September marks the kickoff to a whole new slew of TV shows that you won’t want to miss. Viewers have a diverse and wide-ranging lineup to choose from this year, including political dramas, family comedies, and even a spinoff to a long-beloved cop show. Here are 14 new series premieres to catch this month.
1. Houdini (History Channel)
This two-part, four-hour miniseries on the History Channel stars Adrien Brody as legendary illusionist and escape artist Harry Houdini. The series will follow the now-renowned magician on his lengthy journey from poverty to international fame, illustrating his growing abilities to master the art of illusion and take on even the most dangerous, death-defying stunts along the way. The much-buzzed-about miniseries also features Kristen Connolly, Eszter Onodi, Tom Benedict Knight, and Jeremy Wheeler, and is slated to premiere on September 1 at 9 p.m.
2. The Chair (Starz)
Part docu-series, part reality competition, this upcoming Starz show follows two first-time directors, YouTube comedian Shane Dawson and writer/actress Anna Martemucci, as they make a movie using the same exact script and budget. Actor Zachary Quinto acts as their mentor as they work on creating the films, and eventually both movies get a limited theatrical release when the TV series runs. Viewers will vote on which of the two filmmakers made the better film and the winner earns a $250,000 prize. The show is set to air on September 6 at 11 p.m.
3. Z Nation (SyFy)
SyFy’s new zombie show, Z Nation, follows a group of survivors three years after a zombie virus has spread across the country. The group has to join together to transport the only known survivor of the plague 3,000 miles, from New York to California, which is where the last functioning viral lab is located. His antibodies are the only world’s only hope at a vaccine, but what the others don’t know is that the survivor is harboring a secret of his own. The 13-episode first season premieres on September 12 at 10 p.m.
4. Red Band Society (Fox)
The upcoming Fox dramedy is based on the Spanish drama Polseres Vermelles and follows a group of six young patients staying in the hospital long-term for treatment of a variety of diseases. Described as a blend between The Breakfast Club and Orange is the New Black, the show also showcases the staff members who oversee their care and help guide them through their time at the medical center. The series stars Oscar winner Octavia Spencer in the role as the hospital’s lead nurse and is slated to premiere on September 17 at 9 p.m.
5. NCIS: New Orleans (CBS)
The latest NCIS show revolves around officers in a New Orleans field office who investigate criminal cases involving military personnel in the city, which seems to be just as dangerous as it is fun. While the city may be often known as party central, it also seems to be where many service members on leave find themselves in trouble. The CBS cop drama features Scott Bakula as Special Agent Dwayne Pride, Lucas Black as Special Agent Christopher LaSalle, and Zoe McLellan as a recently transferred agent Meredith “Merri” Brody. It will premiere on September 23 at 9 p.m.
6. Madam Secretary (CBS)
In this new CBS political drama, Tea Leoni stars as Elizabeth McCord, a tough and determined newly appointed secretary of state who is forced to battle office politics in order to drive international diplomacy, negotiate global issues, and make effective change. In addition to staying on top of her numerous, complex professional responsibilities, she must also deal with a complicated personal life. The series also stars Tim Daley, Bebe Neuwirth, and Geoffrey Arend. It’s scheduled to premiere on September 21 at 8 p.m.
7. Scorpion (CBS)
The upcoming CBS drama series is based on the true story of real-life IT genius Walter O’Brien and his international network of fellow geniuses, all of whom help battle the complex threats to modern society. Elyes Gabel stars as Walter, while Katherine McPhee plays the female lead role of Paige, a diner waitress who somehow understands the team of intellectuals and becomes a kind of interpreter for the often socially misunderstood group. The show also features Robert Patrick and Eddie Kaye Thomas, and will make its debut on September 22 at 9 p.m.
8. Gotham (Fox)
Fox’s Batman-themed prequel series explores the background of eventual Gotham City Police Commissioner James Gordon (Ben McKenzie). As evidenced by previews for the upcoming show, the series also chronicles some of the origin stories behind other characters like the Penguin, Poison Ivy, Catwoman, the Joker, the Riddler, and, of course, the Caped Crusader himself. Fox has preemptively released a 21-minute inside look at the series, presumably to garner some extra buzz around the show, but the 16-episode first season isn’t set to officially debut until September 22 at 8 p.m.
9. Forever (ABC)
ABC’s new drama chronicles the story of Dr. Henry Morgan (Ioan Gruffudd), a star medical examiner in New York City. Though he’s exceptional at his job, there’s a secret as to why he has those skills: 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. Only his best friend and confidant, Abe (Judd Hirsch) knows his secret. The network is airing a sneak peek on September 22, before the full premiere the following day. The show premieres September 23 at 10 p.m.
10. Black-ish (ABC)
The new ABC family comedy series stars Anthony Anderson as Andre “Dre” Johnson, a dad who has a great job, a beautiful home, and a loving wife and four kids. But his family isn’t quite as picture perfect as it seems. When he tries to teach his children about their black cultural identity in an effort to honor their past, his kids couldn’t seem to care less. 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 at 9:30 p.m.
11. The Mysteries of Laura (NBC)
Debra Messing is back on the small screen as a very busy single mom who works as an NYPD homicide detective in NBC’s upcoming comedy-drama. Her character, Detective Laura Diamond, is struggling to balance her demanding career with her crazy personal life, which includes raising two out-of-control twin boys and also battling her unhelpful soon-to-be ex-husband, another police detective, who refuses to sign the divorce papers. The show, also featuring Josh Lucas and Laz Alonso, is scheduled to premiere on September 24 at 8 p.m.
12. How to Get Away with Murder (ABC)
Thursday nights on ABC are officially now known as Shonda Rhimes block. The latest thriller from the series creator will premiere on September 25 at 10 p.m., after the debuts of Rhimes’ other hit shows, Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal. How to Get Away with Murder chronicles the story of Annalist Keating (Viola Davis), a brilliant and charismatic criminal law professor whose students are forced to use the lessons she taught them in real life after they get embroiled in a murder plot.
13. Selfie (ABC)
Described as a modern-day version of My Fair Lady, this ABC 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 new series will kick off on September 30 at 8 p.m.
14. Manhattan Love Story (ABC)
This half-hour ABC romantic comedy follows the journey of a Manhattan couple starting from the moment they meet on a blind date, giving viewers a glimpse into their inner monologues as they progress throughout their blossoming relationship. The series showcases the differences between men and women’s unfiltered thoughts about love when they first meet and start developing an interest in someone new. Analeigh Tipton stars as Dana, while Jake McDorman plays the male lead, Peter. Viewers can tune into the first episode of their love story on September 30 at 8:30 p.m.