Quick Guide to New Broadcast TV Series for 2015-16
ABC: 'The Catch'
Shonda Rhimes’ The Catch is a new thriller centered on the successful Alice Martin (Mirelle Enos). She’s a fraud investigator who’s about to be a fraud victim, courtesy of her fiancé (Damon Dayoub). Between her cases, she is determined to find him before her career is ruined.
ABC: Dr. Ken
Dr. Ken stars Community’s Ken Jeong as a brilliant physician with no bedside manner. He is always trying to be a good doctor, as well as a good husband and dad to his two kids. However, these good intentions have a way of driving everyone crazy both at work and at home. Luckily, his therapist wife Allison is just the right partner to keep things sane.
ABC: The Family
Formerly titled Original Sin, this thriller follows the return of a politician’s (Joan Allen) young son (Liam James), who was presumed dead after disappearing over a decade earlier. As the mysterious young man is welcomed back into his family, suspicions emerge — is he really who he says he is?
ABC: Of Kings and Prophets
An epic Biblical saga of faith, ambition, and betrayal told through the eyes of a battle-weary king, a powerful and resentful prophet, and a resourceful young shepherd on a collision course with destiny.
ABC: The Muppets
Kermit and Co. return to prime time with a contemporary, documentary-style show. For the first time ever, the series will explore the Muppets’ personal lives and relationships, both at home and at work, as well as romances, break-ups, achievements, disappointments, wants, and desires—a more adult Muppet show, for kids of all ages.
Quantico tells the story of a diverse group of recruits who have arrived at the FBI Quantico Base for training. They are the best, the brightest, and the most vetted—so it seems impossible that one of them is suspected of masterminding the biggest attack on New York City since 9/11.
ABC: The Real O'Neals
A contemporary take on a seemingly perfect Catholic family, whose lives take an unexpected turn when surprising truths are revealed. Instead of ruining their family, the honesty triggers a new, messier chapter where everyone stops pretending to be perfect and actually starts being real.
ABC: Uncle Buck
Based on the John Hughes movie of the same name starring John Candy, Uncle Buck casts Mike Epps as a fun-loving but irresponsible guy who needs a job and a place to stay. By happy coincidence, his nieces and nephew’s Nanny has just quit and his brother and sister-in-law need his help. His unconventional personality just may make him the right fit for the family, and they may be the answer to his problems, too.
Billy and Cody Lefever dream of a new life beyond their working class roots and move to “The Bakken” in North Dakota—which is booming after the biggest oil discovery in American history. They’re soon pitted against a ruthless tycoon who forces them to bet big and put everything on the line, including their marriage.
ABC: Wicked City
Wicked City follows a different noteworthy era of L.A. history each season. The True Detective-style format starts with a murder case from 1982 centered on the rock and roll, cocaine-infused revelry of the Sunset Strip. Alliances are formed between detectives, reporters, drug dealers, and club-goers to solve a serial murder case.
CBS: Angel From Hell
Glee alum Jane Lynch returns to prime time in this comedy as Amy, a woman who forms an unlikely friendship with Allison (Maggie Lawson) after claiming to be her guardian angel. Allison can’t be sure if Amy is an angel or just nuts.
CBS: Code Black
A medical drama set in the nation's busiest and most notorious ER, where the extraordinary staff struggles in the face of a broken system to protect their ideals and the patients who need them the most.
CBS: Life in Pieces
Star-studded comedy about one family as told through separate stories of its different family members, Dianne Wiest and James Brolin among them.
Based on the 2011 feature starring Bradley Cooper, Limitless follows Brian Finch (Jake McDorman) as he discovers the power of the mysterious drug NZT, and is coerced into using his newfound drug-enhanced abilities to solve weekly cases for the FBI.
CBS: Rush Hour
Stoic, by-the-book Hong Kong police officer (Jon Foo) is assigned to a case in Los Angeles where he’s forced to work with a cocky African-American LAPD officer (Justin Hires) who has no interest in a partner.
Glee alum Melissa Benoist stars as Kara Zor-El, who escaped Krypton amid its destruction years ago. Since arriving on Earth, she’s been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin. But now, at age 24, she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be.
The CW: Legends of Tomorrow
When heroes alone are not enough, the world needs Legends. Having seen the future, one he will desperately try to prevent from happening, time-traveling rogue Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) is tasked with assembling a disparate group of both heroes and villains to confront an unstoppable threat—Vandal Savage!—one in which not only is the planet at stake, but all of time itself. Can this ragtag team defeat an immortal threat unlike anything they have ever known?
The CW: Containment
Hailing from Vampire Diaries and Originals boss Julie Plec, Containment tells the story of a deadly epidemic that breaks out in Atlanta, forcing a large city quarantine that leaves those stuck on the inside to fight for their lives. Based upon the original Belgian series, the series explores loved ones tragically torn apart, and how the society that grows inside the cordon reveals both the devolution of humanity and the birth of unlikely heroes.
The CW: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Rachel Bloom stars as a successful, driven, and possibly crazy young woman who impulsively gives up everything—her partnership at a prestigious law firm and her upscale apartment in Manhattan—in a desperate attempt to find love and happiness in that exotic hotbed of romance and adventure: West Covina, Calif. (It’s only two hours from the beach! Four in traffic.)
Fox: The Frankenstein Code
True Blood alum Rob Kazinsky stars as Jimmy Pritchard, a morally corrupt retired cop who’s given a second chance at life when he is brought back from the dead. Now younger and stronger, Pritchard will have to choose between his old temptations and his new sense of purpose.
John Stamos plays a longtime bachelor whose life is upended after he learns he’s a father AND grandfather.
Fox: The Grinder
Rob Lowe comedy tells the story of a beloved TV lawyer who takes over his family’s small-town law firm when his hit series ends.
Fox: The Guide to Surviving Life
Celebrates the mistakes and misadventures people make during the years after college before settling down.
Bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, Lucifer (Welsh EastEnders actor Tom Ellis) resigns his throne and abandons his kingdom for the “gorgeous, shimmering insanity of Los Angeles," where he gets his kicks helping the LAPD punish criminals.
Fox: Minority Report
Set 10 years after the end of Pre-crime in D.C., Minority Report follows one of the three Pre-cogs who can see crimes before they happen (Stark Sands) as he struggles to lead a “normal” human life, but remains haunted by visions of the future when he meets a detective (Meagan Good) who just may help him find a purpose to his gift. That’s the first photo from the new show above.
Fox: Scream Queens
In the new Ryan Murphy anthology series, all hell is about to break loose for the Kappa House sisters of Wallace University when a murder takes place exactly 20 years after a mysterious death originally rocked their college campus.
Fox: The X-Files
Mulder and Scully are back for an X-Files re-boot with six episodes slated to begin Jan. 24 on Fox. According to a recent interview with star David Duchovny, the short season will be a mixture of stand-alone episodes along with the classic "mythology" of the show.
Investigative series centers around the brilliant Dr. Beaumont Rosewood, Jr. (Morris Chestnut), the top private pathologist in all of Miami. As owner of one of the most sophisticated, state-of-the-art independent labs in the country, he finds the secrets in bodies that others usually miss. Despite being constantly surrounded by death, Rosewood is obsessed with life and savors every moment. His eternal optimism will frustrate the cynical female detective (Jaina Lee Ortiz) he often works with, but she can’t argue with the results that his unique perspective provides.
Hailing from Greg Berlanti, Blindspot tells the story of a beautiful Jane Doe (Jaimie Alexander), who is discovered naked in Times Square, completely covered in mysterious, intricate tattoos with no memory of who she is or how she got there.
NBC: Chicago Med
Executive producer Dick Wolf delivers the newest installment of the compelling “Chicago” franchise, an emotional thrill ride through the day-to-day chaos of the city’s most explosive hospital and the courageous team of doctors who hold it together. The doctors will tackle unique new cases inspired by topical events, forging fiery relationships in the pulse-pounding pandemonium of the emergency room. Through it all, familiar faces from the Chicago police and fire departments will intertwine as this third team of Chicago heroes hits the ground running.
After 20 years of parenting, empty nesters Mike (Patrick Warburton) and Martina (Carrie Preston) are finally reclaiming their wild side. Yet when both of their two grown daughters unexpectedly move back in, and Mike’s parents scratch their plans to spend their golden years in Florida, their roost is full again.
NBC: Game of Silence
Drama about a successful Atlanta attorney (David Lyons) whose long-lost childhood friends unexpectedly reappear after 25 years. When a dark secret they thought they had buried resurfaces, the brotherhood bands together to right the wrongs of their shared past — a journey that will push the limits of their loyalty and quench their thirst for revenge.
Based on the real life and achievements of Dr. Kathy Magliato, Heartbreaker follows Dr. Alex Panttiere (Melissa George), an outspoken world-renowned heart-transplant surgeon (and one of the few women in her field), who revels in a racy personal life that’s a full-time job in itself, manages the daily demands of skeptical faculty and dutiful interns, and pushes the boundaries of medical science to impressive new heights.
NBC: People are Talking
Starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar, People are Talking is an unabashed new comedy about two diverse couples who are both neighbors and best friends. As they go through life side-by-side, they can’t help but analyze and obsess about everything. From topics like sex and race, to the fact that the trusted new babysitter might just be a porn star, nothing is out of bounds for this wildly outspoken foursome.
NBC: Shades of Blue
Shades of Blue stars Jennifer Lopez stars as sexy New York detective (and single mother) Harlee Santos, who fell in with a tight-knit group of dirty cops, taking bribes and protection money that she uses to provide the best life for her honest and talented daughter. When she’s trapped by the FBI, however, and forced to inform on her own “brothers,” she’ll have to walk the fine line between love, loyalty, honor and betrayal, and try to keep it together for her daughter’s future.
America Ferrera and Ben Feldman star in workplace comedy about a unique family of employees at a megastore. From the bright-eyed newbies and the seen-it-all veterans to the clueless summer hires and in-it-for-life managers, together they hilariously tackle the day-to-day grind of rabid bargain hunters, riot-causing sales, and nap-worthy training sessions.
NBC: Heroes Reborn
From original creator Tim Kring, Heroes Reborn begins again with a fresh crop of inspiring heroes who take on the ultimate struggle between those with extraordinary abilities and those with nefarious motives to hunt and harness their powers. Epic adventures await these newly empowered allies as they cross paths with some of the original characters (such as the beloved “HRG” and fan-favorite time-traveler Hiro Nakamura), unlocking the mysterious fate of the universe and their place within it.
NBC: The Player
From the minds behind The Blacklist, The Player is an action-packed Las Vegas thriller about a former military operative-turned-security expert (Snipes) who is drawn into a high-stakes game where an organization of wealthy individuals gamble on his ability to stop some of the biggest crimes imaginable from playing out.
NBC: Hot & Bothered
If you think the steamy sex, sensational scandals, and wrenching heartbreak on Latino soap operas are a little extreme, just wait until you see what happens behind the scenes. Hot & Bothered stars Eva Longoria as Ana Sofia, a sizzling TV superstar and her lively family of cast and crew all competing to steal the spotlight. When the cameras turn off, the drama turns up as Ana battles pesky network execs, drunken script writers, narcissistic co-stars, and an unfortunately familiar new onscreen love interest.