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The Fall TV Lineup: NBC Edition

As a television junkie, my favorite time of year is when Game of Thrones comes out. Actually, that’s kind of true…or maybe The Walking Dead…or Shameless. Well, you get the point. Really though, it’s in the fall. I love autumn leaves and pumpkin and all that jazz. I also love checking out the new TV shows, because let’s face it, I only have about 300 or so on my Netflix queue waiting for me to watch and/or catch up on. I need more! So I made the painstaking trek through all of the new fall and midseason shows that would be coming out on ABC, CBS, CW, and FOX so you wouldn’t have to.

These are broken up by network and trailers are included if they were available. Once all of the shows have been listed, a network schedule is included so you know when to watch your favorite shows. And don’t forget to let me know what you’ll be watching!

Here is the best that NBC has to offer this coming fall. You can check the other networks at the links above or on the final page of this post!

The Blacklist: Redemption

Blacklist Redemption

Airs: Midseason on NBC

Stars: Famke Janssen (How to Get Away with Murder), Ryan Eggold (The Blacklist), Edi Gathegi (House), Tawny Cypress (Heroes)

Premise: The spin-off of The Blacklist includes undercover operative Tom Keen joining forces with Scottie Hargrave, the chief of Grey Matters, a mercenary organization that solves problems too touchy for the government.

My Thoughts: I don’t know how much of a judge I would be when it comes to anything The Blacklist, because I don’t watch the original show. I am sure that fans of the original show will likely enjoy this spin-off. I’m almost certain that it’ll at the very least get a full season order.

Chicago Justice

Chicago Justice

Airs: Sundays at 9/8c midseason on NBC

Stars: Philip Winchester (Strike Back), Carl Weathers (Rocky), Joelle Carter (Justified)

Premise: Dick Wolf is at it again with his fourth Chicago show. We’ve got firefighters, doctors, police officers, and now prosecutors. This legal team will navigate truth from fantasy and deal with the unfortunate politics that come with trying to get the bad guys off the streets. The pilot has already aired as an episode of Chicago PD, in a case where a police officer was shot in the line of duty.

My Thoughts: While there doesn’t seem to be an active trailer for this yet, I’ve technically seen the pilot because I’m sort of a Chicago-series junkie. I was not as captivated by this particular show as I am the other Chicago shows, but it was only one episode. I will likely begin watching to see if the show settles into something, and of course, the cross-overs will get people watching, as well. Right now my chief problem seems to be I’m not as interested in the cast, particularly Phillip Winchester’s character Peter (I tend to like Barba from SVU, so much more). However, the team worked well together on screen so it’s worth a second look.

Emerald City

Emerald City

Airs: Midseason on NBC

Stars: Adria Arjona (True Detective), Oliver Jackson-Cohen (Dracula), Vincent D’Onofrio (Daredevil), Joely Richardson (The Tudors), Florence Kasumba (Dominion)

Premise: In this updated look at Oz, Dorothy Gale and a K9 police dog are swept into a tornado and taken away to a faraway land. The new land she finds herself in has warring realms, deadly warriors, and dark magic. Despite being based on a tale most know and love, you’ll find the old familiar characters taking new shape in this new adaptation.

My Thoughts: Am I the only one super excited about this? I know I can’t be. This sounds like it’s going to be amazing. From the diverse cast to the fantastical, updated world of Oz, this has all the makings of something special. Without a trailer it’s hard to determine too much, but right now I can’t wait for this to come out. This has the potential feel of something you’d find on cable, so I’m hoping that the network placement doesn’t mean that the show ends up lacking as a result.

The Good Place

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMf24rEsMOs

Airs: Monday, Sept. 19 at 10/9c; moves to Thursdays at 8:30/7:30c on Sept. 22 on NBC

Stars: Kristen Bell (House of Lies), Ted Danson (Cheers), D’Arcy Carden (Broad City)

Premise: Eleanor Shellstrop lived her life as a pretty awful person, but through a strange and accidental series of events, when she dies she ends up in the good place, where the good people go. She realizes that she’s not one of those people but is determined to become one with the help of her afterlife mentor.

My Thoughts: The fact that NBC has this premiering on one night and then moving to another doesn’t bode well for the success possibilities here. The trailer was more amusing than I was expecting. That said, I generally enjoy the unfortunately underutilized Kristen Bell. Bell’s comedic timing along with those with her on the show, gives me a small smidgen of hope for this one. I’m gonna check out an episode or two, but I’m just not sure this one will be sticking around.

Great News

Great News

Airs: Midseason on NBC

Stars: Briga Heelan (Cougar Town), Andrea Martin (Difficult People), Adam Campbell (Harper’s Island), Kimrie Lewis-Davis (Scandal), John Michael Higgins (Pitch Perfect), Horatio Sanz (Scorpion)

Premise: It’s hard enough to get along with regular co-workers, but what happens when your mom shows up to work? Katie is a rising news producer, who finds out that her overbearing mom is now interning at her TV station. Katie’s mom is definitely her biggest cheerleader, so maybe things will work out for Katie in the end. Produced by the team behind 30 Rock, including Tina Fey and Robert Carlock.

My Thoughts: The major thing going for this is that Tina Fey’s name is attached. It doesn’t sound like it’s going to be particularly funny. I will check the trailer when it comes out, but I’m not expecting to be wowed and highly doubt I’ll be watching.

Marlon

Marlon

Airs: Midseason on NBC

Stars: Marlon Wayans (In Living Color), Essence Atkins (Half & Half), Bresha Webb (ER), Diallo Riddle (Silicon Valley)

Premise: This is loosely based on the life of Marlon Wayans. This family comedy will center on an immature father and his arrangement to co-parent his two kids with his completely independent ex-wife. Marlon might be a bigger kid than his own kids, but despite his misgivings he will prove that family is really the most important thing to him.

My Thoughts: The comedy of the Wayans’ family is either on point or way off in left field. They have contributed some amazing moments to the comedy world, so I’m going to have to wait for a trailer to decide how excited (or not) I am about this.

Midnight, Texas

Midnight Texas

Airs: Midseason on NBC

Stars: François Arnaud (The Borgias), Dylan Bruce (Orphan Black), Parisa Fitz-Henley (Jessica Jones), Arielle Kebbel (Ballers), Sarah Ramos (Parenthood), Peter Mensah (Sleepy Hollow), Yul Vazquez (Treme)

Premise: This is one town where being strange is pretty normal. Tucked away in this remote Texas town, no one is who they really seem to be. You’ll find a mix of hit men, vampires, witches, and even some psychics, because Midnight is a safe haven for those that don’t fit in elsewhere. The town members, though different, will ban together to fight off the outside world and to form a sort of family in the process.

My Thoughts: I have some worries here. The main one is that this is a Charlaine Harris series and if True Blood is any indication of what we could be about to receive, I cannot imagine it appearing on network TV. I want to see this. I hope it will be good. Actually, I have no choice because it’s got François Arnaud in it and I have to see the things he’s in. I just do. So I’m hoping that the trailer will blow me away (when it comes out) and I’m hoping that when the show is released it’s equally as amazing. For now, I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

Powerless

Powerless

Airs: Midseason on NBC

Stars: Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical), Alan Tudyk (Dollhouse), Danny Pudi (Community)

Premise: This comedy is set in the DC universe. The show centers around Emily and some other insurance adjusters who process claims for regular people that were somehow damaged by a superhero.

My Thoughts: This sounds like it could either be completely amazing or completely fucking terrible, but without a trailer there is no way to figure out which it might be. I’ll be keeping an eye out, but for now, I’m not overly optimistic.

Taken

Taken

Airs: Mondays at 10/9c midseason on NBC

Stars: Clive Standen (Vikings), Jennifer Beals (The L Word), Gaius Charles (Aquarius), Monique Gabriela Curnen (Lie to Me), Michael Irby (True Detective), Brooklyn Sudano (11.22.63), Jose Pablo Cantillo (The Walking Dead)

Premise: In this reimagining of the Taken tale, you’ll meet a younger version of Bryan Mills as his world is rocked by a personal tragedy. He will fight to rise above this tragedy while getting revenge on those who caused it, all while becoming a CIA operative that allows him to become a very dangerous person with plenty of unique skills.

My Thoughts: I want to pretend this isn’t just another remake/reboot, but it is. It’s not one that sounds particularly exciting either. It’s just another reimagining of something that had brief success in the movie world. I honestly could care less about this idea and don’t intend to watch it.

This Is Us

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfUiKg28r_M

Premieres: Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 10/9c; moves to Tuesdays at 9/8c on Oct. 11 on NBC

Stars: Mandy Moore (Red Band Society), Milo Ventimiglia (Gotham), Sterling K. Brown (Army Wives), Justin Hartley (Revenge), Susan Kelechi Watson (The Blacklist), Chris Sullivan (The Knick), Ron Cephas Jones (Mr. Robot)

Premise: In this unique ensemble drama, the lives of people with the same birthday cross paths in different and often curious ways. The result is an intelligent, modern dramedy that challenge your preconceived notions about the people you think you know.

My Thoughts: This ensemble drama looks like it has a lot of promise. I’m actually far more excited about it than I thought I would be. That said, it will be moving nights during its run, so it’s already got the kiss of death hanging over it. I’m not normally a Mandy Moore fan, but this is so reliant on the rest of the cast that I think it’s worth checking out. I’m not against a good slice of life, dramedy, and that’s exactly what this looks like.

Timeless

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4glJzvUunOE

Premieres: Monday, Oct. 3 at 10/9c on NBC

Stars: Abigail Spencer (Rectify), Matt Lanter (90210), Malcolm Barrett (Better Off Ted), Goran Visnjic (ER), Paterson Joseph (The Leftovers), Sakina Jaffrey (House of Cards)

Premise: When a criminal steals a time machine with plans to destroy American history, it’s up to a scientist, a soldier, and a history professor to save the history of the world! The trick is that they need to make sure not to affect the past, while staying one step ahead of the man they are chasing.

My Thoughts: Crazy guy steals a time machine to re-write history and a team goes off in search of him in their own, less cool or reliable time machine. I love a good sci-fi tale, so as long as the story isn’t too ridiculous I think this might end up being fun. The production value looks high and the art/wardrobe when they moved into the future, was certainly decent. I’m going to watch a few episodes and see where this goes.

Trial & Error

Trial and Error

Airs: Midseason

Stars: John Lithgow (Dexter), Nicholas D’Agosto (Gotham), Jayma Mays (Glee), Sherri Shepherd (The View), Krysta Rodriguez (Smash)

Premise: New York lawyer, Josh Segal, is headed to a small Southern town to lead his first big case. He’ll be defending an eccentric professor that is accused of murdering his wife. Josh holes up in an office behind the taxidermy shop and works with some interesting locals. Winning his first case is certainly going to be a challenge for him when his client spends all his free time making himself look like he’s guilty.

My Thoughts: What could possibly be funnier than a show about a guy who killed his wife? Without a trailer it’s hard to judge, but let’s just say I am almost 100% sure I’ll be skipping this one.

Fall NBC Schedule

Sunday

7 pm Football Night in America
8:20 pm NBC Sunday Night Football

Monday

8 pm The Voice
10 pm Timeless

Tuesday

8 pm The Voice
9 pm This Is Us
10 pm Chicago Fire

Wednesday

8 pm Blindspot (New Time)
9 pm Law & Order: SVU
10 pm Chicago P.D.

Thursday

8 pm Superstore (New Time)
8:30 The Good Place
9 pm Chicago Med (New Time)
10 pm The Blacklist (New Time)

Friday

8 pm Caught on Camera With Nick Canon
9 pm Grimm
10 pm Dateline

Saturday

8 pm Dateline Mysteries
10 pm Saturday Night Live

Find out whats on this Fall on: ABC, CBS, CWFOX


About

Ashtyn Law is a freelance writer living in Ohio. Focusing on film, she spends much of her days watching and analyzing film and television and also writing screenplays.


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