Fall TV Preview - New Shows

TV Network Preview - New Shows: Star Trek! Young Sheldon! Mutants!

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May 18, 2017

This week the networks announced their new Fall and Midseason shows, so we sci-fi types have a few things to get excited about. Yep, there's a new pre-Star-Trek Star Trek, a Galaxy Quest-style Star Trek takeoff that's been Seth MacFarlane-d, and a pre-Big Bang Theory Sheldon.

We've got a new superhero show (Black Lightning), a The 4400-style sci-fi mystery (The Crossing), new mutants (The Gifted) and some Inhumans (Marvel's Inhumans). I even threw in a few shows that might be “of interest.”

Here's the new series we have to look forward to from the networks for the 2017/2018 TV season, with trailers where available:



WHEN WE'LL SEE IT: Tuesdays at 10/9c

THE SCOOP: Jason Ritter seems perfect as a messed up fellow tasked with saving the world, at least according to a woman who may just be a celestial being charged with protecting him and making him see the light. The time slot is decent on Tuesdays, but initial thoughts based on the trailer are that this one might be a tough sell to viewers.

FROM THE ABC PRESS RELEASE: Kevin Finn (Jason Ritter, Parenthood), a cluelessly self-serving person, is on a dangerous path to despair. In a downward spiral, Kevin returns home to stay with his widowed twin sister (JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Once Upon a Time) and niece. On his first night there, an unlikely celestial being named Yvette appears to him and presents him with a mission -- to save the world. A light drama from executive producers Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters (Marvel's Agent Carter).

Here's the trailer:


WHEN WE'LL SEE IT: Fridays at 9/8c

THE SCOOP: ABC hasn't really released anything for us to look at yet, but this is supposed to be a serialized action series based on one big story. There will be a premiere on September 1 in IMAX theaters for the first two episodes, and then the series moves to ABC on Fridays. It's an interesting strategy to release in theaters first; will people be excited enough by the new Marvel series to show up?

FROM THE ABC PRESS RELEASE: Marvel's Inhumans explores the never-before-told epic adventure of the royal family including Black Bolt, the enigmatic, commanding King of the Inhumans, with a voice so powerful that the slightest whisper can destroy a city. After the Royal Family of Inhumans is splintered by a military coup, they barely escape to Hawaii where their surprising interactions with the lush world and humanity around them may prove to not only save them, but Earth itself. The legendary comic book series will be brought to life in a way that has never been done before, as a version of the first two episodes will be shown globally in IMAX theaters for a two-week period beginning September 1, 2017. ABC will then air the entirety of the series on the network, with additional exclusive content that can only been seen on ABC.

The series stars Anson Mount, Iwan Rheon, Serinda Swan, Eme Ikwuakor, Isabelle Cornish, Ken Leung, Ellen Woglom, Sonya Balmores, and Mike Moh.

Here's the teaser non-trailer:


WHEN WE'LL SEE IT: Midseason

THE SCOOP: This compelling series seems to have a touch of The 4400 at it's core. We'll have to wait until midseason to see it, but that may give the series a better chance.

FROM THE ABC PRESS RELEASE: Refugees from a war-torn country seek asylum in a small American fishing town, only the country these people are from is America... and the war they are fleeing hasn't happened yet. As the government tries to uncover the truth behind this mysterious migration only one thing is certain: The lives of the people here -- both the townspeople and these newcomers -- will never be the same. Writers Dan Dworkin and Jay Beattie executive produce with Jason Reed.

Here's the trailer:



WHEN WE'LL SEE IT: Midseason

THE SCOOP: No, this is not sci-fi or fantasy. It's about magic and illusion, and seems to have a little bit of The Mentalist in it.

FROM THE ABC PRESS RELEASE: When his career is ruined by scandal, superstar magician Cameron Black has only one place to turn to practice his art of deception, influence, and illusion -- the FBI. Using every trick in the book and inventing new ones, he will help the government catch the world's most elusive criminals while staging the biggest illusions of his career. The series is from writer/executive producer Chris Fedak ("Chuck") and executive producers Greg Berlanti, Martin Gero, and Sarah Schechter. Illusionist David Kwong ("Now You See Me") will co-produce.

Here's the trailer:



WHEN WE'LL SEE IT: Fall on CBS All Access

THE SCOOP: “Ten years before Kirk, Spock, and the Enterprise there was Discovery”... It's not really on CBS, except the pilot, and it's not free. You'll need to sign up for CBS All Access if you want to see more, but it is a new Star Trek series that revolves around “an incident and an event in Star Trek history that's been talked about but never been explored.” And hey, Sasha's been revived from The Walking Dead (aka Sonequa Martin-Green) as the First Officer of the USS Discovery. The first season has been upped from 13 episodes to 15, a very good sign. The first trailer just dropped, and it looks like there will be plenty of action and some badass looking Klingons to battle.

FROM THE CBS PRESS RELEASE: Star Trek, one of the most iconic and influential global television franchises, returns to television 50 years after it first premiered with STAR TREK: DISCOVERY. The series will feature a new ship, new characters, and new missions, while embracing the same ideology and hope for the future that inspired a generation of dreamers and doers. The series will premiere on the CBS Television Network with all subsequent episodes available on CBS All Access, the Network's digital subscription video on demand and live streaming service, and will be distributed concurrently by CBS Studios International on Netflix in 188 countries, and in Canada on Bell Media's Space channel and OTT service CraveTV.

The series comes from Bryan Fuller and Alex Kurtzman, and also stars Maulik Pancholy, Sam Vartholomeos, James Frain, Doug Jones, Jason Isaacs, and Mary Wiseman.

Here's the trailer:


WHEN WE'LL SEE IT: Sunday at 8/7c

THE SCOOP: While this isn't sci-fi, it's of interest the same way Fox's APB and CBS's Pure Genius were, although hopefully it will fare better. The question the series poses: can crowd-sourcing help solve crimes? As the effects of technology on our lives grow, it's great to see the networks look beyond superheros and mutants. It remains to be seen if it will be a good show and it may get lost in the Sunday timeslot, but it's timely and important material to explore.

FROM THE CBS PRESS RELEASE: WISDOM OF THE CROWD stars Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Jeremy Piven as a visionary tech innovator who creates a cutting-edge crowdsourcing app to solve his daughter's murder, and revolutionizes crime solving in the process. Inspired by the notion that a million minds are better than one, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Jeffrey Tanner (Piven) develops "Sophe," an online platform for publicly shared information, and recruits the original cop who searched for his daughter's killer, Det. Tommy Cavanaugh (Richard T. Jones), to work with him. As Tanner taps into the "wisdom of the crowd," his unexpected success fuels his determination to solve even more cases than just the one that's personal to him. Ted Humphrey; Adam Davidson (pilot); Avi Nir, Alon Shtruzman, Peter Traugott, Rachel Kaplan (Keshet Media Group); and Dror Mishani and Shira Hadad are executive producers for CBS Television Studios in association with Universal Television. Davidson directed the pilot. Based on the Israeli format of the same name.

Here's the trailer:


PREMIERE DATE: Sneak preview on Monday, September 25

WHEN WE'LL SEE IT: Thursday at 8:30/7:30c (after football concludes)

THE SCOOP: Once CBS announced this it seemed like an idea that was just waiting to happen, especially considering that The Big Bang Theory will have to end some day. The trailer isn't as funny as you'd think, but it does have a great creative bunch behind the scenes, and it also has Jim Parsons on board for voice-overs as the older Sheldon.

FROM THE CBS PRESS RELEASE: YOUNG SHELDON -- For 9-year-old Sheldon Cooper (Iain Armitage), it isn't easy growing up in East Texas. Being a once-in-a-generation mind capable of advanced mathematics and science isn't always helpful in a land where church and football are king. And while the vulnerable, gifted, and somewhat naïve Sheldon deals with the world, his very normal family must find a way to deal with him. THE BIG BANG THEORY's multiple Emmy Award winner Jim Parsons narrates as Adult Sheldon. This single-camera, half-hour comedy gives us the chance to meet Sheldon in childhood, as he embarks on his innocent, awkward, and hopeful journey toward the man he will become. Chuck Lorre and Steve Molaro created the series and executive produce along with Jim Parsons and Todd Spiewak for Warner Bros. Television. Jon Favreau directed the pilot.

Here's the trailer:

The CW


WHEN WE'LL SEE IT: Midseason

THE SCOOP: With a superhero-heavy slate of returning shows, this is the only entry we can claim this season coming from the CW, and we'll have to wait til midseason. It looks like it might be a good addition to the CW superheroes, but we'll have to wait and see.

FROM THE CW'S PRESS RELEASE: Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams) is a man wrestling with a secret. As the father of two daughters and principal of a charter high school that also serves as a safe haven for young people in a New Orleans neighborhood overrun by gang violence, he is a hero to his community. Nine years ago, Pierce was a hero of a different sort. Gifted with the superhuman power to harness and control electricity, he used those powers to keep his hometown streets safe as the masked vigilante Black Lightning. However, after too many nights with his life on the line, and seeing the effects of the damage and loss that his alter ego was inflicting on his family, he left his Super Hero days behind and settled into being a principal and a dad. Choosing to help his city without using his superpowers, he watched his daughters Anissa (Nafessa Williams) and Jennifer (China Anne McClain) grow into strong young women, even though his marriage to their mother, Lynn (Christine Adams), suffered. Almost a decade later, Pierce's crime-fighting days are long behind him... or so he thought. But with crime and corruption spreading like wildfire, and those he cares about in the crosshairs of the menacing local gang The One Hundred, Black Lightning returns - to save not only his family, but also the soul of his community.

Based on the characters from DC, BLACK LIGHTNING is from Berlanti Productions and Akil Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti ("Arrow," "The Flash"), Salim Akil & Mara Brock Akil ("Being Mary Jane," "The Game," "Girlfriends"), and Sarah Schechter ("Arrow," "The Flash"). The Black Lightning character was created by Tony Isabella with Trevor Von Eeden.

Here's the trailer:



WHEN WE'LL SEE IT: Sunday at 8:30/7:30c

THE SCOOP: This half-hour action comedy from Fox tasks two unlikely partners with saving the human race from aliens. I'm not sure why it's called Ghosted, however it does seem to have a lot of special effects and slapstick for a sitcom.

FROM FOX'S PRESS RELEASE: Starring Craig Robinson (This Is the End) and Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation), GHOSTED is a single-camera, action-comedy about the unlikely partnership between two down-on-their-luck polar opposites tasked with an even more unlikely mission: saving the human race from aliens. LEROY WRIGHT (Robinson) is a cynical skeptic and former missing persons detective, who, if we're speaking frankly, thinks that "aliens" are a big ole bunch of B.S. and that people who believe in them are certifiably nuts... People like MAX JENNIFER (Scott). Max is a genius "true believer" in the paranormal who's convinced his wife was abducted by aliens. At low points in their lives, both Leroy and Max are recruited by CAPTAIN AVA LAFREY (Ally Walker, Colony), a take-no-prisoners, former Air Force test pilot and head of the Bureau Underground, a secret government organization investigating paranormal cases... this heroic group of underdogs will look into "unexplained" activity in Los Angeles that often leads them to scary, thrilling, and hilarious places, as they attempt to uncover the truth and keep the earth rotating on its axis for at least one more day.

Here's the trailer:


WHEN WE'LL SEE IT: Mondays at 9/8c

THE SCOOP:With tons of sci-fi cred behind and in front of the camera, The Gifted is a major new entry for X-Men fans. While the new series could probably use a new title (The Gifted... boring!), Bryan Singer directed the pilot, and you just know there's going to be mutants galore.

FROM FOX'S PRESS RELEASE: THE GIFTED tells the story of a suburban couple whose ordinary lives are rocked by the sudden discovery that their children possess mutant powers. REED (Stephen Moyer, True Blood) and CAITLIN (Amy Acker, Person of Interest) STRUCKER are typical middle-class parents dealing with the realities of raising a family. However, when their teenage kids, LAUREN (Natalie Alyn Lind, Gotham) and ANDY (Percy Hynes White, Night at the Museum 3), are involved in an incident at their high school which reveals they are mutants, Reed and Caitlin do all in their power to protect their children. Forced to go on the run, the Struckers must leave behind their old lives to flee from a relentless government agency that tracks down mutants, the Sentinel Services, which includes Agent JACE TURNER (Coby Bell, Burn Notice). Complicating matters further is the fact that Reed is a prosecutor in the district attorney's office tasked with going after mutants. Desperate and running low on options, the family's only choice is to contact an underground network that helps mutants in trouble.

Written by Matt Nix (Burn Notice), directed by Bryan Singer (X-Men) and executive-produced by Nix, Singer, Lauren Shuler Donner (X-Men: Apocalypse), Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Apocalypse), Jeph Loeb (Marvel's Jessica Jones) and Jim Chory (Marvel's Daredevil).

Here's the trailer:


WHEN WE'LL SEE IT: Thursdays at 9/8c

THE SCOOP: From the mind of Seth MacFarlane, this sci-fi comedy seems like a stretch to fill an hour. There's a reason why comedies are half an hour. But MacFarlane can be funny and maybe this is exactly what Thursdays have been waiting for, especially if you love space but don't want to pay for CBS's Star Trek.

FROM FOX'S PRESS RELEASE: From Emmy Award-winning executive producer and creator Seth MacFarlane (FAMILY GUY) and directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man), THE ORVILLE is a one-hour science fiction series set 400 years in the future that follows the adventures of the U.S.S. Orville, a mid-level exploratory vessel. Its crew, both human and alien, faces the wonders and dangers of outer space, while also dealing with the familiar, often humorous problems of regular people in a workplace... even though some of those people are from other planets, and the workplace is a faster-than-light spaceship. In the 25th century, Earth is part of the Planetary Union, a far-reaching, advanced, and mostly peaceful civilization with a fleet of 3,000 ships. Down on his luck after a bitter divorce, Planetary Union officer ED MERCER (MacFarlane) finally gets his chance to command one of these ships: the U.S.S. Orville. Determined to prove his worth and write a new chapter in his life, Ed finds that task all the more difficult when the First Officer assigned to his ship is his ex-wife, KELLY GRAYSON (Adrianne Palicki, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.).

Here's the trailer:



WHEN WE'LL SEE IT: Midseason

THE SCOOP: Sadly, NBC hasn't offered up much this season. However, it's great to see Sarah Shahi and Dennis Haysbert in a new series about people who've lost themselves in a virtual-reality game. But without a trailer to explore, it's hard to imagine how they'll turn into a weekly series. We will have a long time to contemplate it.

FROM THE NBC PRESS RELEASE: From Mickey Fisher, the creator of Extant, this grounded new thriller follows Mara Kint (Sarah Shahi), a former hostage negotiator and expert on human behavior who became a college professor after facing an unimaginable personal tragedy. But when she's brought in to save ordinary people who have lost themselves in a highly advanced virtual-reality program in which you can literally live your dreams, she finds that in saving others, she may actually have discovered a way to save herself. The cast includes Sarah Shahi, Dennis Haysbert, Jessica Lu, Sendhil Ramamurthy, and Kathryn Morris. Mickey Fisher will write and executive produce. Jaume Collet-Serra will direct and executive produce the pilot. Brooklyn Weaver, Darryl Frank, and Justin Falvey also executive produce. Tom Szentgyorgyi is a consulting producer. Reverie is produced by Universal Television and Amblin Television.

NBC's Reverie

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