Next Week in TV 9/30: Fall TV is Ramping Up

By DRWHO42, Mario Wario, and Alyssa

The fall TV season is off to a great start with the epic return of The Gifted, 9-1-1, and The Big Bang Theory, along with the new offerings such as Manifest, Magnum P.I., and FBI. Of the new TV shows that aired last week, Manifest has defiantly left an good impression on us. If you have not had a chance to check out the first episode, we recommend giving the series a shot.

The week ahead will be a mixture of finales/premieres starting off with the 4th season finale of Fear the Walking Dead. This season has been an emotional roller coaster with the deaths of two main characters, as well as the addition of a few new faces that include the character Morgan from the main Walking Dead show. So far, each season has had its own look and feel along with a few new settings, which brings a set of whole new challenges for the gang that they must overcome. This season has already been a doozy thanks to a hurricane bringing ‘flying zombies’, overflowing rivers filled with hungry alligators, and a deranged woman who has an interesting way to make people “stronger”.

Moving along, the animation block on Fox returns tonight with the season premieres of The Simpsons which will be celebrating its 30th season (impressive milestone!), Bob’s Burgers, and Family Guy. Wednesday, meanwhile, will see the return of the multiple Chicago-based series on NBC.

Other notable returns this week are NCIS, Fresh off the Boat, Law & Order: SVU, The Man in the High Castle, Will & Grace, and The Good Place.

Friday night will feature a mixture of stars, zombies and vampires, thanks to the returns of Z Nation and Van Helsing on Syfy. Capping off the night is the Graham Norton Show, which will feature Jodie Whittaker prior to her TV debut as the New Doctor on this upcoming Doctor Who season.

Looking ahead to next weekend, Sunday will be a day to clear your plans with the return of Doctor Who and the season premiere of The Walking Dead.

Of course, the TV conversation does not end here. Please click here to visit the FoCC forum to let us know what you have been enjoying so far this season, and what you are looking forward to as well.

DRWHO42’s picks:
New: Preparing for the arrival of the new Doctor
On-going: The Gifted, Manifest, FBI, 9-1-1, Big Bang Theory, Fear the Walking Dead, Mr. Mercedes, Outcast, Castle Rock, Better Call Saul

Binge / Stack: Hawaii 5-0, Elementary, Voltron, Luke Cage, The Magicians, Supernatural, iZombie, Lost in Space (finished and re-watching)

Mario Wario’s picks:
New: Star Trek: Short Treks.
On-going: The Gifted and Dragon Ball Super (Dub).
Binge / Stack: Altered Carbon, Voltron (S07) Castle Rock, and Luke Cage (Season 2).

Alyssa’s picks for Streaming and OverTheAir(OTA):
OTA: Gifted, 911, Manifest, The Neighborhood, Magnum PI, FBI, NCIS shows, Lethal Weapon, Survivor & Hell’s Kitchen.
Amazon Prime Active: Jack Ryan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Sneaky Pete.
Other carriers in wait, NETFLIX, CBSAA, AMC and HULU.

Editor’s note: all times listed below are Eastern and Nerd/Geek interest are highlighted in PINK.

Sunday September 30, 2018
3:01 am
NETFLIX Mr. Sunshine: Episode 24 [1st Season Finale]
7:00 pm
ABC America’s Funniest Home Videos [29th Season Premiere]
7:30 pm
CBS 60 Minutes [51st Season Premiere]
8:00 pm
PBS The Durrells in Corfu: Episode One [3rd Season Premiere]
FOX The Simpsons: Bart’s Not Dead [30th Season Premiere]
8:30 pm
Fox Bob’s Burgers: Just One Of The Boyz 4 Now For Now [9th Season Premiere]
CBS God Friended Me: Pilot [Series Premiere]

God Friended Me is a humorous, uplifting drama about an outspoken atheist whose life is turned upside down when he receives a friend request on social media from God and unwittingly becomes an agent of change in the lives and destinies of others around him. Miles Finer is intelligent, hopeful and optimistic, but he doesn’t believe in God. This puts him at odds with his father, Reverend Arthur Finer, a beloved preacher at Harlem’s Trinity Church for 25 years who is stung by his son’s strong rejection of his faith. Click here for more information.

9:00 pm
FOX Family Guy: Married With Cancer [17th Season Premiere]
AMC Fear The Walking Dead: … I Lose Myself [4th Season Finale]
PBS Poldark: Episode One [4th Season Premiere]
9:30 pm
CBS NCIS: Los Angeles: To Live And Die In Mexico [10th Season Premiere]
FOX Rel: Laundry Room [Time Slot Premiere]
10:00 pm
AMC Talking Dead: Fear Edition: … I Lose Myself [3rd Season Finale]
10:30 pm
HBO Insecure: Ghost-like [3rd Season Finale]

Monday, October 01, 2018
3:01 am
SONY CRACKLE Us & Them [Complete First Season Series Premiere; Did air in Some International Markets but not the United States]

After a six-month-long online romance, Gavin, who lives in New York, and Stacey, who lives in Pennsylvania, decide to meet in person. Their crazy families and friends constantly interfere in their budding relationship, which becomes more of a challenge than living in different states. Click here for more information.

8:00 pm
HBO Special: Queen Of The World [Special Presentation]
CBS The Neighborhood: Pilot [Series Premiere]

The Neighborhood stars Cedric the Entertainer in a comedy about what happens when the friendliest guy in the Midwest moves his family to a neighborhood in Los Angeles where not everyone looks like him or appreciates his extreme neighborliness. Dave Johnson is a good-natured, professional conflict negotiator. When his wife, Gemma, gets a job as a school principal in L.A., they move from Michigan with their young son, Grover, unfazed that their new dream home is located in a community quite different from their small town. Click here for more information.

THE CW Penn & Teller: Fool Us: Let’s Hear It For The Kids [5th Season Finale]
8:30 pm
CBS Happy Together: Pilot [Series Premiere]

Happy Together stars Damon Wayans, Jr. in a comedy about a 30-something happily married couple who begin to reconnect with their younger, cooler selves when a young pop star drawn to their super ordinary suburban life unexpectedly moves in with them. Jake, an accountant, and his dream wife, Claire, a restaurant and bar designer, are very comfortably settled into their marriage, enjoying evenings together on the couch watching TV and scheduling time to change their outgoing voicemail message. Click here for more information.

9:00 pm
THE CW Whose Line Is It Anyway?: Lance Bass [14th Season Finale]

Tuesday, October 02, 2018
3:01 am
AMAZON Special: Extrano Enemigo [Special Presentation]
9:00 pm
THE CW The Outpost: The Dragman is Coming [1st Season Finale]
10:30 pm
TBS Wrecked: The Island Family [3rd Season Finale – Special Time]

Wednesday, October 03, 2018
8:00 pm
THE CW Burden of Truth: Cause In Fact [1st Season Finale]
NBC Chicago Fire: Going to War [New Episode – Special Time]
9:00 pm
NBC Chicago Med: When to let Go [new Episode – Special Time]
CBS Seal Team: Fracture [2nd Season Premiere]
10:00 pm
CBS Criminal Minds: 300 [14th Season Premiere]

Thursday, October 04, 2018
3:01 am
CBSAA Star Trek: Short Treks: Runaway [Series Premiere]

Star Trek: Short Treks is a live-action short series set in the Star Trek universe, acting as a companion to Star Trek: Discovery. Click here for more information.

SONY CRACKLE Supermansion [3rd Season Fall Premiere]
8:00 pm
NBC Superstore: Back to School [4th Season Premiere]
PBS This Old House Hour: [17th Season Premiere]
8:30 pm
NBC The Good Place: The Brainy Bunch [Time Slot Premiere]
9:00 pm
NBC Will & Grace: Where in the World Is Karen Walker? [10th Season Premiere]
9:01 pm
ABC Station 19: No Recovery [2nd Season Premiere]
9:30 pm
NBC I Feel Bad: I Lie to My Kids [Series Premiere]

Emet is the perfect mom, boss, wife, friend and daughter. Okay, she’s not perfect. In fact, she’s just figuring it out like the rest of us. Sure, she feels bad when she has a sexy dream about someone other than her husband, or when she pretends not to know her kids when they misbehave in public, or when she uses her staff to help solve personal problems. Click here for more information.

10:00 pm
NBC Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Zero Tolerance [Time Slot Premiere]

Friday, October 05, 2018
3:01 am
NETFLIX Big Mouth [Complete Second Season Premiere]
NETFLIX Elite [Complete First Season Series Premiere]

When three working-class teens enroll in an exclusive private school in Spain, the clash between them and the wealthy students leads to murder. Click here for more information.

HULU Into the Dark: The Body (Paul Davis) [Series Premiere]

On Halloween, a sophisticated hitman with a cynical view on modern society finds his work made more difficult when he has to transport a body in one night, but everyone is enamored by what they think is his killer costume. Click here for more information.

NETFLIX Little Things [Complete Second Season Premiere]
AMAZON The Man In The High Castle: Complete Third Season [3rd Season Premiere]
NETFLIX Private Life [Feature Film Special Presentation]

Struggling to conceive, a couple in their 40s are almost out of options — until a sliver of hope arrives in the form of their visiting step-niece. Click here for more information.

NETFLIX YG Future Strategy Office [Complete First Season Series Premiere]

K-pop star Seungri, BIGBANG’s youngest member, tries to lead a team of bumbling staff at YG’s Future Strategy Office in this mockumentary sitcom. Click here for more information.

8:00 pm
DISCOVERY Battlebots [3rd Season Finale]
ABC Fresh Off the Boat: Fresh Off the RV [5th Season Premiere]
THE CW Masters of Illusion: Fast Hands, Loose Change and a Bird Out of a Cannon [8th Season Finale]
8:30 pm
ABC Speechless: L-o-n– London (Part 1) [3rd Season Premiere]
9:00 pm
ABC Child Support [2nd Season Premiere]
SYFY Z Nation [5th Season Premiere]
10:00 pm
SYFY Van Helsing [3rd Season Premiere]
11:00 pm
BBCA The Graham Norton Show [24th Season Premiere]

Saturday, October 06, 2018
9:00 pm
SYFY No Escape Room [Original Telefilm]
10:00 pm
CBS 48 Hours [Time Slot Premiere]


Kevin aka "DRWHO42" watches a lot of TV and avoids spoilers like the plague. He is an avid Whovian, Trekker, fanboy, gamer, traveler, planner, self-professed gym rat, and Starbucks espresso loyalist. When not plotting out his schedule for the next tent-pole movie or watching his favorite shows he is on the hunt for pop-culture TV & Movie media news. More importantly he is a frequent attendee of San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) and New York Comic Con (NYCC). Follow him on Twitter @kevinDW42 @FoCCBlog