7 New Network Shows to Check Out This Fall

We know your favorite TV shows are already on your “to watch” list now that it’s fall, and we also realize that streaming services like Netflix are holding your attention. But there’s also room to get hooked on something new.

The 5 big broadcast networks are experimenting with their 2019-2020 lineups and the games have already begun. There are at least a dozen new series dropping their first seasons this year, but we’re highlighting a few here today. Carve out some space in your schedule or DVR for these freshman shows.

Christine Lahti in 'Evil'
Scene from CBS’s ‘Evil’ with Christine Lahti as Sheryl | Jeff Neumann/CBS via Getty Images

‘Batwoman’

The CW’s latest superhero outing features Ruby Rose as Gotham’s caped vigilante, Batwoman, and her daytime persona, Kate Kane. Here’s an excerpt from The CW’s synopsis of the series:

“With the help of her compassionate stepsister, Mary (Nicole Kang), and the crafty Luke Fox (Camrus Johnson), the son of Wayne Enterprises’ tech guru Lucius Fox, Kate Kane continues the legacy of her missing cousin, Bruce Wayne, as Batwoman. Still holding a flame for her ex-girlfriend, Sophie, Kate uses everything in her power to combat the dark machinations of the psychotic Alice (Rachel Skarsten), who’s always somewhere slipping between sane and insane. Armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind, Kate soars through the shadowed streets of Gotham as Batwoman. But don’t call her a hero yet. In a city desperate for a savior, she must first overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope.”

Batwoman debuts on Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. EST.

‘Broke’

NCIS alum Pauley Perrette is the lead in CBS’s Broke, where she plays a single mother who takes in her estranged sister and her husband after their life of luxury goes bust.

Per CBS, “Though class differences may separate the women, and the size of the house and the number of people living in it will test the limits of family ties, the familiar bond of sisterhood might be the catalyst they need to restore their relationship.”

Broke airs on CBS mid-season in 2020.

‘Evil’

NPR has already said that CBS’s Evil is good. The supernatural drama is from writers Robert and Michelle King, the team behind The Good Wife, and it stars Luke Cage actor Mike Colter and Katja Herbers as co-leads.

Colter’s David Acosta was once a priest in training who’s encountered his share of freaky things during his global travels. Herbers plays a forensic psychologist whose job it is to profile criminals, including those that claim an otherworldly force made them do it. Their paths cross and Herbers is introduced to things that rattle her world.

Evil has already drawn comparisons to X Files, but early reviews say it’s a smart show that’s worth a watch. Check it out on Thursdays at 10 p.m. EST.   

‘Lincoln’

Based on the book (and 1999 film) The Bone Collector, NBC’s Lincoln follows former detective and forensic expert Lincoln Rhyme. Rhyme, who was injured by a serial killer’s plot, is still on the hunt.

Played by Russell Hornsby, Lincoln partners up with an intuitive police officer to solve cases and find the murderer.

‘Nancy Drew’

The CW’s adaptation of Nancy Drew sets the famous character up in a middle of a mystery that will help her clear her own name. According to The CW:

“Devastated by her mother’s passing, Nancy swears off crime-solving while crossing off the days until she can re-apply to college. But when a socialite is murdered, Nancy finds herself a prime suspect in the crime, along with a group of other teens present at the scene. And, when a supernatural presence begins to haunt Nancy’s investigation, she discovers that the current crime has an astonishing connection to the long unsolved murder of a local girl .”

If you’re a fan of mysteries, the paranormal, and Nancy Drew, catch her Wednesdays at 9 p.m. beginning Oct. 9.

‘Perfect Harmony’

The NBC comedy features Bradley Whitford as Arthur Cochran, a retired music professor and widower who’s struggling after the death of his wife. After moving to her small hometown, an encounter with its small church choir changes his life—with moments of grumpiness and sadness. Watch it on Thursdays at 8:30 p.m.

‘Prodigal Son’

A crime thriller that’s been described by Variety as “creepy” and tension filled with great performances, Fox’s Prodigal Son is a new series that takes a different perspective on crime solving. It’s about FBI agent-turned cop Malcolm Bright (Tom Payne), the son of serial killer Martin Whitly.

Bright, tortured by terrifying memories and anxiety from his now-estranged father, is forced to turn to the incarcerated murderer for help to solve crimes. The show airs on Mondays at 9 p.m.