Saturday, September 14, 2019


All the new Fall 2019 shows

Getting the new fall season TV Guide used to be one of the highlights of my year. Now it's more like, "here's some new shows starting soon, but new shows come out all the time so it's no big deal." TV has changed and that's just fine. The era of dozens of new shows starting the third and fourth week of September is over.

Bluff City Law (9/23)
Jimmy Smitts is a lawyer again.

Perfect Haromony (9/26)
A music teacher helps a church choir. I like the stars but I'm not sure this is for me.

Sunnyside (9/26)

Kal Penn helps a group become citizens. It looks like a great collection of characters but I don't think it will make it. I'll watch anyway.

Coming in 2020:
Council of Dads
Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist

Mixed-ish (9/24)
The mom from black-ish as a kid in the 80s.

Stumptown (9/25)

Colby Smolders is a private investigator in Portland. This looks like a great throwback to old 80s PI shows.

Emergence (9/24)
A girl survives a plane crash and strange things follow her. Is she an alien or an AI?

Coming in 2020:
The Baker and the Beauty
For Life
United We Fall

All Rise (9/23)
A new courtroom drama with the judge as the main character.

Bob Hearts Abishola (9/23)
Bob falls in love with his nurse.

Evil (9/26)
A cross between X-Files and Supernatural. This won't work on CBS.

The Unicorn (9/26)
A widower starts dating again.

Carol's Second Act (9/26)

Former science teacher goes to med school after her divorce. Now she's an intern. This is the doctor comedy I've been waiting for since Scrubs went away.

Coming in 2020:
FBI: Most Wanted

Almost Family (10/2)
The daughter of a fertility doctor discovers she has hundreds of half-siblings since her father used his own sperm to impregnate women under his care. Sounds gross but there are so many examples in real life.

Bless the Harts (9/29)

Kristin Wiig and Maya Rudolph voice character in this new animated comedy about a rural family not unlike the Hills. I won't miss this.

Prodigal Son (9/23)
The son of a serial killer and ex-FBI profiler, takes a job with Lou Diamond Phillips at NYPD solving murders and finding serial killers. Serial killers are so two thousandies.

Coming in 2020:
Filthy Rich
The Great North

The CW
Batwoman (10/6)

Batman leaves Gotham so his lesbian cousin takes up the cowl. She first appeared in the Arrowverse crossover last year. It looks like the pilot goes back to her origin.

Nancy Drew (10/9)
She's grown up and a waitress but she's still solving mysteries with her own Scooby Gang. There may be some supernatural element here and it may exist in the Archie-verse. Either way, I'll be watching.

Coming in 2020
Katy Keene

And that's it, 3+3+5+3+2=16 new broadcast network shows. I'l be watching 8, which is 50% and a little higher than normal. If you look back 10 years to the fall 2009 season, I was watching 8 out of 22 new shows. And that list included Modern Family ending this year.


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