedy pilot, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The show comes from executive producers Julius “Goldie” Sharpe, Phil Lord, Chris Miller and Seth Cohen. Read the synopsis below:
Making History centers on three unlikely friends who find an even less likely way to travel through time, irreversibly complicating their personal lives in 2016, as the great moments of the past collide with today’s popular culture — with hilarious and quite disastrous results.
The Mick (Midseason 2017)
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia star Kaitlin Olson takes center stage in this new comedy from executive producers of the FXX comedy, John and Dave Chernin. Read the synopsis below (via The Hollywood Reporter):
The comedy revolves around a hard-living, foul-mouthed woman who moves to affluent Greenwich, Conn., to raise the spoiled kids of her wealthy sister who has fled the country to avoid a federal indictment. She quickly learns what everyone else already knows: other people’s children are awful.
My Kitchen Rules (Midseason 2017)
Curtis Stone and Cat Cora hosts this new cooking competition series that pits celebrity duos against each other as they prepare exquisite meals in their Hollywood homes. Contestants include Lance Bass and his mother, Diane Bass; Brandy and her brother Ray J; Andrew Dice Clay and his wife, Valerie Silverstein; Brandi Glanville and her best friend, Dean Sheremet; and Naomi Judd and her husband, Larry Strickland. Read Fox’s synopsis below:
My Kitchen Rules is an eight-episode unscripted cooking series that will pit celebrity duos against each other as they cook and critique each other’s food in Hollywood homes. The teams will take turns hosting intimate dinner parties with a menu designed to impress their rival competitors and two professional chef judges, Curtis Stone (“Top Chef Masters”) and Cat Cora (“Iron Chef America”). The series will feature escalating rounds of competition, in which the celebrity duo with the lowest score at the end of each round will be eliminated. The last two teams standing will battle it out in the final round for a pressure-cooker evening, during which they will prepare and present their ultimate dining menu. In the end, only one team will survive the heat, the drama and the right to claim “My Kitchen Rules.”
Pitch (Midseason 2017)
From producer Dan Fogelman, Pitch stars Kylie Bunbury as the first female player to break the gender barrier of Major League Baseball. Her character will pitch for the real-life San Diego Padres and film at the team’s stadium, Petco Park. Bunbury stars alongside Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Ali Larter and Dan Lauria.
Earlier this year, the show came into a a league of its own when it signed a licensing pact with the MLB that gives Pitch unprecedented access to MLB’s marks, logos, licensed product, uniforms, teams, stadiums, locations and game footage, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Prison Break (Midseason 2017)
Shots Fired (Midseason 2017)
In the vein of ABC’s American Crime, Fox’s 10-hour event series sets its modern-day story in the aftermath of a racially charged shootings in North Caroline. The series boasts an all-star cast including Oscar winners Helen Hunt and Richard Dreyfuss as well as Sanaa Lathan, Stephan James, Stephen Moyer, Jill Hennessy, Will Patton, Alicia Sanz, Edwina Findley, Marqus Clae and Shamier Anderson. Shots Fired comes from executive producers Gina Prince-Bythewood and Reggie Rock Bythewood. Read Fox’s synopsis below:
Examining the dangerous aftermath of racially charged shootings in a small Southern town, Shots Fired is a dramatic new event series that is a “why done it?” and a “who done it?” The 10-hour event series is an explosive look at the criminal justice system. When an African-American police officer kills an unarmed white college student, a small town in North Carolina is turned upside-down. Before the town has a chance to grapple with this tragedy, the neglected murder of an African-American teen is brought to light, re-opening wounds that threaten to tear the town apart. Shots Fired tackles the racial divide from all perspectives.
Son of Zorn (Fall 2016)
The live-action/animated hybrid comedy stars Jason Sudeikis as the voice of Zorn. He also serves as an executive producer on the show created by Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Cheryl Hines, Johnny Pemberton and Tim Meadows round out the cast. Read Fox’s synopsis below:
Upon arriving home on Earth for the first time in 10 years, Zorn (Sudeikis), a fully animated, legendary warrior, finds that reconnecting with his live-action son, Alan (Johnny Pemberton) and ex-wife, Edie (Cheryl Hines), while suffering through a mundane office job and the banality of suburban life, is harder than waging actual war in his distant, mystical homeland of Zephyria.
Star (Midseason 2017)
Empire co-creator Lee Daniels introduces a new group of talented singers — Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny and Brittany O’Grady — to star alongside veteran performers Queen Latifah and Benjamin Bratt. Lenny Kravitz will also guest star. Daniels directed the pilot and co-wrote the script with executive producer Tom Donaghy. Read Fox’s synopsis below:
In Star, three talented singers navigate the cut-throat music business on their road to success. Featuring three newcomers (Demorest, Destiny and O’Grady) as the young singers, plus Queen Latifah and Bratt, the series will feature original music, along with stunning musical fantasy sequences, as the girls dream of their future.
NBC jumped early to secure its first series for the 2016-2017 season. It ordered the comedy The Good Place from Parks and Recreation and Brooklyn Nine-Nine co-creator Mike Schur straight-to-series. The network also ordered Powerless, the first comedy series from DC Comics, and the comedy Trial & Error, a spoof on docu-series like Making a Murderer and The Jinx. Here are the descriptions for each.
The Blacklist: Redemption (Midseason 2017)
NBC adds a second franchise to its line up with this spinoff starring The Blacklist star Ryan Eggold and Famke Janssen. The series comes from The Blacklist creator, Jon Bokenkamp, who serves as a writer and executive producer with John Eisendrath. John Fox and John Davis also executive produce and Michael Dinner directs. The show also stars Edi Gathegi and Tawny Cypress. Read NBC’s synopsis below:
Undercover operative Tom Keen (Eggold) joins forces with Susan “Scottie” Hargrave (Janssen), the brilliant and cunning chief of Grey Matters, a covert mercenary organization that solves problems governments don’t dare touch. While on the hunt for Liz’s attacker, Tom secretly discovered that Scottie is actually his biological mother. Now, as they team up to employ their unique skills and resources in a dangerous world of deadly criminals, Tom begins his own covert mission to find out more about his shadowy past.
Chicago Justice (Midseason 2017)
The fourth Chicago series from Dick Wolf debuted as a backdoor pilot in the May 11 episode of Chicago P.D.. The episode introduced the State’s Attorney team of prosecutors and investigators played by Philip Winchester, Carl Weathers, Nazneen Contractor, Joelle Carter and Ryan-James Hatanaka. Read NBC’s synopsis below:
Just like their brethren in the Chicago P.D., the State’s Attorney’s dedicated team of prosecutors and investigators navigates heated city politics and controversy head-on while fearlessly pursuing justice. As they take on the city’s high stakes and often media-frenzied cases, they must balance public opinion, power struggles within the system and their unwavering passion for the law.
The Good Place (Fall 2016)
Ted Danson stars opposite Kristen Bell in his first return to comedy since starring on HBO’s Bored to Death in 2011. Filming for the series will accommodate Bell’s schedule so she can continue her work on Showtime’s House of Lies. Read the synopsis below (via Deadline):
Good Place centers on Eleanor (Bell), a woman from New Jersey who comes to realize that she hasn’t been a very good person. She decides to turn over a new leaf by learning what it actually means to be “good” or “bad,” and then trying to make up for her past behavior. Michael (Danson), who, through an unlikely set of circumstances, comes to be Eleanor’s guide through her self-designed self-improvement course.
Great News (Midseason 2017)
NBC is back in business with 30 Rock producing duo Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, who serve as executive producers on the new comedy from The Mindy Project‘s Tracey Wigfield. The show stars Briga Heelan as a news producer whose mother, played by Andrea Martin, joins the station as an intern. The cast also includes Adam Campbell, Kimrie Lewis-Davis, John Michael Higgins and Horatio Sanz. Wigfield wrote and executive produces the series alongside Fey, Carlock and David Miner. Beth McCarthy-Miller directs. Read NBC’s synopsis below:
Getting along with some colleagues can be rough, but working with your mom? That’s a whole other story. When Katie (Heelan), an up-and-coming news producer, finds out her overbearing mom (Martin) has rejoined the workforce as an intern at the station where Katie works, it might just be the worst news ever. But, with her biggest cheerleader at her side, Katie might finally get the recognition she deserves.
Marlon (Midseason 2017)
Marlon Wayans stars in his first television series since The Wayans Brothers ended in 1999. The family comedy also stars Essence Atkins, Notlim Taylor, Amir O’Neil, Bresha Webb and Diallo Riddle. Christopher Moynihan serves as writer and executive producer alongside Wayans, Rick Alvarez, Michael Rotenberg and pilot director Andy Ackerman. Read NBC’s synopsis below:
Loosely inspired by the real life of star Marlon Wayans, this update to the classic family comedy centers on a loving (but immature) father committed to co-parenting his two kids with his very-together ex-wife. While his misguided fatherly advice, unstoppable larger-than-life personality and unpredictable Internet superstardom might get in the way sometimes, for Marlon family really always does come first — even if he’s the biggest kid of all.
Midnight, Texas (Midseason 2017)
The new fantasy-horror series comes from Mr. Robot director Niels Arden Oplev and is based on the book series by Charlaine Harris, who is the author behind the True Blood novels. The show stars François Arnaud, Dylan Bruce, Parisa Fitz-Henley, Arielle Kebbel, Sarah Ramos, Peter Mensah, Yul Vazquez and Sean Bridgers. Monica Owusu-Breen serves as writer and executive producer alongside Oplev, who directed the pilot, and David Janollari. Read NBC’s synopsis below:
Welcome to a place where being normal is really quite strange. From Niels Arden Oplev, the visionary director of “Mr. Robot,” and based on the hit book series from author Charlaine Harris (“True Blood”), comes a journey into a remote Texas town where no one is who they seem. From vampires and witches to psychics and hit men, Midnight is a mysterious safe haven for those who are different. As the town members fight off outside pressures from rowdy biker gangs, ever-suspicious cops and their own dangerous pasts, they band together and form a strong and unlikely family.
Powerless (Midseason 2017)
A workplace comedy from the studio that gave TV viewers shows like Arrow and The Flash may seem strange, but that’s exactly what they’ll get from the new series, Powerless. Vanessa Hudgens, Alan Tudyk, Danny Pudi and Christina Kirk star in the show from writer/executive producer Ben Queen and director Michael Patrick Jann, who also serves as an executive producer. Read NBC’s synopsis below:
In the first comedy series set in the universe of DC Comics, Vanessa Hudgens plays Emily, a spunky young insurance adjuster specializing in regular-people coverage against damage caused by the crime-fighting superheroes. It’s when she stands up to one of these larger-than-life figures (after an epic battle messes with her commute) that she accidentally becomes a cult “hero” in her own right … even if it’s just to her group of lovably quirky co-workers. Now, while she navigates her normal, everyday life against an explosive backdrop, Emily might just discover that being a hero doesn’t always require superpowers.
Taken (Midseason 2017)
NBC gives Liam Neeson’s Taken character Bryan Mills an origin story is this thrilling new drama. Vikings star Clive Standen will play the younger version of Mills, leading a supporting cast that includes Jennifer Beals, Brooklyn Sudano, Monique Gabriela Curnen, Gaius Charles, Michael Irby, James Landry Hébert and Jose Pablo Cantillo. Luc Besson, who wrote all three Taken movies, will serve as an executive producer alongside Matthew Gross, Edouard de Vésinne, Thomas Anargyros and director Alex Graves. Read NBC’s synopsis below:
Taken is a modern-day, edge-of-your-seat thriller that follows the origin story of younger, hungrier former Green Beret Bryan Mills (Standen) as he deals with a personal tragedy that shakes his world. As he fights to overcome the incident and exact revenge, Mills is pulled into a career as a deadly CIA operative, a job that awakens his very particular, and very dangerous, set of skills. In 30 years, this character became the Bryan Mills that we’ve come to love from the Taken films.
This Is Us (Fall 2016)
Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia and Sterling K. Brown lead this ensemble dramedy from executive producer Dan Fogelman, who also serves as a writer. Justin Hartley, Chrissy Metz, Susan Kelechi Watson, Chris Sullivan and Ron Cephas Jones round out the cast. Executive producers also include Jess Rosenthal, Charlie Gogolak and directors John Requa and Glenn Ficarra. Read NBC’s synopsis below:
Sometimes life will surprise you. This refreshingly honest and provocative series follows a unique ensemble whose paths cross and their life stories intertwine in curious ways. We find several of them share the same birthday, and so much more than anyone would expect. From the writer and directors of Crazy, Stupid, Love. comes a smart, modern dramedy that will challenge your everyday presumptions about the people you think you know.
Timeless (Fall 2016)
NBC is also going back in time with this adventure series about a unique team sent to stop a criminal who wants to destroy America by changing its past. The show is from Eric Kripke (Revolution, Supernatural and Shawn Ryan (The Shield), who wrote and executive produce the series with John Davis, John Fox, Marney Hochman and director Neil Marshall. Abigail Spencer, Matt Lanter, Malcolm Barrett, Goran Visnjic, Paterson Joseph, Sakina Jaffrey and Claudia Doumit star in the time-traveling series. Read NBC’s synopsis below:
Timeless is a thrilling action-adventure series in which a mysterious criminal steals a secret state-of-the-art time machine, intent on destroying America as we know it by changing the past. Our only hope is an unexpected team: a scientist, soldier and history professor who must use the machine’s prototype to travel back in time to critical events. While they must make every effort not to affect the past themselves, they must also stay one step ahead of this dangerous fugitive. Can this handpicked team uncover the mystery behind it all and end his destruction before it’s too late?
Trial & Error (Midseason 2017)
Nick D’Agosto and John Lithgow star in this comedy that says, “Making a Murderer can be funny!” The supporting cast includes Jayma Mays, Sherri Shepherd, Steven Boyer and Krysta Rodriguez. Jeff Astrof and Matt Miller serve as writers and executive producers. Jeffrey Blitz directs. Read NBC’s synopsis below:
In this outrageous fish-out-of-water comedy, bright-eyed New York lawyer Josh Segal (D’Agosto) heads to a tiny Southern town for his first big case. His mission? To defend an eccentric, “rollercizing” poetry professor (Lithgow) accused of the bizarre murder of his beloved wife. Settling into his makeshift office behind a taxidermy shop and meeting his quirky team of local misfits, Josh suspects that winning his first big case will not be easy, especially when his client is always making himself look guilty.
The Wall (Midseason 2017)
LeBron James (yes, that Lebron James) enters the television arena as an executive producer on this new reality competition series hosted by Chris Hardwick, who also serves as an executive producer alongside Andrew Glassman and Maverick Carter. The show is packed with drama and action involving the bounce of a ball and a 40-foot wall. Read NBC’s synopsis below:
Executive producer LeBron James presents a challenge infused with the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat, where regular people can achieve their dreams with one bounce of the ball. Hosted by comedian Chris Hardwick and set in a large glossy arena centering on the colossal 40-foot wall, the gameplay involves quick thinking, shrewd strategy and a little luck. Played by contestant pairs, this is an unpredictable journey with giant swings of fortune and millions of dollars passing through the contestants’ hands throughout the hour.
The CW left little room on their schedule for new shows when they renewed 11 series, but the network has found room for at least three more (plus the transfer of Supergirl from CBS). The new series include Riverdale, a TV adaptation of the Archie Comics; a reboot of the 2000 film, Frequency; and an hour-long comedy, No Tomorrow. Here are the descriptions for each series.
A reimagining of the 2000 New Line Cinema film, the TV series from Jeremy Carver and the film’s screenwriter, Toby Emmerich, takes a new spin on the story with a female lead who communicates with her father from 20 years ago using a ham radio. The show stars Peyton List, Riley Smith, Mekhi Phifer, Lenny Jacobson, Anthony Ruivivar, Devin Kelley and Daniel Bonjour. Carver and Emmerich serves as executive producers alongside John Rickard, Dan Lin and Jennifer Gwartz. Read The CW synopsis below (via The Hollywood Reporter):
In a twist from the feature, it centers on a female police detective (List) who in 2016 discovers she is able to speak via a ham radio with her estranged father (also a detective) who died in 1996. They forge a new relationship while working together on an unresolved murder case, but unintended consequences of the “butterfly effect” wreak havoc in the present day.
The latest hourlong comedic series for The CW is based on a Brazilian format and written by Jane the Virgin writer and co-executive producer Corinne Brinkerhoff. The show stars Tori Anderson and Joshua Sasse and is executive produced by Ben Silverman. Read The CW synopsis below:
Now Tomorrow follows a risk-averse, straight-arrow female procurement manager (Anderson) at an Amazon-like distribution center who falls in love with a freewheeling man (Sasse) who lives life to the fullest. Together, they embark on a quest to fulfill their individual bucket lists with comedic and poignant results.
By now, nearly half of The CW programming comes from producer Greg Berlanti. He adds to his impressive streak with Riverdale, a TV adaptation of the Archie Comics. Set in the modern day, the show features the iconic characters of Archie (K.J. Apa), Betty (Lili Reinhart), Veronica (Camila Mendes), Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse), Josie (Ashleigh Murray). Luke Perry also stars. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa wrote the script and serves as an executive producer with Berlanti. Read The CW synopsis below:
Set in the present day and based on the iconic Archie Comics characters, Riverdale is a surprising and subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead Jones, Josie and their friends, exploring the surrealism of small-town life — the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome facade.