TV Premieres Countdown

TV Premieres Countdown for September 23, 2016

by and | September 23, 2016 | Comments

It’s time again for our weekly countdown of the Fall TV premieres! Here are the best new shows for the week of Friday, September 23, 2016. See how this week’s shows, Transparent, Pitch, MacGyver, Lethal Weapon, Speechless, This Is Us, Kevin Can Wait, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Bull, Designated Survivor, The Exorcist, The Good Place, and Notorious stack up against each other on the Tomatometer!

Bull: Season 1 (2016)

Adjusted Score: 22.878%
Critics Consensus: Michael Weatherly's performance is top-notch, but not enough to save a show that relies too heavily on a well-worn series of legal show tropes and an off-putting premise.
Synopsis: In Season 1 of this drama, a renowned psychologist heads a prolific trial consulting service in this drama series based... [More]

Adjusted Score: 90.382%
Critics Consensus: Kiefer Sutherland skillfully delivers the drama in Designated Survivor, a fast-paced, quickly engrossing escapist political action fantasy.
Synopsis: Season 1 of "Designated Survivor" begins with the lowly Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Tom Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland), being... [More]

Adjusted Score: 81.687%
Critics Consensus: The Exorcist doesn't come close to its classic source material, but still boasts a tense narrative that manages some legitimate scares and credible special effects.
Synopsis: The horror series is based on the novel of the same name written by Peter Blatty and is a sequel... [More]
Directed By: Tinge Krishnan

Adjusted Score: 96.078%
Critics Consensus: Kristen Bell and Ted Danson knock it out of the park with supremely entertaining, charming performances in this absurd, clever and whimsical portrayal of the afterlife.
Synopsis: Series 1 of this comedy follows a New Jersey woman enters the afterlife and tries to become a better person... [More]

Adjusted Score: 29.017%
Critics Consensus: Kevin James proves a likable, funny lead, but Kevin Can Wait relies too heavily on predictable, unfunny jokes and a series of lackluster subplots to stand out from the crowd.
Synopsis: In Series 1 of "Kevin Can Wait," recently retired Kevin Gable tries to settle into life away from the police... [More]

Adjusted Score: 68.922%
Critics Consensus: Lethal Weapon's overly polished production values and tired narrative are somewhat overcome by solid chemistry between its two leads.
Synopsis: Roger Murtaugh (Damon Wayans) is an LAPD detective recovering from a heart attack, he's married and has three children; Martin... [More]

MacGyver: Season 1 (2016)

Adjusted Score: 26.504%
Critics Consensus: Despite using spare parts from countless successful TV procedurals, the new MacGyver fails to cobble together a compelling show.
Synopsis: In Season 1 of this action/adventure series, a resourceful former special forces operative is recruited into a clandestine organization to... [More]

Adjusted Score: 96.739%
Critics Consensus: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. explores darker territory in its fourth season with the thrilling introduction of Ghost Rider, setting up an action-packed new chapter of Marvel's edgier mythologies.
Synopsis: In Series 4, Ghost Rider Robbie Reyes crosses paths with former agent Daisy "Quake" Johnson. Together, they investigate the worrying... [More]

Notorious: Season 1 (2016)

Adjusted Score: 23.226%
Critics Consensus: Implausible and populated with unlikable characters, Notorious forsakes dramatic credibility in favor of flash and fluff.
Synopsis: This drama series centers on the symbiotic relationship between charismatic defense attorney Jake Gregorian (Daniel Sunjata) and powerhouse TV producer... [More]

Pitch: Season 1 (2016)

Adjusted Score: 95.826%
Critics Consensus: A terrific lead performance and well-constructed setup and timely themes make Pitch a home run.
Synopsis: When Ginny Baker (Kylie Bunbury) gets the call to play for the Padres, she becomes the first female baseball player... [More]

Adjusted Score: 100.2%
Critics Consensus: Speechless speaks to a sensitive topic with a heartfelt lead performance and a fine balance of sensitivity and irreverence.
Synopsis: In Season 1 of "Speechless," the Dimeo family move to a new neighborhood so that their son, JJ (Micah Fowler),... [More]

Adjusted Score: 96.008%
Critics Consensus: Featuring full-tilt heartstring-tugging family drama, This Is Us will provide a suitable surrogate for those who have felt a void in their lives since Parenthood went off the air.
Synopsis: The story of a family whose three same-aged siblings struggle in unique ways throughout their lives is chronicled in this... [More]

Transparent: Season 3 (2016)

Adjusted Score: 101.574%
Critics Consensus: Uniquely its own, and compelling and poignant as ever, Transparent continues to transcend the parameters of comedic and dramatic television with sustained excellence in its empathic portrayal of the Pfefferman family.
Synopsis: Following the goings-on of a dysfunctional Los Angeles family.... [More]

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