2016 Fall TV Preview

Preview List of Fall 2016 TV Shows

Fall Preview

Find out when this fall’s notable new shows are premiering, which ones to watch, and which to skip. Click through to the show pages for more details and to track your favorites! Wondering which shows the SideReel community thinks will be hits? Take a peek at SideReel's 2016 Fall Trending page to see what's getting the most tracks. And check out trailers for some of the buzziest new series here.

Designated Survivor

Designated Survivor

Premieres: Sep. 21 at 10 p.m.
Network: ABC
Genre: Drama

A lower cabinet member unexpectedly becomes president after a devastating attack on Washington.

Rachel's Opinion: Pick!
Soon this bespectacled, nerd version of Kiefer Sutherland will morph back into Jack Bauer and do what he does best: save America.

Rachel

Kiefer Sutherland plays Tom Kirkman, a lower cabinet member who unexpectedly becomes president after a devastating attack on Washington. Season 1 will find him struggling to prevent the country and his own family from falling into chaos.

Speechless

Speechless

Premieres: Sep. 21 at 8:30 p.m.
Network: ABC
Genre: Comedy

As Maya DiMeo fights injustices, her family works to make a new home for themselves, & searches for the right person to give son JJ his "voice."

Alex's Opinion: Pick!
I'm not a mom, but I can already relate to this show on a lot of levels. Get it, Minnie.

Alex

As Maya DiMeo (Minnie Driver) fights injustices both real and imagined, her family works to make a new home for themselves, and searches for just the right person to give son JJ his "voice."

Notorious

Notorious

Premieres: Sep. 22 at 9 p.m.
Network: ABC
Genre: Drama

Explores the boundaries of professional integrity and how far our national tastemakers will go for ratings, notoriety, and the last word.

Rachel's Opinion: Pan!
Piper Perabo deserves better than this drivel. And I liked Coyote Ugly.

Rachel

Living at the intersection of law and media, the series explores the boundaries of professional integrity and how far our national tastemakers will go for ratings, notoriety, and the last word.

Conviction

Conviction

Premieres: Oct. 3 at 10 p.m.
Network: ABC
Genre: Drama

The brilliant but rebellious daughter of a Clinton-like political family is forced into taking a job as the head of Los Angeles' newly created Conviction Integrity Unit.

Alison's Opinion: Pick!
I've been on the lookout for a legal drama to fill in for The Good Wife, and I'm crossing my fingers this is it!

Alison

Conviction is the story of Carter Morrison, the brilliant but rebellious daughter of a Clinton-like political family who is forced into taking a job as the head of Los Angeles' newly created Conviction Integrity Unit.

American Housewife

American Housewife

Premieres: Oct. 11 at 8:30 p.m.
Network: ABC
Genre: Comedy

Until recently, opinionated, confident, unapologetic, plump Katie Otto has been the third fattest housewife in Westport.

Davis's Opinion: Pan!
I guess this could be cute?

Davis

Until recently, opinionated, confident, unapologetic, plump Katie Otto (Katy Mixon) has been the third fattest housewife in Westport. This is exactly where she wants to be. So when her chubbier neighbor moves away, Katie becomes determined to regain her title.

One Mississippi

One Mississippi

Premieres: Sep. 9 at 12 a.m.
Network: Amazon
Genre: Comedy

This semi-autobiographical dark comedy starring Tig Notaro follows her as she returns to her hometown after the sudden death of her mother.

T.J.'s Opinion: Pick!
Tig Notaro deserves all the praise she's received in recent years. Bonus points for Casey Wilson in a recurring role.

T.J.

This semi-autobiographical dark comedy starring Tig Notaro follows her as she returns to her hometown after the sudden death of her mother.

Crisis in Six Scenes

Crisis in Six Scenes

Premieres: Sep. 30 at 12 a.m.
Network: Amazon
Genre: Comedy

During turbulent times in the United States, a middle class suburban family is visited by a guest who turns their household completely upside down.

T.J.'s Opinion: Pan!
Miley Cyrus in a series from Woody Allen? Nope.

T.J.

During turbulent times in the United States (the 1960s), a middle class suburban family is visited by a guest who turns their household completely upside down.

Good Girls Revolt

Good Girls Revolt

Premieres: Oct. 28 at 12 a.m.
Network: Amazon
Genre: Drama

In 1969, while a cultural revolution with a soundtrack to match swept through the free world, there was still one place that refused to change with the times: newsrooms.

Davis's Opinion: Pick!
It may have an entirely different tone than a lot of period series, but that may work in its favor.

Davis

In 1969, while a cultural revolution with a soundtrack to match swept through the free world, there was still one place that refused to change with the times: newsrooms. Three young female researchers fight to be treated fairly.

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency

Premieres: Oct. 22 at 8 p.m.
Network: BBC America
Genre: Thriller

This comedic thriller follows the bizarre adventures of "holistic" detective Dirk Gently and his reluctant assistant Todd, as they wind their way through one big, seemingly insane mystery.

T.J.'s Opinion: Pick!
Give it up to Elijah Wood for not becoming a creepy creeper as an adult.

T.J.

This comedic thriller follows the bizarre adventures of "holistic" detective Dirk Gently (Samuel Barnett) and his reluctant assistant Todd (Elijah Wood), as they wind their way through one big, seemingly insane mystery a season.

Kevin Can Wait

Kevin Can Wait

Premieres: Sep. 19 at 8:30 p.m.
Network: CBS
Genre: Comedy

A newly retired police officer looks forward to spending quality time with his family, only to discover he faces tougher challenges at home than he did on the streets.

Morgaine's Opinion: Pan!
Another one of those shows that seems doomed to cancellation before it even airs.

Morgaine

Kevin James returns to CBS as a newly retired police officer looking forward to spending carefree, quality time with his wife and three kids, only to discover he faces tougher challenges at home than he did on the streets.

Bull

Bull

Premieres: Sep. 20 at 9 p.m.
Network: CBS
Genre: Drama

Dr. Bull is the ultimate puppet master as he learns what makes jurors, attorneys, witnesses, and the accused tick.

Lucy's Opinion: Pan!
As much as I adore Michael Weatherly, a show based on the life of Dr. Phil? Pass.

Lucy

Dr. Bull (Michael Weatherly) is the ultimate puppet master as he combines psychology, human intuition, and high-tech data to learn what makes jurors, attorneys, witnesses, and the accused tick.

MacGyver

MacGyver

Premieres: Sep. 23 at 8 p.m.
Network: CBS
Genre: Action

This reimagining of the '80s TV series follows Mac, who uses his knack for solving problems in unconventional ways to help stop disasters.

Zaz's Opinion: Pick!
I'm a little skeptical this remake will work, but I miss George Ead's face so, so much.

Zaz

This reimagining of the '80s TV series follows Mac, a twentysomething who creates a clandestine organization where he uses his knack for solving problems in unconventional ways to help stop disasters.

Man With a Plan

Man With a Plan

Premieres: Oct. 24 at 8:30 p.m.
Network: CBS
Genre: Comedy

A contractor starts spending more time with his kids and discovers the truth every parent eventually realizes: his little angels are maniacs.

Alex's Opinion: Pan!
I really wished this show would have more of a "Joey Tribbiani as a dad" vibe... but the initial trailers are just painful.

Alex

A contractor (Matt LeBlanc) whose wife goes back to work starts spending more time with his kids and discovers the truth every parent eventually realizes: his little angels are maniacs.

The Great Indoors

The Great Indoors

Premieres: Oct. 27 at 8:30 p.m.
Network: CBS
Genre: Comedy

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.

Audrey's Opinion: Pan!
Oh good, another show making fun of millennials.

Audrey

An adventure reporter (Joel McHale) must adapt to the times when he becomes the boss to a group of millennials in the digital department of the magazine.

Graves

Graves

Premieres: Oct. 16 at 10 p.m.
Network: EPIX
Genre: Comedy

A former U.S. president attempts to right the wrongs of his administration 25 years after leaving the White House.

T.J.'s Opinion: Pick!
I go back and forth on this, but at the end of the day: Sela Ward!

T.J.

A former U.S. president (Nick Nolte) attempts to right the wrongs of his administration 25 years after leaving the White House. Complicating things: the quest begins just as his wife (Sela Ward) decides to pursue her political ambitions.

Son of Zorn

Son of Zorn

Premieres: Sep. 11 at 8 p.m.
Network: FOX
Genre: Comedy

A warrior from a faraway island, where everything and everyone is animated, finds that reconnecting with his live-action son and ex-wife, is harder than waging actual war.

T.J.'s Opinion: Pick!
An interesting gimmick and a talented cast. In a post-BoJack world, this could work.

T.J.

A warrior from a faraway island, where everything and everyone is animated, finds that reconnecting with his live-action son and ex-wife, while suffering through the banality of suburban life, is harder than waging actual war.

Lethal Weapon

Lethal Weapon

Premieres: Sep. 21 at 8 p.m.
Network: FOX
Genre: Action

When former Navy SEAL Martin Riggs suffers the loss of his wife and baby, he moves to Los Angeles to start anew.

Mony's Opinion: Pick!
Only for, "I'm too old for this shit."

Mony

When former Navy SEAL Martin Riggs suffers the loss of his wife and baby, he moves to Los Angeles to start anew. There, he gets partnered with a detective who must avoid any stress in his life.

Pitch

Pitch

Premieres: Sep. 22 at 9 p.m.
Network: FOX
Genre: Drama

A beautiful, tough, and gifted athlete is vaulted into instant fame when she's called up by the San Diego Padres to make her Major League debut.

Rachel's Opinion: Pick!
How long until they make a "There's no crying in baseball!" joke?

Rachel

A beautiful, tough, and gifted athlete (Kylie Bunbury, Under The Dome) is vaulted into instant fame when she's called up by the San Diego Padres to make her Major League debut.

The Exorcist

The Exorcist

Premieres: Sep. 23 at 9 p.m.
Network: FOX
Genre: Drama

This psychological thriller follows two very different men tackling one family's case of horrifying demonic possession, and confronting the face of true evil.

Zaz's Opinion: Pan!
My guess is this cheap thrill of a remake is going to go the way of Damien, Geena Davis or not.

Zaz

A modern reinvention inspired by the 1971 book, this serialized psychological thriller follows two very different men tackling one family's case of horrifying demonic possession, and confronting the face of true evil.

Atlanta

Atlanta

Premieres: Sep. 6 at 10 p.m.
Network: FX
Genre: Comedy

Atlanta follows a college dropout who rediscovers his love for rap when his estranged cousin hits it big in the industry.

Zaz's Opinion: Pick!
As far as I'm concerned, Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino) can do no wrong.

Zaz

A semi-autobiographical series from Donald Glover, Atlanta follows a college dropout who rediscovers his love for rap when his estranged cousin (Vice Principals' Brian Tyree Henry) hits it big in the industry.

Better Things

Better Things

Premieres: Sep. 8 at 10 p.m.
Network: FX
Genre: Comedy

A working actor with no filter tryies to earn a living, navigate her daughters' lives, have fun with a friend or two, and also — just maybe — squeeze in some private time once in a while.

Alison's Opinion: Pick!
There's no way a comedy series from Louis C.K. and Pamela Adlon (aka Bobby Hill) can disappoint!

Alison

Co-creator Pamela Adlon plays a working actor with no filter trying to earn a living, navigate her daughters' lives, have fun with a friend or two, and also — just maybe — squeeze in some private time once in a while.

Westworld

Westworld

Premieres: Oct. 2 at 9 p.m.
Network: HBO
Genre: Science Fiction

Anthony Hopkins stars as Dr. Robert Ford, the head of a futuristic theme park where robots go crazy and attack the guests.

Alex Elias's Opinion: Pan!
Had high hopes for this $58M show, but read it's going to have a lot of sexual violence.

Alex Elias

Anthony Hopkins stars as Dr. Robert Ford, the head of a futuristic theme park where robots go crazy and attack the guests. James Marsden, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, and Miranda Otto co-star.

Divorce

Divorce

Premieres: Oct. 9 at 10 p.m.
Network: HBO
Genre: Comedy

Sarah Jessica Parker plays Frances, a woman who suddenly reassesses her life and marriage to Robert, and realizes that a fresh start is much harder than she thought.

Alex's Opinion: Pick!
For a show about divorce, SJP + THC sure seem to have great chemistry.

Alex

This comedy tells the story of a very, very drawn-out divorce. Sarah Jessica Parker plays Frances, a woman who suddenly reassesses her life and marriage to Robert (Thomas Haden Church), and realizes that a fresh start is much harder than she thought.

Insecure

Insecure

Premieres: Oct. 9 at 10:30 p.m.
Network: HBO
Genre: Comedy

Follows the friendship of two modern day black women, Issa and Molly, and all of their uncomfortable experiences and racy tribulations.

T.J.'s Opinion: Pick!
She's not the next Lena Dunham. She's the first Issa Rae. And she's awesome.

T.J.

Co-created and written by Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore, Insecure follows the friendship of two modern day Black women, Issa and Molly (Yvonne Orji), and all of their uncomfortable experiences and racy tribulations.

Chance

Chance

Premieres: Oct. 19 at 12 a.m.
Network: Hulu
Genre: Drama

A San Francisco-based forensic neuropsychiatrist reluctantly gets sucked into a violent and dangerous world of mistaken identity, police corruption and mental illness.

Alison's Opinion: Pick!
Hugh Laurie returns to the small screen... and to medicine!

Alison

In this psychological thriller, Eldon Chance (Hugh Laurie), a San Francisco-based forensic neuropsychiatrist, reluctantly gets sucked into a violent and dangerous world of mistaken identity, police corruption and mental illness.

Stan Against Evil

Stan Against Evil

Premieres: Nov. 2 at 10 p.m.
Network: IFC
Genre: Horror

A horror comedy about a former sheriff of a small New England town who teams up with his younger replacement to investigate a series of supernatural occurrences.

Zaz's Opinion: Pick!
This is clearly riding on Ash's coattails, but I love horror comedy and I love John C. McGinley, so count me in!

Zaz

Former Simpsons writer Dana Gould is the creator of this eight-episode horror comedy about a former sheriff (John C. McGinley) of a small New England town who teams up with his younger replacement (Janet Varney) to investigate a series of supernatural occurrences.

Loosely Exactly Nicole

Loosely Exactly Nicole

Premieres: Sep. 5 at 10:30 p.m.
Network: MTV
Genre: Comedy

Nicole Byer, exuding her special brand of confidence and irreverence, demonstrates the hilarious missteps of what it means to be out on your own for the first time.

Audrey's Opinion: Pick!
Nicole Byer is the Amy Schumer we need right now.

Audrey

Nicole Byer, exuding her special brand of confidence and irreverence, demonstrates the hilarious missteps of what it means to be out on your own for the first time.

The Good Place

The Good Place

Premieres: Sep. 19 at 10 p.m.
Network: NBC
Genre: Comedy

A woman realizes that she hasn't been a very good person. She decides to turn over a new leaf by learning what it actually means to be "good" or "bad," and then trying to make up for her past behavior.

T.J.'s Opinion: Pick!
Kristen Bell is the perfect choice for a role that requires a bad person to be likable.

T.J.

Kristen Bell plays Eleanor, a woman from New Jersey who comes to realize that she hasn't been a very good person. She decides to turn over a new leaf by learning what it actually means to be "good" or "bad," and then trying to make up for her past behavior.

This is Us

This is Us

Premieres: Sep. 20 at 10 p.m.
Network: NBC
Genre: Drama

Starring Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia and Sterling K. Brown, "This Is Us" follows an ensemble whose paths cross and whose lives intertwine in curious ways.

Rachel's Opinion: Pick!
She has been patiently waiting, and at long last Mandy Moore's hit is upon us. Also, Milo Ventimiglia's butt, if that does it for you.

Rachel

Starring Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia and Sterling K. Brown, "This Is Us" follows an ensemble whose paths cross and whose lives intertwine in curious ways.

Timeless

Timeless

Premieres: Oct. 3 at 10 p.m.
Network: NBC
Genre: Science Fiction

When a mysterious criminal steals a secret state-of-the-art time machine, our only hope is an unexpected team: a scientist, soldier, and history professor.

Davis's Opinion: Pick!
As a total history geek, this could be cute.

Davis

When a mysterious criminal steals a secret state-of-the-art time machine, intent on destroying America as we know it by changing the past, our only hope is an unexpected team: a scientist, soldier, and history professor.

Marvel's Luke Cage

Marvel's Luke Cage

Premieres: Sep. 30 at 3 a.m.
Network: Netflix
Genre: Action

Given superstrength and durability by a sabotaged experiment, a wrongly accused man escapes prison to become a superhero for hire.

Morgaine's Opinion: Pick!
This looks SO. GOOD. Keep the Marvel adaptations coming, Netflix.

Morgaine

Given superstrength and durability by a sabotaged experiment, a wrongly accused man escapes prison to become a superhero for hire.

Haters Back Off

Haters Back Off

Premieres: Oct. 14 at 3 a.m.
Network: Netflix
Genre: Comedy

The oddball family life of Miranda Sings, an incredibly confident, totally untalented star on the rise who continues to fail upward.

Alex's Opinion: Pan!
Consider me a hater, backing off.

Alex

Based on the character created by Colleen Ballinger-Evans, the series delves into the oddball family life of Miranda Sings, an incredibly confident, totally untalented star on the rise who continues to fail upward.

The Crown

The Crown

Premieres: Nov. 4 at 3 a.m.
Network: Netflix
Genre: Drama

The Crown tells the story of two of the most famous addresses in the world — Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street.

Davis's Opinion: Pick!
I need a period drama in my life right now.

Davis

The Crown tells the story of two of the most famous addresses in the world — Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street — and the intrigues, love lives, and machinations behind the events that shaped the second half of the 20th century.

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life

Premieres: Nov. 25 at 3 a.m.
Network: Netflix
Genre: Drama

Four 90-minute chapters tell the stories of Lorelei and Rory, eight years after the beloved drama ended.

T.J.'s Opinion: Pick!
Our long national nightmare is over. We will finally learn what those final four words are.

T.J.

Four 90-minute chapters, each spanning one of the four seasons (winter, spring, summer, and fall), tell the stories of Lorelei and Rory, eight years after the beloved WB/CW drama ended.

Queen Sugar

Queen Sugar

Premieres: Sep. 6 at 10 p.m.
Network: OWN
Genre: Drama

After a family tragedy, three estranged siblings must navigate the triumphs and struggles of their complicated lives in order to run an ailing sugarcane farm in the Deep South.

T.J.'s Opinion: Pick!
Queen Oprah lured Ava DuVernay to OWN and we are grateful.

T.J.

After a family tragedy, three estranged siblings must navigate the triumphs and struggles of their complicated lives in order to run an ailing sugarcane farm in the Deep South.

Nightcap

Nightcap

Premieres: Nov. 16 at 8 p.m.
Network: Pop
Genre: Comedy

This scripted late-night TV satire from Chelsea Lately vets Tom Brunelle and Brad Wollack stars Ali Wentworth as a talent booker.

Jerrica's Opinion: Pick!
Scripted satire with promise of celebrity drop-ins already sounds like a mess, but I'll never say no to a nightcap.

Jerrica

This scripted late-night TV satire from Chelsea Lately vets Tom Brunelle and Brad Wollack stars Ali Wentworth as a talent booker. Expect plenty of celebrities to guest-star as themselves, including Gwyneth Paltrow and Paul Rudd.

Van Helsing

Van Helsing

Premieres: Sep. 23 at 10 p.m.
Network: Syfy
Genre: Science Fiction

Vanessa Helsing, distant relative of famous vampire hunter Abraham Van Helsing, is resurrected only to discover that vampires have taken over the world.

Morgaine's Opinion: Pick!
Woot! Lady vampire hunter! Could this be Buffy 2.0?

Morgaine

Vanessa Helsing, distant relative of famous vampire hunter Abraham Van Helsing, is resurrected only to discover that vampires have taken over the world. She is humanity's last hope to lead an offensive to take back what has been lost.

Aftermath

Aftermath

Premieres: Sep. 27 at 10 p.m.
Network: Syfy
Genre: Science Fiction

A family battles for survival after civilization comes to an apocalyptic end and they are faced not only with plague, but the rise of supernatural creatures.

Jerrica's Opinion: Pick!
An apocalypse with a supernatural twist?! Please be as interesting as you sound!

Jerrica

A family (led by Men in Trees‘ Anne Heche and James Tupper) battles for survival after civilization comes to an apocalyptic end and they are faced not only with plague, but the rise of supernatural creatures.

Incorporated

Incorporated

Premieres: Nov. 30 at 10 p.m.
Network: Syfy
Genre: Science Fiction

Tells the story of an executive forced to change his identity in order to infiltrate a cut-throat corporate world to save the woman he loves.

Alex Elias's Opinion: Pick!
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck produce this mysterious science-fiction marvel!

Alex Elias

Set in a future where companies have unlimited power, Incorporated tells the story of an executive forced to change his identity in order to infiltrate a cut-throat corporate world to save the woman he loves.

People of Earth

People of Earth

Premieres: Oct. 31 at 9 p.m.
Network: TBS
Genre: Comedy

People of Earth is about a support group for people who think they were abducted by aliens.

Jerrica's Opinion: Pan!
X-Files is the only alien abduction series I need.

Jerrica

People of Earth is about a support group for people who think they were abducted by aliens. Skeptical journalist Wyatt Jones investigates, and the more he digs into the claims, the more intrigued and seduced he becomes.

Frequency

Frequency

Premieres: Oct. 5 at 9 p.m.
Network: The CW
Genre: Science Fiction

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.

Alex Elias's Opinion: Pick!
I remember really enjoying this movie as a kid. I have faith in The CW.

Alex Elias

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 the "butterfly effect" wreaks havoc in the present day.

Good Behavior

Good Behavior

Premieres: Nov. 15 at 9 p.m.
Network: TNT
Genre: Drama

Letty Dobesh is a thief and a con artist whose life is always one wrong turn, one bad decision from implosion — which is exactly how she likes it.

T.J.'s Opinion: Pan!
I'm not ready for Michelle Dockery in the role. I'm just not.

T.J.

Letty Dobesh is a thief and a con artist whose life is always one wrong turn, one bad decision from implosion — which is exactly how she likes it.

Falling Water

Falling Water

Premieres: Oct. 13 at 10 p.m.
Network: USA
Genre: Science Fiction

Three unrelated people, on a mysterious and highly personal quest, slowly realize that they are dreaming separate parts of a single common dream.

Audrey's Opinion: Pick!
Inception meets Heroes? I'm in!

Audrey

Three unrelated people, on a mysterious and highly personal quest, slowly realize that they are dreaming separate parts of a single common dream.