It’s time for our usual seasonal TV preview, this time the “big one” which is the fall 2023 TV season, or the schedule every new TV show wants to debut on. Because summer just isn’t it apparently. This year, the new premieres are slim. This is in large part to the strikes. Even without this though, the past couple of years have been, well, underwhelming to say the least. I’m not sure we’ll really be able to dig anything up that’s worth chatting about, but we’ll put in the time and see if we can discover anything.📺FALL 2023 TV SEASON PREMIERES📺 Sharing the (limited) Fall 2023 TV premieres! What will you watch? #FallTV #FallShows #Wilderness #JennaColeman #SpencerSisters #SullivansCrossing Click To Tweet
Though there are some new dramas making their mark, some of the shows are acquired, likely Canadian dramas. Then there are some new shows that are being held until md-season which is likely right after the New Year. Then most of these are also making their debut on streaming versus’ network tv. (Some did get a few episodes filmed prior to the strike officially starting.) A lot of reality or game show TV is on the schedule too, which is not my cup of tea. While I don’t see much that piques my interest or really “fits” with what we feature most or talk about here, we’ll still share some of the shows set to debut (or already have) and ask our questions, like what are you making time for?
FALL 2023 TV SEASON PREVIEW
WILDERNESS (PRIME) – SEPTEMBER 15
CAST: Jenna Coleman, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Ashley Benson
ABOUT: Chronicles a “twisted” love story that, according to the synopsis, ends in a “living nightmare.”
THOUGHTS: While I think the cast looks really interesting, I don’t think this will be a show I’ll try. It looks far too moody to really like. Plus, sadly, I don’t know that I would be able to like any character. And that’s something I want from a show.
THE GOLD (PARAMOUNT+) – SEPTEMBER 17
CAST: Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey), Dominic Cooper
ABOUT: This one will chronicle the true story of the 1983 “Brink-Mat robbery and the remarkable story that followed.” This one, according to its page, only has six episodes.
THE IRRATIONAL – SEPTEMBER 25
CAST: Jesse L. Martin, Ella Cannon, Vaness Walsh
ABOUT: A professor who is a “master of human behavior” helps police and law enforcement end what could otherwise end badly.
THOUGHTS: Since I really liked Jesse in the show The Flash, I am curious about this one. It looks more emotional, but also seems like it could have a The Mentalist flair which is a show I love.
FOUND (NBC) – OCTOBER 3
CAST: Shanola Hampton
ABOUT: Follows a crisis management team who search for the missing people time forgets.
THOUGHTS: The premise of this one reminds me of something and I think it’s but I cannot put my finger on what. The page says there’s eight episodes though I’m not sure if that’s the extant of the first season or if they would film more if the strike ends. I’m not sure if they’ll be series regulars or not, but also in the cast is Kellie Williams (from Lie to Me) and Brett Dalton (from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D) so if you like drama, this one may have potential.
THE SPENCER SISTERS (CW) – OCTOBER 4
CAST: Lea Thompson, Stacey Farber
ABOUT: Follows a mother and daughter who become unlikely partners.
THOUGHTS: This one looks as though it could be a good time in a light-hearted kind of way. It’s also, like most of the CW’s lineup, an acquired show.
SULLIVAN’S CROSSING (CW) – OCTOBER 4
CAST: Morgan Kohan, Scott Patterson (Gilmore Girls), Chad Michael Murray, Lynda Boyd
ABOUT: A doctor returns to her hometown after a “scandal” wrecks the life she built.
THOUGHTS: This is an acquired drama that I suspect CW may have hopes of using to capitalize some on the hype that is Virgin River.
THE BUCCANEERS (APPLE TV+) – NOVEMBER 8
CAST: Christina Hendricks, Kristine Forseth, Mia Threapleton, Simone Kirby
ABOUT: A group of American girls having a London “season” all while under the watchful eye of a more world experienced companion.
THOUGHTS: Not “technically” a TV show (I think it’s more miniseries) in the way some of these others are, this one sounds like it could be good because it’s a period drama. I saw the 90s BBC version and did enjoy it, though I suspect Apple will make it far more inappropriate by leaning into the adult themes. Predicting a TVMA rating on this one.
NCIS: SYDNEY (CBS) – NOVEMBER 14
CAST: Olivia Swann, Todd Lasance
ABOUT: The lastest spin off of the NCIS franchise, this follows cases of an NCIS Australian team in Australia.
THOUGHTS: Since I have a soft spot for the original NCIS, I will give this one a try.
GHOSTS (CBS) – NOVEMBER 16
CAST: Charlotte Ritchie, Lolly Adefope, Kiell Smith-Bynoe
ABOUT: Follows some unsettled “spirits” who inhabit a country house.
THOUGHTS: This isn’t a “new” show as it’s acquired but it will be “new” for the U.S. since it’s the U.K version that inspired the Ghosts on CBS you’re used to.
RETURNING FAVORITES: 9-1-1 (ABC); 9-1-1: Lonestar (Fox); Abbott Elementary (ABC); Accused (Fox); Alert (Fox); All Rise (OWN); Animal Control (Fox); Blue Bloods (CBS); Chicago Fire (NBC); (Also on NBC) Chicago Med and Chicago P.D.; CSI: Vegas (CBS); Dancing with the Stars (ABC); FBI (CBS); FBI: International (CBS); FBI: Most Wanted (CBS); Fire Country (CBS); Ghosts (CBS); The Gilded Age (HBO); The Good Doctor (ABC); Home Economics (ABC); Magnum, P.I. (CBS); Miss Scarlet and the Duke (PBS / Masterpiece); The Morning Show (Apple); NCIS (CBS); NCIS: Hawaii (CBS); Not Dead Yet (ABC); Quantum Leap (NBC); The Rookie (ABC); SEAL Team (CBS); S.W.A.T. (CBS); So Help Me Todd (CBS); Virgin River (Netflix); Walker (CW); Will Trent (ABC); plus more! *Most if not all of these will debut at a later date, but do have new seasons coming
That’s a wrap on the brief lineup for autumn 2023. Which of these do you plan to give a chance? Are there any mid season shows you plan to watch? Do you think the writer’s conflict will end soon? If not, what do you think the next TV season will look like? Comment all of your thoughts!
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