Fall 2016 TV Preview

September 19, 2016

It’s finally here! New TV shows are premiering this week and I can’t wait to start watching them all. Historically I haven’t been great at picking winners (My picks for Fall 2014 included a few that have stuck around and a few that were canceled after just a few episodes.) so I try to watch at least the first episode of anything I think looks good. It’s going to be extra hard this year because GASP, we don’t currently have a DVR. Needless to say, some extra planning is totally necessary.

So, let’s check out what’s premiering this fall on the various networks. Note that this list is all kinds of biased/sarcastic and may not include everything you’re looking for! It’s just my take on things. If you’re looking for more straight info, visit TV Guide’s Fall Preview. Also note that I did not include midseason premieres due to length, but hope to share those in a few months!

Fall 2016 TV Preview



Premieres Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 9 p.m.
Who’s in it? You might know Michael Weatherly from NCIS and Chris Jackson AKA George Washington from none other than HAMILTON: An American Musical on Broadway.
What’s it about? Weatherly plays Dr. Jason Bull, a Dr. Phil-type (no really, Dr. Phil is a producer of the show) who combines psychology, human intuition and high-tech data to learn how to work the courtroom.
Initial impression: It reminds me of “The Mentalist” which I watched on and off while it was on air. To be honest, I’ll probably give this a try just for Mr. President. The last show I watched religiously on CBS was “How I Met Your Mother” and I’m still not over its soul-crushing ending.
Watch the trailer here

The Great Indoors
Premieres Thursday, Oct. 27 at 8:30 p.m.
Who’s in it? Joel McHale (love), Stephen Fry (love, love), McLovin’, and a bunch of young actors that I don’t know.
What’s it about? A man who has spent most of his adult life in the great outdoors (get it? like the name of the show?) works with young’uns. Hijinks ensue. Lots of picking on millenials.
Initial impression: Personally I’m not too excited about a show that depicts young people in such a crappy way, but I might give it a try for the two leading fellas.
Watch the trailer here

Kevin Can Wait
Premieres Monday, Sept. 19 at 8:30 p.m.
Who’s in it? Kevin James (Paul Blart: Mall Cop) and a woman that looks way too young to be his wife, Erinn Hayes.
What’s it about? James is a retired cop who gets to find out what being at home is all about. And it’s not what he thinks!
Initial impression: I wasn’t impressed with the trailer and I’m not a fan of Kevin James at all. I’ll pass.
Watch the trailer here

Premieres Friday, Sept. 23 at 8 p.m.
Who’s in it? Lucas Till. That’s all you need to know.
What’s it about? It’s a reboot of the popular show from back in the day all about a problem-solver that solves what look to be impossible problems. (All I can think of is… MAGRUBER!)
Initial impression: I have a tiny itty bitty crush on Lucas Till from his work in X-Men. I’m not normally here for reboots but I’ll definitely be watching this one.
Watch the trailer here

Man with a Plan
Premieres Monday, Oct. 24 at 8:30 p.m.
Who’s in it? Matt LeBlanc (How you doin’?), Jenna Fischer (Pam Beasley!) and some kids
What’s it about? Mom (Pam, I mean Jenna) goes back to work so Dad (LeBlanc) takes over as a stay-at-home dad. Things go awry quickly as he realizes being a stay-at-home parent isn’t as easy as he thought.
Initial impressions: This show looks like Joey Tribbiani and Pam Beasley got married and had a family. I’m not mad at it.
Edited to add: Jenna Fischer was apparently booted after the pilot and replaced with another actress. Um. Nope. Not watching this.
Watch the trailer here

Pure Genius
Premieres Thursday, Oct. 27 at 10 p.m.
Who’s in it? Dermot Mulroney (My Best Friend’s Wedding) and a bunch of people I don’t know.
What’s it about? A surgeon (Mulroney) meets a Zuckerberg-type (not Mulroney) to create a hospital that plans to venture into exciting yet risky territory.
Initial impression: This isn’t typically something I’d watch but something about its plot has me interested, maybe because it’s got a little sci-fi thing going on? I’ll give it an episode or two to see how it plays out.
Watch the trailer here




The Good Place
Premieres Monday, Sept. 19 at 10 p.m.
Who’s in it? Kristen Bell (QUEEN) and Ted Danson (Cheers!)
What’s it about?  Bell finds herself in Heaven and has the time of her (after)life but soon begins to question how she got there in the first place.
Initial impression: I’m in desperate need of a good comedy and NBC has been pushing this show hard. Hoping it can pull through!
Watch the trailer here

This Is Us
Premieres Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 10 p.m.
Who’s in it? Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia (sold), Chrissy Metz (American Horror Story), Sterling K. Brown (The People vs. OJ Simpson)
What’s it about? An ensemble “dramedy” that follows people who share the same birthday.
Initial impression: This is normally not my kinda show but I am so psyched for this. I’m a huge fan of Mandy Moore and after Milo’s stint as The Ogre on Gotham, I’m excited to see him in a completely different role. Edited to add: Jess Mariano on my TV screen is a very welcome thing. Even though I’m #TeamLogan.
Watch the trailer here

Premieres Monday, Oct. 3 at 10 p.m.
Who’s in it? Abigail Spencer (She played Blah Blah on HIMYM) Matt Lanter and Malcolm Barrett
What’s it about? A group travels through time to catch a criminal who stole a time machine to keep him from altering history.
Initial impression: Sci fi AND history? I’m there. This definitely has potential.
Watch the trailer here




Lethal Weapon
Premieres Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 8 p.m.
Who’s in it? Damon Wayans (another Wayans, I’m not complaining), Clayne Crawford, Jordana Brewster
What’s it about? The iconic duo Riggs and Murtaugh are back in modern-day LA. Riggs is crazy and Murtaugh is gettin’ too old for this sh*t.
Initial impression: Ugh, I don’t want to like this but it looks funny. Again with the remakes? Why, why? Also, the guy who plays Riggs played the “bad guy” in A Walk to Remember which is a major throwback.
Watch the trailer here

The Exorcist
Premieres Friday, Sept. 23 at 9 p.m.
Who’s in it? Geena Davis, Ben Daniels (House of Cards) and newcomer Hannah Kasulka
What’s it about? It’s a remake of the horror classic that follows two men to take very different steps to try to help a case of demonic possession.
Initial impression: Davis plays the mother of the young woman who is possessed and I’m intrigued by the modern-day setting. That said, scary stuff really… scares me.
Watch the trailer here

Premieres Thursday, Sept. 22 at 9 p.m.
Who’s in it? Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Zach Morris, baby), Ali Larter (Brooke Taylor, who didn’t kill her husband in Legally Blonde) and Kylie Bunbury
What’s it about? Bunbury plays Ginny Baker, the first woman to play in the MLB.
Initial impression: It’s already been given a full 12-episode order, which is promising. I’ll give anything that has Mark-Paul in it a try.
Watch the trailer here

Son of Zorn
Premieres Sunday, Sept. 25 at 8:30 p.m.
Who’s in it? Jason Sudeikis, Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Johnny Pemberton (21/22 Jump Street), Tim Meadows (who will always be the principal from Mean Girls to me)
What’s it about? It’s a live-action/animated hybrid about Zorn (the animated character) who returns to Earth after ten years and tried to reconnect with his son and ex-wife.
Initial impression: I’m apt to just write this off but Fox has had some good luck with their Sunday night comedies. I’m intrigued.
Watch the trailer here




American Housewife
Premieres Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 8:30 p.m.
Who’s in it? Katy Mixon (Mike and Molly, Eastbound and Down), Diedrich Bader (Veep), Ali Wong (comedian, writer for Fresh Off the Boat)
What’s it about? A sassy mom of three raises her family in “perfect” Westport, Connecticut and struggles with the pressures of other families.
Initial impression: The trailer doesn’t really give much by way of a plot, but there are quite a few chuckle-worthy moments that make me think this might be a glimpse into my future.
Watch the trailer here

Premieres Monday, Oct. 3 at 10 p.m.
Who’s in it? Hayley Atwell (Agent Carter), Eddie Cahill (Rachel Green’s boy toy Tag from Friends), Shawn Ashmore (Iceman from X-Men)
What’s it about? The former first daughter is caught in a compromising situation and is given a chance to save her reputation by working appeals cases by the NY DA.
Initial impression: By the end of the trailer I was pretty hooked. This might could be a good (temporary) replacement for Scandal since it’s on hiatus til midseason.
Watch the trailer here

Designated Survivor
Premieres Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 10 p.m.
Who’s in it? Jack Bauer, I mean Keifer Sutherland.
What’s it about? When an attack on Washington, D.C. kills the president and all upper-level cabinet members, Jack Bauer, I mean Sutherland becomes the president.
Initial impression: All jokes comparing this and 24 aside, I plan on watching it because it reminds me of Scandal and 24 combined, which is a win for me.
Watch the trailer here

Premieres Thursday, Sept. 22 at 9 p.m.
Who’s in it? Piper Perabo (Coyote Ugly), Daniel Sunjata (Graceland, Grey’s Anatomy)
What’s it about? This show explores the relationship between criminal law and the media, and how public opinion can be manipulated.
Initial impression: I’m still over the overwhelming number of crime shows on TV, but the premise of this looks interesting.
Watch the trailer here

Premieres Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 8:30 p.m.
Who’s in it? Minnie Driver (Good Will Hunting), John Ross Bowie (The Big Bang Theory)
What’s it about? A comedy about a family with a special-needs child and the challenges that come their way (or that they create).
Initial Impression: The short trailers they are showing on TV aren’t as funny as the full trailer that I’ve seen online. This one is worth a shot. It’s a family comedy with a unique twist. Plus there just aren’t enough British accents on American TV nowadays.
Watch the trailer here




Premieres Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 9 p.m.
Who’s in it? Peyton List (Mad Men), Riley Smith (Nashville, 24), Mekhi Phifer (ER, 8 Mile)
What’s it about? A detective discovers that she can communicate via radio with her father, who died twenty years earlier. They work together to solve a case, but it has repercussions on the present day.
Initial Impression: Apparently this was a film with Dennis Quaid back in 2000, which I didn’t know. The first time I watched this trailer, I got chills. This is the show I’m most excited about this season. To say that about a show on the CW… that’s insane. They are really stepping up their game.
Watch the trailer here

No Tomorrow
Premieres Monday, Oct. 10 at 9 p.m.
Who’s in it? Tori Anderson (Canadian new to US TV), Josh Sasse (Gaaaaalavaaaaant)
What’s it about? A straight-laced girl meets a carefree guy who believes the world is about to end, and they work together to complete items on their bucket lists.
Initial Impression: It’s harmless fun. I doubt it will be a long-lasting hit but it’s a cute idea.
Watch the trailer here

So that’s all of the shows on the main networks premiering this fall! I’ll follow up later with the midseason premieres, because there are a lot of them. I didn’t cover shows on streaming channels (like Marvel’s Luke Cage) or other networks (like Atlanta so let me know your suggestions in the comments!

What are you most interested in watching this season?

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