Summer is amazing, don’t get us wrong. But when the summer sun fades, fall brings tons of new, fun things. The best of all? New TV shows! Most new pilots start premiering in September or October, with some taking their place midseason in the winter time. And we can’t wait for the new shows coming our way! The 2018-2019 TV season looks more promising than many in years past and we’re already clearing our schedules and DVR’s to catch everything!
There are, of course, a fair share of trite dramedies and procedurals. But amidst more of the same is some intriguing new and different stuff. TV networks are starting to get a little risky when it comes to the shows they’re greenlighting and unlike in years past, there aren’t just 20 of the same type of show coming our way. There is diversity and creativity on TV again! Here are some of the shows we cannot wait to watch in the 2018-2019 season!
Premiere Date: Sunday, September 9th at 8p.m.
If you don’t know Lil Rey Howery, it’s time to get familiar. Odds are you’ve seen his face before, and likely know him as the funniest part of Get Out. And now, he has his own sitcom! The series follows Rel as he finds out his wife is having an affair — with his barber! And as hard as it is to find a new wife, it’s harder to find a good barber. The barbershop is the epicenter for community gossip, meaning soon everyone knows his business. When his kids move away with his estranged wife, he must adjust to being a long-distance dad and get back on the dating scene. From Howrey’s star-making turn in Get Out, we’re pretty sure this is going to be hilarious!
Premiere Date: Monday, September 24th at 10p.m.
This new series is giving us total Lost vibes! When a flight lands after a turbulent but mostly normal flight, the passengers realize that while they were in the air, the world had aged five years and given up hope that their loved ones on the plane were still alive. Naturally, something funky is going on and soon a deep mystery unravels as the passengers try to learn what happened to them in the air. It’s also a story of second chances and what to do when you return to a world that seems to have moved on without you. This dramatic mystery is promising to deliver some hefty drama and have viewers asking a million questions!
The Neighborhood, CBS
Premiere Date: Monday, October 1st at 8p.m.
This is a comedy all about culture shock. Dave (Max Greenfield) and his family relocated from the Midwest to Los Angeles, and suddenly the friendliest neighbors on the block are shocked by how different their new neighborhood is. Dave’s attitude of “love thy neighbor” isn’t quite as welcome in his new home as it was in the Midwest. He must work to fit in so his family can have a comfortable life in L.A., even if his neighbor Calvin (Cedric the Entertainer) is a bit of a curmudgeon. Let’s just say a prayer for how blessed we are that Max Greenfield will return to TV screens after New Girl‘s ending!
Happy Together, CBS
Premiere Date: Monday, October 1st at 8:30p.m.
Many network comedies end up sounding like everything that came before it — or try too hard to be Friends. But this is a totally unique sitcom concept. A happily married couple, played by Damon Wayans Jr. and Amber Stevens West, has their lives flipped upside down when a famous pop star comes to live with them. The star is one of Jake’s (Wayan’s character) clients at his accounting firm and he’s desperate to escape the paparazzi and his hectic celeb lifestyle. And he kind of digs the couples low-key, homey lifestyle! But as he integrates himself into their lives, they start to rediscover their crazy, youthful selves. Oh, and did we mention that Harry Styles is producing the show?! It sounds all-around like a completely new concept and we can’t wait to see if it works!
I Feel Bad, NBC
Premiere Date: Thursday, October 4th at 9:30p.m.
This comedy brings Amy Poehler back to NBC! Well, sort of. She executive produces this comedy about life’s little imperfections and the things we do to get by. Emet (Sarayu Blue) is a mom and career woman who tends to feel bad when she deviates from conventional styles of perfect parenting. Or when she uses her staff to solve her personal problems. Or doing any of the mildly unethical things we all do to get by in life. The diverse and relatable comedy promises to be one of the sure picks of the 2018-2019 season.
All American, The CW
Premiere Date: Wednesday, October 10th at 9p.m.
Y’all looking for the next Friday Night Lights? Because this might be it! The series follows a high school football player from South L.A. who relocates to Beverly Hills to play the game in a better high school. There will be class issues, lots of football, and since it’s The CW, all kinds of shirtless hunks. The series is inspired by real-life football player Spencer Paysinger‘s life as a teen playing football in Southern California. All American comes from TV wunderkind Greg Berlanti whose brought us basically all of our favorite shows. It’s sure to be soapy, dramatic good fun!
Charmed, The CW
Premiere Date: Sunday, October 14th at 9:00 p.m.
This may be the most controversial new show of the 2018-2019 season! Rebooting a cult fave show is always hard — especially when the original stars are not happy about the reboot. This new iteration of Charmed adds diversity to the story of three sisters who learn they are “The Charmed Ones” and possess magical powers. While that sounds awesome, there has been some backlash from fans of the original series and the OG series stars alike. Mostly with the idea that this new “feminist” reboot posits that the original show wasn’t feminist enough. Guys, c’mon, there’s enough fun, feminist energy to go around and we need more shows in that vein!
Legacies, The CW
Premiere Date: Thursday, October 25th at 9p.m.
The extended world of The Vampire Diaries lives on in this The Originals spin-off. The series follows Hope Mikaelson (Danielle Rose Russell) as she begins attending the Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted. [Insert your joke Hogwarts here]! The series will show the young gifted teens learning how to hone and control their supernatural powers and use them for good. It’s a more hopeful look at this universe than we’ve seen so far in the TVD universe and we’re so here for it!
A Million Little Things, ABC
Premiere Date: Not set yet, but will air Wednesdays at 10 p.m. this fall
This new dramedy is going to be your new This Is Us (which we’ll still be watching, so I guess we’re doing a lot more crying this fall). The series is all about the idea that friendship isn’t one big thing, it’s a million little things. A group of unlikely friends bond and grow together after meeting in Boston. When one of them dies unexpectedly, the rest of them find themselves facing their own mortality and learning to live again. I’m not sure if we can handle any more emotion from TV shows, but we’re for sure going to be indulging in this one every week!
Single Parents, ABC
Premiere Date: Not set yet, but will be airing Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. this fall
TV has tons of nuclear families and married, happy parents. But when a huge chunk of the parenting population consists of single parents, that representation needs to be seen on TV too — and now it will be! Single Parents follows a group of adults with 7-year-olds in the same grade that leans on each other to navigate single parenthood and try to retain some sense of self. The cast is awesome, with Saturday Night Live alum Taran Killam and goddess Leighteen Meester as two of the leads. Expanding the scope of types of parents on TV is so necessary and hopefully, this show does single parenthood justice!
The Kids Are Alright, ABC
Premiere Date: Not set yet, but airing Tuesdays this fall
Who doesn’t love a great period-piece sitcom?! From The Goldbergs to Fresh Off the Boat, we love getting looks at families during other eras in American history. Which is why The Kids Are Alright promises to be excellent! The show is set in the 1970s and follows the Clearys, an Irish-Catholic family living just outside Los Angeles. This series is inspired by the childhood of the show’s writer and executive producer Tim Doyle as he navigated the turbulent ’70s living with ten people in a three bedroom, one bathroom house! We can’t wait to get a glimpse at this dysfunctional family!
The Passage, Fox
Premiere Date: Not set yet, fall of 2018
Based on the best-selling trilogy of the same name, The Passage is all about Project Noah. This is a medical testing facility where a dangerous virus that could be the cure to all disease — or wipe out mankind — is being developed and tested. A little girl who is chosen to be tested on ends up capturing the heart of a federal agent who will do anything to protect her — even going up against the test subjects in the building that have strange and dangerous powers from their testing. The series seems like X-Men on steroids, and seems totally thrilling and otherworldly!
Premiere Date: Not set yet
Let’s be honest — the best part of The Goldbergs is the teachers. And now they’re getting their own show! All of the teachers are getting spun-off on this show set in “1990-something,” as well as Aly Michalka‘s Lainey who is now a teacher at her former high school. Some of the funniest moments on the parent show are set in the school when the teachers are allowed to run loose. We can’t wait to watch the series hilariously and tenderly lampoon another decade as deftly as The Goldbergs has done with the 1980s!
Premiere Date: Not set yet
Nina Dobrev is finally coming back to TV! Though this time the role is quite different than her The Vampire Diaries gig. In Fam, Dobrev plays a woman whose life is finally coming together when her rebellious younger sister comes to stay with her avoid their father. She must juggle her fiancé and his perfect family as well as her dysfunctional one and try to hold it all together. We’re totally here for Dobrev flexing her comedy chops for once!
Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists, Freeform
Premiere Date: January 2019
This sequel spin-off series takes a few characters from the Pretty Little Liars world and plops them into new, mysterious territory. Janel Parrish and Sasha Pieterse are set to reprise their roles as Mona and Alison, respectively, in the new series. The two end up in the college town Beacon Hills, Oregon where students will do anything to achieve perfection. While it’s going to have some of the same massive mysteries as its parent series, that won’t be the entirety of the show. It sounds like this will be a true spin-off: some of the same elements we know and love, and some brand new stuff we can’t wait for.
The Red Line, CBS
Premiere Date: Early 2019
This is a ripped-from-the-headlines type of drama. When a black doctor is mistakenly shot and killed by a white cop, everyone connected to the two must deal with the fallout of the tragedy. In an era where crime is increasingly political and race relations are more complicated, this is an incredibly timely drama. With news stories popping up seemingly every day about white cops shooting black men, this series looks to share the POV of all affected by these controversies. And hopefully, it can help start a meaningful dialogue along the way!
The Enemy Within, NBC
Premiere Date: Early 2019
Jennifer Carpenter is finally coming back to TV! The Dexter star has been MIA from our TV screens for far too long and now she’s back in this spy-catching, CIA thriller. Carpenter plays Erica Shepherd, a former CIA operative who became the most notorious traitor in American history. Set to spend her life in Supermax prison, an FBI agent must pull her out to track down an elusive criminal that Erica knows better than anyone. This shows promises to have everything: espionage, spy-thrills, and a little bit of mystery. Because we’re already wondering what Erica did that was so treasonous and why she did it!
Premiere Date: Early 2019
This show is like Cheers for the modern age. And that’s not a bad thing! The hottest bar in San Diego is pretty exclusive, has some rules, and is in Abby’s (Natalie Morales) backyard. Her makeshift bar entertains her rag-tag group of regulars who come for the no-cell-phone rule and hilarious consequences to losing challenges. The show comes in part from Mike Shur, the writer/director/producer known for his work on all of your favorite sitcoms. He even pulled Morales from one of the best shows he’s ever worked on — Parks and Recreation!
Proven Innocent, Fox
Premiere Date: Early 2019
There are tons of law-related shows on TV, but this one sounds especially intriguing. The show follows a legal team that’s committed to reopening cases for those pronounced guilty that may not actually have been guilty at all. The team is led by Madeline (Rachel Lefevre), a woman who was wrongfully convicted along with her brother in a murder case at the age of 18. Her innocence was eventually proven and it led her on a path to helping others like her as she moved into adulthood. The premise is totally fascinating and definitely takes a look at the legal system from an angle not often seen!
Grand Hotel, ABC
Premiere Date: Early 2019
This series centers on the last family-owned hotel in Miami Beach. The hotel is full of fabulous guests with expensive taste and dirty secrets. The dichotomy between the lowly staff of the hotel and opulence of those who stay there grounds the series, showing that drama and craziness happen no matter how rich or poor you are! The series stays true to the multicultural roots of Miami and has an incredibly diverse cast. With Eva Longoria producing, we would expect nothing less! A soapy, fun drama is always a safe bet for some great TV comfort food!