What to Watch on TV This Fall

When the temperature starts to cool down, it’s the perfect time to snuggle up on the couch and enjoy some well-deserved downtime. We’re breaking down the new shows coming to TV this fall so you know what to make space for on the DVR.


Kevin Can Wait

Mineola native Kevin James and his brother Gary Valentine are going to make America laugh again. In this sitcom, a newly retired cop living in Massapequa struggles to balance free time and quality time with his family. Also starring Erin Hayes, Taylor Spreitler and Ryan Cartwright, the series will be filmed entirely at Gold Coast Studios in Bethpage.
Premiere Date: Sept. 19
Time Slot: Monday 8:30/7:30c (Moves to 8/7c in late October)


Based on the early career of Dr. Phil McGraw, the drama stars Michael Weatherly as Dr. Jason Bull, a psychologist and the founder of Trial Analysis Cooperation. Bull and a team of experts are hired as trial consultants. They study the behavior of the accused, their lawyers and the jury to predict how the narrative of a case will unfold. The series also stars Freddy Rodriguez, Geneva Carr and Chris Jackson. Steven Spielberg and McGraw produce it, alongside McGraw’s son Jay.
Premiere Date: Sept. 20
Time Slot: Tuesday 9/8c 


Lucas Till stars as MacGyver in the reboot of the series, which finds him working for a secret organization within the U.S. government created to prevent potential disasters and save lives. The original series aired on ABC from 1985-1992. The remake also stars George Eads and Joshua Boone.
Premiere Date: Sept. 23
Time Slot: Friday 8/7c

Man With A Plan

Matt LeBlanc is Adam Burns, a former contractor turned stay-at-home dad who struggles to control his kids when his wife goes back to work. The comedy also stars Liza Snyder as Adam’s wife Andi.
Premiere Date: Oct. 24
Time Slot: Monday 8:30/7:30c 

The Great Indoors

In this comedy, Joel McHale is Jack Gordon, an adventure reporter who is called in from the wild to manage a team of millennials in the social media department of Outdoor Limits, an adventure magazine. Also starring Stephen Fry, Chris Williams and Shaun Brown.
Premiere Date: Oct. 27
Time Slot: Thursday 8:30/7:30c

Pure Genius

A Silicon Valley millionaire builds a technologically advanced hospital and recruits experienced surgeons to help him cure rare and incurable diseases. He doesn’t mention in his pitch that he intends to be one of their patients. The medical drama stars Dermot Mulroney, Augustus Prew, Resma Shetty and Brenda Song.
Premiere Date: Oct. 27
Time Slot: Thursday 10/9c


The Good Place

Kristen Bell is Eleanor Shellstorp, a morally corrupt woman who is given the chance to start anew in the afterlife when she accidentally ends up in “the good place.” Ted Danson and Jameela Jamil also star.
Premiere Date: Sept. 19, 10/9c
Time Slot: Thursday 8:30/7:30c (Starting Sept. 22)

 This Is Us

The ensemble dramedy follows a group of people with the same birthday as their lives intersect. It stars Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia and was created by the writer behind Crazy, Stupid, Love.
Premiere Date: Sept. 20
Time Slot: Tuesday 10/9c (Moves to 9/8c Oct. 11)


Three people travel through time to catch a criminal who stole a time machine that has the potential to change history forever. The science-fiction drama stars Goran Visnjic (ER), Abigail Spencer, Matt Lanter and Malcolm Barrett.
Premiere Date: Oct. 3
Time Slot: Monday 10/9c


Lethal Weapon

Fox is big on the small screen adaptations this fall. Damon Wayans stars as Roger Murtaugh of the LAPD in this remake of the popular film franchise. Clayne Crawford stars as Martin Riggs, the former Navy Seal with the tragic past.
Premiere Date: Sept. 21
Time Slot: Wednesday 8/7c


Pitch is the fictional story of the first female to play Major League baseball. Pitcher Ginny Baker is signed to the San Diego Padres. The series depicts the struggles she faces as she tries to fit into a male-dominated world. Lindenhurst Senior High School graduate Dan Lauria (The Wonder Years) stars as the Padres’ coach. The rest of the cast includes Kylie Bunbury, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Ali Larter and Mark Consuelos.
Premiere Date: Sept. 22
Time Slot: Thursday 9/8c

The Exorcist

This television remake of the horror classic centers around the Rance Family. Geena Davis steps into the matriarch role filled by Ellen Burstyn in the film. Her character seeks help from clergy when her daughter experiences a demonic possession. The series also stars Alfonso Herrera, Ben Daniels, Brianne Howey and Hannah Kasulka.
Premiere Date: Sept. 23
Time Slot: Friday 9/8c

Son of Zorn

The live action/animated hybrid comedy features Jason Sudeikis as the voice of the title character, who comes back to Earth after 10 years on the fictional island of Zephyria to settle in Orange County, California and reconnect with his son and ex-wife. The series also stars Cheryl Hines and Tim Meadows.
Premiere Date: Sept. 25
Time Slot: 8:30/7:30c



Minnie Driver stars as Maya DiMeo, the matriarch striving to do what’s best for her three kids, one who is differently-abled. The sitcom also stars John Ross Bowie, Micah Fowler and Cedric Yarbrough.
Premiere Date: Sept. 21
Time Slot: 8:30/7:30c 

Designated Survivor

Kiefer Sutherland stars as the designated survivor, Tom Kirkman. He must take over as President of the United States when everyone more qualified in the line of succession is killed during an attack on Washington. The series also stars Natascha McElhone, Maggie Q and Kal Penn.
Premiere Date: Sept. 21
Time Slot: Wednesday 10/9c


This fall stand-in for Scandal explores the relationship between the news media and criminal law and its dynamic within the 24-hour news cycle. It is based on the lives of cable news producer Wendy Walker and criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos. The cast includes Piper Perabo, Daniel Sunjata and Ryan Guzman.
Premiere Date: Sept. 22
Time Slot: Thursday 9/8c 


Former first daughter and bad girl Hayes Morrison (Hayley Atwell) is blackmailed by New York District Attorney Wayne Wallis (Eddie Cahill). She is forced to work for his conviction integrity unit, where she works to overturn wrongful convictions.
Premiere Date: Oct. 3
Time Slot: Monday 10/9c 

American Housewife

Katie Mixion stars in the comedy, which chronicles the daily struggles of a housewife trying to fit in the wealthy town of Westport, Connecticut.
Premiere Date: Oct. 11
Time Slot: Tuesday 8:30/7:30c



A remake of the 2000 film, Peyton List stars as detective Raimy Sullivan who discovers she can communicate with her deceased father, also a detective, via a ham radio. They team up to solve a cold case that will have a “butterfly effect” on the present. The series also stars Riley Smith and Mekhi Phifer.
Premiere Date: Oct. 5
Time Slot: Wednesday 9/8c

No Tomorrow


When procurement manager Evie meets Xavier and he warns her of a looming apocalypse, they work together to check off all of the items on his bucket list. Tori Anderson, Joshua Sasse and Amy Pietz star.
Premiere Date: Oct. 4
Time Slot: Tuesday 9/8c



A drama about artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin. It is set somewhere between the near future and a re-imagined past, where in this world every desire can be indulged. Some of the cast includes Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood and James Marsden.
Premiere Date: Oct. 2
Time Slot: Sunday 9pm 


Sarah Jessica Parker returns to the network, this time as the complete opposite of her beloved alter ego Carrie Bradshaw. She stars as Frances in the series, a married mother seeking a fresh start. The comedy also stars Thomas Haden Church and Molly Shannon.
Premiere Date: Oct. 9
Time Slot: Sunday, 10pm

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