The return of everything pumpkin spice isn’t the only thing to look forward to come fall. Not if you’re a fan of TV like we are. Because fall means fall preview, that magical time of year when a whole bunch of new TV shows hit the airwaves for us to sample to our hearts’ content.
The big four US TV broadcasters (Fox, CBS, ABC and NBC) have announced which pilots will become actual TV series come September and October, meaning it’s time to start figuring out what we’re going to watch and what we’re going to pass on.
Even if we don’t include cable or mid-season series, there are still 17 new shows to choose from this year — that’s a whole lot of TV, especially if you’re thinking about adding these shows to your already scheduled nightly viewing.
So what should you add and what should you maybe skip? We’ll let you be the judge, but here’s the lowdown on every single show premiering on the big four this fall.
17 new shows we can’t wait to see this fall
This is UsThink Parenthood in tone and feel, but with bigger life events like the birth of triplets or finding the father who abandoned you as a baby. The trailer has already broken records for views, but we suspect that has something to do with star Milo Ventimiglia appearing in his birthday suit.
Tuesdays, 9 p.m., on CTVNBC
NotoriousWhat’s not to love about Piper Perabo and Daniel Sunjata teaming up as a news producer and a celebrity lawyer who scratch each other’s backs in order to do their respective jobs a little better? Maybe the fact that their story –- and relationship -– is based on the real life one between attorney Mark Geragos and producer Wendy Walker?
Thursdays, 9 p.m., on CTV ABC
Designated SurvivorKiefer Sutherland stars as a cabinet minister who winds up becoming President of the United States when POTUS and most of his cabinet are wiped out in a devastating terrorist attack.
Wednesdays, 10 p.m., on CTV ABC
ConvictionHayley Atwell may not be back as Agent Carter but she’s ready to throw down with the best of them in this legal drama. As a brilliant lawyer who also happens to be a former first daughter with a partying problem, there’s lots to dig into here.
Mondays, 10 p.m. on CTV ABC
The ExorcistThe classic horror movie gets another spin, this time as a TV show. If staying at home and creeping yourself out on a Friday night is kind of your thing, this show may be for you. If you just love Geena Davis, this show is definitely for you.
Fridays, 9 p.m., on CTV Fox
Lethal WeaponEveryone remembers the charming chemistry between Mel Gibson and Danny Glover in the film franchise; Fox is now hoping that translates with another dynamic cop duo in this TV version. Only this time, Damon Wayans Sr. and Clayne Crawford star.Fox
American HousewifeSick of seeing perfect skinny wives and moms on the telly? Katy Mixon (Mike & Molly) shows them all up as a woman who moves her family into a town with a better school, where she overcomes being fat-shamed by the other moms. Obviously this is another comedy.
Saturdays, 8:30 p.m., on CTV ABC
TimelessA criminal steals a time machine and goes back in time to cause chaos –- as criminals tend to do. Now, the future’s only hope lies in the hands of a history professor tasked with going back to save it. Starring Abigail Spencer and Matt Lanter. NBC
The Good PlaceMichael Schur, the guy who brought us Parks and Recreation and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, looks at what happens when heaven accidentally admits the worst person in the world -– as played by Kristen Bell. Obviously hilarity ensues, especially since she has Ted Danson as her advisor.NBC
Son of ZornWhat happens when a He-Man inspired cartoon comes to the actual world to reunite with the family he left behind? We’re not sure, but this half-hour comedy starring Jason Sudeikis and Cheryl Hines attempts to show us. Fox
Kevin Can WaitAnother family comedy starring Kevin James, this one has him playing a police officer who is thrilled about his upcoming retirement. That is until he realizes being at home with his wife and three children is harder than he thought. CBS
Man With a PlanCan you picture Matt LeBlanc as a stay-at-home dad? You can now. This comedy looks at what happens when a dude decides to stay home and spend more time with the kids while his wife returns to the workforce after being a stay-at-home mom for 13 years.CBS
BullBased on the real-life career of Dr. Phil McGraw (yes, that Dr. Phil; one of the most successful trial consulting firm founders of all time) this drama, staring former NCIS star Michael Weatherly, looks at what makes jurors, lawyers, witnesses and the accused tick deep down. CBS
The Great IndoorsIf you want to see Joel McHale doing Joel McHale things, this comedy may be for you. Here he stars as a reporter for an outdoors magazine who is forced into a desk job. There he discovers the social-media obsessed millennials surrounding him know little-to-nothing about the actual outdoor life. CBS
Pure GeniusLooking to add another medical drama to your docket? This one kicks off when a Silicon Valley tech guru hires a controversial but top-notch surgeon (Dermot Mulroney) to run a state-of-the-art hospital full of modern technology. No word on whether the on-call room is used for sleeping or sexy times. CBS
MacGyverPatty and Selma would be chain-smoking in celebration over this news. The classic series is back in a new way, with Mac creating a top-secret government organization in order to use all of his talents to solve crimes and save lives. The rub? This version stars relatively unknown actor Lucas Till in the leading role. CBS
SpeechlessPicture Mini Driver playing a smartass mom to a kid with special needs and you’ve got this new half hour comedy. Because you know, life’s too short not to celebrate the small moments with some fun quips. ABC