Here’s a round-up of new fall TV shows.
In each category, we start with broadcast networks, the ones that used to dominate autumn ratings. (A separate story offers an overview of the broadcast networks; also, their schedules are listed under “Quick News and Comments.”) We list basic cable next, then pay-cable and finally streaming. In those sub-categories, shows are chronological.
DRAMA (with music)
— “Monarch,” Fox. Trace Adkins and Susan Sarandon play country-music stars, with their own label run by their son. One daughter has the looks and ambition for stardom; the other has the talent. Then big events change everything. The music is great, the drama is soapy and Nashville stars drop by; shown here is Shania Twain’s brief visit in the second episode. (Debuts about 8 p.m. ET Sept. 11, after football; then 9 p.m. Tuesdays, starting Sept. 20).
— “Lopez vs. Lopez,” NBC. George Lopez is back, now with his daughter Mayan, 26, getting the upper hand. She plays a veterinarian, married, with a son; he plays her dad, forced to move in with her after lots of bad choices. (8 p.m. Fridays, Nov. 4)
— “Reboot,” Hulu. After triumphing with “Modern Family,” producer-writer Steve Levitan has another catchy concept: A bad, old comedy is being rebooted, amid warfare between two generations of producers (Rachel Bloom and Paul Reiser). Keegan-Michael Key shines as a guy who keeps reminding us he’s from Yale. (Tuesdays, Sept. 20)
— “Blockbuster,” Netflix. Imagine that there’s one Blockbuster video store remaining. The manager (Randall Park of “Fresh Off the Boat”) refused to give up; Melissa Fumero (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”) plays a key employee. (Nov. 3)
— “Quantum Leap,” NBC. The original series had Sam Beckett leaping into other people’s bodies and lives. This one says he hasn’t returned in 30 years; Raymond Lee heads a team trying to learn what happened. (10 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 19)
— “The Winchesters,” CW. For 15 seasons, “Supernatural” had Dean and Sam Winchester fighting monsters. Now we see how it started, with their parents falling in love and then linking to fight demons. Dean (Jensen Ackles) narrates. (8 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 11)
— “Interview With the Vampire,” AMC. This could be the start of something big. AMC – the “Walking Dead” network – has bought the entire output of the late novelist Anne Rice. It starts here, with a cranky journalist interviewing an eternal chap. (10 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 2).
— “Reginald the Vampire,” Syfy. This time, the vampire world is played for laughs. (10 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 5).
— :”Let the Right One In,” Showtime. Fresh from playing the young version of Selena, Madison Taylor Baez, 11, plays someone who’s stillknew to being a vampire. (10 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 9)
— “Andor,” Disney+. Many of the “Star Wars” or Marvel series have had brief, one-season runs. This one, however, is already down for two years and 24 episodes, with Diego Luna as Cassian Andor, in the years before he became a “Rogue One” hero. (Wednesdays, Sept. 21).
— “The Midnight Club,.” Netflix. At a somber hospice, people tell each other dark storires. (Oct. 7).
— ALSO: Two mega-series arrived just before tee season started. “House of the Dragon,” a “Game of Thrones” prequel, is 9 p.m. Sundays on HBO; “The Rings of Power,” a “Lord of the Rings” prequel, is Thursdays on Amazon Prime. Two other shows don’t yet have a debut date. Hulu’s “Kindred” has a Black woman bouncing from modern Los Angeles to a 19th-century plantation; Netflix’s “Wednesday” focuses on the “Addams Family” teen.
— “So Help Me Todd,” CBS. Margaret (Marcia Gay Harden) is a top lawyer, careful and thorough; her son Todd (Skylar Astin) is sort of a private-eye, smart but erratic. When he has to work for her, cases are solved in fun ways. (10 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 29)
— “Family Law,” CW. On the edge of being disbarred, Abigail (Jewel Staite) must work for the dad (Victor Garber) she resents. The cases are iffy, but the character moments work well. Tbis links with the returning “Coroner,” for a night of competent Canadian dramas. (8 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 2).
— “Reasonable Doubts,” Hulu. A lawyer tries to juggle her defense cases and her troubled marriage. This is the second project from the Onyx Collection, which started big with the Oscar-winning “Summer of Soul.” (Tuesdays, Sept. 27)
MORE CRIME DRAMAS
— “The Rookie: Feds,” ABC. This notion was tested successfully on two “Rookie” episodes. Niecy Nash plays the oldest Quantico grad, now an eccentric FBI agent. (10 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 27)
— “East New York,” CBS. A veteran cop (Amanda Warren) takes over a tough Brooklyn precinct, in a story that tries to pack a lot into the first 90 minutes. Jimmy Smits plays her mentor and Richard Kind – usually confined to playing a doofus – is her surprisingly competent aide. There’s a cynical detective who has his own schemes and an ambitious young cop who says she’s willing to live in a tough housing project. (9:30 p.m. Oct. 2, then 9 p.m. Sundays)
— “Magpie Murders,” PBS. When the last chapter is missing from a novel, we have two mysteries: Who killed the novelist … and who’s the killer in his novel? This six-parter takes a while, but gradually becomes fascinating. (9 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 16)
— “Annika,” PBS. Here’s another six-episode series, this one with Nicola Walker solving crimes on the Scottish waterfront. (10 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 16)
— “The Calling,” Peacock. From “LA Law” to “Big Little Lies” and “Big Sky,” David E. Kelley has been a master writer-producer. Now,.he has Jeff Wilbusch as a cop in a complex Brooklyn neighborhood. (Thursdays, Nov. 10).
— “Tulsa King,” Paramount+ (with the first two episodes simulcast on Paramount Network). Tyler Sheridan is the writer-producer who turned Kevin Costner into a TV star and is working on the same thing for Harrison Ford. Here, he has Sylvester Stallone as a former Mob boss, out of prison and starting a new crime family in Oklahoma. (Sundays, Nov. 13).
— ALSO: Acorn has already started “Recipes For Love & Murder,” in which a newspaper columnist (and food expert) probes cases in small-town South Africa. It’s a bright-looking (if uncompelling) eight-parter that continues (two per Monday) through September. And on Sept. 27, Britbox launches the eight-part “Suspect,” with James Nesbitt as a detective probing his daughter’s death.
AND MORE DRAMAS
— “Alaska Daily,” ABC. Audiences loved the “Northern Exposure” notion of a big-city guy starting his medical career in Alaska. Now we have a city journalist, rebuilding her tattered career at an Alaska newspaper. The people involved have Oscars – one for Tom McCarthy (for his “Spotlight” script), the show’s writer/producer, two for Hilary Swank, its star. (10 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 6).
— “Walker Independence,” CW. We’ve always known that Walker – the Texas Ranger in an old CBS series and a current CW one – is one tough dude. Now we see his roots, starting with a Bostonian (Katherine McNamara) in the Old West. (9 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 6)
— “Fire Country,” CBS. Bode (Max Thierot) just wants to shorten his prison sentence by volunteering to fight California wildfires. Then circumstance – we won’t spoil any surprises – forces him to confront his past. The result uses lots of coincidences, but is still engaging. (9 p.m. Fridays, Oct. 7)
— “Professionals,” CW. This 2020 British series has two Americans at its core – Tom Welling (“Smallville”) as a security operative and Brendan Fraser as a billionaire who hires him to track saboteurs. Action scenes ensude. 9 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 11.
— “Last Light,’ Peacock. Someone has contaminated the world’s oil supply. In this five-parter, a scientist (Matthew Fox) tries to learn what happened and tries to save his wife (Joanne Froggatt) and kids. (Thursdays, Sept. 8)
— “The Serpent Queen,” Starz. Catherine de Medici was an Italian noblewoman with a fierce grip on France’s history. She was queen of France for 12 years, then a strong influence on three sons who ruled for 30 more. Samantha Morton stars, with Liv Hill in flashbacks. (8 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 11)
— “American Gigolo,” Showtime. The 1980 movie had Julian (Richard Gere) eluding legal trouble. Not this time. As played by Jon Bernthal, he’s been exonerated after 15 years in prison; pondering his past (via flashbacks), he considers a crime-free life. (9 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 11)
— “Dangerous Liaisons,” Starz. Here’s some more scheming amid the French nobility. Already a novel, a play and at least five movies, it’s now a 10-part series. (Sundays, Nov. 6)
— “A Friend of the Family,” Peacock. In a nine-part, true-crime tale, Anna Paquin and Colin Hanks plays a couple whose daughter (played in her teens by McKenna Grace), is targeted by a neighbor, played by Jake Lacy of “The White Lotus.” (Thursdays, Oct. 6)
— “The Real Love Boat,” CBS. Couples try the cruise that always seemed to work on the old ABC show. Jerry O’Connell and Rebecca Romijn, married in real life, host. (9 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 5)
— “Magic With the Stars,” CW. Celebrities learn to do magic tricks in front of Criss Angel and then in front of an audience. (8 p.m. Saturdays, Oct., 22)
— ALSO: There are lors of documentaries on cable and – especially – on PBS. A good starting point is Ken Burns’ beautifully crafted “The U.S. and the Holocaust,” at 8 p.m. Sept. 18-20 on PBS.