Fall is looking a little different this year and while things are now starting to kick back into production there will be a bit of a lag. In addition to a few new shows that are making it out we’ll start to see re-purposing shows that have already been released in one way or another, which I think is a great idea.
This isn’t the first time this has happened but it’s been kicked up a bit, CBS All Access (CBSAA) showed the first season of The Good Fight on CBS, but only the first season which was enough to get me hooked to pay for the next season(s) through Amazon. Syfy showed the first season of Harley Quinn from DC Universe, but only the first season (it’s now on HBO Max) and I’ve yet to break down to pay for any further services (though it’s very fun). We are up through season 3 of Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) Burden of Truth on the CW which makes an entertaining enough summer show.
A few of these are in their wrap up phase but here are a few exchange students you might want to say hello to:
- Coroner (CW, 8/5) – From the CBC, so far this show is a good procedural where our protagonist is struggling with her own demons and solving crimes through the bodies found, a third season has been ordered.
- Dead Pixels (CW, 8/18) – This British show has been renewed for a second series where we’ll see what happens with three obsessive online gamers, somewhat entertaining but not my thing, finale 9/22.
- Devils (CW, 10/7) – An international co-production from Italian and French companies, Patrick Dempsey works his way into the picture as American CEO while a head of trading tries to get to the bottom of a scandal, it’s been renewed for a second season.
- LA’s Finest (Fox, 9/21) – From Spectrum, Jessica Alba and Gabrielle Union are cop partners in an offshoot of the Bad Boys franchise, renewed for a second season, early reviews are middling.
- Manhunt: Deadly Games (CBS, 9/21) – From Spectrum this is a scripted true-crime anthology focused on Richard Jewell and the ’96 Olympic bombing, the first season on Unabomber aired on Discovery and was solid enough though wouldn’t go too far out of my way for it.
- One Day at a Time (CBS, 10/12) – This fun re-imagining of the original ’70s show started on Netflix and got picked up by Pop starting with season 4 which is where we’ll start on CBS, it’s a fun one and if you can go back and catch earlier shows do it.
- Star Trek: Discovery (CBS, 9/24) – From CBSAA, the seventh in the franchise, based on history I’m not sure we’ll continue to get these on CBS but the third season is targeting later this year, generally favorable reviews.
- Swamp Thing (CW, 10/6) – From DC Universe this was cancelled after the first season so this tale of mysterious swamp creature will be one shot (I was under the impression this got axed with a network direction change and not because it was a stinker).
- Tell Me a Story (CW, 7/28) – From CBSAA the first of the two seasons starts with riffs on fairy tale themes but as a modern day serialized drama, I passed on this.
- Transplant (NBC, 9/1) – More of the Canadians as this story of a Syrian refugee who is rebuilding his medical career and so far is a good procedural, and has been renewed for a second season, also playing on Hulu so you can catch up.
There are also a few new shows coming up, these are the ones that look like they’ve been scheduled:
- Connecting (NBC, 10/1) – A video chats in the pandemic show, and based on my impressions of comparable step into separate filming Love in the Time of Corona, turns out you actually need to have a good show to make this format work, we’ll see.
- Filthy Rich (Fox, 9/21) – Kim Cattrall is the matriarch of this mega-rich evangelical family, early notes on this say it’s not quite capturing the soapy magic it should.
- NEXT (Fox, 10/6) – Delayed from midseason, an AI gets loose and it’s creator, played by John Slattery, helps try to protect the world from it.
- Big Sky (ABC, 11/17) – Are two disappeared sisters not the only missing girls in this area, the latest from David E. Kelley.
Note: Schedules are even more fluid than normal so stay tuned to “New and Noteworthy TV” posts, which will also continue to feature the ever releasing cable and streaming, as well as your own local listings.