Earlier this week, we took a look at the latest round of network TV cancellations and renewals—for better or worse. Today, we’re taking a look at some new and/or replacement offerings* the networks showcased at their recent upfronts; you might just find a new favorite amongst them!
*Of course, there’s no guarantee that any of these shows will actually air, so don’t get too attached too soon. Also, this is not a complete list of new shows.
Check out the trailers and info below.
The Kids are Alright
A pair of working class parents in an Irish-Catholic family try to raise their eight kids during the 1970s.
A Million Little Things
A group of friends, intertwined in each other's lives, realize they need to start living more when one of them suddenly dies.
The series follows John Nolan, a forty-year-old man, who moves from his comfortable, small town life to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of being a police officer for the Los Angeles Police Department. He must navigate the dangerous, humorous and unpredictable world of a "young" cop, determined to make his second shot at life count.
A group of single parents form their own support system as they raise their kids and struggle to start new relationships.
An L.A. prosecutor moves to Oregon after a losing a high-profile murder case, but when the killer strikes again, she returns to seek justice under her own terms.
A look at the professional and personal lives of people working at a family-run hotel in Miami Beach.
Lucy Winston is given a job by her brother, Andre at the William Penn Academy. Her brother is in a power struggle with the energetic Coach Mellor, while Lucy is trying to deal with her kids adjusting to their new school.
A pair of CIA agents embark on missions to save the world, but have to put up with each other first.
A fast-paced drama about the inner workings of the New York office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
God Friended Me
An atheist's life is turned upside down when he is "friended" by God on Facebook.
Claire and Peter are married and live a life full of routine, but when megastar Cooper shows up in front of their doorstep, they get dragged into his life of fame and all that comes with it.
An ex-Navy SEAL returns home from Afghanistan and uses his military skills to become a private investigator in Hawaii.
Revival of the 90s TV show about the personal and professional misadventures of a woman working as a TV journalist.
A friendly guy from the Midwest tries to fit in in a tough L.A. neighborhood.
Some of America's brightest legal minds patrol both the courtroom and their military base.
Fed up with her father, a woman moves in with her older half-sister and her half-sister's fiancé.
The Red Line
Story of white cop mistakenly shooting a black doctor in Chicago and the resulting death's impact on three families.
When a star high school football player from South Central is recruited to play for Beverly Hills High School, two separate worlds collide.
Follows the lives of three sisters who, after the tragic death of their mother, discover they are powerful witches.
Hope Mikaelson, a tribrid daughter of a Vampire/Werewolf hybrids, makes her way in the world.
In The Dark
A young, blind woman tries to solve her friend's murder.
Roswell, New Mexico
A reboot of the teen drama, Roswell, which centered on the residents of Roswell, New Mexico where aliens lived undercover among humans.
The Cool Kids
Three friends at a retirement center have their comfortable existence rattled by a newcomer to the community.
A successful comic tries to put his life back on track after his marriage falls apart.
Cosmos: Possible Worlds
The team isn't saying much about the overall focus of Possible Worlds, but they're promising to cover "previously uncharted territories" and hint about a "virtually infinite" number of worlds and stories to explore.
When a botched U.S. government experiment turns a group of death row inmates into highly infectious vampires, an orphan girl might be the only person able to stop the ensuing crisis.
A legal team takes on cases involving wrongful convictions.
I Feel Bad
Emet, the perfect mom, boss, wife, friend and daughter, is learning to be okay with being imperfect.
In 2013, flight 828 disappeared into thin air. Today, it came home.
A new medical director breaks the rules to heal the system at America's oldest public hospital.
As the oddball cast of characters at Abby's will tell you, everyone needs a bar to call home.
The Enemy Within
FBI Agent Will Keaton enlists the most notorious traitor in American history to help catch a spy.
A woman who assists the dead with their unresolved problems helps detectives solve murder cases.
Residents of a unique apartment building in Brooklyn build a bonded family of friends and neighbors.
Stephanie helped me compile this post, so here are her thoughts:
I feel like the running theme of this year’s new season is “I’ll watch it, but …” It’s like eating ice cream at 3 a.m. You know (and the ice cream knows) that this is a bad idea and that you’ll hate yourself afterward, heading to bed cursing Ben & Jerry’s names … but in the moment you’re just like, eh, let’s do this and eff the consequences. That is me with these shows. I’m pretty sure I know my viewing habits by now, and I’ve been burned enough by network TV to know they won’t follow through properly on a good concept (*cough*OnceUponATime*cough*). Whiskey Cavalier and A Million Little Things from ABC seem like those shows for me.
Fox isn’t wowing me with their options. I like the concept of Proven Innocent, but I fear it will be too treacly for me to get invested in. The Passage has Mark Paul Gosselaar, so point there, and it’s modeled after a successful (?) book, so here’s hoping it’ll have a good plot to fall back on. I kind of just want to go read the book first, though.
NBC is getting me with my residual Lost obsession—I will definitely be checking out Manifest, even though I know it will disappoint me. (Sorry, Josh Dallas! You’re still adorable.)
I don’t usually watch anything on CBS, but I’ll admit I’m kind of intrigued by God Friended Me. I really liked Brandon Michael Hall on The Mayor, even if that concept didn’t reach its potential, and this gives me Bruce Almighty vibes. Also, I wasn’t initially that excited about Murphy Brown coming back, but seeing that excellently executed trailer reminded me that I did love that show (even if I can’t remember all the details), and it feels like a show we may need in this, the stupidest timeline.
Where are all the good CW shows at?? I’m reserving judgment on the new Roswell, New Mexico until we get a trailer. I didn’t want a Charmed reboot because it feels way too soon, and seeing that cheesy trailer hasn’t left me with good feelings.
I’m honestly a little overwhelmed with all of these new options, even though nothing totally grabs me. So many of these options seem like something we’ve seen before—quite literally in the case of the revivals and/or reboots—or like close copies of each other. Like Stephanie said when we were chatting about this post, the good stuff all seems to be on cable or streaming these days. I’m not complaining, mind you, but it’s an interesting juxtaposition to the TV offerings of my youth.
Y’all know I’m super intrigued by Roswell, New Mexico, though. And also SUPER hesitant.
What say you? Let’s discuss below.
Most synopses via IMDB.