Fall TV Premiere Guide: Everything to Know About the New Broadcast Shows

9:10 AM 9/9/2016

by THR Staff

Courtesy of ABC; FOX; NBC; THE CW; CBS

The official kickoff of the 2016-17 television season is about to commence. But with 20 rookie series set to bow on the broadcast networks in the coming weeks, it's a daunting challenge to keep up with the slew of new shows, and when and where they premiere to say the least.

Thankfully, THR has crafted the following handy guide to fill readers in on all the new comedies and dramas coming to a TV (and possibly a DVR) near you so you don't fall behind before the new season begins.

In addition, THR has put together a handy premiere calendar below to make setting those season passes a little easier.

  • 'Kevin Can Wait' (CBS)

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    Premieres: Monday, Sept. 19 at 8:30 p.m.

    Cast: Kevin James, Erinn Hayes, Taylor Spreitler, Ryan Cartwright, Mary-Charles Jones, James DiGiacomo, Lenny Venito, Gary Valentine, Leonard Earl Howze

    Team: Bruce Helford, Rock Reuben, Jeff Sussman, Kevin James, Andy Fickman and Tony Sheehan

    Premise: A newly retired police officer looks forward to spending more quality time with his wife and three kids but figures out he faces more challenges at home than he ever did on the streets.

  • 'The Good Place' (NBC)


    Premieres: Monday, Sept. 19 at 10 p.m.

    Cast: Kristen Bell, Ted Danson, William Jackson Harper, Jameela Jamil, Manny Jacinto, D'Arcy Carden

    Team: Mike Schur, David Miner, Drew Goddard, Morgan Sackett

    Premise: The show follows Eleanor Shellstrop (Bell), an ordinary woman who enters the afterlife and, thanks to some kind of error, is sent to the Good Place instead of the Bad Place, which is definitely where she belongs. While hiding in plain sight from Michael (Danson), the wise architect of the Good Place (who doesn't know he's made a mistake), she's determined to shed her old way of living and discover the awesome (or, at least, the pretty good) person within.

  • 'Bull' (CBS)


    Premieres: Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 9 p.m.

    Cast: Michael Weatherly, Freddy Rodriguez, Christopher Jackson, Geneva Carr, Jaime Lee Kirchner, Annabelle Attanasio

    Team: Paul Attanasio, Dr. Phillip C. McGraw, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Jay McGraw, Mark Goffman

    Premise: Based on the early career of Dr. Phil McGraw during his days as head of one of the most prolific trial consulting services of all time.

  • 'This Is Us' (NBC)

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    Premieres: Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 10 p.m.

    Cast: Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia, Justin Hartley, Sterling K. Brown, Ron Cephas Jones, Chrissy Metz, Susan Kelechi Watson, Chris Sullivan

    Team: Dan Fogelman, Jess Rosenthal, Charlie Gogolak, John Requa, Glenn Ficarra, Donald Todd, Ken Olin

    Premise: The hourlong dramedy is described as a unique ensemble that follows characters all born on the same day.


  • 'Speechless' (ABC)

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    Premieres: Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 8:30 p.m.

    Cast: Minnie Driver, John Ross Bowie, Micah Fowler, Cedric Yarborough, Mason Cook, Micah Fowler, Kyla Kennedy

    Team: Scott Silveri, Jake Kasdan, Melvin Mar

    Premise: A family with a special-needs child is good at dealing with the challenges it faces and excellent at creating new ones.

  • 'Lethal Weapon' (Fox)

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    Premieres: Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 8 p.m.

    Cast: Damon Wayans Sr., Clayne Crawford, Jordana Brewster, Keesha Sharp Golden Brooks, Kevin Rahm, Chandler Kinney, Johnathan Fernandez, Dante Brown

    Team: Matt Miller, Dan Lin, Jennifer Gwartz, McG

    Premise: Based on the feature film of the same name. When Texas cop and former Navy SEAL Martin Riggs (Crawford) suffers the loss of his wife and baby, he moves to Los Angeles to start anew. There, he gets partnered with LAPD detective Roger Murtaugh (Wayans Sr.), who, having recently suffered a "minor" heart attack, must avoid any stress in his life.


  • 'Designated Survivor' (ABC)

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    Premieres: Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 10 p.m.

    Cast: Kiefer Sutherland, Natasha McElhone, Maggie Q, Kal Penn, Italia Ricci, Adan Canto, LaMonica Garrett

    Team: David Guggenheim, Simon Kinberg, Kiefer Sutherland, Mark Gordon, Suzan Bymel, Paul McGuigan, Aditya Sood, Nick Pepper, Jon Feldman

    Premise: A lower-level U.S. cabinet member (Sutherland) is suddenly appointed president after a catastrophic attack during the State of the Union kills everyone above him in the presidential line of succession. The series is described as a family drama wrapped around a conspiracy thriller about an ordinary man in an extraordinary situation.

  • Pitch (Fox)

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    Premieres: Thursday, Sept. 22 at 9 p.m.

    Cast: Kylie Bunbury, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Ali Larter, Mark Consuelos, Dan Lauria, Mo McRae, Meagan Holder, Tim Jo

    Team: Dan Fogelman, Rick Singer, Tony Bill, Helen Bartlett, Paris Barclay

    Premise: A young female pitcher defies the odds when she becomes the first woman to play in the major leagues.

  • 'Notorious' (ABC)

    Premieres: Thursday, Sept. 22 at 9 p.m.

    Cast: Daniel Sunjata, Piper Perabo, Kate Jennings Grant, Aimee Teegarden, J. August Richards, Sepideh Moafi, Ryan Guzman, Kevin Zegers

    Team: Josh Berman, Allie Hagan, Mark Geragos, Wendy Walker, Kenny Meiselas, Jeff Kwatinetz, Josh Barry, Michael Engler

    Premise: Inspired by the true-life stories of famed criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos and cable news producer Wendy Walker, the drama is a provocative look at the unique, sexy and dangerous interplay of criminal law and the media.

  • 'The Exorcist' (Fox)

    Premieres: Friday, Sept. 23 at 9 p.m.

    Cast: Geena Davis, Alfonso Herrera, Ben Daniels, Brianne Howey, Hannah Kasulka, Kurt Egyiawan, Alan Ruck

    Team: Jeremy Slater, James Robinson, David Robinson, Barbara Wall, William Peter Blatty, Rupert Wyatt

    Premise: A modern reinvention inspired by William Blatty’s 1971 book, the drama is a propulsive, serialized psychological thriller following two very different men tackling one family’s case of horrifying demonic possession, and confronting the face of true evil.

  • 'MacGyver' (CBS)

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    Premieres: Friday, Sept. 23 at 8 p.m.

    Cast: Lucas Till, George Eads, Sandrine Holt, Justin Hires, Tristin Mays

    Team: Peter Lenkov, Craig O’Neill, James Wan, Henry Winkler, Lee Zlotoff and Michael Clear

    Premise: A reimagining of the television series of the same name, following 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.

  • 'Son of Zorn' (Fox)

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    Premieres: Sunday, Sept. 25 at 8:30 p.m.

    Cast: Jason Sudeikis, Cheryl Hines, Tim Meadows, Artemis Pebdani, Johnny Pemberton

    Team: Phil Lord, Chris Miller, Reed Agnew, Eli Jorne, Eric Appel, Sally Bradford McKenna

    Premise: An animated Barbarian father comes home for the first time in 10 years to his live-action son and ex-wife. He finds that reconnecting with his family, struggling through his mundane office job and dealing with the banality of suburban life is much harder than waging actual war in his distant, animated world.

  • 'Conviction' (ABC)

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    Premieres: Monday, Oct. 3 at 10 p.m.

    Cast: Hayley Atwell, Eddie Cahill, Shawn Ashmore, Emily Kinney, Manny Montana, Merrin Dungey, Daniel Franzese

    Team: Liz Friedman, Liz Friedlander, Mark Gordon, Nicholas Pepper

    Premise: Tells the story of Carter Morrison (Carter), the brilliant but ne'er-do-well daughter of a former president, who is blackmailed into taking a job as the head of Los Angeles' newly created Conviction Integrity Unit. She, along with her team of lawyers, investigators and forensic experts, work together to examine cases where there's credible suspicion that the wrong person may have been convicted of a crime.

  • 'Timeless' (NBC)

    Premieres: Monday, Oct. 3 at 10 p.m.

    Cast: Matt Lanter, Abigail Spencer, Goran Visnjic, Claudia Doumit, Patterson Joseph, Malcolm Barrett, Sakina Jaffrey

    Team: Shawn Ryan, Eric Kripke, John Davis, John Fox, Marney Hochman

    Premise: The high-octane drama follows an unlikely trio who travel through time to battle a master criminal intent on altering the fabric of human history with potentially catastrophic results.

  • 'No Tomorrow' (The CW)

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    Premieres: Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 9 p.m.

    Cast: Joshua Sasse, Tori Anderson, Amy Pietz, Sarayu Blue, Jesse Rath, Jonathan Langdon

    Team: Corinne Brinkerhoff, Maggie Friedman, Scott McCabe, Tory Stanton, Ben Silverman, Brad Silberling, Sean Canino

    Premise: When a risk-averse, straight arrow, female procurement manager at an Amazon-like distribution center falls in love with a freewheeling man who lives life to the fullest because he believes the apocalypse is imminent, to comedic and poignant results they embark on a quest together to fulfill their individual bucket lists.


  • 'Frequency' (The CW)

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    Premieres: Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 9 p.m.

    Cast: Peyton List, Riley Smith, Mekhi Phifer, Lenny Jacobson, Anthony Ruivivar, Devin Kelley, Daniel Bonjour

    Team: Jeremy Carver, Toby Emmerich; John Rickard, Dan Lin

    Premise: In this reimagining of the New Line Cinema film, a female police detective in 2016 discovers she is able to speak via a ham radio with her estranged father (also a detective) who died in 1996. They forge a new relationship while working together on an unresolved murder case, but unintended consequences of the "butterfly effect" wreak havoc in the present day.



  • 'American Housewife' (ABC)

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    Premieres: Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 8:30 p.m.

    Cast: Katy Mixon, Diedrich Bader, Daniel DiMaggio, Carly Hughes, Ali Wong, Julia Butter, Meg Donnelly

    Team: Sarah Dunn, Kenny Schwartz, Rick Weiner, Aaron Kaplan

    Premise: A family comedy narrated by Katie, a strong-willed mother raising her flawed family in a wealthy town filled with "perfect" wives and their "perfect" offspring.

  • 'Man With a Plan' (CBS)

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    Premieres: Monday, Oct. 24 at 8:30 p.m.

    Cast: Matt LeBlanc, Liza Snyder, Kevin Nealon, Matt Cook, Grace Kaufman, Jessica Chaffin, Diana Maria Riva, Matthew McCann, Hala Finley

    Team: Jeff & Jackie Filgo, Matt LeBlanc, Michael Rotenberg, Troy Zien

    Premise: A contractor learns that raising his kids is more challenging than expected when his wife goes back to work.

  • 'The Great Indoors' (CBS)

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    Premieres: Thursday, Oct. 27 at 8:30 p.m.

    Cast: Joel McHale, Stephen Fry, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Shaun Brown, Christine Ko, Susannah Fielding, Chris Williams

    Team: Mike Gibbons, Chris Harris, Andy Ackerman

    Premise: An adventure reporter must adapt to the times when he becomes the boss to a group of millennials in the digital department of the magazine.

  • 'Pure Genius' (CBS)

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    Premieres: Thursday, Oct. 27 at 10 p.m.

    Cast: Dermot Mulroney, Odette Annable, Augustus Prew, Brenda Song, Reshma Shetty, Ward Horton, Aaron Jennings

    Team: Jason Katims, Michelle Lee

    Premise: A young Silicon Valley tech titan enlists a veteran surgeon with a controversial past in starting a hospital with a cutting-edge, "new school" approach to medicine.