It’s almost here! Last year, I picked up Lethal Weapon, MacGyver, Speechless, Riverdale and This Is Us. And The Great Indoors, but it got canceled, and only a little justifiably so. So what will 2017 season add to my ever-growing list of things to try?
The House of Mouse rules my roost, apparently, with the most new shows on this list coming from ABC. On the other hand, a lot of those shows come with caveats for my viewership, so really it’s anybody’s guess which network wins my heart this year. FOX actually has the two I’m most excited about. But, on to the list!
9JKL: Oh, Mark Feurstein. I never got around to watching Royal Pains, but I remember Feurstein way back from his days on Fired Up with Leah Remini and of course as Donna’s GOP boyfriend on The West Wing. Now he’s headlining a show about a guy who lives in an apartment with his parents on one side and brother’s family on the other. It certainly doesn’t sound revolutionary — perhaps a less dysfunctional version of Out of Practice — but really, all I need is something a little funny. 9JKL premieres at 8:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 2 on CBS.
Ghosted: This sounds kind of like The X-Files with less government and more ghosts wrapped up in a 30-minute sitcom. Plus it stars Adam Scott of Parks and Rec. So, it’s definitely worth a look. Ghosted premieres at 8:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 1 on FOX.
The Gifted: A family goes on the run from the government in search of an underground group to help them when their children begin to exhibit mutant powers. The twist: The father used to be part of the organization that they’re running from. One of my favorite things about Teen Wolf and Heroes was the aspect of Argent and Bennett both having to re-evaluate their worldviews for their kids, and this looks to have that in spades. And just by the preview, Stephen Moyer (True Blood) and Amy Acker (Angel and Dollhouse) look like they’re going to kill it. The Gifted premieres at 9 p.m., Monday, Oct. 2, on FOX.
Check out the trailer:
The Gospel of Kevin: Jason Ritter stars as Kevin, a man on a mission from God to save the world. Not to be confused with Joan of Arcadia, where Ritter played Kevin, the brother of a girl on missions from God to make the world a better place. It would be really cool if this played itself as a sequel series — or at least had easter eggs to Joan. Honestly, though, I just really like Jason Ritter and want good things for him. Alas, I am disheartened by the lack of an actual premiere date. The Gospel of Kevin will air Tuesdays on ABC.
Marvel’s Inhumans: People from a planet of inhumans come back to Earth. Honestly, I’m not very interested in the cosmic direction of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but I’ve been with the francise for movies into the double digits and four years of Agents of SHIELD, and that’s enough for Inhumans to get its foot in the door. But it better be good if it wants to stick around my hefty schedule. Marvel’s Inhumans premieres at 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, on ABC.
The Mayor: A rapper runs for public office, gets elected and does better than anyone — including himself — thought possible. Just the sort of feel-good fantasy politics I need right now. The Mayor airs at 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays on ABC.
Me, Myself, and I: This show looks at a man’s life in three time periods — a teenager in the 90s, a 40-year-old in the present and John Larroquette in 2042. And I’m mostly in it for 90s nostalgia and a look at someone’s idea of the future. Me, Myself and I premieres at 9:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 2 on CBS.
The Orville: Honestly? Really? This is one of the shows I’m most excited about this year. I think if you imagine Star Trek as a very self-aware comedy, you’ll have The Orville, and that just sounds wonderful to me. I’m a little worried about it dropping the same year we also get actual new Star Trek, and Seth MacFarlane can be a controversial figure (whose cartoons I’m not super excited about), but I’m giving this the benefit of the doubt and all my hope for a successful run. The Orville premieres at 8 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 10, on FOX.
See the trailer and laugh with me:
Will & Grace: I didn’t see Will & Grace all the way to the end the first time around, but I liked it — and the reunion short from earlier this year — enough to want to give this a shot. Will & Grace returns to NBC at 9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 28.
Young Sheldon: I’m not a huge fan of The Big Bang Theory or Sheldon Cooper, but this prequel attempt to humanize him looks interesting. Young Sheldon premieres at 8:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 25 on CBS.
And let’s not forget the midseason replacements, which largely don’t have dates yet.
Alex, Inc.: Honestly, this Zach Braff led show about a journalist/family man who quits his job to become some sort of vague entrepreneur is little more than a “I kind of enjoy Zach Braff, so I’ll give his mediocre-sounding show some love” situation. Alex, Inc. will air on ABC.
Black Lightning: Just when I think I’m starting to get superhero fatigue, the newest crop of shows pulls me back in. What interests me most about Black Lightning is that it isn’t an origin story. It’s the story of a retired vigilante pulled back into the fold as his daughters head in opposite directions. Black Lightning will air on The CW.
By the Book: A modern man decides to live his life according to the Bible. I never read the book it was based on (The Year of Living Biblically by AJ Jacobs), so I can’t decide if this show is going to play it straight, be irreverent, or point out the good book’s contradictions and the hypocrisy in modern religion, but I’m interested in finding out. By the book will air on CBS.
The Crossing: Steve Zahn stars as a sheriff of a small town receiving refugees…from 23rd century America. Well, you know me and time travel shows. The Crossing will are on ABC.
Reverie: I’ve not been quiet about having my fill of Quirky Genius Teams Up with Cops to Fight Crime — it’s a large part of why I’m passing on Deception, aka The Mentalist, but with a magician! — but this show about a former detective coming back after something with a VR program goes wrong sounds intriguing. Reverie will air on NBC.
Rise: Josh Radnor stars in this show about a small town invigorated by a high school play. And that sounds like a nice change of pace. Rise will air on NBC.
Roseanne: The Conners are back, and if this sequel series has half the heart its predecessor did, we’re in for a good time. Roseanne will air on ABC.
So, there we have it. Now all I have to do is meld all this into the schedule of returning shows I’m sticking with, wonder where on Earth I’ll find the time for all of them, and probably cull about 80 percent through some combination of cancellations, shows I don’t end up liking and shows that manage to completely lose my interest between now and their premiere.
And who knows, maybe I’ll even be successful at writing about some of them this year.
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