Hollywood has obviously come to the conclusion that nothing sells like the pre-sold. That’s why, as we get ever closer to the television networks — ABC, CBS, CW, FOX and NBC — rolling out their new fall shows, you’ll find amongst the original comedies and dramas, quite a number of reboots. New takes on concepts like Magnum, P.I. and Charmed join the likes of Lethal Weapon and Hawaii 5-0, while “sequel series” in the form of Murphy Brown and The Conners are hoping to continue the trend established by the successful return of Will & Grace and Roseanne.
There are also familiar faces like Nathan Fillion (late of Castle) in The Rookie and Brad Garrett (Everybody Loves Raymond) in Single Parents; TV shows inspired by films (The Purge), what is being described as the final chapter of a television trilogy; spin-offs (Legacies from The Vampire Diaries and The Originals), a bit of sci-fi (Manifest); medical shows (New Amsterdam), cops (FBI), straight-up drama (the football-centric All American), high-concept dramas (God Friended Me, in which the almighty apparently reaches out to someone on social media), and, of course, more comedies than you can throw a studio audience at, like The Neighborhood, Happy Together, and The Kids Are Alright.
Now, will all of these shows be worthy of binging? Hard to say at this point, but there are definitely some interesting ones on the (very near) horizon. Just follow the usual rules before making a final decision about any of them: give a series three episodes to see whether they win your heart and capture your imagination, or if they should be deleted from your DVR forever.
You’ll no doubt find a few winners among the new shows this year that you’ll fall in love with — which, of course, in no way guarantees that the networks won’t cancel them prematurely. But that is part of the joy and heartbreak of watching network television, right? Here’s our guide to the 18 new shows coming your way soon.