The TV MegaSite's Blog Post #201
I wrote this back in 9/27/17 for our school paper
The Bray, but they
didn't publish it (long story), so here it is.
The new Fall TV season is here! Even if you don't have a
TV and only watch shows on your phone, tablet or laptop, you
can watch most of these new shows that are out soon. The
networks want you to watch on any device. In the old days,
the TV season started in Fall, and then they showed re-runs
during the winter break, and then the shows returned in the
Spring (with a few new shows), and then there would be
re-runs of the shows all summer long, along with a few new
shows. Now that's all changed because of cable and all of
the new TV streaming networks. New shows pop up all year
long. However, Fall is still when the broadcast networks (ABC,
The CW and
FOX) roll out the shows they like the most. They hope
you like them, too, but most of them will get canceled in
the first year...
The new shows include some scifi
and fantasy, along with the usual cop shows, medical shows,
law shows, and comedies. You will see many familiar faces
turning up as well. FOX has "The
Orville," a spoof of shows like "Star
Trek," on Thursdays. It's written by and starring Seth
McFarlane, who has had great success with shows like "Family
Guy" and the movie "Ted."
The first new show to premiere, it has done well so far in
the ratings. There is also a new "Star Trek" show on CBS
Trek: Discovery." The first episode aired on CBS, and
the rest will be shown on their streaming service, CBS
All-Access. You can view it for $7 a month or watch it
commercial free for $10. CBS is hoping it will be a big hit,
so that they can launch many new streaming shows and be as
Several new shows are showcasing
teens with autism and/or high intelligence. ABC has the new
medical show "The
Good Doctor," about a new intern at a hospital who's not
only super smart but also autistic (starring Freddie
Highmore of "Bates Motel"). There's already a good comedy on
Netflix about an autistic teen, "Atypical."
Bang Theory" spinoff "Young
Sheldon" aired its first episode last week on CBS.
Although many fans have speculated that Sheldon is on the
spectrum, there's no mention here of his being autistic,
just very smart and clueless. In "Young Sheldon," we get to
see how he grew up in his Texas family, narrated by the
adult Sheldon (Jim Parsons). It airs on Thursdays after BBT,
starting in November.
Another theme running through
the new shows this year is military service. CBS has "SEAL
Team" on Wednesdays, starring David Boreanaz ("Bones").
NBC has "The
Brave" Mondays, about a Special Ops squad of highly
trained undercover specialists (starring Anne Heche). Also
on Mondays is "Valor"
on The CW, a serialized military drama/thriller starring
Matt Barr. Not many military-themed series have survived for
very long on TV, aside from NCIS and its spinoffs.
Finally, there are quite a few reboots and familiar faces. "Dynasty"
on The CW attempts to remake the successful 1980's ABC
Primetime soap opera. "Will
& Grace" reunites the original cast of the NBC sitcom
that ran 1998-2006. "S.W.A.T."
starring Shemar Moore ("Criminal Minds") is a reboot of a
70's cop show that also spawned a 2003 film. TV veteran John
Larroquette is one of the stars of "Me,
Myself & I," while Mark Feuerstein ("Royal Pains") stars
with two 70's actors Elliot Gould and Linda Lavin in "9JKL"
There are a few innovative shows. ABC's "Kevin
(Probably) Saves the World" has a strange title, but it
sounds interesting. A lovable loser gets help from an angel
to fulfill his destiny. FOX has a new Marvel show "The
Gifted," about a family whose children are mutants. The
show's creator also did the wonderful spy drama "Burn
Notice" on USA Network. It stars Stephen Moyer ("True
Blood") and Amy Acker ("Person of Interest"). Will you be
watching? I know I will... You can see the
complete Fall schedule here.
Here's an expanded version of this
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