The good news?  The networks all have released previews of their new Fall TV series.  The bad news?  Most of the trailers play-out pretty flat–look for more of the same bland, dry, typical attempts at the next best Emmy-winning drama and the same brand of network comedy.  We showed you previews for three new series from CBS last week (here) for shows we think might be worth giving a shot: the reboot of Magnum, p.i., the return of Murphy Brown, and the Dick Wolf series FBI with Law & Order’s Jeremy Sisto and the DCU’s Connie Nielsen.

We were looking forward to New Girl’s Hannah Simone starring in a reboot of The Greatest American Hero, but ABC rejected the series after the pilot was filmed.  Forever and Law & Order’s Alana de la Garza‘s series Chiefs, and Timothy Hutton in Main Justice are still expected from CBS.  What We Do in the Shadows is a werewolf-zombie comedy starring Doug Jones coming from FX.  HBO is expected to launch a series called Camping with David Tennant, Ione Skye, and Juliette Lewis.  And Showtime has City on a Hill with Kevin Bacon, Aldis Hodge, and Jill Hennessy, Ball Street with Don Cheadle, and Kidding with Jim Carrey, Catherine Keener, and Frank Langella.  But we’ve seen no trailers for these series yet.

Putting aside the ongoing series being continued between now and year end, several new series with trailers now released may be of interest based on actors who have previously acted in genre series, so we’re going to run down those that may be worth at least a viewing of the first episode.

Here are the other new series, the genre actors you might want to know about, followed by the trailers for Fall 2018:

The Rookie.  Why?  Nathan Fillion (Firefly, Castle, Buffy the Vampire Slayer).  Fillion could lead any series and we’d pay attention.

Charmed.  Why?  This is a genre series that had a huge fan following in its initial eight year run, famous for stars Alyssa Milano, Shannen Doherty, Rose McGowan, Holly Marie Combs, and Kaley Cuoco.  We’re thinking the odds are you may want to give this show a try.

The Kids Are Alright.  Why?  It stars In Plain Sight’s Mary McCormack — who we know is great at playing hilariously snarky characters and she looks like she may actually own this story.

A Million Little Things.  Why?  Grimm’s David Giuntoli and Psych’s James Roday.  They’re both in this drama–neither a comedy nor a supernatural show–but fans of the actors may want to keep tabs on these guys.

Rel.  Why?  The Rel in the title is Get Out co-star Lil Rel Howery–the funny and heroic friend on the phone–in his own comedy.  You loved him in Get Out so this may be worth a try.

God Friended Me.  Why?  It’s Terminator 2 co-star (and guest star on everything else) Joe Morton in what looks like an update of the funny 1970s Oh, God series (without the awesome John Denver and George Burns).

New Amsterdam.  Why?  Doctor Who’s Freeman Agyeman appears in the trailer, but we can’t tell if she’s a recurring character.

Look for all these new series coming this Fall.

C.J. Bunce
Editor
borg.com

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