New Fall TV Shows

A to Z
A to Z
  • NBC
  • Premieres: Thursday, Oct. 2 at 9/8c

A student of the How I Met Your Mother school of television, A to Z is a romantic comedy that chronicles a relationship from beginning to end, à la 500 Days of Summer. Mad Men's Ben Feldman stars (with both of his nipples!) as Andrew, a true believer in destiny and romance, while HIMYM's ever-charming Cristin Milioti plays the object of his affection, Zelda. (A to Z, get it?) Lenora Crichlow, Henry Zebrowski, and Christina Kirk round out the cast.

The Affair
The Affair
  • Showtime
  • Premieres: Sunday, Oct. 12 at 10/9c

Told from alternating male and female perspectives, The Affair examines the emotional and psychological effects of infidelity on two different marriages. Set in the Hamptons, the series stars Dominic West (The Wire) and Ruth Wilson (Luther) as the cheaters and Maura Tierney (ER) and Joshua Jackson (Fringe) as the cheatees. Bonus: Bunheads' Julia Goldani Telles appears as the teenage daughter of one of the two couples, adding to an already excellent cast.

Bad Judge
Bad Judge
  • NBC
  • Premieres: Thursday, Oct. 2 at 9/8c

This single-camera comedy stars Kate Walsh (Private Practice, Fargo) as Rebecca Wright, one of L.A.'s most respected criminal court judges. But here's the (overused and kind-of-boring) catch: While Rebecca totally and completely has it together in her work life, her personal life is the exact definition of a hot mess. She's flaky, she sleeps around without a care in the world, and she parties like she's still in college (so we're guessing she has the world's worst hangovers). She does drive a sweet van, though! John Ducey, Tone Bell, and Theodore Barnes also star.

Black-ish
Black-ish
  • ABC
  • Premieres: Wednesday, Sep. 24 at 9/8c

Created by and starring comedian Anthony Anderson, Black-ish explores one man's efforts to establish a cultural identity for his family after he discovers his children don't have one. Anderson stars as man-of-the-house Dre, and Tracee Ellis Ross plays his biracial wife Rainbow; they've got their hands full working and raising kids Zoey, Andre (who prefers to be called Andy and really, really wants a bar mitzvah despite the fact they're not Jewish), and twins Jack and Diane. Hannibal's Laurence Fishburne appears as Dre's father, Pops, and wears velour tracksuits because he's Laurence freaking Fishburne.

Constantine
Constantine
  • NBC
  • Premieres: Friday, Oct. 24 at 10/9c

One of many comic book adaptations this season, Constantine is based on the DC Comics series Hellblazer. Welsh actor Matt Ryan stars as the titular John Constantine, a seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult who abandoned his campaign against evil after failing to save a young girl's soul from hell. However, he's pulled back into the fight when the balance between good and evil somehow winds up on the line and an angel named Manny (Lost's Harold Perrineau) tells him to man up and get his act together. True Detective's Charles Halford also stars.

Cristela
Cristela
  • ABC
  • Premieres: Friday, Oct. 10 at 8/7c

Loosely based on comedienne Cristela Alonzo's life and stand-up routine, this family sitcom opens as the title character enters her sixth year of law school and takes on an unpaid internship at a law firm where she's frequently mistaken for the help. As she works to get her life and career started, she must also deal with her traditional Mexican-American family, who struggles to understand her ambitions. Carlos Ponce, Terri Hoyos, Andrew Leeds, Sam McMurray, and Jacob Guenther also star.

The Flash
The Flash
  • CW
  • Premieres: Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 8/7c

The CW's highly anticipated Arrow spin-off stars Grant Gustin as Barry Allen, who becomes the fastest man alive, aka The Flash, after an explosion at the S.T.A.R. Labs particle accelerator bestows him with superhuman speed. More lighthearted than its parent series, The Flash is set in Central City, where Barry works as a forensic investigator and uses his special power to help fight crime. He's aided in that endeavor by Det. Joe West (Law & Order's Jesse L. Martin), a cop who also serves as Barry's surrogate father; Barry's real father (TV's original Barry Allen, and Dawson Leery's dad, John Wesley Shipp) is in prison for allegedly murdering Barry's mother. Rounding out the cast are Candice Patton as Iris, Joe's daughter and Barry's BFF; Danielle Panabaker and Carlos Valdes as S.T.A.R. Labs scientists Caitlin Snow and Cisco Ramon; Rick Cosnett as Det. Eddie Thawne; and Tom Cavanagh as Dr. Harrison Wells.

Forever
Forever
  • ABC
  • Premieres: Monday, Sep. 22 at 10/9c

Ioan Gruffudd stars as New York City medical examiner Henry Morgan, who harbors an unusual secret —he can't die. Working alongside his new partner, Det. Jo Martinez (Alana De La Garza), Morgan studies the dead in an effort to discover the mystery of his own immortality. Also, the ladies in the crowd might want to take note: When Morgan dies (and he dies semi-often for some reason), he always comes back naked. Judd Hirsch, Donnie Keshawarz, and Joel David Moore also star.

Gotham
Gotham
  • Fox
  • Premieres: Monday, Sep. 22 at 8/7c

Described as the origin story of future Gotham police commissioner Jim Gordon, Gotham is Fox's effort to get in on TV's comic-book craze. Southland and The O.C. alum Ben McKenzie stars as Gordon, a fresh-faced police detective whose life begins to change when he and his partner, the brash Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue), start investigating the murder of the parents of none other than a young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz). However, the noir crime drama isn't just about Gordon's rise through the ranks of Gotham City's PD; it also promises to tell the origin stories of several DC Comics' villains, including Catwoman (Camren Bicondova), the Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor), and the Riddler (Cory Michael Smith).

Gracepoint
Gracepoint
  • Fox
  • Premieres: Thursday, Oct. 2 at 9/8c

When a young boy is found dead on an idyllic beach, a major police investigation gets underway in the small California seaside town where the tragedy occurred. Soon deemed a homicide, the case sparks a media frenzy, which throws the boy’s family into further turmoil and upends the lives of all of the town’s residents. Based on the British series Broadchurch, the event series stars David Tennant and Anna Gunn as the pair of cops investigating the case. The cast also includes Nick Nolte, Michael Pena, Jacki Weaver and Kevin Rankin.

Happyland
Happyland
  • MTV
  • Premieres: Tuesday, Sep. 30 at 11/10c

MTV's newest scripted teen drama exposes the soapy inner workings of one of the country's most popular theme parks, revealing the less-than-magical reality of what goes on behind the scenes. Bianca Santos stars as Lucy, a cynical teenager who grew up in the park (her mom, played by Camille Guaty, works there as a princess) and wants to leave so she can experience the real world. Naturally, that all changes when she meets Ian (Shane Harper). He's the son of the park's new owner, who sweeps Lucy off her feet... until a scandal comes to light that turns both their lives upside-down.

Houdini
Houdini
  • History
  • Premieres: Monday, Sep. 1 at 9/8c

This two-part miniseries stars Academy Award winner Adrien Brody as the world-famous Harry Houdini (birth name: Erik Weisz) and will chronicle the legendary performer's life by recounting his various stunts and illusions. Kristen Connolly (House of Cards) plays Houdini's wife and partner Bess, while Evan Jones (A Million Ways to Die in the West) plays Jim Collins, his assistant.

How to Get Away With Murder
How to Get Away With Murder
  • ABC
  • Premieres: Thursday, Sep. 25 at 10/9c

Shonda Rhimes continues her push toward world domination with this legal thriller, which stars Viola Davis as a serious-as-the-death-penalty law school professor whose attractive students vie for her approval and a desk at her prestigious law firm. But their biggest lessons are learned outside the classroom, when they get caught up in a murder plot and, presumably, must figure out how to get away with it. Expect Scandal-sized twists and Grey's-like drama!

Intruders
Intruders
  • BBC America
  • Premieres: Saturday, Aug. 23 at 9/8c

Based on Michael Marshall Smith's 2007 book The Intruders, BBC America's newest series stars Doctor Who's John Simm as Jack Whelan, a former Los Angeles cop who has relocated with his wife (Mira Sorvino) to the Pacific Northwest in search of a quieter life. But that all goes to hell when she suddenly vanishes —just as an old friend (Tory Kittles) appears on his doorstep asking for help with a murder investigation. As these and other seemingly disconnected events converge, Jack discovers a secret society known as Qui Reverti, whose members chase immortality by seeking refuge in the bodies of others. The cast also includes the eternally-typecast-as-evil James Frain as assassin Richard Shepherd and newcomer Millie Brown as an innocent-seeming (but probably not-at-all innocent) nine-year-old runaway.

Jane The Virgin
Jane The Virgin
  • CW
  • Premieres: Monday, Oct. 13 at 9/8c

Come on, it's all right there in the title: Gina Rodriguez stars as a young woman named Jane, and Jane is a virgin! What more is there to know? Well, okay, there is the fact that she's pregnant because she was accidentally artificially inseminated by her gynecologist. Whoops! And to make matters even more complicated, Jane has to decide whether or not to keep the baby after discovering the sperm specimen belonged to cancer survivor Rafael (Justin Baldoni), who's not only a former crush of Jane's, but also her new boss.

Kingdom
Kingdom
  • DirecTV
  • Premieres: Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 9/8c

Originally titled Navy St., Kingdom is a family drama set in the bruised and bloody world of mixed martial arts. Created by Byron Balasco (Detroit 1-8-7), the series stars Frank Grillo (Prison Break) as Alvey Kulina, a legend in the sport and the owner of an MMA gym who's looking to develop the next generation of fighters. Joanna Going (House of Cards) plays his drug-addicted, estranged wife, while Nick Jonas (Hawaii Five-0) and Jonathan Tucker (Parenthood) play his two sons, who are also fighters. Kiele Sanchez ( The Glades ) and Matt Lauria (Friday Night Lights, Parenthood) also star.

Madam Secretary
Madam Secretary
  • CBS
  • Premieres: Sunday, Sep. 21 at 8/7c

Tea Leoni plays a former CIA agent whose former boss, now the president of the United States (Keith Carradine), asks her to take on the role of Secretary of State after an accident claims the life of the office's previous occupant. Using her no-nonsense, unconventional attitude toward politics, she shakes things up in Washington, D.C. while also juggling her home life as a wife and a mother. Tim Daly and Bebe Neuwirth also star.

Manhattan Love Story
Manhattan Love Story
  • ABC
  • Premieres: Tuesday, Sep. 30 at 8/7c

This new comedy uses the power of voiceover to broadcast the internal monologues of a New York City dude (Jake McDorman) and a Midwestern transplant chick (Analeigh Tipton) as they navigate an awkward first date and subsequent budding romance. What you'll learn early on from the voices in their heads is that guys like sex and women like purses; but as the series — and their relationship &mdash ;progresses, we expect things will get a bit more complicated than that.

Marry Me
Marry Me
  • NBC
  • Premieres: Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 9/8c

Happy Endings' David Caspe is the writer behind this rom-com about a couple (played by Ken Marino and Caspe's real-life wife Casey Wilson) who are well on their way to tyring the knot. There's just one problem: They can't get the marriage proposal right! Is it a sign that they aren't supposed to be together? Or do they need to just stop screwing up their overly inventive attempts to get engaged? Sarah Wright and John Gemberling also star.

The McCarthys
The McCarthys
  • CBS
  • Premieres: Thursday, Oct. 30 at 9/8c

A loud-mouthed, sports-crazy Boston family (aren't those things redundant?) is at the center of this multi-camera sitcom based on the life of series creator Brian Gallivan. But what happens when the patriarch asks the resident black sheep — a gay, sports-averse son — o be his assistant basketball coach? Madness! Will there be a "you throw like a girl" joke? Probably! Tyler Ritter, Laurie Metcalf, Jack McGee, Jimmy Dunn, and Joey McIntyre (yes, that Joey McIntyre, of New Kids on the Block) star.

Mulaney
Mulaney
  • Fox
  • Premieres: Sunday, Oct. 5 at 9/8c

What's the deal with this show? Stand-up comic and former SNL writer John Mulaney does his best Jerry Seinfeld impression as a comedian who lives and works in New York City and whose pals (Nasim Pedrad and Seaton Smith) and wacky neighbor (Elliot Gould) like to butt into his life. But John will have a more regular gig than Jerry ever did: He writes jokes for a game-show host and comedian played by Martin Short. Yada, yada, yada...

The Mysteries of Laura
The Mysteries of Laura
  • NBC
  • Premieres: Wednesday, Sep. 17 at 10/9c

Things at NBC are about to get Messing again! This lighthearted drama brings Will & Grace and Smash actress Debra Messing back to the small screen as Laura Diamond, an NYPD homicide detective who spends her days cleaning up the streets and the rest of her time cleaning up after her rambunctious twin sons and soon-to-be ex-husband (Josh Lucas) Laz Alonso also stars.

NCIS: New Orleans
NCIS: New Orleans
  • CBS
  • Premieres: Tuesday, Sep. 23 at 9/8c

Why should Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles have all the fun? The Big Easy gets its own iteration of TV's most-watched drama, with Scott Bakula, Lucas Black, Zoe McLellan, and C.C.H. Pounder solving crimes on Bourbon Street and beyond. We guess the Navy boys get into lots of trouble while they're on leave!

Red Band Society
Red Band Society
  • Fox
  • Premieres: Wednesday, Sep. 17 at 9/8c

Set in the children's ward of a Los Angeles hospital (and narrated by a kid who's in a coma), Red Band Society is a coming-of-age drama that follows a Breakfast Club -esque group of patients as they such face life-changing (and life-threatening) challenges as cancer and heart defects. Griffin Gluck, Zoe Levin, Charlie Rowe, Astro, Ciara Bravo, and Nolan Sotillo star as the young protagonists, while Dave Annable, Rebecca Rittenhouse, and Octavia Spencer take on the adult roles of the doctors and nurses who mentor them through the ups and downs of adolescence.

Scorpion
Scorpion
  • CBS
  • Premieres: Monday, Sep. 22 at 9/8c

Based on the experiences of real-world genius Walter O'Brien, Scorpion is about a bunch of nerds who form a team to solve some of the world's most complex problems. (It's like if the Justice League of America traded their superpowers for supersmarts, computer wizardry and hacking skills.) And to give the show a Big Bang Theory-esque twist, Katharine McPhee plays the diner waitress who glues them all together. Elyes Gabel, Robert Patrick, and Eddie Kaye Thomas also star.

Selfie
Selfie
  • ABC
  • Premieres: Tuesday, Sep. 30 at 8/7c

Karen Gillan (Doctor Who) drops her adorable Scottish accent to star in this modern spin on Pygmalion that takes place in today's social media-driven world. Gillan's Eliza Dooley is obsessed with becoming Internet famous, but her constant Instagramming and Facebooking has left her devoid of any real friends — not to mention the social skills required to make any. Desperate for a fix, Eliza hires marketer Henry Higenbottam (John Cho) to help her rebuild her image and put down her damn phone for once.

Stalker
Stalker
  • CBS
  • Premieres: Wednesday, Oct. 1 at 10/9c

This violent and shocking thriller from The Following's Kevin Williamson has already drawn plenty of pre-air criticism, and with good reason. It follows a division of the LAPD that deals with stalkers, voyeurs, and love-obsessed weirdos who target mostly women, often with deadly results. Maggie Q and Dylan McDermott star as our law enforcement heroes who may be more complicated than they seem.

State of Affairs
State of Affairs
  • NBC
  • Premieres: Monday, Nov. 17 at 10/9c

Former Grey's Anatomy star Katherine Heigl is making her grand return to television, whether you want her to or not. In this political drama, she plays a top CIA attache who's tasked with one heck of a job: put together a briefing for the president (Alfre Woodard) to assess the greatest threats to national security. And just in case that doesn't sound stressful enough, she spends what little free time she has hunting down the terrorists who killed her fiancé, who also happened to be the president's son.

Survivor's Remorse
Survivor's Remorse
  • Starz
  • Premieres: Saturday, Oct. 4 at 9/8c

This basketball comedy is produced by LeBron James, who we hear knows a thing or two about hoops. It follows a young amateur baller Cam Calloway (Jessie T. Usher) as he lands his first multimillion-dollar contract with a professional basketball team; on his rise to stardom, he'll have to deal with freeloaders, groupies, and giving back to his roots. RonReaco Lee, Mike Epps, Tichina Arnold and Teyonah Parris also star.

Utopia
Utopia
  • Fox
  • Premieres: Sunday, Sep. 7 at 8/7c

In this experimental reality series based on a Dutch format, 15 contestants — of varying backgrounds and temperaments, of course —are thrown into the wilderness to spend an entire year building their own society with their own rules. Think Kid Nation for grown-ups. Will they govern by democracy, or will a dictator rise to power? Will they practice a certain religion, or will atheism rule? Will they farm their own food or eat each other as things devolve into anarchy and cannibalism? It'll be paradise or chaos (or something in the middle), and it'll be filmed for your enjoyment!

Z Nation
Z Nation
  • Syfy
  • Premieres: Friday, Sep. 12 at 10/9c

Syfy goes after the Walking Dead crowd with this action-horror series about — what else? — a group of survivors trying to save humanity after a zombie apocalypse. But this show's ragtag group (including Lost's Harold Perrineau, Southland's Tom Everett Scott and Road Trip's DJ Qualls) aren't traipsing around the Southern countryside. Instead, they are trying to get the only person unaffected by the zombie plague from New York to California, where a viral lab hopes to turn his blood into a vaccine. What could possibly go wrong during their 3,000-mile journey?

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