Our Most Anticipated New Fall and Winter Shows

Season and series finales have (mostly) aired and now, a week after Upfronts ended, summer is nearly upon us. There’s a lot of original summer programming coming our way, but there’s also the new fall-winter season coming. New shows won’t be debuting for three or four months, but there’s anticipation brewing for the new TV offerings coming down the pipeline. After viewing the trailers for all of the new shows released during Upfronts, we’ve put together a list of the shows we’re most interested in seeing on our screens in the fall.


DESIGNATED SURVIVOR (TV Addict staff who are intrigued by this show: Melissa, Shana, Araceli and Clarissa). “When I first saw the promo for this one, I felt like I was watching the trailer for a movie — not just network TV’s next attempt at coming up with a political drama,” Shana said. Kiefer Sutherland is back and he’s saving America again — but not as a federal agent. This time he’s the mild-mannered Secretary of Housing and Urban Development who gets chosen as the Designated Survivor, even after being told he was going to be reassigned the morning of the State of the Union. Only now the President and his Cabinet are dead and it’s up to Sutherland’s Tom Kirkland to fend off a potential war with Iran and adjust to a job he never wanted. And that’s all in his first night as President. DESIGNATED SURVIVOR will air this fall on Wednesdays at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT  on ABC.



CONVICTION (TV Addict staff who are intrigued by this show: Brianna, Rebecca, Araceli and Luciana). “It looks like the complete opposite of Hayley Atwell’s Peggy Carter, so I’m interested to see how that’ll play out,” Brianna said about this new ABC show. Granted, the cancellation of AGENT CARTER was a blow, but the continued presence of Atwell on television is a good thing. In CONVICTION, she plays the former daughter of a President who has wasted her life and her brilliant legal mind. When she gets arrested, her former courtroom nemesis gives her a choice: lead his new unit dedicated to figuring out if people have been wrongly convicted, or go to jail. This is a new shot for Hayes Morrison and it looks like she’s going to take it. CONVICTION will air this fall on Mondays at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.



FREQUENCY (TV Addict staff who are intrigued by this show: Brianna, Shana, Araceli and Luciana).  “Time travel is in this fall, but this one twists the genre,” Araceli said. Peyton list stars as Detective Raimy Sullivan, a woman who is burdened by the perceived sins of her father. But one day she uses an old ham radio and actually connects with her dead father….who is still alive back in 1996. The information she provides him ensures that he can escape his coming death, but now the pair have to deal with the ramifications of changing the past. And there are some pretty big ramifications. FREQUENCY will air on Wednesdays at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT this fall on The CW.



TIME AFTER TIME (TV Addict staff who are intrigued by this show: Melissa, Brianna and Araceli). “One of my favorite movies ever and the clip looks faithful to the film. I wish ABC would have launched TIME AFTER TIME in the fall,” Melissa lamented. Time travel is a big theme this season, but instead of going to the past, the protagonists in TIME AFTER TIME are heading to the future. After HG Wells invents a time machine, his friend (who he doesn’t realize is Jack the Ripper), uses the machine to escape the police. And Wells, of course, follows him to the future to apprehend him. Thus begins the classic fish-out-of-water tale, with the past meeting the future. TIME AFTER TIME will premiere at midseason on ABC.

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BONES Sneak Peeks: Booth Takes on a Secret Service Case


A Secret Service agent is murdered in this week’s BONES and it’s up to Booth, Aubrey and the Jeffersonian team to figure out who did it. When a drunk college student discovers the dead body of an agent just before a presidential visit to the area, Booth is ready to hit the ground running. When he turns to Secret Service agent and former colleague Brandt Walker, he’s shocked to learn that the government is hesitant about having a descendent of John Wilkes Booth on the case. As a result, Aubrey starts the investigation, but Booth is soon brought in. But why was the victim killed? Is this all related to the President or was there a personal reason?

Meanwhile, Brennan is in the midst of a severe flu and can’t work. She’s not used to being on the sidelines, however, and is particularly perturbed when Dr. Colin Fisher shows up as a consultant with the Secret Service. He’s thrilled to throw around his new credentials, while Brennan is desperately trying to prove that his theories are wrong and that she’s well enough to help out on the case. Finally, Hodgins takes a big risk to help out in the case by volunteering to seek out some evidence in a dangerous place.

Don’t miss an all new episode of BONES tonight (May 26) at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.

STAR Preview: First Look at Fox’s New Musical Drama


Lee Daniels created a hit for Fox with EMPIRE and now the network is hoping for another popular musical drama series with STAR.

While EMPIRE is all about a musical family, STAR shines the light on a musical group. The series focuses on three talented singers who are all on the road to success. First there’s Star herself, “a tough-as-nails young woman, who came up in the foster care system and decides one day to take control of her destiny.” She tracks down her sister, Simone, and her Instagram BFF, Alexandra, and the three women travel to Atlanta together to become stars. They soon meet Carlotta, who acts as a surrogate mother to the young crew, as well as Jahil, a down-on-his-luck talent agent who wants the girls to help revitalize his career.

As the girls delve deeper into the music business, “reality soon dawns on the girls’ fantasies, and they start to learn that ambition often comes at a cost. And sometimes that cost is too high.”

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The cast includes Queen Latifah as Carlotta Brown, Benjamin Bratt as Jahil Rivera, Jude Demorest as Star Davis, Ryan Destiny as Alexandra and Brittany O’Grady as Simone Davis. Lee Daniels (EMPIRE), Tom Donaghy, Charles Murray, Pamela Oas Williams and Effie Brown serve as executive producers.

STAR will air midseason on Wednesdays at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on Fox (see Fox’s full fall and midseason schedule).

PITCH Preview: First Look at Fox’s New Baseball Drama Series


Ginny Baker is the first woman to play Major League Baseball in PITCH, the inspirational new drama series from Fox.

Called up by the San Diego Padres to make her MLB debut, Ginny is catapulted to instant fame. But like any other rookie, she needs to prove herself to her teammates. First and foremost among them is Mike Lawson, the team’s star catcher. The pair also have instant chemistry — something neither of them want to admit.

Ginny does have some allies, including her old friend from the minor leagues, center fielder Blip Sanders. And acting as her guide is agent Amelia Slater, who saw Ginny’s star potential early. Ginny was also guided by her demanding father, Bill Baker. As Ginny tries to represent her gender while embarking on a successful baseball career, she’ll be considered the most important historical figure in sports since Jackie Robinson.

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The cast includes Kylie Bunbury as Ginny Baker, Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Mike Lawson, Ali Larter as Amelia Slater, Mark Consuelos as Oscar Arguella, Dan Lauria as Al Luongo, Mo McRae as Blip Sanders, Meagan Holder as Evelyn Sanders and Tim Jo as Eliot. Dan Fogelman (GALAVANT and GRANDFATHERED), Rick Singer, Kevin Falls, Tony Bill, Helen Bartlett, Jess Rosenthal and Paris Barclay serve as executive producers.

PITCH will air on Thursdays at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT this fall on Fox (see Fox’s full fall and midseason schedule).

24: LEGACY Preview: First Look at Fox’s New Action Series

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24 is back on Fox for the 2016-2017, albeit with a bit of a twist this time. While Jack Bauer won’t be saving the world one hour at a time in 24: LEGACY, we’ll see all new heroes step up to stop a devastating terrorist attack on U.S. soil.

Six months before the show begins, a squad of U.S. Army Rangers — led by Sergeant Eric Carter — killed terrorist leader Sheik Ibrahim Bin-Khalid in Yemen. After the death, Bin-Khalid’s followers declared a fatwah against Carter, his squad and their families, forcing them into federal witness protection. After a recent attempt on Carter’s life, he realizes that his team is now exposed.

In order to stop more attacks, Carter seeks out Rebecca Ingram, a brilliant intelligence officer who helped lead the raid. She’s since stepped down from her post as National Director of CTU in order to support her husband’s, Senator John Donovan, run for President. Carter and Ingram soon uncover a  ”sophisticated terrorist network that will force them to ask: “Who can we trust?’”.

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The cast includes Corey Hawkins as Eric Carter, Miranda Otto as Rebecca Ingram, Jimmy Smits as Senator John Donovan, Teddy Sears as Keith Mullins, Dan Bucatinsky as Andy Shalowitz, Anna Diop as Nicole Carter, Ashley Thomas as Isaac Carter, Charlie Hofheimer as Ben Grimes, Coral Pena as Mariana Stiles and Sheila Vand as Nilaa. Howard Gordon (24 and HOMELAND), Brian Grazer, Evan Katz, Manny Coto, Stephen Hopkins and Kiefer Sutherland serve as executive producers.

24: LEGACY will air midseason on Mondays at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on Fox (see Fox’s full fall and midseason schedule).

PRISON BREAK Preview: First Look at Fox’s Newest Revival Series

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Fox had a hit on its hands when it revived THE X-FILES earlier this year and now the network is looking to duplicate that success with another revival event series: the return of PRISON BREAK.

The original PRISON BREAK may have ended with the death of Michael Scofield, but star Wentworth Miller will be very much involved in the revival. In fact, the new PRISON BREAK centers around the discovery that Michael may actually be alive. Armed with hope, Lincoln and Sara team up to help engineer the show’s biggest prison escape ever. And three of Fox River State Penitentiary’s most notorious escapees, Sucre, T-Bag and C-Note, are also pulled back into action.

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The cast includes Wentworth Miller as Michael Scofield, Dominic Purcell as Lincoln Burrows, Sarah Wayne Callies as Sara Tancredi, Amaury Nolasco as Sucre, Robert Knepper as T-Bag, Rockmond Dunbar as C-Note, Mark Feuerstein as Jacob Anton Ness, Augustus Prew as Whip, Rick Yune as Ja, Inbar Lavi as Sheba and Paul Adelstein as Paul Kellerman. Paul T. Scheuring (the original PRISON BREAK), Neal Moritz, Marty Adelstein, Dawn Olmstead, Vaun Wilmott and Michael Horowitz will serve as executive producers.

PRISON BREAK will air midseason on Thursdays at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on Fox (see Fox’s full fall and midseason schedule).

SON OF ZORN Preview: First Look at Fox’s New Live-Action and Animated Comedy Series

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SON OF ZORN is blending live-action and animation into a new comedy series on Fox. Zorn (a.k.a. the Defender of Zephyria, Conqueror of the tribes of Agon and decapitator of the dark herdsmen of Grith) is from a faraway island in the Pacific Ocean where everyone and everything is animated. But Zorn decides to return to Orange County, California, to try and win back his live-action ex-wife and teenage son, which — as you can imagine — causes complications.

Zorn is estranged from his son Alangulon (a.k.a. Alan) and his ex-wife Edie. As Zorn tries to win them back, he learns that Edie is now engaged to Craig, an online psych professor who is a stable presence in his family members’ lives. But Zorn is determined to be a good father this time around, so he rents an apartment and gets a job as an industrial soap salesman under his boss, Linda. As Zorn adjusts to life in the suburbs, he finds himself as a fish out of water, dealing with the mundane after a life of extraordinary adventures.

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The cast includes Jason Sudeikis as Zorn, Johnny Pemberton as Alan, Cheryl Hines as Edie, Tim Meadows as Craig and Artemis Pebdani as Linda. Phil Lord (THE LAST MAN ON EART), Chris Miller, Seth Cohen, Reed Agnew, Eli Jorne, Sally McKenna and Eric Appel will serve as executive producers.

SON OF ZORN will air on Sundays at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT this fall on Fox (see Fox’s full fall schedule).

APB Preview: First Look at Fox’s New Police Drama


Inspired by true events, APB centers around the over-extended and under-funded Chicago Police Department. Sky-high crime, cover-ups and officer-involved shootings have led to the department spiraling out of control.

Billionaire engineer Gideon Reeves jas suffered the loss of his best friend in a botched attempted robbery. With the killer still at large, Reeves demands justice. Putting up his own money, he decides to take over the troubled 13th District and reboot it as a private police force. Cutting-edge technology created by Reeves himself is brought in and he challenges the officers to think outside the box in how they deal with crime.

But not everyone in the district is happy with the changes. So Reeves starts buidling himself a team of allies, including Officer Theresa Murphy (a street-smart cop who is willing to embrace Reeves’ technology) and Ada Hamilton (Reeves’ gifted tech officer). But can this trio convince Reeves’ skeptics, including Sgt. Ned Conrad and Officers Nicholas Brant and Tasha Goss, to move crime fighting into the 21st century?

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The cast includes Justin Kirk as Gideon Reeves, Natalie Martinez as Theresa Murphy, Ernie Hudson as Sgt. Ned Conrad, Taylor Handley as Officer Nicholas Brandt, Caitlin Stasey as Ada Hamilton, Tamberla Perry as Officer Tasha Goss and Eric Winter as Scott Murphy. Len Wiseman (LUCIFER), Matt Nix (BURN NOTICE), Dennis Kim, Todd Hoffman and Robert Friedman serve as executive producers.

APB will air midseason on Mondays at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on Fox (see Fox’s full fall and midseason schedule).

LETHAL WEAPON Preview: First Look at Fox’s New Action Series

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Fox is bringing two films to the small screen this season. The first is horror film THE EXORCIST. The second is action-adventure movie LETHAL WEAPON. In the Fox version of the movie series, classic cop duo Riggs and Murtaugh are back, although this time they’re working the beat in modern-day Los Angeles.

When Martin Riggs loses his young wife and unborn child, he heads to California to rebuild his life. The LAPD pairs him up Roger Murtaugh, who is returning to the force after a near-fatal heart attack. Murtaugh is a very by-the-book sort of cop, while Riggs just dives headfirst into danger, which leaves the pair at odds.

Their first case together involves Riggs dragging Murtaugh on a high-speed chase and a seaport shootout with drug dealers. While Murtaugh isn’t happy about this behavior, he also realizes it’s the most alive he’s felt in years. As the new partners bond over their work and home lives, they both realize that this arrangement might work after all.

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The cast includes Damon Wayans, Sr. as Roger Murtaugh, Clayne Crawford as Martin Riggs, Jordana Brewster as Dr. Maureen “Mo” Cahill, Kevin Rahm as Captain Brooks Avery and Keesha Sharp as Trish Murtaugh. Matt Miller, McG, Dan Lin, Jennifer Gwartz serve as executive producers.

LETHAL WEAPON will air on Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT this fall on Fox (see Fox’s full fall schedule).

THE EXORCIST Preview: First Look at Fox’s Scary New Series

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Have you ever seen the movie THE EXORCIST? Were you always too scared as a child to watch it? You’ll get a chance to experience the story in a whole new way now, 40 years after the film was released.

The new EXORCIST series will follow “two very different priests tackling one family’s case of horrifying demonic possession.” On the one hand there’s Father Tomas Ortega, who is the new and progressive face of the Catholic Church. He runs a small, but loyal, parish in the suburbs of Chicago. On the other side of the world is Father Marcus Brennan, a modern-day Templar Knight. He was essentially adopted by the Vatican when he was orphaned as a young child and has spent many years waging war against the enemies of the Church.

Caught up between these two men is the Rance family, members of Tomas’ parish. Eldest daughter Katherine has become a recluse who doesn’t want to leave her room. Youngest daughter Casey believes she’s hearing noises from inside the walls. Mother Angela has been having terrible nightmares and believes there is something demonic in the house. And father Henry is losing his mind. Angela begs Father Tomas for help, which sets him and Father Marcus on a collision course.

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The cast includes Alfonso Herrera as Father Tomas Ortega, Ben Daniels as Father Marcus Brennan, Geena Davis as Angela Rance, Brianne Howey as Katherine Rance, Hannah Kasulka as Casey Rance and Kurt Egyiawan as Brother Bennett. Jeremy Slater (FANTASTIC FOUR), Rolin Jones (WEEDS and FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS), James Robinson, Barbara Wall, David Robinson, Rupert Wyatt and Roy Lee serve as executive producers.

THE EXORCIST will air on Fridays at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT this fall on Fox (see Fox’s full fall schedule).