Alibi V.28 No.35 • Aug 29-Sept 4, 2019 

Idiot Box

Fall Into TV

Broadcast Networks set premiere dates

September is upon us, and that means the big broadcast networks will be opening the gates on a new fall season of dramas, sitcoms and reality shows. So what do we have to look forward to, and when can we see it?

Stumptown

ABC

“Mixed-ish” (Tuesday, Sept. 24) is the second spin-off of “Black-ish” (after “Grown-ish”). It recounts the experiences of teenager Rainbow Johnson (Arica Himmel), the mixed-race daughter of hippie parents who send her to mainstream public school for the first time in the 1980s. Tracee Ellis Ross, who plays the grown-up version of Rainbow Johnson on “Black-ish,” narrates the show. “Emergence” (Sept. 24) is described as a “character-driven thriller” about a police chief (the great Alison Tolman from “Fargo”) who finds a child near the site of a mysterious accident. Though the little girl has no memory of what happened, her identity could be the key to an international (possibly supernatural) conspiracy. Based on the popular graphic novel series, “Stumptown” (Wednesday, Sept. 25) follows the adventures of a tough, sarcastic army vet (Cobie Smulders from “How I Met Your Mother”) who works as a private investigator in Portland. “Kids Say the Darndest Things” (Sunday, Oct. 6) finds the ubiquitous Tiffany Haddish taking over for imprisoned Bill Cosby (who borrowed the idea from Art Linkletter) and interviewing kids. Held for Midseason: Cross-cultural romancer “The Baker & The Beauty,” legal drama “For Life” and family sitcom “United We Fall.”

NBC

Jimmy Smits (“LA Law”) heads back to the courtroom in the legal drama “Bluff City Law” (Monday, Sept. 23). Bradley Whitford (“Veep”) is a Princeton music professor who takes over a small-town church choir in “Perfect Harmony” (Thursday, Sept. 26). Kal Penn (Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle) stars as the youngest New York City Councilman ever (who promptly loses his job, moves onto his sister’s couch and ends up coaching a diverse group of hopefuls seeking US citizenship) in “Sunnyside” (Thursday, Sept. 26). Held for Midseason: The fatherhood drama “Council of Dads,” the “grandparents move in with empty nesters” sitcom “Indebted,” the Kenan Thompson-led family sitcom “The Kenan Show,” the “Lincoln Rhyme” detective novel-based procedural “Lincoln,” and the musical fantasy “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist.”

CBS

Billy Gardell (“Mike & Molly”) and Folake Olowofoyeku star as a Detroit businessman and a Nigerian nurse who fall in love, sitcom-style, in “Bob Hearts Abishola” (Monday, Sept. 23). “All Rise” (Monday, Sept. 23) is, as you might expect, an LA-based courtroom drama. “The Unicorn” (Thursday, Sept. 26) stars Walton Goggins (“Justified”) as a recently widowed dad reentering the dating scene. “Carol’s Second Act” (Thursday, Sept. 26) stars Patricia Heaton (“Everybody Loves Raymond”) as a retired teacher and empty nester who decides to start over as a medical intern. “Evil” (Thursday, Sept. 26) follows the “X-Files” template of people investigating creepy supernatural mysteries. Held for Midseason: “Formerly wealthy sister (and husband) move back in with single suburban mom” sitcom “Broke,” redundant spin-off of Dick Wolf’s “FBI” series “FBI: Most Wanted” and Edie Falco as first female Chief of Police for Los Angeles drama “Tommy.”

FOX

“Prodigal Son” (Monday, Sept 23) is a serial killer profiler series. (This twist: Our hero’s dad was a serial killer.) Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The LEGO Movie) produce the animated sitcom “Bless the Harts” (Sunday, Sept. 29) about a poor but happy Southern family. “Almost Family” (Wednesday, Oct. 2) is a remake of the Australian drama “Sisters,” about a fertility doctor who personally fathers at least 100 children, causing much confusion in his family. Held for Midseason: Texas-based “911” spin-off “Lone Star,” soapy drama about wealthy Southern Christian TV moguls “Filthy Rich,” Wild West lawman becomes head of LA County’s Sheriff’s Department cop drama “Deputy,” blue-collar family sitcom “Outmatched,” extreme sports competition/gameshow “Ultimate Tag,” Amy Poehler-produced animated comedy “Duncanville” and Alaska-based animated sitcom “The Great North.”