The official 2019-20 television season doesn’t kick off for a few months, but thanks to some big announcements coming out this week we now know exactly which shows will probably be among our new TV obsessions.
This season looks sizzling, to say the least. From Cobie Smulders’ much anticipated new action-hero series and a 9-1-1 spinoff featuring Rob Lowe, to the Canadian premiere of The Masked Singer and a brand new special featuring our favourite, Ellen DeGeneres, there’s more than enough to satisfy every member of your TV-loving fam. Click through to read about 12 hot new shows premiering on CTV this season.
12 hot new shows we can’t wait to start streaming this fall
StumptownRobin Sparkles would be proud of the success Cobie Smulders has achieved since her How I Met Your Mother days. This fall the Canadian headlines Stumptown, a series revolving around a war vet turned private investigator. It’s based on a comic series and has tons of action and fast-paced storylines, but we’re in it for Smulders. Her character is smart, sassy, and totally compelling. It’s no wonder the trailer for this show has been the highest-streamed of all the new trailers so far. Disney/ABC
9-1-1: Lone StarDoes Rob Lowe ever age? Who cares, so long as he keeps landing awesome TV roles. Here he headlines the upcoming 9-1-1 spinoff, Lone Star, as a New York cop who relocates to Texas with his son. The series debuts midseason and is still being cast, so we’re keeping our ears to the ground for upcoming announcements. If it’s anything like the original, we fully expect it to be star-studded.Getty Images
For LifeWe love a good underdog story, and this one promises to deliver. Based on the real-life story of a man who was wrongly convicted and earned his law degree while behind bars, this midseason show follows a convict-turned-lawyer who helps fellow inmates with their cases while also fighting to clear his own name.Disney/ABC
All RiseMost legal dramas tell the story from one perspective. Not this new offering from a Canadian writer named Greg Spottiswood. The fall series tackles the courtroom from all sides of the law as we get to know public defenders, judges, clerks and prosecutors. It totally fills the void left behind by For the People and we’re here for it.CBS
Bob Hearts AbisholaChuck Lorre needed a new series to work on now that Big Bang Theory is over, and this is it. The love story stars Billy Gardell (Mike & Molly) as a compression socks salesman who meets the love of his life following a heart attack. Folake Olowofoyeku stars as the Nigerian immigrant nurse who is the object of his affection. Cue the fireworks.CBS
Ellen’s Greatest Night of GiveawaysWe love when Ellen DeGeneres gives things away, especially to deserving people. Enter our new holiday obsession, in which she’s given three specials to do exactly that. The project is basically an extension of what she does on her regular talk show, except the presents are bigger, better, and unroll over three nights in December—just in time for Christmas. NBC
EmergenceIf you’re looking for a mysterious drama with conspiracy theories, an orphaned child who may or may not have supernatural powers, and a small-town vibe, look no further than Emergence. The fall series stars award nominee Allison Tolman and it promises to deliver all the feels. Disney/ABC
Filthy RichIf you were a fan of Desperate Housewives or GCB then you will absolutely want to watch Filthy Rich when it debuts in midseason. Canada’s own Kim Cattrall plays the matriarch of a southern family who owns a successful Christian television network, and her world is rocked when her husband’s sudden death brings forward three legitimized heirs. Naturally, she’ll do anything within her (desperate) power to fix the situation.Fox
The Masked SingerYou can feel the excitement for the second season of The Masked Singer, the smash hit reality series, especially since it’s now available in Canada. Each week top-secret celebrities perform in the creepiest costumes possible, and it’s up to us (and a celebrity panel of judges) to try to guess who they are. It’s harder than you’d think, and it’s totally, totally addictive. Fox
NextIf you weren’t already scared of artificial intelligence and the idea that your smart devices could be listening in on you, this show will make you terrified. John Slattery (Mad Men) stars as a man who accidentally created an A.I. intent on taking down humankind, and now he must work with authorities to stop it before it’s too late. Fox
Not Just MeSome kids spend their whole lives wishing for siblings. Then there’s Julia (Brittany Snow), who wakes up one day only to learn that her famous fertility doctor father (Timothy Hutton) used his own sperm to create up to a hundred children. Scandal aside, this one promises to be a feel-good family drama, especially as Julia meets and gets to know two of her half-sisters. We’re in, especially since this show comes from the same people who brought us Parenthood and Friday Night Lights.Fox
OutmatchedParenting can be tough, but when you’ve got four kids, three of them are certifiable geniuses, and you were barely able to get through high school? Well, that’s what we call worlds colliding. This midseason comedy stars Jason Biggs and Maggie Lawson, and follows one couple’s journey to understanding their kids while teaching them how to lead semi-normal lives. Fox