Comsa’s Corner: The Best New Shows of Fall Television

Game of Thrones. The Flash. This is Us. Once Upon a Time. These shows were part of their freshman class of new programming. Now, they run the small screen with an iron fist, headlining their respective networks for all to see. And with the fall season in full effect, so is pilot season. Like clockwork, each year new shows fight to win their time slot and the hearts of millions across America. Unfortunately for them, there ain’t no business like show business, and if you’re not hot out of the gate, your show will be put down faster than the CW can renew Supernatural for a 15th season. With so many new shows to track, it’s impossible to find something that will actually stick. Luckily, Comsa’s Corner has five brand new shows to keep an eye out for.

If Nathan Fillion’s name shows up anywhere in the credits, it’s a must-watch. The Rookie is no different. Reteaming Fillion with Castle showrunner and executive producer Alexi Hawley, ABC is looking for their new procedural to fill a prime-time spot in their lineup for several years to come. The new show follows Officer John Nolan (Fillion) as he decides to enroll into the Los Angeles Police Department after a life-changing event. Nolan might be a rookie when it comes to the patrol, but he’s a seasoned veteran when it comes to life, as this recently divorced 40 year-old looks to improve not only the City of Angels, but his well-being, too. With ABC ordering a straight-to-series pickup and throwing a massive multi-media marketing campaign its way, there is a lot of confidence invested in this new drama. Fillion will bring his A-game, as he does with every performance, but good writing will be the key to the show’s longevity. With our airwaves already oversaturated with average police procedurals, The Rookie will need to stand out to stay on the beat. The show will premier Tuesday, October 16th at 10 PM on ABC.

The CW of the early 2000’s was a very different network. Once informally known as a safe haven for teenage-centric shows like Smallville and One Tree Hill, the network has since become a hub for all things superhero. Shows like Supergirl, Arrow and The Flash are now ratings robbers, flagshipping their respective nights. While these comic book-inspired shows are still working, the network isn’t resting on their laurels, as they tap back into their teen roots with All-American. Inspired by the true story of former professional football player Spencer Paysinger, the show follows a young high-school student and football protege, Spencer James (played by newcomer Daniel Ezra), as he is plucked from his life in south Los Angeles and thrusted into the glitz and glamour of Beverly Hills. Private Practices’ Taye Diggs will also star as Billy Baker, Spencer’s coach and father figure. With the spirit of Friday Night Lights and a plot that intrigues like The O.C., the CW is looking for All-American to join Riverdale in resuscitating their teen-centric programming. Check out the premier Wednesday, October 10th at 9 PM.

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The Teen Titans have often been a neglected property of Warner Brothers. Despite the 2003 Cartoon Network show being a smash-hit, the team of kid crusaders has been quiet for some time. But in 2014, everything changed when TNT and DC Entertainment announced they were creating a show centered around the team, leaving the “teen” behind and titling it Titans. Unfortunately, the series was stalled due to development issues, and was seemingly shelved for good. But with the launch of the brand-new DC Comics streaming service, DC Universe, the concept was revived with the help of THE television godfather, Greg Berlanti (Arrow), Batman Forever scribe Akiva Goldsman, and comic book superfan turned writer/ producer Renaissance man, Geoff Johns. The show will take inspiration from the 1980-86 comic book series, The New Teen Titans by Marv Wolfman and George Perez, and center around the likes of Robin, Starfire, Beast Boy and Raven. Austrian actor Brenton Thwaites will take the series lead as Dick Grayson, who is seemingly trying to escape the superhero life and settle down as a police detective. But when Raven (Teagan Croft) comes searching for the former Boy Wonder, Grayson will have to dive back into the world he so desperately tried to escape. Anna Diop and Ryan Potter round out the main cast as the warrior-princess Starfire and the shape-shifting Beast Boy. As strong as the series regulars seem to be, look for the supporting cast to stand out, as Friday Night Lights alumni Minka Kelly and Thad Castle himself Alan Ritchson will star as the yin and yang crime-fighting duo known as Hawk and Dove. Normally, another superhero show wouldn’t catch the eye, but with the show shining a light on often forgotten heroes, with an emphasis on my personal favorite Dick Grayson, Titans seems like another worthy addition to the DC pantheon of shows. Look for the first episode to drop on the DC Universe app Friday, October 12th, with new episodes releasing every Friday morning.

Riverdale has taken the American youth by storm, with no intention of letting go any time soon. With the idea of striking while the fire is hot, Netflix and Riverdale creator Roberto Aguirre-Sanchez team to bring you The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Originally intended for The CW, the show was snatched up by Netflix with an enticing straight-to-series order. The show will follow the Archie Comics character Sabrina Spellman as she learns of her witch-related heritage. Mad Men’s Kiernan Shipka will portray the titular witch-in-training, while Disney kid Ross Lynch will star as her oblivious, but charming boyfriend Harvey Kinkle. Netflix seems very confident in their product, as they are confirmed to distribute at least two seasons of the new show. Sabrina seems to find itself a tad darker than it’s sister series, but that might be for the better. Having Netflix distribute the new show will allow it to fully realize the “chilling” part of Sabrina’s adventures. The last time a teen-centric show fully realized their horror roots, we received Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and it’s not a stretch to believe Sabrina could fill that void for this generation. And though there has not been an official announcement, don’t be surprised if a few of Riverdale’s resident teens make their way over to Greendale to visit Sabrina some time in the near future. Netflix will be releasing The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Friday, October 26th.

Netflix strikes again with the release of The Haunting of Hill House. Based on the 1959 horror novel of the same name, this freshman series will follow the Crain family through the course of two decades, and the horrors the titular Hill House has imbued on them. A truly terrifying show hasn’t grazed the airways in quite some time, and Hill House looks to fill that void. Former Game of Thrones actor Michiel Huisman will star as the eldest Crain child and published author, Steven, and Bloomfield Michigan’s very own Elizabeth Reaser (True Detective), who will portray Shirley, the eldest daughter and current mortician. Hill House automatically catches the eye not only due to the talent of the actors, but also because horror shows rarely graze the screen anymore. If Hill House succeeds as a truly terrifying television event, don’t be surprised to see more horror shows pop up in the near future. The new series starts streaming Friday, October 12th on Netflix.

There you have it, five (possibly) great shows to sink your teeth into this fall season. If you love all things entertainment, stop by Comsa’s Corner time.

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