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Fall TV must watch: Upcoming 2018-2019 dramas and comedies that got us hooked from the first look

From drama-heavy slots to evergreen comedies, the line-up is replete with a mix of genres, reboots, revivals
UPDATED JAN 17, 2020
(Source: Imdb)
(Source: Imdb)

All you binge-watchers, it's serious business from here on. Every major television network — ABC, NBC, CBS, CW, Fox and many more — has unveiled their fall TV line-up. In other words, a list of upcoming TV shows that are going to keep you hooked with their slew of twists and turns for the rest of the year, until 2019. 

From drama-heavy slots to evergreen comedies, the line-up is replete with a mix of genres, reboots, revivals. And while some eyes will be on the turn of events in the popular returning shows; there's a huge chunk of new content this tine around. 

There's a classic 80s remake, "Magnum P.I.", retelling the tales of a military veteran. "Murphy Brown" is also making a comeback. And how can we not talk about Russo brothers' venture into TV with their Syfy series, Deadly Class. 

Without further ado, here's breaking down all the fall schedules into one comprehensive must-watch list. 

A Million Little Things

Following in the footsteps of ABC's roster of heart-warming tear-jerkers, "A Million Little Things" is centered on the life of "eight friends who have bonded through unexpected circumstances, and get the wake-up call they need to start living when the one whose life looked most put together dies unexpectedly."

Starring Christina Ochoa, Ron Livingston, Stephanie Szostak, James Roday and a bunch of known faces, the drama is directed by James Griffiths. 

The Rookie

The last time we saw Nathan Fillion in serious action was as mystery novelist character, Rick Castle, on the hit cop procedural drama. Almost two years after the show came to an end, the actor is back and this time he will be playing the role of John Nolan, a 40-year-old LAPD recruit in upcoming ABC show The Rookie. 

Joining Fillion on the cast are Afton Williamson as Talia Bishop, Alyssa Diaz as Angela Lopez, Richard T Jones as Sergeant Wade Grey, Mercedes Mason (Captain Zoe Andersen), Melissa O'Neil (Lucy Chen), and Eric Winter (Tim Bradford).

The Kids Are Alright

Set in 1970s, ABC's new comedy follows the eccentricities of an Irish-Catholic family (The Clearys) where there's a working-class dad (The Walking Dead's Michael Cudlitz), "traditional mom and eight boisterous sons who navigate changes big and small during one of America's most turbulent decades."

Asides Cudlitz, Mary McCormack, Sam Straley, Caleb Martin Foote, Sawyer Barth, Christopher Paul Richards, Jack Gore, Andy Walken and Santino Barnard are also a part of the star-studded cast of the comedy.


From producer Dick Wolf, CBS' F.B.I is a procedural chronicling the unsaid parts of the operations of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, especially at its New York office. At the center of all action, however, is Ellen, a highly-respected Special Agent. More than a regular high-octane action drama, if the description is any proof, F.B.I appears to be putting the spotlight on the behind-the-scenes political and bureaucratic tensions. 

Magnum P.I.

The 80s hit Magnum P.I. is all set for a modern treatment with Jay Hernandez (of Suicide Squad fame) taking over the reins as the new Magnum. The much-awaited reboot of the crime drama, however, will see the Navy Seal-turned-investigator's tale told with a new twist on CBS. 

"An ex-Navy SEAL returns home from Afghanistan and uses his military skills to become a private investigator in Hawaii. A reboot of the popular 1980s television series."

The Passage

Executive-produced by Ridley Scott, "The Passage" is the brainchild of Matt Reeves (of Cloverfield fame) and will fill in for the absence of a vampire drama on Fox. In terms of the plot, the character-driven thriller deals with the experimental project at a secret medical facility - Project Noah. As it turns out, the scientists involved with the project are trying to find a cure for all diseases, and this requires them to experiment with a deadly virus, capable of wiping out the entire human race. 

Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Saniyya Sidney are the leadin duo, driving the plot for "The Passage". 

Proven Innocent

Rachelle Lefevre stars as a fierce lawyer in Fox's newest legal drama. As a wrongfully convicted defendant herself, Rachelle's sole mission is to investigate wrongful convictions in order to ensure that justice prevails.

In her field, she is a savior to many and at the same time, there have been several enemies in the making as she continues to right the legal wrongs. Russell Hornsby, Nikki M James, Vincent Kartheiser and Brian d'Arcy James are the other cast members of this latest Fox offering. 

The Cool Kids

Scripted by Charlie Day (of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia fame), "The Cool Kids" is all about a retirement center, and it's residents - namely Sid, Charlie, Hank and a rather interesting fourth addition Margaret. Her arrival at the facility is sure to ruffle a few feathers, especially when it comes to the trio, who are comfortably settled in their post-work life.  

The Fox comedy boasts an all-star line up including comedy vets Vicki Lawrence, David Alan Grier, Leslie Jordan, and Martin Mull.

The Enemy Within

A counter-espionage mission, which requires FBI Agent Will Keaton to enlist the most notorious traitor in American history, Erica Shepherd's help in tracking down a "fiercely dangerous and elusive criminal she knows all too well". However, Shepherd comes with her own baggage. 

An erstwhile CIA operative, brilliant in her job, Shepherd is now serving life in a Supermax prison. Jennifer Carpenter and Morris Chestnut fill in the leading roles for the NBC thriller. 

New Amsterdam

"Inspired by Bellevue, the oldest public hospital in America, this unique medical drama follows the brilliant and charming Dr. Max Goodwin, the institution's newest medical director, who sets out to tear up the bureaucracy and provide exceptional care."

Ryan Eggold takes on the role of Goodwin in the show executive-produced and directed by Kate Dennis. 


As per the official synopsis from CW, "This fierce, funny, feminist reboot of the original series centers on three sisters in a college town who discover they are witches. Between vanquishing supernatural demons, tearing down the patriarchy, and maintaining familial bonds, a witch’s work is never done.”

Originally starring the trio, Rose McGowan, Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano, the upcoming reboot has a brand new cast, boasting names such as Madeline Mantock, Melonie Diaz, and Sarah Jeffery. 

In the Dark

Created by Corinne Kingsbury, the CW show follows Perry Mattfeld, who plays a blind woman and happens to be the witness to a murder. But to prove her side of the story, she has to embark on a personal investigation mission, while juggling her work and personal life.