12 TV Shows to Watch This Season
A new season is on its way, and with it comes a whole slew of fresh TV shows to watch out for. ABC recently announced the addition of several diverse series to its fall lineup. Here’s everything you need to know about the 12 upcoming shows.
1. Selfie, Tuesdays 8 p.m./7 p.m. Central
Described as a modern-day version of “My Fair Lady,” this series follows “Instafamous” woman Eliza Dooley (Karen Gillian), who boasts 263,000 followers who obsessively monitor all of her social media accounts. But after one particularly lonely day, she realizes that all those so-called online friends are not actual friends. Following this revelation, she decides to recruit help from marketing guru Henry (John Cho) to “rebrand” her reputation and teach her to live offline and try to connect with people in the real world. The series premieres September 30.
2. Manhattan Love Story, Tuesdays 8:30 p.m./7:30 p.m. Central
This half-hour romantic comedy chronicles the journey of a new Manhattan couple, starting from the moment they meet on a blind date and giving us insight into their inner monologues throughout their blossoming relationship. The show highlights the vast differences between men and women’s unfiltered — and often contradictory — thoughts about love when they first meet and start developing interest in someone new. Analeigh Tipton stars as Dana, while Jake McDorman plays the male lead, Peter. The series premiere is scheduled to air September 30.
3. Forever, Tuesdays 10 p.m./9 p.m. Central
This drama depicts the story of Dr. Henry Morgan (Ioan Gruffudd), a star medical examiner in New York City. But what most don’t know is that there’s a reason for his exceptional skills at the job: He has died multiple times but always ends up coming back to life. In addition to studying bodies to solve criminal cases, he is also attempting to solve the 200-year-old mystery of his own immortality. No one knows his secret, except for his best friend and confidant, Abe (played by Judd Hirsch). The network is airing a sneak peek on September 22 before starting for real on September 23.
4. Black-ish, Wednesdays 9:30 p.m./8:30 p.m. Central
This single-camera family comedy stars Anthony Anderson as Andre “Dre” Johnson, a dad who seems to have it all, including a great job, lovely wife, four kids, and a beautiful home. But when he tries to teach his children about their black cultural identity in an effort to honor their past while still looking ahead to the future, he meets some resistance. The upcoming show is semi-autobiographical, inspired by the life of showrunner Kenya Barris. It co-stars Tracee Ellis Hoss as Dre’s wife, Rainbow Johnson, and Laurence Fishburn as Dre’s father, whom the family nicknames Pops. The show is slated to debut September 24.
5. How to Get Away With Murder, Thursdays 10 p.m./9 p.m. Central
The mastermind behind Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, Shonda Rhimes, returns with another juicy drama. This thriller follows Annalise Keating (played by Viola Davis), an intelligent and charismatic criminal law professor whose students get involved in a murder plot and end up using the lessons she teaches in class in real life. The show co-stars Orange Is the New Black’s Matt McGorry, The Black Box’s Aja Naomi King, and The Carrie Diaries’ Katie Findlay. The show will premiere September 25, after Scandal, as part of ABC’s Shonda Rhimes block.
6. Cristela, Fridays 8:30 p.m./7:30 p.m. Central
Stand-up comedian Cristela Alonzo writes and stars in this comedy, which follows a student in her sixth year of law school, right on the verge of scoring her first big internship at a prestigious firm. While she attempts to balance both work and life, she must also face her traditional Mexican-American family members, who can’t quite wrap their minds around her career goals. Instead, they want her to get “a real job” and settle down. Cristela is divided between her family’s conventional views and her own modern ambitions. The series will premiere October 10.
Executive producer Dan Fogelman (of Crazy, Stupid, Love, and Tangled) teamed up with the award-winning musical team of composer Alan Meken and lyricist Glenn Slater for this upcoming fairy tale-themed musical comedy. The series follows handsome hero Galavant (Joshue Sasse) after he loses the love of his life, Madalena (Mallory Jansen), to an evil ruler named King Richard (Timothy Omundson). Now, he’s determined to get revenge and find a new happy ending — but it won’t be an easy journey. The series will debut midseason, filling in for ABC’s other smash fairytale hit, Once Upon A Time.
8. The Whispers
Executive produced by Steven Spielberg, this series explores what happens after aliens from another world invade Earth and quietly begin plotting their takeover by manipulating the least suspecting inhabitants of the planet – all of the innocent children. The series, which will debut midseason, is based on Ray Bradbury’s short story “Zero Hour” from The Illustrated Man. It stars Lily Rabe as Claire Bennigan, Barry Sloane as Wes Lawrence, Milo Ventimilgia as Drew Bennigan, Derek Webster as Jessup Rollins, and Catalina Denis as Dr. Maria Benavidez, among several other lead characters.
9.Secrets and Lies
Ryan Phillippe stars as Ben Garner, a man that goes from good samaritan to murder suspect after he discovers the body of his neighbor’s young son in the woods. As Detective Andrea Cornell (Juliette Lewis) investigates and searches for the truth, she ends up uncovering a number of the town’s secrets, and no one can be proclaimed completely innocent. Meanwhile, Garner sets out to prove that he’s innocent, turning his family’s life upside down, as well. This mystery series, based on the based on the original Australian series of the same name, will debut midseason.
10. Marvel’s Agent Carter
The show stars Captain America’s Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter, who is working for the undercover SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve) in 1946. After the men return home from abroad, Peggy finds herself somewhat demoted to the sidelines. Now, she’s forced to balance administrative work and secret missions for Howard Stark while also coping with her newly single status after losing the love of her life, Steve Rogers. Though no official premiere date or trailer has been released just yet, the show will reportedly debut in January, during the Season 2 midseason break of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
11. American Crime
A young couple in Modesto, California, is brutally attacked in their home, leaving the husband, war veteran Matt Skokie, dead, and his wife, Lily, unconscious and in critical condition. Their family gathers at her bedside while police search for the four suspects that are responsible for the vicious attack. The case dominates headlines and news reports. Meanwhile, the rest of community is left shocked by the fatal incident, which stirs tension along racial lines. The drama is narrated from the point of view of the victims.
12. Fresh Off the Boat
This comedy series about a family’s pursuit of the American Dream is set in the ‘90s and based on chef Eddie Huang’s memoir Fresh Off the Boat. It follows 11-year-old hip-hop enthusiast Eddie (played by Hudson Yang), whose family has recently moved to the suburbs of Orlando from Washington. D.C.’s Chinatown. The move ends up being a bigger culture shock than expected for him, his brothers, and his parents (played by Randall Park and Constance Wu), who struggle to adjust to their new surroundings. The series also co-stars Forrest Wheeler and Ian Chen. It’s set for a midseason premiere.