12 New TV Shows Premiering in October
If you weren’t satisfied with September’s offering of new TV series, don’t worry — this month brings a whole new slew of sitcoms and small screen dramas to choose from. Here are 12 show premieres to catch in October:
Stalker (CBS), October 1
This psychological thriller stars Maggie Q and Dylan McDermott as Lt. Beth Davis and Det. Jack Larsen, two detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Threat Assessment Unit. They investigate and assess stalking incidents, like cyber harassment, and try to respond before each case spins out of control. The series also features Victor Rasuk as Det. Ben Caldwell, Mariana Klaveno as Det. Janice Lawrence, and Elizabeth Rohm as Amanda Tata, a single mom and the unit’s deputy district attorney. The premiere airs at 10 p.m. EST.
Gracepoint (Fox), October 2
The upcoming 10-episode crime drama is a remake of Chibnall’s UK drama series Broadchurch. David Tennant reprises his central role as Detective Emmett Carver, a reserved big city detective who takes a job in a small seaside town and is immediately asked to take on the controversial case of a local boy whose body is found on a beach underneath a foreboding cliff. Aside from Tennant, the rest of the cast members are entirely new, including Breaking Bad star Anna Gunn as local cop Ellie Miller, and Michael Pena as Mark Solano, father of the deceased boy. The show premieres at 9 p.m. EST.
Bad Judge (NBC), October 2
Bad Judge stars Grey’s Anatomy’s Kate Walsh as criminal court judge Rebecca Wright. In court, Wright is known for issuing tough and sometimes unorthodox rulings to the individuals awaiting their sentences. During her free time, though, the judge has a wild streak and a penchant for hard partying and promiscuity. But when the young son of two people that Wright sent to jail asks for her help, it could be the one thing that makes her reform her ways. The show airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. EST.
A to Z (NBC), October 2
This romantic sitcom stars How I Met Your Mother’s Cristin Milioti as lawyer Zelda, who meets Andrew (Ben Feldman) when she comes in for an interview at an online dating company where he works after the site sets her up on a bad date. Andrew has long since dreamed of finding the right girl and the two suddenly find themselves falling for each other. The series chronicles their relationship from the beginning to end (or from A to Z). Executive produced by Parks and Recreation’s Rashida Jones, the show premieres at 9:30 p.m. EST.
Mulaney (Fox), October 5
The sitcom, created by John Mulaney, stars the stand-up comedian and former SNL writer as a fictionalized version of himself. The show centers around Mulaney as a comedian living in New York City with his roommates, a personal trainer named Jane (Nasim Pedrad) and another comedian, Motif (Seaton Smith). His life is completely changed when he’s hired by a writer for legendary comedian and famous game show host, Lou Cannon (Martin Short). The series airs at 9:30 p.m. EST.
The Flash (CW), October 7
Developed by Greg Berlanti, the writer behind the network’s well-received superhero show Arrow, the show will follow Barry Allen as he becomes the classic DC Comics character Flash. After witnessing his mother’s murder and his father get wrongly accused as a child, Barry becomes a brilliant but socially awkward forensic scientist for the police department obsessed with the case. As he works to uncover the truth, he comes across a particle accelerator that explodes and puts him into a coma for nine months. When he wakes up, he discovers he has the ability to move at superhuman speeds and decides to use the gift to protect Central City. The show, which exists in the same universe as Arrow and will probably cross over, premieres at 8 p.m. EST.
Cristela (ABC), October 10
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 conservative views and her own modern ambitions. The show will air at 8:30 p.m. EST.
The Affair (Showtime), October 12
The show follows two married people, teacher Noah (Dominic West) and waitress Alison (Ruth Wilson) as they meet at a Montauk, New York restaurant and eventually develop a forbidden romantic relationship. Things get increasingly heated until Noah finds himself sneaking out of his house at night to meet Allison for a secret rendezvous on the beach. The series examines the affair from both of their perspectives, with each party telling their side of the story to a detective investigating an apparent accident (it’s unclear exactly what that accident is). The series airs Sundays at 10 p.m. EST.
Jane the Virgin (CW), October 13
The upcoming comedy drama is set in Miami and follows the life of Jane Villanueva (Gina Rodriguez), a hard-working, religious young Latina woman whose personal vow and long-standing family tradition to save her virginity until marriage is shattered when a doctor mistakenly artificially inseminates her during a checkup. Making matters worse? The biological donor is married man who owns the hotel where Jane works and whom she used to have a crush on as a teenager. The series airs Mondays at 9 p.m. EST.
Marry Me (NBC), October 14
The sitcom stars real-life husband and wife Casey Wilson and Ken Marino as longtime couple Annie and Jake, whose deeply committed relationship turns bumpy after several botched marriage proposals. After six years together, the couple struggles to figure out whether a series of big fights and messed up proposals means that their relationship is doomed. Instead, they end up discovering a series of signs that makes it seem as if they actually are destined for each other — if they can finally pull it together, that is. The show airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. EST.
Constantine (NBC), October 24
Adapted from the DC Comics series Hellblazer, the series will star Matt Ryan as John Constantine, a con man, dark exorcist, and occultist detective, who tries to protect humanity from a looming supernatural threat in an attempt to save his own soul from damnation. As he works to protect the world though, he struggles with his own past sins. The show co-stars Harold Perrineau as Manny, an authoritative angel assigned to watch over Constantine, Charles Halford as Constantine’s oldest friend, Chas Chandler, and Angelica Celaya as Zed Martin. It airs Fridays at 10 p.m. EST.
The McCarthys (CBS), October 30
The sports-themed comedy TV series revolves around the McCarthys, a close-knit, working-class Boston family with a deep love for sports. But when the father, a high school basketball coach, decides to take on his gay and athletically challenged son, Ronny, as an assistant, all of his other more knowledgeable and passionate kids become offended by his choice. The series stars Tyler Ritter as Ronny, Jack McGee as his sports coach dad, and Laurie Metcalf as his mom. It airs Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. EST.