Last week we shared the Fall schedules for five major national broadcast networks – ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, and The CW. There are now several other national networks available on free digital broadcast, most notably Bounce TV, METV, CoziTV, Retro TV, ION, THiS, along with numerous religious networks. These networks do not offer newly produced comedy and drama programming on the scale of the five ‘majors,’ however.
Last week we listed the new shows that will air, by network, as the fall season begins, in the order they were unveiled by NBC, FOX, ABC, CBS, and The CW. This week we will focus this week on some of the new programs that will be shown on the big five this fall, with a special emphasis on those with African American lead actors, showrunners, or significant supporting actors.
Blindspot – Woman (Jaimie Alexander) with no memories of her past found naked in Times Square with body covered in tattoos gains attention of the FBI. Sullivan Stapleton, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Ashley Johnson, Rob Brown, Audrey Esparza, Ukweli Roach.
Grandfathered – John Stamos, longtime bachelor, discovers he’s a father and a grandfather. Josh Peck, Paget Brewster, Christina Millian, Kelly Jenrette, and Ravi Patel also star.
Heartbreaker – Melissa George is Dr. Alex Panttiere, outspoken, world-renowned heart-transplant surgeon, with Dave Annable, Don Hany, Shelley Conn, D.L. Hughley, and Jamie Kennedy.
Heroes Reborn – Chuck’s Zachary Levi stars in 13-episode miniseries that features ordinary people trying to understand and live with their extraordinary abilities. Original cast Jack Coleman, Masi Oka and Jimmy Jean-Louis return, with Pruitt Taylor Vince, Robbie Kay, Ryan Guzman, Rya Kihlsedt, Gatlin Green, Henry Zebrowski, Francesca Eastwood, Eve Harlow and Judi Shekoni.
Limitless – Jake McDorman is Brian Sinclair, coerced into using his NZT abilities to solve cases for the FBI. Jennifer Carpenter, Hill Harper, and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio.
Minority Report – Ten years after the Tom Cruise movie, “pre-cog” Dash (Stark Sand) struggles to live a normal life with help from detective (Meagan Good).
Oil – Young couple (Chace Crawford, and Rebecca Rittenhouse) move to North Dakota’s oil fields to make big money, but ruthless tycoon (Don Johnson) stands in their way; Delroy Lindo, Amber Valetta and Scott Michael Foster.
The Player – In Las Vegas, Philip Winchester, sniper-turned-security expert, has to perform “series of heroic challenges” to save innocent lives. Wesley Snipes is “pit boss” of game.
Rosewood – Morris Chestnut is Dr. Beaumont Rosewood, top private pathologist in Miami, uses sophisticated, state-of-the-art lab to find secrets in bodies that others miss and help cynical female detective (Jaina Lee Ortiz).
Rush Hour – Based on Chris Tucker-Jackie Chan film trilogy, Hong Kong police officer (Jon Foo) works with cocky African-American LAPD officer (Justin Hires).
Scream Queens – New anthology series tells story of college campus rocked by series of murders. Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts, Oliver Hudson, Lea Michele, Abigail Breslin, Keke Palmer, Nick Jonas, Ariana Grande, Billie Lourd, Skyler Samuels, Lucien Laviscount, Niecy Nash, Diego Boneta, Glen Powell, and Nasim Pedrad.
Supergirl – Melissa Benoist stars as Kara Zor-El, who escaped her home planet Krypton during its destruction. After hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin Superman, she finally decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be a hero. Calista Flockhart, Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh and David Harewood.