BY VERONICA GRAY
The Fall 2017 TV season has finally arrived. Premiere dates being pushed back from the second to last week of September have left viewers anxiously awaiting their favorite shows’ return. It also has given the networks more time to hype up their new shows before the big premiere. Here’s this fall’s TV line-up for the major networks of ABC, NBC and CBS.
ABC kicked off their premiere week on Monday Sept. 25 with the first episode of their newest drama series The Good Doctor. The show follows Dr. Shaun Murphy, a young man with autism and Savant syndrome who is recruited to become a pediatric surgeon in a prestigious hospital. The series offers something different in the TV line-up by putting Freddie Highmore (The Spiderwick Chronicles, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) in a role showcasing the struggles and successes of someone with autism as he makes his way in a new city and job. The Good Doctor airs on Mondays at 10 p.m.
Other new shows the network premiered this week include Tuesday night comedies The Mayor and Kevin (Probably) Saves the World. And on Friday Sept. 29, ABC will premiere the first episode of their newest Marvel show Marvel’s Inhumans, which had a test run in IMAX theaters a few weeks ago.
As for returning shows to ABC, the 25th season of Dancing with the Stars (DWTS) premiered last Monday (Sept. 18), getting a jump start on gaining viewers before the other networks release their fall shows.
The Tuesday and Wednesday comedy blocks returned with recent favorites like Black-ish , Fresh Off the Boat , The Goldbergs and American Housewife.
Thank God It’s Thursday (TGIT) shows such as Grey’s Anatomy, How to get Away with Murder, and the final season of Scandal will be premiering tonight, Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. With the teaser trailers using Taylor Swift’s recent hit single “Look What You Made Me Do” as the background song, ABC is hyping up the drama for this season for the three powerhouse women-led shows.
Once Upon a Time is making several changes this season starting with a time change. The show is moving from its Sunday night spot to Fridays at 8 p.m.. The show has been teasing an almost complete reboot now that six of their main cast members have left, including Jennifer Morrison, who played the show’s hero Emma Swan. Without Emma to lead the charge, it now falls to her son Henry to lead viewers into the new world of Once Upon a Time, but Jared Gilmore who played Henry won’t be returning. Instead, the show has taken a jump in time and will be following an adult Henry in a new fairy tale world. Season 7 of Once Upon a Time premieres tomorrow, Sept. 29 at 8 p. m.
NBC will not change much. The idea of “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it” is very true for the network as it is bringing back more of its shows than the other networks. Returning for more seasons will be faithful series such as Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Chicago P.D. and Chicago Fire, while adding new seasons to the network’s more recent hits such as Blindspot, The Blacklist and the network’s vocal competition The Voice.
Also returning is This is Us, which premiered its second season on Tuesday Sept. 26. The first season of the show closed out with several tear worthy episodes and the second season promises to bring more of the same heartfelt moments.
NBC does bring in a couple of new shows to their line-up, but the network remains true to what they know works. A new Law & Order True Crime series premiered Tuesday Sept. 26 with a focus on the Menendez murders. The series will go through the process of what occurred during the investigation and trial that gained national attention in the early 1990s.
Also new to NBC’s Monday night line-up is The Brave, a series that will follow a special ops team of the military as they go through life and use their skills to save lives on a daily basis.
Also making a comeback as part of the recent reboot trend is NBC’s comedy sitcom Will and Grace. Making a return to TV are all four of the original main characters Grace Adler,played by Debra Messing Karen Walker, played by Megan Mullally), Will Truman,played by Eric McCormack; and Jack McFarland,played by Sean Hayes. The sitcom hasn’t had a new episode since 2006, but fans will be excited to see the new hijinks the returning characters will get into in 2017.
CBS is also sticking with what they know and will be premiering three new comedies and three new dramas to go alongside their regular series. The comedies premiering Monday night start with 9JKL, a sitcom following Josh a struggling actor who lives in an apartment sandwiched between apartments owned by his parents and his brother’s family. This sitcom is based off of a time where actor and creator Mark Feuernstein also had to deal with this chaotic living situation. The series will premiere Oct. 2 at 8:30 p.m. Me, Myself, & I is CBS’s other newest Monday night comedy where they take the time-shifting idea shown in This is Us and put a comedic spin on seeing the life of Alex Riley as a child dealing with his mother’s remarriage, a middle-aged adult with finding out his wife is having an affair, and a senior adult after having a heart-attack.
Me, Myself, & I will air Mondays at 9:30 p.m. from Sept. 28 until Oct. 26 due to Thursday Night Football programming, but will have a regular slot of Mondays at 9 p.m. The final comedy is the summer’s most hyped Young Sheldon, the spin-off of Big Bang Theory following Sheldon as a child genius. The show had a special premiere on Sept. 25 and will normally air on Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. after the show premieres Oct. 2. However, keep an eye on time changes, as CBS will be showing NFL Football from Sept. 30 – Oct. 26 and the program may run overtime.
The dramas coming to CBS include two dramas focused on teams from S.W.A.T and Navy Seals. S.W.A.T follows a team as they fight to keep the peace in a minority neighborhood while also trying to catch criminals. SEAL TEAM follows Tier One, the elite Navy Seal team as they fight enemies abroad and then fight a war of their own minds and lives at home. SEAL TEAM has already premiered and airs Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. while S.W.A.T. won’t premiere until about mid-season on Nov. 2 at 10 p.m.
Also joining the new line-up is Wisdom of the Crowd, which will premiere Sunday Oct. 1 at 8 p.m. This drama will focus on a tech innovator who creates a new network that will help provide crowd based information in hopes of finding his missing daughter.
CBS will also be airing new seasons of NCIS, Big Bang Theory, Bull and their Friday night line-up of Macgyver, Hawaii Five-0, and Blue Bloods.
Even if you can’t catch these shows live, all three networks provide stream viewing the next day on their websites. Keep up or binge watch to your heart’s content.
Veronica Gray can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.