Losing summer is a painful thing. No one is going to argue that point. But maybe some — if not all — of that pain can be taken away by the fact that the new television season is here. Some of you may roll your eyes and groan thinking about what dramas and comedies are coming your way, but we prefer to view the cup as half full, and there are a lot of new shows to look forward to, some of which actually seem very promising. Whether it's the broadcast networks, cable channels, or streaming services like Netflix, there's something for everyone.
The Big Bang Theory is TV's top-rated show, and now we're getting a prequel in the form of Young Sheldon. There are dramas like HBO's The Deuce starring James Franco, The Good Doctor in which Freddie Highmore plays an autistic surgeon, and Ten Days in the Valley, which marks Kyra Sedgwick's return to television. There are reboots (Dynasty, Ducktales, S.W.A.T.); no less than three U.S. Military shows (The Brave, SEAL Team, Valor); comedies that promise to bring something fresh to the table (Me, Myself and I, 9JKL, The Mayor); superheroes from Marvel Comics (Inhumans, The Gifted, Runaways, Big Hero 6, The Punisher); sci-fi (The Orville, Star Trek: Discovery, Future Man, Happy, Glitch), and perhaps, most excitedly, the return of old friends in the form of Will and Grace — which has already made such a splash that NBC renewed the show for a second season before it even debuted.
How many of these shows will still be around by the end of the season is anyone's guess, but to provide a look at what's what, we've pulled together the below guide to 43 series that will be premiering between now and November. Happy viewing!
It was inevitable that Seth MacFarlane would eventually make his way to live action television, having more than conquered the world of prime time animation with the long-running Family Guy and American Dad, and the big screen with his CG stuffed buddy comedy Ted (not to mention its sequel, but let’s not even bring up A Million Ways To Die In The West—oh, crap, we just did). And considering his deep love for the Star Trek franchise, it’s even less surprising that his vehicle to do so would be a humorous take on Trek. The Orville is described by Fox as “a one-hour, live-action ensemble comedic drama set 400 years in the future that follows the adventures of the U.S.S. Orville, a mid-level exploratory vessel.” This starship consists of a crew featuring a mix of humans and aliens who “face the wonders and dangers of outer space, while also dealing with the familiar, often humorous problems of regular people in a workplace...even though some of those people are from other planets, and the workplace is a faster-than-light spaceship.” The setting is the 25th Century, and Earth is a part of the Planetary Union, a fairly peaceful civilization with a fleet of 3,000 ships. This one promises plenty of laughs, but is not actually a spoof; it just happens to feature a dysfunctional group of characters led by McFarlane himself. This is a preview. The regular time-slot begins September 21st.
Image via YouTube