TV has already offered us plenty in 2019. From long-running series like Game of Thrones to surprises like Russian Doll, it's been a busy time on TV. 2019 isn't close to over, though. There are still plenty of shows to look forward to, including some debuting in the fall. Some of these series are part of normal network premiere season, while others are little more niche.
Fall TV should have everything you'd want from a TV schedule. There's some new comedies, some new dramas, and a few big swings that may or may not work. In addition to all of the returning shows, these new shows are hoping to leave their mark on viewers. Some will likely be successful, and will be renewed for more seasons. Others may never be heard from again.
For years, Ryan Murphy has been making TV for Fox and FX. Now, he's moving to Netflix, and The Politician will be his first Netflix series. The show is set to follow a young, wealthy Santa Barbarian who has political aspirations. Every season of the show will follow a different campaign that he's involved in.
The series will star Ben Platt of Dear Evan Hansen along with Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Lange and Zoey Deutch. With a cast like that, the show will definitely be worth checking out. It's likely to be one of the splashiest debuts of the fall, even if it's a flop.
More than a decade ago, Disney made a big splash with High School Musical and its eventual sequels. Now, with the launch of their new streaming platform, Disney is ready to make fun of its own success. In High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, we follow a group of students at East High who are staging a performance of High School Musical.
It will be filmed as a mockumentary, and it's sure to be filled to the brim with jokes that speak to the strange, meta nature of the project. Still, it'll be refreshing to see how Disney handles a TV show that seems designed to make fun of one of its most popular properties.
Now that Disney owns most major pieces of franchise property, it shouldn't be a huge surprise that they're bringing some of that to TV. With The Mandalorian, Disney is hoping to tell a slightly smaller story than the one that dominates its big screen fracnhise.
The film takes place after the fall of the Empire but before the rise of the First Order, and it follows a lone gunman who operates far from the laws of the New Republic. The series is basically a Western set in space, and it's set to star Pedro Pascal, Nick Nolte and Werner Herzog, among others.
We know that, eventually, Disney will launch several streaming series following characters from the Avengers series on Disney+. The first series to debut, though, will actually be about the real-life heroes that are making a difference in their own communities.
Not only are these heroes dedicated to making the world around them better, they're also kids. This docu-series is likely to move you to tears, and remind you that you don't need a billion-dollar suit to make a difference. If the heroes in the Marvel films can inspire change in the world around us, then maybe it's good that they exist.
You may still be feeling let down by Damon Lindelof's first major series, Lost, but Watchmen is almost definitely going to be worth your time. The series is not a direct adaptation of the graphic novel that shares its name. Instead, it's something of a sequel series/companion.
The HBO series will have a terrific cast that includes Regina King, Tim Blake Nelson, Jeremy Irons and Hong Chau, there are plenty of reasons to think the show will be a terrific success. It's got a great basis to start from, and whatever you think of Damon Lindelof, the man knows how to tell a thoroughly gripping story.
The Witcher is another series based on a book, and it promises to be one of the splashiest genre shows left to debut this year. The series will follow an isolated monster hunter who meets a powerful sorceress and a young princess with a secret, the three of them must do what they can to survive on a continent filled with angry beasts and people who are even worse.
Featuring Henry Cavill and a sprawling cast of supporting players, the series is a promising fantasy series set to debut in the wake of Game of Thrones. Whether it can live up to the high bar that show set is another question entirely.
In the aftermath of Riverdale's enormous success, it makes sense that The CW would double down on TV series that are about young people solving mysteries. Given the network's devotion to that genre, Nancy Drew feels like a perfect fit for the network.
The popular teen detective has been around for decades, but she's never gotten The CW treatment. After the character becomes embroiled in a supernatural murder mystery, she'll have to solve the crime before she can head to college. If it's anything like the other CW shows, Nancy Drew will be more than a little campy and totally captivating.
Perfect Harmony sounds like a deeply cheesy sitcom, and it very much could be. The show follows an Ivy League professor who, through a series of strange events, comes to direct a rural church choir. Bradley Whitford plays the Ivy League professor in question, which only makes the movie sound more promising.
Bradley is a remarkably gifted actor, and he's set to be surrounded by a deeply compelling cast of supporting players. The show could be hokey, it's true, but it could also be a smart look at how one version of America sees the other, and vice versa. It could open every character up to a new perspective.
Bluff City Law is the kind of legal procedural that can feel like a throwback today. The show follows a young woman who rejoins her father's law firm in the wake of her mother's passing, even though she's barely spoken to her father for years.
Placing the dynamic between a father and a daughter at the center of a legal show is actually a fairly unique conceit, and could make for an interesting mix of legal and family drama. Whether the show works or not is still unclear, but Jimmy Smits has joined the cast as the show's father figure, and that's a promising start.
Based on an incredibly popular book series of the same name, His Dark Materials tells a story that blends elements of fantasy with more conventional dramatic beats. The series will follow a young girl living in an alternate world where all humans are linked with an animal. The girl is an orphan, and she will quickly become embroiled in a mystery as she searches for her missing friend.
The show features an incredible cast that includes James McAvoy, Ruth Wilson, and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Given that cast, there's plenty of reason to be excited for the project, especially since the book series it's based on is so acclaimed.
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Star Trek: Picard is the latest entry in CBS's revival of the Star Trek universe. In this show, we pick up with Patrick Stewart's character Captain Picard 20 years after the events of Star Trek: Nemesis, where Picard last appeared.
The excitement around this project stems mainly from Patrick Stewart's return to the franchise. As the star of The Next Generation, he left an indelible mark on this world, and it seems like he's returning to prove he's still one of the best actors the series has ever seen. If Star Trek: Picard gives him the chance to do something a little more low key, it will have been worth it.
Emergence is the kind of mystery/thriller that audiences can't get enough of. It follows a Long Island police chief who finds a young girl with amnesia near the site of a mysterious accident. Things get weirder and more intriguing from there, but the real draw of this show is Allison Tolman, who's been cast as the police chief.
Allison isn't a big name, but she absolutely should be. She's best known to most people for her role in the first season of Fargo, but she's a wildly talented actress who deserves a show worthy of her. Hopefully Emergence can be that show.
Stumptown is another crime drama, but this one's a little more grounded in reality than the others on the list. It's based on a series of graphic novels that follow an army vet who becomes a private detective as she takes care of her brother.
The show features Cobie Smulders in the lead role, and could make a compelling case for her as an actress capable of carrying a dramatic series. Today, she's known mostly for comedies and for her work in supporting roles in major franchises. Should Stumptown take off, she may be able to show a new side of herself.
TV is more diverse now than it ever has been, and Sunnyside is the latest show set to be part of that trend. The series follows a former New York City councilman who discovers his calling when he comes face to face with immigrants who need his help.
The series was created by Kal Penn, who, in addition to having an established career in Hollywood, also has some experience in politics. Those combined experiences may make Kal's perspective uniquely interesting, and allow him to tell compelling stories about how immigrants who come to America feel when the American Dream doesn't pay off for them.
Based on an Australian series, Not Just Me may be a rewarding entry in the pantheon of shows like This is Us that are designed to make people weep. After a woman learns that her father, a fertility doctor, used his sperm to conceive more than 100 children over the course of his career, she sets up to establish connections with two of her half-sisters.
The show cast Brittany Snow in the starring role, which bodes well for the series. It may crash and burn, but Not Just Me could also be a story about the bonds we choose to form, and the family we make for ourselves.
Although it's already premiered in the UK, Years and Years is one of the most hotly anticipated HBO series left to premiere in 2019. The show follows a family as they deal with the politics of the world around them, and features a starring performance from Emma Thomspon as a British MP.
The show does a great deal of jumping through time, and as a result, speaks to what our politics may look like in the future. It promises to be a smart look at the world we live in, and how individuals interact with and are impacted by the world in which they live.
The CW's roster of superhero shows is incredibly successful, and they're looking to add even more to the mix. In Batwoman, we'll follow Kate Kane (not to be confused with Archieverse's Katy Keene, which will debut early 2020) as she decides to become a caped crusader after Batman disappears. Unlike Bruce Wayne, it seems like Kate will be a little more willing to crack some jokes behind her mask, which will be a welcome change of pace.
DC characters don't have to be dark and gloomy, as the rest of the CW universe of shows have shown us. Hopefully Batwoman proves to be a welcome addition to the slate of superheroes they already have on the network.