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 NBC 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 FOX has to offer this coming fall. You can check the other networks at the links above or on the final page of this post!
Airs: Mondays at 9/8c midseason on FOX
Stars: Justin Kirk (Weeds), Natalie Martinez (Under the Dome), Eric Winter (The Mentalist), Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters), Caitlin Stasey (Reign)
Premise: When tech billionaire Gideon Reeves loses his best friend in a murder, he buys the chance to take over the Chicago Police Department so he can fix the rampant corruption and cover-ups and find the person who murdered his friend.
My Thoughts: We’ve seen the cop drama before, but the idea that a billionaire takes over a precinct to avenge his best friends murder is a fun little twist. This has a great cast (I love Justin Kirk) and the story is broad enough that the show could have some longevity. The fact that it’s midseason is enough to worry a tad, but the reality is that it’s on FOX, which might be better for APB, since they seem willing to let a show grow out of their first season kinks (Rosewood, anyone?) I’ll be watching!
Airs: Friday, Sept. 22 at 9/8c on FOX
Stars: Geena Davis (A League of Their Own), Alfonso Herrera (sense8), Ben Daniels (Flesh and Bone), Brianne Howey (Scream Queens), Hannah Kasulka (The Fosters), Alan Ruck (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off)
Premise: The Exorcist (which shares the name of the popular film, but is not a reboot) follows two priests as they investigate one family’s brush with demonic possession. While Father Tomas is progressive, compassionate, and the new face of the church, Father Marcus is consumed by his mission to the church and fighting evil wherever he finds it. Both priests are attempting to help the Rance family. Family patriarch Henry is slowly losing his mind, daughter Katherine has become a recluse and won’t leave her room, younger daughter Casey hears noises and voices coming from the walls, and mom Angela keeps having nightmares where each one is worse than the last.
My Thoughts: The title will make most horror fans assume that this is a remake or reboot of the iconic film with the same name. However, while the source material is supposedly the same, this series would have to be a very loose interpretation, if it qualified as one, at all. The only thing that seems similar is that both families are dealing with possession. It’s rather dishonest the way they did that. The truth is that horror, especially demonic possession horror, is generally terrible these days. Most of it relies on cheap thrills or stereotypes, it’s always rushed through, and rarely well-acted. I would like to be wrong about that, but I’m not so sure I am. I might watch an episode or two, but I highly doubt they will be making a fan out of me. I doubt this will be sticking around. Of course, if American Horror Story can make it, I suppose any horror-show could.
Airs: Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 8/7c on FOX
Stars: Damon Wayans, Sr. (In Living Color), Clayne Crawford (Rectify), Jordana Brewster (Fast & the Furious), Kevin Rahm (Madam Secretary), Keesha Sharp (Girlfriends)
Premise: In a reboot of the film franchise, Lethal Weapon brings together partners Riggs and Murtaugh, on a crime-filled beat in modern-day Los Angeles. Martin Riggs an ex-Navy SEAL that is a little bit of a loose cannon thanks to the loss of his wife and child. He moves to California to start over. His partner, Roger Murtaugh, is returning to the LAPD after an almost fatal heart attack. While Riggs is off-the-charts in how he does things, Murtaugh is the exact opposite, preferring to do things by the book. Working together they will both find something they were missing, while realizing that you can’t judge a book by its cover.
My Thoughts: Another movie remake/reboot. So, this actually looks better than I remember Lethal Weapon films to be. Granted I haven’t seen one of them in years. This has the flashy action scenes you’d expect from something like this and the characters seem to play well together. I think it might provide some decent, albeit mindless entertainment. I wouldn’t expect any awards from this, but Hawaii Five-O made it, so there’s a chance for this, too.
Airs: Sundays at 8:30/7:30c midseason on FOX
Stars: Adam Pally (The Mindy Project), Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl), Yassir Lester (Girls)
Premise: In Making History, three friends pair up from two centuries as they attempt to shift the balance of time travel with average everyday life. Here you have a mix of historical adventure meets a contemporary comedy. Dan is a computer geek with a time traveling duffle bag. He discovers that if he goes back to the 1700s that he’s actually pretty cool. He even ends up with a hot girlfriend! The problem is that the girlfriend is Paul Revere’s daughter and his presence stops the infamous ride from happening. To fix history, Dan gets help from his friend Chris, a history nerd, who is thrilled to find that he can live through the periods that he teaches about.
My Thoughts: The first time I watched this I laughed harder than I thought I should. The second time I watched it, I didn’t really laugh, but in fairness, I knew what was coming. I don’t know what it is about this show. It looks ridiculous and yet, I kind of want to watch it. I’m not expecting much and I sort of think this might end up being canceled (what are they going to fix after the American Revolution?), but I have to see an episode or two before I really decide.
Airs: Tuesdays at 8:30/7:30c midseason on FOX
Stars: Kaitlin Olson (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), Sofia Black-D’Elia (The Messengers), Thomas Barbusca (Wet Hot American Summer: First Day at Camp), Carla Jimenez (Raising Hope), Susan Park (Fargo)
Premise: The Mick is a dysfunctional family comedy. When Mackenzie “Mickey” goes to hit up her wealthy sister for some money, she instead ends up taking care of the kids while her sister and her husband flee the country to escape fraud charges. If Mickey wants her money she needs to keep the kids in one piece while her sisters gone, but the kids who range in age from 18 to 7, aren’t going to make it easy on her.
My Thoughts: The Mick is sort of like Idiotsitter except the babysitter/Aunt is the idiot. The laughs are cheap and it’s certainly not anything you have to put a lot of thought into. It’s still that incapable adult vs. kids comedy, the only difference here is the kids are rich and it’s a woman vs. the kids, as opposed to a man. I’m skipping this one.
Airs: Thursday, Sept. 22 at 9/8c on FOX
Stars: Kylie Bunbury (Under the Dome), Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Saved by the Bell), Ali Larter (Heroes), Mark Consuelos (All My Children), Dan Lauria (The Wonder Years), Mo McRae (Sons of Anarchy), Meagan Holder (Born Again Virgin)
Premise: Pitch is a story about a young pitcher breaking the glass ceiling in baseball and become the first woman pitcher in the MLB. When Ginny Baker is called up to the San Diego Padres she becomes an instant success, but she has a lot to prove to her haters, many of which are also her teammates. Ginny soon learns that while it’s hard enough for anyone to succeed in major league ball, it’s even harder for a woman because everyone is watching. Pitch offers an exciting and diverse cast including Ali Larter, Mo McRae, and Michael Beach, among others.
My Thoughts: Billed as a “True Story on the Verge of Happening,” Pitch is a show about breaking that glass ceiling…and about baseball. The synopsis mentioned chemistry between Ginny and Mike and I’m hoping that doesn’t go anywhere, for a number of reasons. Still, this is a diverse and captivating cast that is telling a story that certainly hasn’t been told before. I hope this ends up being as good as it looks.
Airs: Tuesdays at 9/8c midseason on FOX
Stars: Wentworth Miller (Legends of Tomorrow), Dominic Purcell (Legends of Tomorrow), Sarah Wayne Callies (The Walking Dead), Robert Knepper (Heroes), Rockmond Dunbar (The Mentalist), Amaury Nolasco (Telenovela), Mark Feuerstein (Royal Pains)
Premise: This reboot picks up after the original show has ended with Michael’s death. Clues pop up to suggest that Michael is alive, which lead Lincoln and Sara to reunite with some of Michael’s old prison friends and foes to engineer the biggest prison break ever.
My Thoughts: Oh My God, YES! This is the one I’ve been waiting for. I’ve been a ridiculous Prison Break fan for as long as I can remember. I even watched it when it started to get a little silly. So, when they said this was coming back, I was definitely hopeful. I’m interested to learn how Michael is actually alive and glad that they have assembled the majority of the original cast. Definitely watching this one!
Airs: Wednesdays at 8/7c midseason on FOX
Stars: Sanaa Lathan (Boss), Stephan James (Degrassi: The Next Generation), Stephen Moyer (True Blood), Helen Hunt (Mad About You), Richard Dreyfuss (What About Bob?)
Premise: Shots Fired is an event series that looks at why someone does something, not just who does it. An African-American police officer kills an unarmed white college student in a small North Carolina town, prompting the Department of Justice to investigate. During the investigation the murder of an African-American teen that was neglected is brought to light. It quickly becomes obvious that this town is on the verge of breakdown and that there are no easy fixes, especially when politics are involved.
My Thoughts: I admit when I learned that this revolved around a Black cop shooting a white kid, I was a bit hesitant. However, seeing that it looks to explore race in a number of different ways I think it’s worth paying more attention to. If nothing else, I think this deserves the viewing of a few episodes before a decision is made about it one way or the other.
Son of Zorn
Airs: Sunday, Sept. 25 at 8:30/7:30c on FOX
Stars: Jason Sudeikis (The Last Man on Earth), Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Tim Meadows (Mean Girls)
Premise: Featuring the voice of Jason Sudeikis, Son of Zorn is a fish out of water tale that is also a hybrid live-action/animated comedy. Zorn is from an island in the Pacific Ocean where everything is animated. Known as the Defender of Zephyria, Conquerer of the tribes of Agon, and the decapitator of the dark herdsmen of Grith, Zorn is no joke. He’s also not too equipped to handle the real world. Still, he makes an effort to return to Orange County, CA to win back his ex-wife Cheryl and his 17-year-old son Alan. Unfortunately for Zorn, Alan is nothing like what he expects and Cheryl is engaged to Craig, an online psychology professor played by Tim Meadows.
My Thoughts: While I’m sure there might be a laugh or two here, I doubt I’ll be watching this. I figure that this is either going to be an incredibly weird success story or a complete flop. I’m kind of moving towards flop at this point, but you never know. Either way I wasn’t really intrigued or charmed enough to want to watch this.
Airs: Wednesdays at 9/8c midseason on FOX
Stars: Queen Latifah (Living Single), Benjamin Bratt (Law & Order), Jude Demorest (Dallas), Ryan Destiny (Low Winter Sun), Brittany O’Grady (The Messengers)
Premise: Star will follow three talented, young singers who are desperate for new beginnings and filled with dreams of stardom. They will navigate the sometimes treacherous music business on a hopeful path to success. Star is a former foster kid who tracks down her sister Simone and her best friend on Instagram, Alexandra. The three girls head to Atlanta to become budding superstars. The cast is rounded out with Queen Latifah who serves as a surrogate mother to the group and Benjamin Bratt, a down-on-his-luck talent agent hoping to turn things around. Lenny Kravitz will also appear as a guest star.
My Thoughts: I don’t watch Empire (it’s on my list), which doesn’t technically matter because this isn’t a spin-off. That said, I am so excited about this. The trailer looks amazing and I love Queen Latifah, so I was pretty sure I’d be checking it out, at least in the beginning, just for her. Just based on Daniels current success in TV, I’m sure this will be seeing a second season.
Airs: Mondays at 8/7c midseason on FOX
Stars: Corey Hawkins (The Walking Dead), Miranda Otto (Homeland), Jimmy Smits (Sons of Anarchy)
Premise: In the next incarnation of 24, we have 24: Legacy. Told in real-time like the original series, Army Ranger Sergeant Eric Carter discovers that his cover is blown and his entire team is at risk. Forced into hiding after the assassination of terrorist leader Sheik Ibrahim Bin-Khalid, Carter is forced to go to Rebecca Ingram former director of CTU. She’s quit the team to support her husband, Senator John Donovan, and his aspirations of becoming president. The white house is calling, but rather than embrace the idea of becoming First Lady, she’s got one mission left to do first.
My Thoughts: This one’s kind of a no-brainer. If you like the 24 franchise, you’ll watch this. If you don’t…well you probably won’t. It’s a high-octane action show and things move at a rapid pace from start to finish. I watched the first season of 24 and never got around to watching the others (it’s on my list…), but this serves easily as a standalone, so even if you haven’t seen 24 you could watch this. As for me, it’s all schedule dependent. If nothing else is on, I might check it out, but it’s not something at the top of my list.
Fall FOX Schedule
7 pm NFL
7:30 pm Bob’s Burgers
8 pm The Simpsons
8:30 pm Son of Zorn
9 pm Family Guy
9:30 pm The Last Man on Earth
8 pm Gotham
9 pm Lucifer
8 pm Brooklyn Nine-Nine
8:30pm New Girl
9 pm Scream Queens
8 pm Lethal Weapon
9 pm Empire
8 pm Rosewood
9 pm Bones
8 pm Hell’s Kitchen
9 pm The Exorcist
Fox Sports Saturday
7 pm Animation Encores
7:30 pm Bob’s Burgers
8 pm The Simpsons
8:30 pm Making History
9 pm Family Guy
9:30 pm The Last Man on Earth
8 pm 24: Legacy
9 pm APB
8 pm New Girl/Brooklyn Nine-Nine
8:30pm The Mick
9 pm Kicking & Screaming (Pitch takes over in spring)
8 pm Lethal Weapon (Shots Fired takes over in spring)
9 pm Star
8 pm Rosewood
9 pm Prison Break
8 pm MasterChef Junior
9 pm Sleepy Hollow
Fox Sports Saturday