As the industry eagerly awaits the Emmy nominations on July 10, the time has come to cast an eye to the fall TV premieres. As usual, the upcoming season’s new network shows are a mix of the daring and the safe. Here they are, broken down by day.
The buzziest new show of Monday nights has to be Fox’s “Gotham,” an origin story about Gotham City’s Commissioner Gordon. But the CW’s “Jane the Virgin,” starring Gina Rodriguez (who was on a cover of Backstage back in 2012!), should have more heat behind it: The charming and very funny dramedy about a young Latina who finds herself both a virgin and pregnant—don’t ask—is one of the highlights of the upcoming season. CBS’ sole new Monday night offering is “Scorpion,” about a team of brilliant weirdoes whose muse is played by Katharine McPhee (it’s a drama, we swear), while NBC has the new Katherine Heigl drama “State of Affairs,” which finds her collating the president’s daily news reports while trying to solve her fiancé’s shocking death.
CBS and the CW both stay on brand with “NCIS: New Orleans” and “The Flash,” respectively. NBC offers up its Ken Marino–Casey Wilson comedy “Marry Me,” while ABC has slotted three new series for the night: “Selfie,” “Manhattan Love Story,” and “Forever.” “Selfie” is, somewhat surprisingly, a loose modern-day adaptation of “My Fair Lady” starring John Cho and Karen Gillan. “Manhattan Love Story” follows new couple (Analeigh Tipton and Jake McDorman) as they experience the “contradictory actions” of men and women. And “Forever” is a procedural in which “New York City’s star medical examiner” is immortal.
Only the CW retained enough shows to fill its hump day evening programming; everyone else has a new show scheduled. ABC’s offering is “Black-ish,” about an African-American family worried that they have assimilated to their suburban neighborhood too much. CBS forgave Dylan McDermott for “Hostages” and brought him back opposite Maggie Q in procedural drama “Stalker,” about detectives who investigate stalkings. (Sadly, this is not a reboot of “Silk Stalkings.”) Also joining the Wednesday procedural game (the night already includes “Criminal Minds,” “Law & Order: SVU,” and “Chicago P.D.”) is NBC’s “The Mysteries of Laura,” in which Debra Messing’s “brilliant NYPD homicide detective” (dumb cops exist only on sitcoms) must juggle work and her crazy family. And Fox has “Red Band Society,” about a group of friends in a hospital that stars Oscar winner Octavia Spencer.
Shonda Rhimes has another ABC drama with “How To Get Away With Murder,” starring Viola Davis as a sexy law professor who must use her lesson plans to solve real murders with the help of four irascible pupils. Laurie Metcalfe stars as the matriarch of a loud, sports-loving Boston family for CBS on “The McCarthys.” Kate Walsh replaces Ari Graynor in “Bad Teacher” with NBC’s “Bad Judge,” in which her incorrigible party girl is also a respected judge. And Ben Feldman and Cristin Milioti star on the Peacock’s “A to Z” as couple Andrew and Zelda, who presumably have zany adventures with wacky friends. Also on Thursdays is “Gracepoint,” Fox’s remake of the U.K.’s “Broadchurch,” about the investigation of a young boy’s murder.
Demons get hunted on NBC’s “Constantine,” starring Matt Ryan. Cristela Alonzo stars on “Cristela” for ABC as a soon-to-be lawyer who finds her career ambitions disparaged by her traditional Mexican-American family.
In case CBS doesn’t feature enough acronyms for you, the Eye will debut “CSI: Cyber,” starring Patricia Arquette, this fall. CBS also has Téa Leoni as “Madam Secretary,” in which Leoni plays a female secretary of state opposite Tony winners Bebe Neuwirth and Patina Miller. And Fox will have the multicam “Mulaney,” starring John Mulaney as a struggling standup comedian opposite Martin Short.
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