A Guide to the New TV Shows of Fall 2016

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The leaves are turning, a slight chill lingers in the air, and TV networks are churning out a bunch of new shows in hopes of scoring the next ratings juggernaut or binge-watch sensation. In other words, Fall is here, and while there are certainly a lot of familiar favorites returning to the television airwaves, this is also the best time to check out a new series (or two, or ten). This year, the networks have lined up an eclectic schedule, ranging from high-concept comedies and sci-fi westerns to action reboots, crime dramas, and even some bone-chilling horror. Read on for a glimpse into all of the new series premiering this Fall.



Westworld: Season 1 (2016) 87%

Premieres: Sunday, Oct 2 at 9:00 PM on HBO.

Premise: Inspired by the 1973 film of the same title written by Michael Crichton, Westworld is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin, exploring a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged.


Conviction: Season 1 (2016) 20%

Premieres: Monday, Oct 3 at 10:00 PM on ABC.

Premise: A legal procedural where Hayley Atwell stars as the head of the Conviction Integrity Unit (CIU), an agency that attempts to reverse cases where innocent people were unfairly jailed.


Timeless: Season 1 (2016) 83%

Premieres: Monday, Oct 3 at 10:00 PM on NBC.

Premise: An action-adventure series, in which a trio travel through time to battle a master criminal who has stolen a secret state-of-the-art time machine, intent on destroying America as we know it by changing the past.


No Tomorrow: Season 1 (2016) 88%

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Premieres: Tuesday, Oct 4 at 9:00 PM on CW.

Premise: A female procurement manager falls for a freewheeling man who believes the apocalypse is imminent, and the two begin a journey to complete their individual bucket lists.


Frequency: Season 1 (2016) 77%

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Premieres: Wednesday, Oct 5 at 9:00 PM on CW.

Premise: A detective discovers she’s able to communicate with her estranged father who died decades earlier via a ham radio. Based on the 2000 feature film of the same name.


Divorce: Season 1 (2016) 63%

Premieres: Sunday, Oct 9 at 10:00 PM on HBO.

Premise: Sarah Jessica Parker stars as Frances, a woman who suddenly begins to reassess her life and her marriage and finds that making a clean break and a fresh start is harder than she thought.


Insecure: Season 1 (2016) 100%

Premieres: Sunday, Oct 9 at 10:30 PM on HBO.

Premise: The half-hour comedy series, created and executive produced by Issa Rae, looks at the friendship, experiences, and tribulations of two black women.


Freakish: Season 1 (2016) %

Premieres: Monday, Oct 10 on Hulu.

Premise: A chemical explosion rocks a small town, leaving 20 high school students and a basketball coach as the only survivors.


American Housewife: Season 1 (2016) 58%

Premieres: Tuesday, Oct 11 at 8:30 PM on ABC.

Premise: An average wife and mother tries to stand out among the other housewives and their privileged children in her hometown of Westport, Connecticut.


Channel Zero: Candle Cove (2016) 86%

Premieres: Tuesday, Oct 11 at 9:00 PM on SyFy.

Premise: Frightening tales revolve around one man’s obsessive recollections of a mysterious TV program from the 1980s and the role it may have played in a series of nightmarish events from his childhood.


Falling Water: Season 1 (2016) 26%

Premieres: Thursday, Oct 13 at 10:00 PM on USA.

Premise: Three strangers realize they are dreaming parts of the same dream. As they delve deeper into the meaning behind their connection to each other, they realize that the implications are much larger than their personal fates, and the future of the world lies in their hands.


Goliath: Season 1 (2016) 78%

Premieres:Friday, Oct 14 on Amazon.

Premise: Billy Bob Thorton stars as a disgraced lawyer who lands a case that could possibly redeem him and bring him revenge on the firm that expelled him.


Haters Back Off: Season 1 (2016) 50%

Premieres: Friday, Oct 14 on Netflix.

Premise: This eight-episode half-hour show covers the backstory of Miranda Sings, who grew up in Tacoma, Washington with her mom and uncle before she became famous on YouTube for her lack of singing skills.


Wolf Creek: Miniseries (2016) 77%

Premieres: Friday, Oct 14 at 10:00 PM on POP.

Premise: A 19-year-old American tourist targeted by a crazed serial killer in Australia survives his attack and embarks on a mission of revenge.


Eyewitness: Season 1 (1995) %

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Premieres: Sunday, Oct 16 at 10:00 PM on USA.

Premise: An adaptation of the Norwegian crime drama Øyevitne, about teens who witness a mass shooting during a clandestine rendezvous. Afraid of both the killer and of having their secret revealed, they vow to keep quiet.


The Durrells: Season 1 (2016) 94%

Premieres: Sunday, Oct 16 at 8:00 PM on PBS.

Premise: The Durrells in Corfu tells the story of the My Family and Other Animals author as he and his family adjust to their new life on the Greek island in 1935.


Chance: Season 1 (2016) 75%

Premieres: Wednesday, Oct 19 at on Hulu.

Premise: Hugh Laurie returns to TV in this new drama based on the books by Kam Nunn. Chance follows the trials of a San Francisco-based forensic neuropsychiatrist.


Man With a Plan: Season 1 (2016) 21%

Premieres: Monday, Oct 24 at 8:30 PM on CBS.

Premise: This new comedy stars Matt LeBlanc as a contractor who becomes a stay-at-home dad after his wife goes back to work, and finds that parenting is harder than he thought.


Pure Genius: Season 1 (2016) 26%

Premieres: Thursday, Oct 27 at 10:00 PM on CBS.

Premise: A veteran surgeon with a controversial past is enlisted to start a ‘new school’ hospital with a cutting-edge approach to medicine that’s the brainchild of a young Silicon Valley tech titan.


The Great Indoors: Season 1 (2016) 45%

Premieres: Thursday, Oct 27 at 8:30 PM on CBS.

Premise: An adventure reporter is sidelined by injury and is reassigned to a magazine’s digital department, where he leads a group of millennials.


The Living and the Dead: Miniseries (2016) 83%

Premieres: Thursday, Oct 27 at 9 PM on BBC America.

Premise: Doctor Nathan Appleby moves back to rural England to take care of his family estate, but gets involved with a teenage girl who is seemingly possessed by a terrifying spirit.


Good Girls Revolt: Season 1 (2015) 71%

Premieres: Friday, Oct 28 on Amazon.

Premise: Set in 1969, this drama based on Lynn Povich’s book centers on a group of young women who work for a news program, fighting against sexual discrimination during an era of cultural revolution.


People of Earth: Season 1 (2016) 89%

Premieres: Monday, Oct 31 at 9:00 PM on TBS.

Premise: This show centers on skeptical journalist Ozzie Graham, who infiltrates a support group to write about the members’ supposed alien encounters.

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