25 New TV Show Premieres to Watch in September
Fall is just around the corner, which means a whole slew of new shows are about to make their debut. There are several highly anticipated comedies and dramas to look forward to in the coming weeks, including Netflix’s Luke Cage, a new true crime series from CBS, and several new Amazon originals. Below, check out 25 new TV show premieres to watch this September.
1. Atlanta, September 6
Created by and starring Donald Glover, FX’s upcoming half-hour semi-autobiographical comedy drama follows two cousins as they navigate their way around the Atlanta rap scene in an effort to improve both their lives and the lives of their families. Brian Tyree Henry, Keith Stanfield, and Zazie Beetz also co-star in the 10 episode freshman season, which will air on Tuesday nights.
2. Queen Sugar, September 6
Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey serve as creators and producers on OWN’s upcoming drama, Queen Sugar, which is based on the novel of the same name. The show stars Rutina Wesley and Dawn-Lyen Gardner as sisters Nova Bordelon and Charley Bordelon. Nova is a formidable journalist and activist from New Orleans, while Charley is a modern mom with a teenage son who leaves Los Angeles and moves to Louisiana to claim the 800-acre sugarcane farm left to her by her late father. Kofi Siriboe, Tina Lifford, Omar Dorsey, Dondre Whitfield, and Bianca Lawson also co-star in the series. The freshman season will have a two-night premiere, from September 6 to 7 at 10 p.m. EST.
3. StartUp, September 6
Crackle’s latest original series stars Martin Freeman as Phil Rask, an FBI agent who specializes in financial crimes. He sets his sights on a tech company that, though specializing in brilliant ideas, is funded by dirty money. The show is set in Miami and will co-star Adam Brody as Nick Talman, a smart financier at a boutique firm. Edi Gathegi, Otmara Marrero, Jocelin Donahue, and Ashley Hinshaw round out the cast.
4. Better Things, September 8
Co-created by Louis C.K. and Pamela Adlon, the upcoming semi-autobiographical FX comedy stars Adlon as Sam Fox, a single working actress with no filter who is struggling to raise her three kids: Max (Mikey Madison), Frankie (Hannah Alligood), and Duke (Olivia Edward). The 10 episode series will air on Thursday nights.
5. Quarry, September 9
Based on the novels by Max Allan Collins, this upcoming Cinemax series chronicles the story of Mac Conway, a Marine who returns home to Memphis from Vietnam in 1972 and finds himself shunned by his family and the rest of the public. Struggling to cope with his war experiences, Conway gets drawn into a network of corruption and killing spanning the Mississippi River. Logan Marshall-Green, Jodi Balfour, Peter Mullan, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Damon Herriman, and Jamie Hector also co-star in the eight episode freshman season. The series will air on Friday nights at 10 p.m. EST.
6. Son of Zorn, September 11
Fox‘s upcoming live-action-animated hybrid sitcom features the voice of Jason Sudeikis as Zorn, an animated warrior from the island of Zephyria, who returns to Orange County, California to reconnect with his live-action ex-wife and teenage son. Johnny Pemberton, Cheryl Hines, Tim Meadows, and Artemis Pebdani will also co-star in the 13 episode freshman season.
7. Legends of Chamberlain Heights, September 14
Described as “an urban animated series mixing raucous comedy and social commentary,” the Comedy Central show follows three high school freshman basketball benchwarmers as they tackle life and experience both wins and losses. Though the show has yet to premiere, the network has already preemptively renewed it for a sophomore season. The first season will air on Wednesday nights, although the first two episodes are currently available to stream online.
8. Fleabag, September 16
Created, written by, and starring Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the upcoming Amazon comedy follows a dry-witted, sexual, anger-riddled woman as she attempts to navigate modern living in London. The series is based on Waller-Bridge’s award-winning play of the same name and will reportedly feature a fair share of straight-into-the-camera “confessional” moments.
9. High Maintenance, September 16
Vimeo’s popular pot-themed series will make its small screen debut on HBO this fall. Created and written by husband-and-wife team Katja Blichfeld (30 Rock) and Ben Sinclair (Sisters), High Maintenance centers on “The Guy,” a nameless pot dealer who delivers his product to an eccentric group of characters in New York City. As the friendly Brooklyn dealer travels in and out of his clients’ apartments, the varied dynamics of their lives are revealed — from the strange and offbeat to the predictable and mundane. Each episode focuses on a new set of customers (usually young professionals) as they procure their stash. The show will air on Friday nights at 11 p.m. EST.
10. The Case of: JonBenet Ramsey, September 18
The first season of CBS’s unscripted true-crime anthology series is set to focus on the long unsolved murder case of JonBenet Ramsey. According to Variety, the series, which is produced by 48 Hours’ Tom Forman and Critical Content, will unite the original investigators with new experts to study the headline-dominating case.
The show is hitting the small screen this fall, ahead of the 20th anniversary of Ramsey’s death. The Case Of: JonBenet Ramsey will air in three parts, kicking off on Sunday, September 18 at 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. EST. The series will continue on Monday, September 19 at 9 to 11 p.m. EST and conclude on Sunday, September 25 at 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. EST.
11. The Good Place, September 19
NBC‘s fantasy sitcom stars Kristen Bell as Eleanor Shellstrop, a woman who wakes up in the afterlife after getting struck and killed by a tractor trailer. When she’s told she is in “the good place” because of a specific good deed, she realizes she has been mistaken for someone else and must decide between staying in the afterlife or returning to her routine life on earth. Ted Danson, Jameela Jamil, William Jackson Harper, Manny Jacinto, and D’Arcy Carden will co-star. The show will debut on Monday night, before moving to its regular Thursday night slot at 8:30 p.m. EST.
12. Kevin Can Wait, September 19
Kevin James returns to CBS as a newly retired police officer, who leaves behind his cop duties in order to spend more time with his wife and three kids. But he soon discovers that he faces much tougher challenges at home than he ever did on the job.
James will co-write the series with former The King Of Queens executive producer and frequent collaborator Rock Reuben and sitcom veteran Bruce Helford. The show will air Monday nights at 8:30 p.m. EST this fall, before moving to the 8:00 p.m time slot after football concludes in late October.
13. Bull, September 20
Inspired by the early career of Dr. Phil McGraw, this drama will explore his days as head of one of the most prolific trial consultants of all time. Paul Attanasio (House) will co-write the script with McGraw. Michael Weatherly, who recently departed NCIS, will star alongside Freddy Rodriguez and Geneva Carr. The show is scheduled to air on Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. EST this fall.
14. This Is Us, September 20
Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia, and Sterling K. Brown star in this ensemble dramedy, about a group of people — some of whom share the same birthday, among other commonalities — whose life stories intertwine in curious ways. Written Neighbors and Galavant creator Dan Fogelman, the show also co-stars Justin Hartley, Chrissy Metz, Susan Kelechi Watson, Chris Sullivan, and Ron Cephas Jones. The series is set to air Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. EST this fall.
15. Designated Survivor, September 21
Written by David Guggenheim (Safe House), ABC‘s conspiracy thriller will star Kiefer Sutherland as a lower level United States cabinet member who is suddenly appointed president after a catastrophic attack during the State of the Union address kills everyone above him in the presidential line of succession. It’s described as “a family drama wrapped around a conspiracy thriller about an ordinary man in an extraordinary situation.” Maggie Q, Kal Penn, Natascha McElhone, Italia Ricci, and Adan Canto co-star. The drama airs on Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. EST this fall.
16. Lethal Weapon, September 21
Based on the popular movies of the same name, the upcoming police procedural follows a slightly unhinged cop as he’s partnered with a veteran detective trying to maintain a low stress level in his life. Clayne Crawford and Damon Wayans will star as Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh, respectively. Keesha Sharp, Jordana Brewster, and Kevin Rahm will also co-star in the show, which will air on Wednesday nights this fall as the lead-in for Fox’s Empire.
17. Speechless, September 21
The upcoming single-camera sitcom follows a family with a special-needs child that is good at dealing with the challenges it faces — but also excellent at creating new ones. Friends alum Scott Silveri pens and executive produces the project, which stars Minnie Driver and John Ross Bowie. The series will air on Wednesday nights at 8:30 p.m EST this fall ahead of Modern Family.
18. Notorious, September 22
The upcoming ABC drama is inspired by the real-life relationship between famed criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos and long-time Larry King Live executive producer Wendy Walker. Written by Drop Dead Diva creator Josh Berman and blogger Allie Hagan, the show will follow the professional and personal relationship between the charismatic attorney and the powerful TV producer as they attempt to control the media, the justice system, and each other. Notorious will take over Scandal’s Thursday night time slot this fall, with the latter pushed to mid-season to accommodate leading lady Kerry Washington’s pregnancy.
19. Pitch, September 22
Fox’s hour-long baseball series stars Kylie Bunbury (Under the Dome, Tut) as a young female pitcher who defies the odds when she becomes the first woman to play in the major league. The drama, which co-stars Ali Larter, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mark Consuelos, and Dan Lauria, scored a put-pilot commitment from the network before being officially picked up.
The network also teamed with Major League Baseball for the series, earning unprecedented access to its logos, stadiums, and more. The series will air Thursday nights at 9 p.m. EST.
20. Easy, September 22
Written, produced, and directed by Joe Swanberg, Netflix’s upcoming anthology series follows a diverse set of Chicago characters as they navigate the modern world of love, sex, and technology. The show’s freshman season will reportedly consist of eight standalone episodes, each of which will showcase a different diverse element of the city. Orlando Bloom, Malin Akerman, Dave Franco, Jake Johnson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Hannibal Buress will be among those appearing in the comedy drama.
21. The Exorcist, September 23
A modern reinvention inspired by William Peter Blatty’s original book, The Exorcist is a propulsive, serialized psychological thriller that follows two very different men tackling one family’s case of horrifying demonic possession as they confront the face of true evil. Alfonso Herrera, Ben Daniels, and Geena Davis co-star in the drama, which will air on Friday nights this fall.
22. MacGyver, September 23
CBS is moving ahead with the adaptation of television series of the same name that starred Richard Dean Anderson. The reimagining will star Lucas Till as a 20-something MacGyver as he gets recruited into a clandestine organization where he uses his knack for solving problems in unconventional ways to help prevent disasters from happening. The show will air Fridays this fall at 8 p.m. EST.
23. Van Helsing, September 23
SyFy’s upcoming series stars Kelly Overton as Vanessa “Van” Helsing, the daughter of Abraham Van Helsing. The show follows as she’s resurrected in a post-apocalyptic society, in order lead a rebellion against the vampires plaguing the world. Jonathan Scarfe, Christopher Heyerdahl, David Cubitt, Rukiya Bernard, and Tim Guinee co-star in the series, which is set to air on Friday nights at 10 p.m. EST.
24. Crisis in Six Scenes, September 30
Woody Allen’s highly-hyped new Amazon series will finally kick off this fall. The six episode series takes place in the turbulent 1960s and revolves around a middle-class suburban family whose household is turned completely upside down when a guest visits. Woody Allen, Elaine May, and Miley Cyrus co-star in the show.
25. Marvel’s Luke Cage, September 30
Netflix’s next Marvel series will star Mike Colter as a wrongly accused man who gains super-strength after a sabotaged experiment. Though he tries to remain under the radar, the hero is soon pulled out of the shadows and begins a battle to protect his neighborhood of Harlem — all while also attempting to confront his own past. Alfre Woodard, Simone Missick, Theo Rossi, and Mahershala Ali will also co-star in the highly anticipated series.
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