Next Week in TV 9/22: A tidal wave of great television awaits us to explore

By DRWHO42, Mario Wario, & Alyssa

The fall TV season kicks off this week, with a literal tsunami of new series and season premieres. The week starts off stars, fashion, and statues with the 71st annual Primetime Emmy Awards. The nominees are all very deserving of recognition, however, Bodyguard, Chernobyl, Russian Doll, Fleabag, Veep, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Killing Eve, Better Call Saul, Killing Eve; Game of Thrones, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Bill Hader, Jodie Comer, and Sandra Oh, are on our wish list to take home a Emmy.

9-1-1 kicks offs its third season this Monday with another action-packed hour, which will find our team of first responders dealing with the aftermath of a tsunami. Later that evening the new criminal psychology-themed series titled Prodigal Son, featuring Tom Payne (The Walking Dead) and Michael Sheen (Good Omens). This series looks very interesting and we are going to give it a shot, due to the cast as well as its premise.

For those interest in legal dramas, All Rise on CBS and Bluff City Law on NBC are very interesting options to add to your watch list. All Rise centers on the lives of people who work in a courthouse. Bluff City Law features the return of Jimmy Smits to the court room as a part of a father and daughter legal team.

Tuesday features the return of the popular drama This is Us, along with New Amsterdam on NBC. CBS will reopen the doors of FBI as it returns for its second season. ABC will unveil its comedy lineup with The Conners, new series Mixed-ish, and Black-ish. Later Tuesday evening, Emergence makes its debut on ABC and based on the trailers and sneak peeks we are placing this high on recommendation list this week. The series, which is billed as a thriller, centers on a mysterious girl and the person who finds herself in the position of protecting her. The series also features Donald Faison (Scrubs), however, since the tone of the series is different, it will allow viewers to experience something different. DRWHO42 watched the pilot episode and enjoyed it. Stay tuned for his upcoming article on the series.

NBC’s slate of Chicago-based series all return this Wednesday. If you are looking for some humor to get you over the ‘hump day,’ The Goldbergs, Modern Family, South Park, and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia would be great options to add to your viewing list.

Cobie Smulders returns to network television as a private investigator in Stumptown. This new series may seem like a change of pace for Smulders compared to How I Met Your Mother, however, from what we have seen, Stumptown looks quite interesting thanks to its premise. Lastly, the long-running legal series, Suits, comes to an end this Wednesday evening.

Thursday night will feature the return of Young Sheldon, The Good Place, Superstore, How to Get Away with Murder, Law and Order: SVU, and Grey’s Anatomy. If you subscribe to Shudder and love horror, Creepshow should be right up your alley. An added bonus to the Thursday night lineup is the premiere of Evil. This series, which stars Mike Colter (Luke Cage) and Michael Emerson (Lost, Person of Interest), is a physiological mystery series that touches on the supernatural. The trailer for Evil gave us goosebumps and are placing this series high on our recommendation list for this week.

Friday is a time to celebrate the end of the workweek and the return of Hawaii Five-0, for its tenth season, and Magnum P.I. presents a nice way to unwind with action mixed with the allure of Hawaii.  Also returning that night are Blue Bloods, Fresh off the Boat, and Van Helsing.

Saturday caps off the week with college football, relaxation, and the season premiere of Saturday Night Live. Woody Harrelson kicks off the season as the host, while the lineup of hosts this season features a number of familiar faces, including Eddie Murphy.

Are you thrilled about next week’s schedule? Let us know by going to the FoCC forum to join the conversation!

DRWHO42’s picks:
New: Emergence, Evil, 9-1-1, Prodigal Son, FBI, Fresh off the Boat, Mixed-ish, Black-ish, Stumptown, Emmys, SNL
On-going: Criminal:UK, Titans, Preacher, The Rain, Hanna, Fear the Walking Dead, The Terror: Infamy
Binge / Stack: Hawaii 5-0, Elementary, Voltron, Supernatural, iZombie, Lost in Space & Strike Back (finished and re-watching the greatness)

Mario Wario’s picks:
New: Emergence, Evil.
On-going: AHS: 1984, Preacher, Pennyworth, Fear the Walking Dead, and Dragon Ball Super (Dub).
Binge / Stack: The Umbrella Academy and Good Omens.

Alyssa’s picks for Over-The-Air (OTA), Hulu, and Amazon Prime:
OTA Returning series: 911, FBI, the NCIS’s, The Emmys
New OTA: Prodigal Son, Bluff City Law, Emergence, Evil, Carol’s Second Act and Stumptown
Stream: The Boys, Undone and Wu-Tang: An American Saga

Editor’s note: All times listed below are Eastern and nerd/geek interest are highlighted in PINK.

Sunday, September 22, 2019
8:00 PM
SHOWTIME The Circus: The People on That Stage [4th Season Fall Premiere]
FOX The 71st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards [Three-Hour Special]

Monday, September 23, 2019
3:01 am
ACORN TV My Life Is Murder: Episodes 9 and 10 [1st Season Finale]
NETFLIX Team Kaylie [Complete First Season / Series Premiere]

After a brush with the law, teen celebrity Kaylie Konrad swaps social stardom for court-ordered chaos as a middle school wilderness club leader. Click here for more information.

8:00 pm
FOX 9-1-1: Kids Today [3rd Season Premiere]
CBS The Neighborhood: Welcome to the Re-Rack [2nd Season Premiere]
8:30 pm
CBS Bob Hearts Abishola: Pilot [Series Premiere]

From award-winning creator, executive producer and writer Chuck Lorre, Bob Hearts Abishola is a love story about a middle-aged compression sock businessman from Detroit who unexpectedly falls for his cardiac nurse, a Nigerian immigrant, while recovering from a heart attack and sets his sights on winning her over. Undaunted by Abishola’s lack of initial interest or the vast differences in their backgrounds, Bob is determined to win Abishola’s heart, in this comedic examination of immigrant life in America. Click here for more information.

9:00 pm
CBS All Rise: Pilot [Series Premiere]

All Rise is a courthouse drama that follows the chaotic, hopeful, and sometimes absurd lives of its judges, prosecutors, and public defenders, as they work with bailiffs, clerks, and cops to get justice for the people of Los Angeles amidst a flawed legal process. Among them is newly appointed Judge Lola Carmichael (Simone Missick), a highly regarded and impressive deputy district attorney who doesn’t intend to sit back on the bench in her new role, but instead leans in, immediately pushing the boundaries and challenging the expectations of what a judge can be. Click here for more information.

9:00 pm
FOX Prodigal Son: Pilot [Series Premiere; Stars Michael Sheen]

Malcolm Bright (Tom Payne, The Walking Dead) has a gift. He knows how killers think and how their minds work. Why? Back in the 1990s, his father was one of the worst, a notorious serial killer called “The Surgeon.” So it makes sense Bright is the best criminal psychologist around; murder is the family business. He will use his twisted genius to help the NYPD solve crimes and stop killers, all while dealing with a manipulative mother, annoyingly normal sister, a homicidal father still looking to bond with his prodigal son, and his own constantly evolving neuroses. Click here for more information.

10:00 pm
NBC Bluff City Law: Pilot [Series Premiere]

Coming from a famous Memphis family known for taking on injustice, brilliant lawyer Sydney Strait used to work at her father Elijah’s (Jimmy Smits) celebrated law firm until their tumultuous relationship got in the way. After barely speaking to him for years, Sydney is suddenly thrust back into the family fold when her philanthropist mother passes away unexpectedly. In the wake of her loss, hoping to reconnect with the daughter he loves, Elijah asks Sydney to rejoin his firm. She agrees because despite her lingering resentment and distrust, she knows that working alongside her father is her best hope at changing the world… if they can ever get along. Click here for more information.

CBS Bull: Labor Days [4th Season Premiere]
ABC The Good Doctor: Disaster [3rd Season Premiere]
11:30 pm
ADULT SWIM Final Space: The Sixth Key [2nd Season Finale]

Tuesday, September 24, 2019
8:00 pm
ABC The Conners: Preemies, Weed and Infidelity [2nd Season Premiere]
CBS NCIS: Out of the Darkness [17th Season Premiere]
FOX The Resident: From the Ashes [3rd Season Premiere]
8:30 pm
ABC Bless This Mess: 459 [2nd Season Premiere]
9:00 pm
FOX Empire: What is Love [6th Season Premiere]
CBS FBI: Little Egypt [2nd Season Premiere]
ABC Mixed-ish: Becoming Bow [Series Premiere]

Rainbow Johnson recounts her experience growing up in a mixed-race family in the ’80s, and the constant dilemmas they had to face over whether to assimilate or stay true to themselves. Click here for more information.

NBC This is Us: Strangers [4th Season Premiere]
9:30 pm
ABC Black-ish: Pops the Question [6th Season Premiere]
10:00 pm
ABC Emergence: Pilot [Series Premiere]

A character-driven genre thriller, Emergence is about a police chief who takes in a young child she finds near the site of a mysterious accident who has no memory of what has happened. The investigation draws her into a conspiracy larger than she ever imagined, and the child’s identity is at the center of it all. Click here for more information.

CBS NCIS: New Orleans: Judgement Call [6th Season Premiere]
USA Treadstone: Special Preview [One-Hour Special]
10:08 pm
NBC New Amsterdam: Your Turn [2nd Season Premiere]

Wednesday, September 25, 2019
3:01 am
NETFLIX Abstract: The Art of Design [Complete Second Season Premiere]
NETFLIX Glitch [Complete Third Season Premiere]
YOUTUBE Liza On Demand [2nd Season Premiere]
8:00 pm
NBC Chicago Med: Never Going Back to Normal [5th Season Premiere]
PBS Country Music: Don’t Get Above Your Raisin’ [1st Season Finale]
ABC The Goldbergs: Vacation [7th Season Premiere]
8:30 pm
ABC Schooled: Dangerous Minds [2nd Season Premiere]
9:00 pm
NBC Chicago Fire: Sacred Ground [8th Season Premiere]
THE CW Hypnotize Me: Sports [1st Season Finale]
ABC Modern Family: New Kids on the Block [11th Season Premiere]
USA Suits: Season 9, Episode 10 [Series Finale]
9:30 pm
ABC Single Parents: Summer of Freedom [2nd Season Premiere]
10:00 pm
NBC Chicago PD: Doubt [7th Season Premiere]
FXX It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: The Gang Gets Romantic [14th Season Premiere]
COMEDY South Park [23rd Season Premiere]
ABC Stumptown: Forget it Dex, it’s Stumptown. [Series Premiere; Stars Cobie Smulders]

Based on the Stumptown graphic novel series, the Stumptown TV show follows Dex Parios (Cobie Smulders)—a strong, assertive and sharp-witted army veteran with a complicated love life, gambling debt and a brother to take care of in Portland, Oregon. Her military intelligence skills make her a great PI, but her unapologetic style puts her in the firing line of hardcore criminals and not quite in alliance with the police. Click here for more information.

10:30 pm
FXX Cake: Cache Flow [Series Premiere]

Cake is a handcrafted assortment of bite-sized content served up to viewers as a tasty treat for the mind. Featuring a diverse array of narratives from storytellers both new and established, this carefully curated half-hour weekly showcase on FXX features both live-action and animated comedy programs of varied length that are equal parts thought-provoking, laugh-inducing, artistic, authentic and raw. (Not to mention, totally gif-able!) Click here for more information.

COMEDY Crank Yankers [5th Season Premiere]

Thursday, September 26, 2019
3:01 am
SHUDDER Creepshow [Series Premiere]

George A. Romero and Stephen King’s iconic ‘80s horror anthology returns as an all-new Shudder Original series from executive producer Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead). Creepshow features stories from horror luminaries like Stephen King, Joe Hill, Josh Malerman, Joe Lansdale and others, with segments directed by Nicotero, Tom Savini, Roxanne Benjamin, David Bruckner, John Harrison and Rob Schrab, and a cast that includes Adrienne Barbeau, Giancarlo Esposito and Tobin Bell. It’s the most fun you’ll ever have being scared! Click here for more information.

8:00 pm
ABC Grey’s Anatomy: Nothing Left to Cling To [16th Season Premiere]
NBC Superstore: Cloud 9.0 [5th Season Premiere]
CBS Young Sheldon: Quirky Eggheads and Texas Snow Globes [3rd Season Premiere]
8:30 pm
NBC Perfect Harmony: Pilot [Series Premiere]

Bradley Whitford stars in this comedy about finding inspiration in the most unlikely places. When former Princeton music professor Arthur Cochran unexpectedly stumbles into choir practice at a small-town church, he finds a group of singers who are out of tune in more ways than one. Despite the ultimate clash of sensibilities, Arthur and his newfound cohorts may just be the perfect mix of individuals to help each other reinvent and rediscover a little happiness, just when they all need it most. Click here for more information.

8:31 pm
CBS The Unicorn: Pilot [Series Premiere]

The Unicorn is a single-camera comedy about a tight-knit group of best friends and family who help Wade (Walton Goggins) embrace his “new normal” in the wake of the loss of his wife one year ago. As a sometimes ill-equipped but always devoted single parent to his two adolescent daughters, he is taking the major step of dating again. To Wade’s amazement, he’s a hot commodity with women, and his friends explain that he’s the perfect single guy—a “unicorn”: employed, attractive, and with a proven track record of commitment. Click here for more information.

9:00 pm
NBC The Good Place: A Girl From Arizona [4th Season Premiere]
ABC A Million Little Things: Coming Home [2nd Season Premiere]
THE CW The Outpost: This is our Outpost [2nd Season Finale/Special Time]
9:01 pm
CBS Mom: Audrey Hepburn and a Jalepeño Pepper [7th Season Premiere]
9:30 pm
CBS Carol’s Second Act: Pilot [Series Premiere]

Emmy Award winner Patricia Heaton stars in new a comedy about a woman who embarks on a unique second act after raising her children, getting divorced, and retiring from teaching: pursuing her dream of becoming a doctor. At age 50, Carol is a medical intern and must sink or swim with peers who are half her age. It’s her enthusiasm, perspective, and yes, even her age that may be exactly what will make her second act a great success. Click here for more information.

9:31 pm
NBC Sunnyside: Pilot [Series Premiere]

Garrett Modi (Kal Penn) was living the American Dream. As the youngest New York City Councilman ever, he was rubbing elbows with the political elite, attending star-studded parties and was the pride of Queens. But instead of spending his time in office helping the people that got him elected, he lost his way amidst the power and glamour of politics. When his downward spiral got him busted for public intoxication (and downright stupidity), it was all caught on tape and ended his career. Click here for more information.

10:00 pm
CBS Evil: Pilot [Series Premiere]

Evil is a psychological mystery that examines the origins of evil along the dividing line between science and religion. The series focuses on a skeptical female psychologist who joins a priest-in-training and a carpenter as they investigate the Church’s backlog of unexplained mysteries, including supposed miracles, demonic possessions, and hauntings. Their job is to assess if there is a logical explanation or if something truly supernatural is at work. Click here for more information.

ABC How to get Away With Murder: Say Goodbye [6th Season Premiere]
10:01 pm
NBC Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: I’m Going to Make You A Star [21st Season Premiere]

Friday, September 27, 2019
3:01 am
NETFLIX Bard of Blood [Complete First Season / Series Premiere]

Years after a disastrous job in Balochistan, a former Indian spy must confront his past when he returns to lead an unsanctioned hostage-rescue mission. Click here for more information.

NETFLIX Dreamworks Dragons: Rescue Riders [Complete First Season / Series Premiere]

Twins Dak and Leyla and their dragon friends devote their lives to rescuing others, defending their home of Huttsgalor and having fun along the way. Click here for more information.

NETFLIX El Marginal [Complete Third Season Premiere]
NETFLIX In The Shadow of the Moon [Movie; Stars Michael C. Hall]

A Philadelphia detective slowly unravels as he nurses a lifelong obsession with an enigmatic female serial killer whose crimes defy explanation. Click here for more information.

NETFLIX Sturgill Simpson Presents Sound & Fury [Special]

In this anime visual album, a mysterious driver heads deep into a postapocalyptic hellscape toward a ferocious showdown with two monstrous opponents. Click here for more information.

NETFLIX Vis A Vis: Season 4 [Special]
NETFLIX The Politician [Complete First Season / Series Premiere; Stars Gwyneth Paltrow]

Rich kid Payton has always known he’s going to be president. But first he has to navigate the most treacherous political landscape of all: high school. Click here for more information.

NETFLIX Skylines [Complete First Season / Series Premiere]

A hip-hop producer gets hurled into the violent world of organized crime when the record label he signs to becomes the center of a deadly drug business. Click here for more information.

AMAZON Transparent: Musicale Finale [Series Finale]
8:00 pm
ABC American Housewife: The Minivan [4th Season Premiere]
CBS Hawaii Five-0: Ua ʻeha Ka ʻili I Ka Maka O Ka Ihe [10th Season Premiere]
8:30 pm
ABC Fresh off the Boat: Help Unwanted? [6th Season Premiere]
9:00 pm
CBS Magnum P.I.: Payback is for Beginners [2nd Season Premiere]
ID Murder Board: The Scalp Hunter [1st Season Finale]
10:00 pm
CBS Blue Bloods: The Real Deal [10th Season Premiere]
SYFY Van Helsing: Dark Destiny [4th Season Premiere]

Saturday, September 28, 2019
11:29 pm
NBC Saturday Night Live: Woody Harrelson / Billie Eilish [45th Season 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

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