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2018 Fall TV Preview – ABC (Dancing With The Stars: Juniors Not Included)

Yes. There really is a Dancing With The Stars: Junior. It’s hosted by Frankie Muniz and judged by Adam Rippon. I will also not be talking about the Alec Baldwin Show or the Conners because there isn’t that much info on them out there.

Also because I don’t want to.

A Million Little Things

They say friendship isn’t one big thing, it’s a million little things; and that’s true for a group of friends from Boston who bonded under unexpected circumstances. Some have achieved success, others are struggling in their careers and relationships, but all of them feel stuck in life. After one of them dies unexpectedly, it’s just the wake-up call the others need to finally start living. Along the way, they discover that friends may be the one thing to save them from themselves.

Starring:  James Roday, David Giuntol, Romany Malco, Ron Livingston, Christina Ochoa, Grace Park, Christina Moses, Allison Miller, Stéphanie Szostak, Tristan Byon, and Lizzy Green

Pros:

Huzzah! The This Is Us ripoffs have officially arrived! I mean, they technically arrived last year with Me, Myself, & I. Let’s not let that deter us though. I feel like I’m gonna say this a lot on this post but this cast is amazing. Look! It’s Boomer! and Shawn! and Conrad from Weeds! and…Grimm (I didn’t watch that show. Was his name Grimm?) I would watch this cast read the phone book, so I guess I’m tuning in for cancer, infidelity and multiple suicide attempts. Judging by the trailer, each of the above has some sort of mystery attached to it. And it worked cause I kind of want to know what the fuck is up with this friend group.

Cons:

It’s all kind of heavy, no? The thing that happens in the pilot isn’t something you just get over. Unless there’s a time jump, that’s something that will be there for at least the entire season. Which is interesting but also so… grim. I have a theory as to what the big twist of the pilot is going to be. If I’m correct, I don’t quite know how I feel about it. I might be offended?

Also, this makes the production of the second Psych movie slightly more difficult to pull off and I am not best pleased.

Premieres September 26th, Airs Wednesdays 10PM EST

The Rookie

Inspired by a true story, The Rookie centers on John Nolan (Nathan Fillion), the oldest rookie in the LAPD. At an age where most are at the peak of their career, Nolan cast aside his comfortable, small-town life and moved to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of being a cop. Now, surrounded by rookies 20 years his junior, he must navigate the dangerous, humorous and unpredictable world of a “young” cop, determined to make his second shot at life count.

Starring: Nathan Fillion, Melissa O’Neil, Eric Winter, Afton Williamson, Richard T. Jones, Alyssa Diaz, Mercedes Mason, Titus Makin

Pros:

Awww. Did you ever think that Nathan Fillion would consistently be on your TV for as long as he has? This may not be as weird and delightful as his last role as a contrite, lonely severed head, but he’s always fun to watch. The Rookie is created by Alexi Hawley, who was one of the showrunners on Castle (also Noah Hawley’s twin brother.) So, if you liked Castle, you will probably like this.

Cons:

I don’t have any negative or positive feelings toward Castle. I don’t have any feelings at all toward the Rookie. I’ve just researched this shit for an hour and I still don’t know if I’m going to watch. It’s a little weird that his love interest (played by Dark Matter’s Melissa O’Neil) is my age. I was 14 when Firefly was on. She is incredibly awesome though so…eh.

Premieres October 16th, Airs Tuesdays 10PM EST

Single Parents

A group of dysfunctional single parents lean on each other as they raise their kids, look for love, and ultimately realize survival is only possible with the help of each other.

Starring: Taran Killam, Leighton Meester, Brad Garrett, Jake Choi, Kimrie Lewis, Marlow Barkley, Tyler Wladis, Sadie Hazelett, Grace Hazelett, and Devin Trey Campbell

Pros:

Look. I can’t really be impartial here. I am a Taran Killam fan. Enough so that, upon watching the trailer, I said aloud “I wonder if that’s his actual Rams jersey.” He’s one of the most versatile performers SNL ever had and the way they handled his exit was insulting.

I really want this to succeed.

It’s got a good head start. Everyone knows that Leighton Meester and Blair Waldorf were the reason Gossip Girl worked as well as it did. And it’s so heartening to see another Asian Bro appear on television. May that beautiful trend never stop. Perhaps more important is that the show is from JJ Philbin and Liz Meriweather, who made New Girl. The hype on that show died a little as it went on so it’s possible that we’ve forgotten how good New Girl could be. It should be enough to earn a couple episodes for Single Parents.

Cons:

Was Jess Day a bit much at the beginning of New Girl? I seem to remember being a bit alarmed. It was fine eventually, but the sirens went off a couple times watching Taran Killam in this. I’m sure it’ll be fine.

Premieres September 26th, Airs Wednesdays 9:30PM EST

The Kids Are Alright

Set in the 1970s, this ensemble comedy follows a traditional Irish-Catholic family, the Clearys, as they navigate big and small changes during one of America’s most turbulent decades. In a working-class neighborhood outside Los Angeles, Mike and Peggy raise eight boisterous boys who live out their days with little supervision. The household is turned upside down when oldest son Lawrence returns home and announces he’s quitting the seminary to go off and “save the world.” Times are changing and this family will never be the same. There are 10 people, three bedrooms, one bathroom and everyone in it for themselves.

Starring: Michael Cudlitz. Mary McCormack, Christopher Paul Richards, Jack Gore, Sam Straley, Caleb Martin Foote, Andy Walken, Sawyer Barth, Santino Barnard

Pro:

I don’t think is for everyone, but I am pretty charmed by the trailer for Not Quite The Wonder Years. Michael Cudlitz and Mary McCormack are both great, but better known for their dramatic roles. I really want to see if either of them is secretly brilliant at comedy (remember Dylan McDermott in LA to Vegas last year? That came out of nowhere.) It’s an interesting time period too. Hey, were they still drafting people in 1973? Because maybe the youngest son shouldn’t drop out of the seminary when there’s a war on.

Also I like that the musical one and the sci-fi one share a room.

Cons:

The trailer leading off with that phony news joke makes me a bit leery.  I really hope that’s the only time they try to get cute.

Premieres October 16th, Airs Tuesdays 8:30PM EST

What More Interesting Shows Did They Move To Midseason?

Grand Hotel

Set at the last family-owned hotel in multicultural Miami Beach. The upstairs/downstairs drama revolves around Santiago Mendoza (Demian Bichir), who owns the hotel, and his second wife Gigi (Roselyn Sanchez) and their adult children, who enjoy the spoils of success. Based on the Spanish format, it explores the wealthy guests and the hotel’s scandals, secrets and escalating debt.

This show is fascinating. It’s based off the Spanish show, Gran Hotel. The Spanish version takes place in a town in Santander in 1906, but ABC’s Grand Hotel is set in modern day Miami. The basic premise is the same except this one has shirtless waiters and Oscar nominees and someone getting murdered with an oar. Why the fuck aren’t we getting Grand Hotel this fall instead of the Nathan Fillion midlife crisis cop show?

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Whisky Cavalier

A high-octane, hour-long action dramedy that follows the adventures of tough but tender FBI super-agent Will Chase (codename: “Whiskey Cavalier”), played by Scott Foley. Following an emotional break-up, Chase is assigned to work with badass CIA operative Francesca “Frankie” Trowbridge (codename: “Fiery Tribune”), played by Lauren Cohan. Together, they lead an inter-agency team of flawed, funny and heroic spies who periodically save the world (and each other) while navigating the rocky roads of friendship, romance and office politics.

I love a super intense, heart-rending spy drama as much as the next person but sometimes you need a Chuck. Or an Alias. Or that weird one season Boris Kodjoe/Gugu Mbatha-Raw show. Or this thing where Noel from Felicity and Maggie from the Walking Dead go full Moonlighting. But with spies.

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The Fix

Attorney and author Marcia Clark co-writes and executive produces a new legal drama about Maya Travis, an L.A. district attorney who suffers a devastating defeat when prosecuting an A-list actor for double murder. With her high-profile career derailed, she flees for a quieter life in Washington. Eight years later when this same celebrity is under suspicion for another murder, Maya Travis is lured back to the DA’s office for another chance at justice.

You guys! It’s evil Max Medina! How could you not want to watch a show with Evil Max Medina? ABC’s cashing in on all that ACS: People vs. OJ Simpson buzz only two years after the fact. But they’ve got the actual Marcia Clark writing a story about a DA seeking redemption after losing a high profile murder case to a powerful, slimy attorney. Because the defendant’s girlfriend has been murdered.

You’re not in the least bit curious about this?

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Schooled

This spinoff of the hit series “The Goldbergs” will be set in 1990-something and follow the hilarious teachers of William Penn Academy – led by Tim Meadows (Principal Glascott), Bryan Callen (Coach Mellor) and AJ Michalka (Lainey Lewis) – who, despite their eccentricities and crazy personal lives, are heroes to their students.

I don’t watch The Goldbergs and there’s no trailer so I don’t really have a frame of reference for this. But Tim Meadows is so underrated. May Principal Glasscott be as good and wise as Principal Duvall.

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What Show Do We Wish They Had Picked Up?

I am intrigued by the fact that they tried to revive our weird 90’s Northern Exposure phase with something called Mounties. But I’m mostly sad that the remake of Get Christie Love, starring Pitch’s Kylie Bunbury, didn’t go ahead.

…You guys, I think I miss Pitch more than I thought.

Other Fall Previews:

CW, Fox