Fall TV: New Shows to Watch From NBC, ABC, FOX

Part two of four. Part one, focused on CBS and The CW, is here; part three, focused on cable shows, is here; part four, about buzzworthy shows from streaming platforms, is here.

Peak TV: it's both a blessing and a curse. There are more scripted series than ever (an estimated 417 last year, according to FX's John Landgraf), and more great shows than ever. So with another wave of new content about to drown us, we're spotlighting the standouts we think you should add to your SideReel Tracker.

 

Son of Zorn

Premieres Sept. 11 on FOX

It's a classic fish-out-of-water story: the animated He-Man-esque hero (voiced by Jason Sudeikis) leaves his cartoon island to win back his live-action family in Southern California. Zorn, conqueror of the tribes of Agon and decapitator of the dark herdsmen of Grith, takes on his greatest challenge: his ex-wife's new fiancé.

 

The Good Place

Premieres Sept. 19 on NBC

Kristen Bell, whose Veronica Mars remains one of TV's best characters, is the perfect actress to play a likably bad girl. Here she's Eleanor, a woman who, upon entering the afterlife, realizes that she hasn't been a very good person and tries to redeem herself.

 

This is Us

Premieres Sept. 20 on NBC

With (by far) the most-viewed trailer of the season's new shows, this drama from the writer and directors of Crazy, Stupid, Love follows an ensemble whose lives intertwine in curious ways. Will Mandy Moore finally find lasting TV success?

 

Speechless

Premieres Sept. 21 on ABC

From her scene-stealing guest spots on Will & Grace to her lauded leading role on The Riches, Minnie Driver has become one of TV's best actresses. But she's yet to land a legit hit of her own. This smart, sensitive family comedy breaks new ground with its treatment of disabilities and could break new ground for Driver.

 

Designated Survivor

Premieres Sept. 21 on ABC

Kiefer Sutherland plays Tom Kirkman, a lower-level 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. The heat on this one is high.

 

Pitch

Premieres Sept. 22 on FOX

FOX is swinging for the fences with this inspirational sports drama about the first woman to play Major League Baseball. Relative unknown Kylie Bunbury shines in a demanding role. And creator Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love) capitalizes on nostalgia by bringing in Mark-Paul Gosselaar as the team's star catcher.

 

You can find SideReel's Fall TV Preview here. Which shows are you looking forward to? Let us know in the comments below!

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Aug 18, 2016 6:52PM EDT

Just looking at the Zorn poster makes me giggle.

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Aug 19, 2016 9:51PM EDT

cool i like it

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Aug 24, 2016 7:16AM EDT

Can't wait to check out some of these shows, especially Son of Zorn. This list is way better then the CBS/CW one, imho.

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Sep 22, 2016 5:45PM EDT

Great list!

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