We get excited when summer ends, because it means that Fall television season is going to be starting soon! Of course, there are our old favorites starting again, but this year brings a whole bunch of new shows that we think will be welcome additions to the line up.
As you start setting up your DVRs, here’s a list of must-watch new Fall TV shows to add to your schedule.
1. The Orville
This new Fox space adventure series shows promise with television veterans Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy), Adrianne Palicki (Agents of Shield), and Scott Grimes (Band of Brothers) in key roles. Hopefully, this new direction sci-fi comedy is what Fox needs to keep an actual science fiction show on the air.
The show is set 400 years in the future when Planetary Union officer Ed Mercer (MacFarlane) finally gets his chance to command his own exploratory ship. Problem is his ex-wife Kelly Grayson (Palicki) happens to be his first officer and the assigned crew are an eclectic diverse mix of aliens and humans, including his best friend (Grimes).
The Orville premieres on Sunday, September 10 at 8/7c on Fox.
2. Young Sheldon
This spin-off from The Big Bang Theory gives us a look back at 9-year-old genius Sheldon Cooper and how he struggles with adapting to the struggles of being a kid genius. The show starts out with Sheldon skipping 4 grades to go to high school with his average-mind older brother, which causes some major friction between the family as he strives to be understood by those around him.
The half-hour comedy is created by legendary Chuck Lorre (seriously too many shows to name) and The Big Bang Theory‘s executive producer Steven Molaro. Ian Armitage (Big Little Lies), a somewhat newcomer to television, plays the lead role of Sheldon, with Zoe Perry (Scandal) playing his mom Mary Cooper, and Jim Parsons, who plays the adult version of Sheldon on The Big Bang Theory, narrates.
Young Sheldon premieres on Monday, September 25 at 8:30/7:30c on CBS.
3. Me, Myself & I
This new single-cam comedy examines the life of Alex Riley, an inventor and businessman, at three major times in his life over a 50-year span. First as a 14-year-old, played by IT breakout star Jack Dylan Grazer, who moves to Los Angeles in 1991, then as a 40-year-old, played by SNL veteran Bobby Moynihan, dealing with the breakup of his marriage in the present day, and as a 65-year-old, played by well-known actor John Larroquette, in 2042 who has just retired and reconnects with his first love.
Jaleel White (Family Matters) and Sharon Lawerson (Rizzoli & Isles) stars as the 40-year-old version’s best friend and the 65-year-old’s first love, respectively. The series has a major lead in with Kevin Can Wait, but might not have the substance to maintain the audience with the split stories.
Me, Myself & I premieres on Monday, September 25 at 9:30/8:30c on CBS.
4. The Good Doctor
Adding to their list of medical shows, ABC picked up The Good Doctor from House creator David Shore, which is based on the 2013 South Korean television show of the same name. Shore is writer and executive producing it with Daniel Dae Kim (actor from Hawaii Five-O) with former Bate’s Motel actor Freddie Highmore in the lead role.
The show centers on Shaun Murphy (Highmore), a young surgeon with autism and savant syndrome who joins a prestigious hospital’s surgical unit, despite the skepticism of his colleagues. He uses his remarkable medical talents to save lives, even though he is unable to personally connect with those around him.
The Good Doctor premieres on Monday, September 25 at 10/9c on ABC.
5. The Brave
This year has no shortage of military dramas, but this one has a magnificent diverse cast and the tactical operations are intriguing and believable. The time slot has done well for previous shows like Blindspot, Timeless and The Blacklist, but the hook isn’t there like the previous predecessors – can you really top a naked lady in a duffel bag pilot?
Anne Heche (Aftermath) plays Patricia who calls the shots from Washington D.C. with her strategic ops team, while Mike Vogel (Under The Dome) plays Adam, who is the team leader for the Special Ops Team out in the field. The diverse ensemble plays to everyone’s strengths with some breakout minor roles for actors Demetrius Grosse (Banshee) and Sofia Pernus (Jane the Virgin).
The Brave premieres on Monday, September 25 at 10/9c on NBC.
6. Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders
Part of the Law & Order family, this true crime anthology series will focus on the trial of Lyle and Erik Menendez who were convicted in 1996 for the murder of their parents, Jose and Kitty Menendez for it’s first season. The highly publicized murder trial has been the subject of televisions episodes throughout pop culture, so it makes sense that Dick Wolf decided to kick off this new series with it.
Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie) plays Leslie Abramson, the defense attorney for the Menendez brothers, Josh Charles (The Good Wife) as Dr. Jerome Oziel, and Anthony Edwards (E.R) as Judge Weisberg. Newcomers Miles Gaston Villanueva and Gus Halper play brothers Lyle and Erik Menendez respectively.
Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders premieres on Tuesday, September 26 at 10/9c on NBC.