Ain’t no rest for the TV fan.
Doesn’t it feel like just yesterday all the new shows were premiering? Well, get ready, because the networks have started ordering pilots to series for the 2018-19 TV season ahead of their Upfront presentations in New York City next week. Doesn’t it feel like being a TV viewer is a full-time job these days? It’s exhausting and exhilarating and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
To help you keep track of all the new shows that will be hitting your small screen come this fall, we’ve put together a quick guide of what the series are about, who’s in them and who’s making them.
Here are all the pilots (comedy and drama) that have been picked up to series by ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and The CW:
The Goldbergs Spinoff: The untitled comedy set in the ‘90s will focus on the teachers of William Penn Academ, including Tim Meadows‘ Principal Glascott and Bryan Callen‘s Coach Mellor, with Aly Michalka also starring as Lainey Lewis. It was created by the ’80s-set mothershow’s showrunner Adam F. Goldberg and Marc Fire.
A Million Little Things: This Boston-set drama follows a group of Beantown buds who bonded under unexpected circumstances. While some have achieved success and others are still struggling in their careers and love lives, all of them feel stuck in life. When one of them dies unexpectedly, it’s the wake-up call the others need to finally start living and, along the way, they discover that friends may be the one thing to save them from themselves. The ensemble cast includes David Giuntoli, Ron Livingston, Romany Malco, Allison Miller, Christina Moses, Christina Ochoa, James Roday, Stephanie Szostak and Lizzy Greene.
The Rookie: Nathan Fillion‘s back, baby! The Castle vet returns to the network with this procedural where he stars as small town guy John Nolan who, after a life-altering incident, begins pursuing his dream of being an LAPD officer. As the force’s oldest rookie, he’s met with skepticism from those who see him as a walking midlife crisis. If he can’t keep up with his younger colleagues and the criminals, he’ll be risking lives. But if he taps into his life experience, determination and sense of humor, he just may become a success. Alyssa Diaz, Richard T. Jones, Titus Makin, Mercedes Mason, Melissa O’Neil, Afton Williamson and Eric Winter also star in the series, created by fellow Castle vet Alexi Hawley.
Murphy Brown: Candice Bergen is set to reprise her iconic role in CBS’ 13-episode revival of the landmark show, which will return just shy of its 30th anniversary.
Welcome to the Neighborhood: House of Lies vet Josh Lawson stars in this multi-cam sitcom as “the nicest guy in the Midwest” who moves his family to a tough neighborhood in L.A., where not everyone enjoys his extreme neighborliness. Dreama Walker, Cedric the Entertainer, Tichina Arnold, Sheaun McKinney, Marcel Spears and Hank Greenspan also star.
Untitled Damon Wayans Jr. sitcom: One of this pilot season’s hottest commodities, Happy Endings alum Damon Wayans Jr.. stars alongside Greek‘s Amber Stevens West in this multi-cam comedy as a 30-something couple tired of their mundane life who start to reconnect with their younger, cooler selves when an emerging pop star (Felix Mallard), drawn to their suburban life, moves in. Chris Parnell also stars. Fun fact: The series is inspired by a time when executive producer Ben Winston lived with Harry Styles!
FBI: No, we didn’t forget a Chicago in front of that show title! Dick Wolf‘s new drama is heading to CBS, which picked up 13 episodes of the procedural about the inner workings of the New York office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The Passage: Based on the best-selling trilogy of the same name, this thriller is about a secret government medical facility experimenting with a dangerous virus that could either cure all disease or cause the downfall of the human race. Mark-Paul Gosselaar plays a federal agent who becomes a surrogate father to the 10-year-old girl (Saniyya Sidney) who is the test subject for the experiment. Vincent Piazza and Emmanuelle Chriqui also star.
Proven Innocent: Rachelle Lefevre stars as a fierce and fearless female lawyer with a tabloid sensation past and a hunger for justice who leads a team that reopens investigations to exonerate the innocent that were proven guilty. Russell Hornsby, Nikki M. James, Vincent Kartheiser, Riley Smith, and Clare O’Connor also star.
The Cool Kids: It’s a multi-cam comedy about three guy friends in a retirement community who are shaken from their spots as top dogs by a female rebel ready to challenge them. “It’s high school with 70 somethings.” Vicki Lawrence, Martin Mull, David Alan Grier, and Leslie Jordan star.
New Amsterdam: Starring The Blacklist‘s Ryan Eggold, Janet Montgomery and Freema Agyeman, this medical drama is inspired by Bellevue, the oldest public hospital in America.
The Enemy Within: Dexter‘s Jennifer Carpenter stars as a brilliant former CIA operative who is now known as the most notorious traitor in American history serving life in a Supermax prison in this spy-hunting thriller. Morris Chesnut plays an FBI Agent who enlists her help to track down an elusive criminal she knows all too well.
The Village: Think This Is Us in an apartment complex! Centering on an apartment building in Brooklyn that appears like any other from the outside, it’s actually super unique on the inside. The occupants, who are bonded like a family, include a single mom raising a creative teen, a veteran who has just returned from warm young law student who got a much older and unexpected roommate and more. Starring Moran Atias, Dominic Chianese, Warren Christie, Frankie Faison, Jerod Haynes, Daren Kagasoff, Michaela McManus, Lorraine Toussaint and Grace Van Dien, you can expect hopeful, heartwarming and challenging stories of life from this one.
Abby’s: This aspirational comedy about the best bar in San Diego comes from the producers of The Good Place. With an oddball cast of regulars, the unlicensed Abby’s is the exact opposite of everything annoying about today’s party scene. Natalie Morales, Nelson Franklin, Kimia Behpoornia, Jessica Chaffin, Leonard Ouzts and Neil Flynn all star in the multi-cam that will tape in front of a live audience.
I Feel Bad: From EP Amy Poehler, this comedy is about Emet, a mom, boss, wife, friend and daughter who is just trying to figure it all out like the rest of us. Starring Sarayu Blue, Paul Adelstein, Aisling Bea, Zach Cherry, Johnny Pemberton and James Buckley, this modern comedy about being perfectly OK with being imperfect.
Keep checking back with us as the networks pick up more new shows for the 2018-19 TV season.
Which new shows are you most interested in?