And, we’re back! The Plotaholics’ Fall TV Preview continues with this look at all the shows that are set to make triumphant returns to network television once the Fall season rolls around. If you missed our look at the shows that were taken out back behind the shed and put down Old Yeller style, you can click here.
Otherwise, let’s get into it.
- The Blacklist
- Blindspot (for fifth and final season)
- Brooklyn Nine-Nine
- Chicago Fire
- Chicago Med
- Chicago P.D.
- Ellen’s Game of Games
- Good Girls
- The Good Place
- Law & Order: SVU
- New Amsterdam
- This Is Us (for Seasons 4, 5 and 6)
- Will & Grace
NBC giveth, and NBC taketh away. Last year, you might remember that NBC swooped in and saved Brooklyn Nine-Nine after it was canceled by FOX. That show, which seems to be doing well at its new home, is coming back for more Andy Sandberg shenanigans.
This Is Us is also coming back with the rare multi-season renewal deal to make housewives cry for three more years (at least).
The real winner for me here is Superstore. Superstore is some of the best comedy writing on television–especially since this same network cut the best thing going in A.P. Bio. If you aren’t watching Superstore, please start. This is a show about America–the real, middle-class, paycheck-to-paycheck America. Tune in. If you hate it, then learn empathy, because this show oozes it in a time when we could all use a little more.
- Blue Bloods
- Criminal Minds (for 15th and final season)
- God Friended Me
- Hawaii Five-0
- Madam Secretary
- Magnum P.I.
- Man With a Plan
- Mom (for Seasons 7 and 8)
- NCIS: Los Angeles
- NCIS: New Orleans
- The Neighborhood
- SEAL Team
- Young Sheldon (for Seasons 3 and 4)
CBS! The land of Sheldon! Well, if you thought Jim Parson’s reign of mediocre television would end with the conclusion of The Big Bang Theory last year, you are mistaken. Sheldon lives on in the form of a young genius. Young Sheldon is like if you took all the worst parts of The Big Bang Theory and forced the best parts of The Wonder Years to marry them. The result? Well, it’s still Big Bang adjacent, but the single-camera re-imagining coupled with the absence of a laugh track does help some. However, leave one sitcom because you’re tired of playing the character in order to continue a different sitcom where you provide reflective monologue for the same character?
Elsewhere in the CBS lineup is the reason it’s #1 year after year–it has the aging baby boomer market absolutely CORNERED. Look at all of those shows that your parents (or grandparents) still (inexplicably) love! There are at least 11 law and order shows returning. I don’t mean Law & Order (bumm bumm)-type shows. I mean shows about law and order and the people who maintain those things. For all of Stephen Colbert’s efforts, he can’t swing the state of CBS away from all of these cop/military shows.
CBS! The channel that is scooping up all of the pissed off white people from…
- A Million Little Things
- American Housewife
- Bless This Mess
- The Conners
- Fresh Off the Boat
- The Goldbergs
- The Good Doctor
- Grey’s Anatomy (for Seasons 16 and 17)
- How to Get Away With Murder
- Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Modern Family (for 11th and final season)
- The Rookie
- Single Parents
- Station 19
ABC! The land of the moderate forward-thinkers. Modern Family, Fresh Off the Boat, and black-ish are some of the shows that have been telling important stories about minorities for the last little bit. It’s good to see they are all back.
At the same time, ABC is the network that gave Roseanne a second life and continues to (in some ways) with The Connors. Honestly, this is a well-rounded line-up. There is something for everybody here, which is good.
My favorite show on this channel (since Modern Family’s dip in quality over the last few years) is The Goldbergs. For my money, the spin-off to that show, Schooled, isn’t quite up to snuff. But The Goldbergs is still a fresh take on the family sitcom, though I worry it’s nearing the end of its shelf-life as well.
- Bob’s Burgers
- Family Guy
- Last Man Standing
- The Masked Singer
- The Orville
- The Resident
- The Simpsons (for Seasons 31 and 32)
What can we say for FOX other than they can’t seem to find a way to quit the animated shows that built the network. Family Guy survived two cancellations, but that doesn’t mean it should be immune from cancellation altogether. And who the hell even watches new episodes of The Simpsons? Is it really enough people to warrant a two-season renewal? Really?
This network’s most interesting storytelling, ironically (maybe), belongs to The Orville. The Seth MacFarlane take on Star Trek is surprisingly thoughtful, and it offers some of the more complex philosophical writing on network TV. MacFarlane stars in the show, and he created the show, but it has very little of his stink on the actual storytelling. Give it a shot if you haven’t.
- The 100
- All American
- Arrow (eighth and final season)
- Black Lightning
- Burden of Truth
- DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
- The Flash
- In the Dark
- The Outpost
- Roswell, New Mexico
- Supernatural (15th and final season)
I spend very little time with The CW, but I know a lot of people who will be happy with this list and the new shows the network has announced. I also know that my fellow Plotaholic, Bryan, is not looking forward to saying goodbye to Supernatural next year. It had a good run, though, Bryan. It had a good run.
What will happen if DC forces The CW to cancel all of those shows like Marvel did to Netflix? Would there even be anything left?
Ah, oh well! That’s it for the shows that will be back this fall. Please take a look around and watch some of these shows. Some of them (The Orville, Superstore, and a few other good ones) will probably find themselves on the bubble again next year.
I’ll see you folks again soon with the low-down on all of the brand-spanking NEW shows coming this fall. Until then, be sure to follow The Plotaholics all over the place and subscribe to our little podcast on any podcast site.
See you soon!