Welcome to part two of our annual preview of the Fall broadcast TV season. Each year we present information on the new shows on ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, and The CW. In the May 27, 2016 print edition of the PRIDE we presented part one, entitled “Fall 2016 network TV schedules unveiled.” In that article, which is available free online in our archives, we featured several Blactors who will be starring in new shows this fall. Among them are Damon Wayons as Roger Murtaugh on Fox’s Lethal Weapon (Premiering Sept. 21) and Mekhi Fhifer as Lt. Satch Reyna on The CW’s Frequency (Oct. 5), along with Nick Cannon (Sept. 23) on NBC’s Caught on Camera.
There are several new shows premiering this month and in October on those networks with interesting Black actors, some of whom are not American natives, thus we refer to them as Blactors rather than African American actors. All times listed are Central.
Mondays at 9pm on ABC, Merrin Dungey co-stars as Maxine Barton on Hayley Atwell’s new show Conviction (Oct. 3). Marvel’s Agent Carter stars as the troubled daughter of the former U.S. president who is induced to lead New York’s new Conviction Integrity Unit, which reexamines cases of potential wrongful conviction. Paterson Joseph stars as Mason Lark and Malcolm Barrett is Rufus Carlin on NBC’s Timeless at 9pm (Oct. 3) as a scientist, a soldier and a history professor travel back in time to prevent a dangerous criminal from altering America’s past with a stolen time machine.
Tuesdays at 8pm, Johnathan Langdon stars as Hank on The CW’s No Tomorrow (Oct. 4). A risk-averse quality-control manager falls for a free-spirited thrill seeker, only to find out he lives his life that way because he believes the apocalypse is coming in eight months.
Wednesdays, LaMonica Garrett co-stars as Agent James Ritter with Keifer Sutherland as the Designated Survivor (Sept. 21) on ABC at 9pm. After a devastating attack kills most of the top levels of the U.S. government, the former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development must assume leadership and prevent America from falling into chaos. Joining Damon Wayons on Fox’s Lethal Weapon are Keesha Sharp as Trish Murtaugh, Chandler Kinney as Riana Murtaugh, and Johnathan Fernandez as Scorsese. On Frequency, when an NYPD detective discovers that she is able to speak to her long-dead father via an old ham radio, they start working together to change the chain of events that led to his death, only to find that this alters the present in terrible ways.
Thursdays, J. August Richards is Bradley Gregorian on ABC’s newest TGIT special edition, Notorious (Sept. 23), at 8pm between the 13th season of Shonda Rhimes’ Grey’s Anatomy and How to Get Away with Murder. In Notorious, a charismatic attorney and a powerful TV producer use each other to control the media and the justice system in search of fame and ratings.
Fox boldly presents Pitch (Sept. 22) Thursdays at 8pm, about a young female African American pitcher who must prove herself to her teammates and to the world when she becomes the first woman to play Major League Baseball. Pitch stars Kylie Bunbury as Ginny Baker, Michael Beach as Bill Baker, Mo McRae as Blip Sanders, and Meagan Holder as Evelyn Sanders. At 7:30 The NBC sitcom The Good Place (Sept. 19) starring Kristen Bell features William Jackson Harper as Chris and Jameela Jamil as Tessa. Over at CBS at 7:30 the sitcom The Great Indoors (Oct. 27) features Shaun Brown as Mason and Chris Williams (Vanessa Williams’ younger brother) as Eddie. Pure Genius (Oct . 27), at 9pm on CBS, features Aaron Jennings as Dr. Malik Verlaine.
Joshua Joshua Boone is Hunter on the CBS remake of MacGyver (Sept. 23) Fridays at 7pm. Sundays, Tim Meadows stars as Craig on Fox’s new sitcom Son of Zorn, premiering Sept. 11, where, after 10 years of life as a blood-drenched warrior on a barbaric Pacific island, a man tries to reconnect with the family he left behind in suburban California.