For the last time, here’s a preview of what to check out on the small screen heading into fall.
Let’s bitch it out…
All New and Returning Series (* indicates a show I’m watching)
Wednesday, Aug 22
- Mr. Mercedes S2 (Audience Network)
Friday, Aug 24
- The Innocents S1* (Netflix): June McDaniel has a major change in her life when she discovers that she comes from a line of shapeshifters on her mother’s side. She will have to wrestle with the choice of going on a journey to discover more about her mother and how her shapeshifting ability works and that of staying with her boyfriend Harry who has been by her side through it all. Who can she trust as she embarks on her journey?
- Safe Harbour S1* (Hulu): On a yachting holiday from Darwin to Indonesia, five Australians come across a broken-down fishing boat, full of desperate asylum seekers. The Australians decide to help, towing the refugees, but when they wake the next morning the fishing boat is gone. Five years later they meet some of the refugees again and learn the truth. Someone cut the rope between the two boats and, as a result, seven people died when the fishing boat sank. The revelation drives a wedge of mistrust between the Australians, as they grapple with protecting themselves and doing the right thing. The refugees struggle with their desire for justice and, possibly, revenge. Old secrets come to light, relationships are shattered and lives are put in danger. And one question hangs over it all – who cut the rope?
Tuesday, Aug 28
- Also: Greenleaf
Thursday, Aug 30
- One Dollar S1* (CBS All Access): A mystery set in a small rust belt town in post-recession America, where a one-dollar bill changing hands connects a group of characters involved in a shocking multiple murder. The path of the dollar bill and point of view in each episode paint a picture of a modern American town with deep class and cultural divides that spill out into the open as the town’s secrets get revealed
Friday, Aug 31
- Jack Ryan S1 (Amazon): Up-and-coming CIA analyst, Jack Ryan, is thrust into a dangerous field assignment as he uncovers a pattern in terrorist communication that launches him into the center of a dangerous gambit.
- Ozark S2 (Netflix)
Tuesday, Sept 4
- The Purge S1* (USA – 10pm EST): Based on the hit movie franchise from Blumhouse productions, The Purge revolves around a 12-hour period when all crime, including murder, is legal. Set in a dystopian America ruled by a totalitarian political party, the series follows several seemingly unrelated characters living in a small city. Tying them all together is a mysterious savior who’s impeccably equipped for everything the night throws at them. As the clock winds down with their fates hanging in the balance, each character is forced to reckon with their pasts as they discover how far they will go to survive the night.
- Mayans M.C. S1 (FX – 10pm EST): The Sons of Anarchy spin-off that came together only after series creator Kurt Sutter’s other show tanked. Edward James Olmos, though…
Wednesday, Sept 5
- Also: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Friday, September 7
- Marvel’s Iron Fist S2 (Netflix): Still no
- Atypical S2 (Netflix)
Sunday, Sept 9
- Rel S1 (FOX – 8pm EST): Lil Rel Howery plays a version of himself as he tries to build a new life in Chicago as a single father after he discovers that his wife is cheating on him with his barber. (He also needs a new barber.)
- Shameless S9 (Showtime – 9pm EST)
- The Last Ship S5 (TNT – 9pm EST)
- The Deuce S2* (HBO – 9pm EST)
- You S1* (Lifetime – 10pm EST): A 21st century love story that asks, “What would you do for love?” When a brilliant bookstore manager crosses paths with an aspiring writer, his answer becomes clear: anything. Using the internet and social media as his tools to gather the most intimate of details and get close to her, a charming and awkward crush quickly becomes obsession as he quietly and strategically removes every obstacle – and person – in his way.
- Kidding S1* (Showtime – 10pm EST): Jim Carrey stars as Jeff, aka Mr. Pickles, an icon of children’s television, a beacon of kindness and wisdom to America’s impressionable young minds, who also anchors a multimillion-dollar branding empire. But when Jeff’s family begins to implode, he finds no fairy tale or fable or puppet will guide him through the crisis, which advances faster than his means to cope. The result: a kind man in a cruel world faces a slow leak of sanity as hilarious as it is heartbreaking.
Wednesday, September 12
- American Horror Story: Apocalypse (FX – 10pm EST): Blending S1’s Murder House with S3’s Coven storylines.
Thursday, Sept 13
- Also: Snatch
Friday, Sept 14
- The First S1* (Hulu): The latest series from House of Cards creator Beau Willimon takes place in the near future as it follows the development of the first human space mission to Mars.
- Forever S1* (Amazon): June (Maya Rudolph) and Oscar (Fred Armisen) live a comfortable but very predictable wedded life when suddenly they find themselves in a completely unexpected situation, raising questions about love and marriage
- BoJack Horseman S5* (Netflix)
Friday, Sept 21
- Maniac S1* (Netflix) tells the stories of Annie Landsberg (Emma Stone) and Owen Milgrim (Jonah Hill), two strangers drawn to the late stages of a mysterious pharmaceutical trial. Things do not go as planned.
- The Good Cop (Netflix): Tony Danza and Josh Groban star as father-and-son cops in this adaptation of an Israeli series by Monk creator Andy Breckman.
Monday, September 24
- Manifest (NBC – 10pm EST): This serialized mystery centers on a plane that suddenly reappears after mysteriously disappearing without a trace five years earlier. The series follows the lives of many of the passengers upon their return home.
- Magnum P.I. (CBS – 9pm EST): A reboot of the classic Hawaii-set detective series of the same name that ran from 1980-88 on CBS starring Jay Hernandez as the PI.
- Also: The Resident, Young Sheldon, The Big Bang Theory The Good Doctor, Bull
Tuesday, September 25
- The Gifted S2 (FOX – 8pm EST)
- FBI (CBS – 9pm EST): Missy Peregrym, Jeremy Sisto, and Sela Ward head the cast for the drama, which is set inside the Bureau’s New York office
- New Amsterdam S1 (NBC – 10pm EST): Medical procedure set at an elite medical center based on New York’s real-life Bellevue, the oldest public hospital in the country.
- Mr. InBetween S1 (FX – 11pm EST): Australian drama series created by Scott Ryan stars Ryan as a father, ex-husband, boyfriend, and friend. His day job? Criminal for hire.
- Also: NCIS, NCIS: New Orleans, This Is Us and Lethal Weapon (with Sean William Scott taking over for Clayne Crawford)
Wednesday, Sept 26
- Single Parents S1 (ABC – 9:30pm EST): SNL’s Taran Killam stars as just what the title says: a single man trying to raise his seven-year-old daughter. He seeks help managing his life by joining a support group for single parents, where he meets the likes of Leighton Meester and Brad Garrett.
- A Million Little Things S1 (ABC – 10pm EST): Follows a group of eight friends in Boston who receive a wake-up call when a member of their group dies unexpectedly.
- Also: American Housewife, The Goldbergs, Modern Family, Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, Chicago P.D., Star, Empire and South Park
Thursday, Sept 27
- Murphy Brown S11 (CBS – 9:30pm EST): The entire surviving original cast (led by Candice Bergen, whose titular character is now hosting a morning cable news show) returns, and they’re joined by Tyne Daly and Jake McDorman.
- Also: The Good Place, Grey’s Anatomy, How to Get Away With Murder, S.W.A.T., Law & Order: SVU, Mom
Friday, Sept 28
- Last Man Standing (FOX – 8pm EST): Moving from ABC to FOX
- The Cool Kids S1 (FOX – 8:30pm EST): All of the stars (Vicki Lawrence, David Alan Grier, Leslie Jordan, and Martin Mull) are playing septuagenarians living in a retirement community—albeit one with as many cliques as a high school.
- Also: MacGyver, Hawaii Five-O and Blue Bloods
Sunday, Sept 30
- God Friended Me S1* (CBS – 8:30pm EST): Centers on an outspoken atheist (Brandon Micheal Hall) who is thrown for a loop when he gets a friend request from God on social media. Still skeptical, he starts investigating God’s friend suggestions, who turn out to be people in need of assistance.
- Also: Bob’s Burgers, The Simpsons, Family Guy, NCIS Los Angeles and Poldark
Monday, Oct 1
- The Neighborhood S1 (CBS – 8pm EST): This fish-out-of-water comedy finds an extremely friendly Midwestern man (Max Greenfield) relocating his family to a Los Angeles neighborhood that is both more diverse and less polite than he is accustomed to.
- Happy Together S1 (CBS – 8:30pm EST): A settled, suburban, 30-something couple (Damon Wayans, Jr. and Amber Stevens West) find their routine upended when a young musician—who is on the verge of fame in the pop world—moves in with them.
Wednesday, Oct 3
- Also: Criminal Minds and Seal Team
Thursday, Oct 4
- I Feel Bad S1 (NBC – 9:30pm EST): Sarayu Blue stars as the imperfect mom, boss, wife, friend, and daughter who is the bad-feeler of the title.
- Also: Station 19, Will & Grace and Superstore
Friday, Oct 5
- Into The Dark (Hulu): This Blumhouse-produced horror anthology series will air monthly for a full year. The first Friday of each month will bring a new episode themed around a holiday occurring that month, beginning with today’s Halloween episode, “The Body,” which centers on a cynical hitman who finds the holiday interfering with his work.
- The Man In The High Castle S3 (Amazon)
- Also: Fresh Off The Boat and Speechless
Saturday, Oct 6
- Flight of the Conchords: Live at the London Apollo (HBO – 10pm EST): New Zealand’s fourth most popular guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo return to HBO in a new special filmed during their reunion tour earlier this year. Expect a mix of new and old music.
- Also: Versailles
Sunday, Oct 7
- Star Wars Resistance S1 (Disney – 10pm EST): Animated series set in between the events of Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens features the voices of Christopher Sean, Donal Faison, Josh Brener, Oscar Isaac, Gwendoline Christie, Jim Rash, and Bobby Moynihan.
- Also: Madam Secretary and The Walking Dead
Tuesday, Oct 9
- The Flash (The CW – 8pm EST)
- Also: Black Lightning
Wednesday, Oct 10
- All American S1 (The CW – 9pm EST): Inspired by the life of NFL linebacker Spencer Paysinger, the show centers on a rising high school football star (Daniel Ezra) from L.A.’s Crenshaw neighborhood who is recruited to play for the somewhat ritzier Beverly Hills High.
- Also: Riverdale
Thursday, Oct 11
- Also: Supernatural
Friday, Oct 12
- The Romanoffs S1* (Amazon): The first post-Mad Men series from Matthew Weiner is an eight-episode anthology series in the old-fashioned sense: each standalone episode features a completely different cast, setting, and story, with each one centering on a different present-day person who claims to be a descendant of the Russian dynasty that gives the show its title.
- Light As A Feather S1 (Hulu): A game of “Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board” goes terrifyingly wrong for a group of five teenage girls in this 10-episode Hulu original series adapted from Zoe Aarsen’s Wattpad story.
- Also: Blindspot, Dynasty and Crazy Ex Girlfriend
Sunday, Oct 14
- Charmed S1 (The CW – 9pm EST): This Charmed once again centers on three sisters who are witches, though they are different characters and the setting has been moved from San Francisco to the fictional college town of Hilltowne.
- Camping S1 (HBO): This adaptation of the British comedy series about a group of old friends on a back-to-nature group holiday at a lackluster campsite comes from the team behind HBO’s Girls.
- Also: Supergirl
Monday, Oct 15
- Also: Arrow
Tuesday, Oct 16
- The Conners S1 (ABC – 8pm EST): Filling the spot intended for the second revival season of Roseanne is this hastily assembled spinoff that features pretty much everyone in the cast not named Roseanne Barr.
- The Kids Are Alright S1 (ABC – 8:30pm EST): This ’70s-set sitcom created by Tim Doyle follows a large Irish-Catholic family with 10 people living under one roof.
- The Rookie S1 (ABC – 10pm EST): Stars Fillion as a “small-town guy” who gives up his life to move to Los Angeles and become the LAPD’s oldest rookie cop.
- Also: black-ish and Splitting Up Together
Friday, Oct 19
- Wild District S1 (Netflix): Jhon Jeiver, a lethal guerrilla fighter who escapes the jungle after the signing of the Colombian Peace Agreements. He arrives in Bogotá escaping from his past, and tries to reinsert himself in society while looking to reconnect with his long lost family. But he soon finds himself wrapped in a web of crime and corruption, struggling to understand the ways of the concrete jungle, protect his family from his past, and faced with the moral dilemma of choosing what side of the law he wants to be on
- Lore S2 (Amazon)
Sunday, Oct 21
- Wolf Creek S2 (Pop – 10pm EST)
Monday, Oct 22
- Also: DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
Thursday, Oct 26
- Legacies S1 (The CW – 9pm EST): Centers on the next generation of supernatural beings after The Vampire Diaries and The Originals, who are attending The Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted.
- Deutschland 86 (Sundance – Midnight): Sequel to Deutschland 83
Friday, Oct 26
- Castlevania S2 (Netflix)
- The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina S1* (Netflix)
- Also: Midnight, Texas
Sunday, Oct 28
- Ray Donovan S6 (Showtime – 9pm EST)
Wednesday, Oct 31
- Tell Me A Story S1* (CBS All Access): Kevin Williamson-produced series takes classic fairy tales and combines and reimagines them as a psychological thriller set in present-day New York City.
- Stan Against Evil S3 (IFC – 10pm EST)