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A Guide to the New TV Shows of Fall 2016

by | August 31, 2016 | Comments

The leaves are turning, a slight chill lingers in the air, and TV networks are churning out a bunch of new shows in hopes of scoring the next ratings juggernaut or binge-watch sensation. In other words, Fall is here, and while there are certainly a lot of familiar favorites returning to the television airwaves, this is also the best time to check out a new series (or two, or ten). This year, the networks have lined up an eclectic schedule, ranging from high-concept comedies and sci-fi westerns to action reboots, crime dramas, and even some bone-chilling horror. Read on for a glimpse into all of the new series premiering this Fall.


SEPTEMBER | OCTOBER


 

Harley and the Davidsons: Miniseries (2016) 80%

Premieres:  Monday, Sep 5 at 9:00 PM on Discovery.

Premise: This scripted drama series follows the development of the Harley Davidson motorcycle and the three men who risked their time and money to bring the enterprise together.


 

Loosely Exactly Nicole: Season 1 (2016) 60%

Premieres: Monday, Sep 5 at 10:30 AM on MTV.

Premise: Nicole Byer stars in this offbeat half hour comedy about the comical missteps of an aspiring actress who’s living on her own for the first time.


 

Mary + Jane: Season 1 (2016) 38%

Premieres: Monday, Sep 5 at 10:00 PM on MTV.

Premise: The comic adventures of Paige and Jordan, two weed dealers in L.A. who become self-proclaimed entrepreneurs after creating a dope delivery app.


 

Queen Sugar: Season 1 (2016) 93%

Premieres: Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 10 p.m on OWN.

Premise: In this drama created and executive produced by Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey, the lives of a New Orleans-based journalist and her family are upended by her sister, who’s returned home to help run the family sugarcane farm.


 

Atlanta: Season 1 (2016) 97%

Atlanta

Premieres: Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 10 p.m on FX.

Premise: Starring and created by Donald Glover, Atlanta follows two cousins who try to work their way up through the Atlanta rap scene in order to better their lives and the lives of their families.


 

StartUp: Season 1 (2016) 33%

startup

Premieres: Tuesday, Sept. 6 on Crackle.

Premise: An FBI agent targets the son of a financial swindler who hides his father’s money by investing it in a tech start-up company with the help of a computer whiz and a Haitian gang leader.


 

Better Things: Season 1 (2016) 95%

Premieres: Thursday, Sep 8 at 10:00 PM on FX.

Premise: A single mom struggles to raise three girls while trying to maintain her Hollywood career as an actor and fending off her English expatriate mother, who lives next door.


 

One Mississippi: Season 1 (2015) 93%

Premieres: Friday, Sep 9 on Amazon.

Premise: In this dark comedy based on the life of Tig Notaro, a young woman returns to her hometown following the death of her mother and struggles to find her bearings while battling her own health issues.


 

Quarry: Season 1 (2016) 76%

Premieres: Friday, Sep 9 at 10:00 PM on Cinemax.

Premise: A Marine returns to Memphis after serving in Vietnam and gradually slips into a life of crime due to a rough repatriation.


 

Son of Zorn: Season 1 (2016) 58%

Premieres: Sunday, Sep 11 at 8 PM on FOX.

Premise: A warrior from a Pacific island travels to Orange County, California, to reconnect with his son and win back his wife in this live-action/animated hybrid.


 

Fleabag: Season 1 (2016) 100%

Premieres: Friday, Sep 16 on Amazon.

Premise: This six-part comedy series based on the award-winning play is a hilarious and poignant window into the mind of a dry-witted, grief-riddled, sexual woman trying to make sense of the world.


 

High Maintenance: Season 1 (2016) 95%

Premieres: Friday, Sep 16 at 11:00 PM on HBO.

Premise: Based on the web series of the same name, this comedy centers around a nameless “guy” that delivers weed to New Yorkers in need.


 

The Case of: JonBenét Ramsey: Miniseries (2016) 33%

Premieres: Sunday, Sep 18 at 8:30 AM on CBS.

Premise: The first season of this new anthology series chronicles an investigation of the JonBenét Ramsey murder case, featuring the re-examination of evidence, a recreation of the crime scene, in-depth interviews, and new theories.


 

Kevin Can Wait: Season 1 (2016) 28%

Premieres: Monday, Sep 19 at 8:30 PM on CBS.

Premise: In the new Kevin James comedy vehicle, a newly retired police officer plans on enjoying time with his family — along with his brother and two retired buddies — only to realize his wife has been keeping key familial intel from him; now there are tougher challenges at home than he ever had on the streets.


 

The Good Place: Season 1 (2016) 92%

Premieres: Monday, Sep 19 at 10:00 PM on NBC.

Premise: In this comedy, a New Jersey woman tries to become a better person and make amends for past bad behavior in order to earn her spot in the Good Place, a town where people who have been consistently good go when they pass away.


 

Bull: Season 1 (2016) 22%

Premieres: Tuesday, Sep 20 at 9:00 PM on CBS.

Premise: Inspired by Dr. Phil McGraw’s early career, Bull is a drama about a renowned psychologist who heads a prolific trial consulting service.


 

This Is Us: Season 1 (2016) 91%

Premieres: Tuesday, Sep 20 at 10:00 PM on NBC.

Premise: In this dramedy, several people whose lives are mysteriously intertwined begin to notice peculiar coincidences about each other.


 

Designated Survivor: Season 1 (2016) 87%

Premieres: Wednesday, Sep 21 at 10:00 PM on ABC.

Premise: A lower level United States cabinet member is suddenly appointed president after a catastrophic attack kills everyone above him in the line of succession.


 

Lethal Weapon: Season 1 (2016) 67%

Premieres: Wednesday, Sep 21 at 8:00 PM on FOX.

Premise: A Texas cop relocates to L.A. in order to start life anew and is partnered with an LAPD detective who — due to a “minor” heart attack — must avoid stress.


 

Speechless: Season 1 (2016) 98%

Premieres: Wednesday, Sep 21 at 8:30 PM on ABC.

Premise: A mom is driven to do what’s best for her family, including her eldest son with special needs, in this comedy from Friends producer Scott Silveri.


 

Easy: Season 1 (2016) 85%

Premieres: Thursday, Sep 22 on Netflix.

Premise: Easy is an anthology series from creator Joe Swanberg that explores diverse Chicago characters as they fumble through the modern maze of love, sex, technology, and culture.


 

Notorious: Season 1 (2016) 23%

Premieres: Thursday, Sep 22 at 9:00 PM on ABC.

Premise: A drama that goes behind the scenes of the murky relationship between criminal law and the media, inspired by the true-life stories of famed criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos and cable news producer Wendy Walker.


 

Pitch: Season 1 (2016) 94%

Premieres: Thursday, Sep 22 at 9:00 PM on FOX.

Premise: This drama tells the story of a young pitcher who becomes the first woman to play Major League Baseball and her ensuing journey to prove herself.


 

MacGyver: Season 1 (2016) 25%

Premieres: Friday, Sep 23 at 8:00 PM on CBS.

Premise: A resourceful former special forces operative is recruited into a clandestine organization to use his knack for unconventional problem-solving to prevent disasters from occurring.


 

The Exorcist: Season 1 (2016) 79%

Premieres: Friday, Sep 23 at 9:00 PM on FOX.

Premise: Based on the 1971 novel and playing off the 1973 film of the same name, the drama follows two very different priests as they try to tackle a family’s horrifying case of demonic possession.


 

Van Helsing: Season 1 (2016) 82%

Vincent Gale as Flesh -- (Photo by: Dan Power/Helsing S1 Productions/Syfy)

Premieres: Friday, Sep 23 at 10:00 PM on SyFy.

Premise: Vanessa Helsing is the last hope for survival in a world dominated and controlled by vampires, all of whom want her dead.


 

Aftermath: Season 1 (2016)

Premieres: Tuesday, Sep 27 at 10:00 PM on Syfy.

Premise: A married couple and their three children attempt to survive amidst apocalyptic events, including catastrophic weather and the appearance of paranormal beasts, which threaten to bring about the end of civilization.

 

Crisis in six scenes (inactive): Season 1 (2015)

Premieres: Friday, Sep 30 on Amazon.

Premise: In this comedy set in the US during the turbulent 1960s, a middle class suburban family is visited by a guest who turns their household completely upside down.


 

Marvel's Luke Cage: Season 1 (2016) 93%

Premieres: Friday, Sep 30 on Netflix.

Premise: After a sabotaged experiment leaves him with super strength and unbreakable skin, Luke Cage (Mike Colter) becomes a fugitive trying to rebuild his life in modern day Harlem. But he is soon pulled out of the shadows and must fight a battle for the heart of his city — forcing him to confront a past he’s tried to bury.

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