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There’s plenty to watch this season, in spite of the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. While many shows, including the various FBI, NCIS, Law & Order, 9-1-1 and Chicago shows, will only offer encore airings, there are a ton of new comedies and dramas arriving to a TV (or laptop, tablet or phone) near you in the next couple months. Here’s a look at what’s coming up.
Best Fall TV Shows in 2023
Found (Oct. 3 on NBC)
Public relations specialist Gabi Mosely (Shanola Hampton), who saved herself after being abducted 20 years earlier, is now using her skills to help other victims. She has assembled a crack crisis management team—all of whom in some way have a personal connection to missing children—with the mission to locate those who have fallen through the cracks. There’s a twist to the series that you won’t see coming.
Sullivan's Crossing (Oct. 4, The CW)
Virgin River fans will want to investigate this latest series based on novels by Robyn Carr and starring two CW favorites: One Tree Hill’s Chad Michael Murray and Gilmore Girls’ Scott Patterson. When neurosurgeon Maggie Sullivan (Morgan Kohan) is forced to abandon her practice, she returns to her childhood home at Sullivan’s Crossing, a rustic campground run by her estranged father, Sully Sullivan (Patterson). While trying to figure out her next steps, she discovers life in Nova Scotia can be equally complicated, especially when she encounters a handsome newcomer, Cal Jones (Murray).
Pet Sematary: Bloodlines (Oct. 6, Paramount+)
What would Halloween month be without a new film version of a Stephen King novel? This one is an untold story from the horror master’s Pet Sematary. Set in 1969, it’s a prequel in which Jud Crandall (Jackson White) discovers his family’s role in the ancient evil—the graveyard which resurrects anything buried in it—that has gripped his hometown of Ludlow since its founding. He and his friends vow to break the curse.
Frasier (Oct. 12, Paramount+)
Everything old is new again, and this season it’s a reboot of the 37 Emmy-winning series Frasier. Kelsey Grammer returns to the role that made him famous as Frasier Crane begins the next chapter in his life with a return to Boston, where he will try to mend his relationship with his son Freddy (Jack Cutmore-Scott) as he forges new friendships. There will be guest-star appearances from Peri Gilpin as Roz and Bebe Neuwirth as Lilith.
The Fall of the House of Usher (Oct. 12, Netflix)
Inspired by the works of Edgar Allan Poe, this horror series is a modern-day version with a tale featuring ruthless siblings Roderick (Bruce Greenwood) and Madeline Usher (Mary McDonnell) who have built Fortunato Pharmaceuticals into an empire of wealth, privilege and power. But past secrets come to light when the heirs to the Usher dynasty start dying at the hands of a mysterious woman from their youth.
Lessons in Chemistry (Oct. 13, Apple TV+)
Oscar winner Brie Larson heads the cast as Elizabeth Zott, a brilliant chemist who finds fame as a celebrity cooking show host after losing her job as a scientist in this 1950s-set drama. Despite having her dream of a career in science put on hold, Elizabeth teaches her audience of housewives a lot more than recipes—and men are suddenly listening.
Everyone Else Burns (Oct. 19, The CW)
The U.K. import about the apocalypse, Everyone Else Burns, has the makings of a cult comedy. It follows the Manchester, England-based Lewis family, who believe the world will end within the decade. Series patriarch David (Simon Bird) is joined by wife Fiona (Kate O’Flynn), daughter Rachel (Amy James-Kelly), and son Aaron (Harry Connor).
Pain Hustlers (Oct. 27, Netflix)
The cast—Emily Blunt, Chris Evans and Andy Garcia—is stellar in yet another story about big pharma. In this accounting, Liza Drake (Blunt), an unemployed single mom searching for a way to improve life for her and her daughter, takes a job at Zanna, a pharmaceutical start-up, only to get involved in a dangerous racketeering scheme.
Fellow Travelers (Oct. 29, Showtime)
There’s clandestine romance in this political thriller. Starring Matt Bomer as the charming but emotionally unavailable behind-the-scenes Washington politician Hawkins Fuller and Jonathan Bailey as idealistic and religious Tim Laughlin, the two begin an affair just as Joseph McCarthy and Roy Cohn declare war on “subversives and sexual deviants.” The story, which begins in the 1950s, plays out through the Vietnam War protests of the ‘60s, the drug-fueled disco hedonism of the ‘70s and the AIDS crisis of the ‘80s.
All The Light We Cannot See (Nov. 2, Netflix)
Based on Anthony Doerr’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, the four-part limited series tells the story of a blind French girl, Marie-Laure (Aria Mia Loberti) and her father (Mark Ruffalo), who flee German-occupied Paris with a legendary diamond to keep it from falling into the hands of the Nazis. Even as they are relentlessly pursued by a gestapo officer, they take refuge with her reclusive great-uncle Etienne (Hugh Laurie), where Marie-Laure transmits forbidden radio broadcasts and is hunted for that, as well.
Quiz Lady (Nov. 3, Hulu)
Awkwafina and Sandra Oh team up in this comedy film about two estranged sisters who are united by their desperate need for cash: First, to cover their mother's gambling debts, but then to pay the kidnappers who stole Anne’s (Awkwafina) dog. Luckily, Anne has an untapped skill: she’s an expert at Can’t Stop the Quiz, which could provide the big payday the sisters need.
The Buccaneers (Nov. 8, Apple TV+)
Fans of Bridgerton and Downton Abbey will want to tune into this series inspired by Edith Wharton’s unfinished final novel, The Buccaneers, which follows a group of American girls sent to secure husbands and titles in 1870s London. Instead, their fun-loving ways engender an Anglo-American culture clash thanks to their disregard for “proper” behavior.
NCIS: Sydney (Nov. 14 on CBS)
With season 21 of NCIS and season 3 of NCIS: Hawaii on hold due to the Hollywood strikes, CBS is importing NCIS: Sydney, the first international version of the franchise, for its fall schedule. Filmed against the backdrop of one of the world’s most spectacular harbor cities, the eight-episode series stars Olivia Swann as NCIS Special Agent Captain Michelle Mackey and Todd Lasance as AFP Liaison Officer Sergeant Jim 'JD' Dempsey. The multinational task force comprised of NCIS agents and the Australian Federal Police is tasked with keeping naval crimes in check in the Indo-Pacific.
A Murder at the End of the World (Nov. 14 on Hulu)
Emma Corrin, who played Princess Diana in The Crown, helms a completely different kind of drama as Darby Hart, a Gen-Z amateur sleuth and tech-savvy hacker in the seven-episode limited series A Murder at the End of the World. Darby is one of nine guests invited to a retreat at a remote location by a reclusive billionaire (Clive Owen); the invitees find themselves trapped at the end of the world when one of the guests is found dead.
Ghosts U.K. (Nov. 16, CBS)
While encore airings of Ghosts will be part of the CBS fall schedule, it is also providing a look at the U.K. version of the supernatural series from which it was adapted. While the theme is the same—an impoverished young couple inherits a rickety country mansion, only to find it teeming with needy ghosts—the differences are abundant enough to make it worthy of a watch. It stars Charlotte Ritchie, Kiell Smith-Bynoe, Mathew Baynton, Simon Farnaby, Martha Howe-Douglas, Jim Howick, Laurence Rickard and Ben Willbond.
Please Don't Destroy: The Treasure of Foggy Mountain (Nov. 17, Peacock)
Martin Herlihy, John Higgins and Ben Marshall—the sketch-comedy trio known as Please Don’t Destroy—star as three childhood friends who discover a strange compass that they hope will lead them to the treasure of Foggy Mountain. Narrated by John Goodman, the film also features an appearance from Conan O'Brien as Ben’s dad.
Fargo (Nov. 21, FX; streaming next day on Hulu)
The fifth series in the franchise is set in 2019 Minnesota and North Dakota, and stars Juno Temple as Dorothy "Dot" Lyon, a seemingly typical Midwestern housewife who lands in hot water with the authorities, especially North Dakota Sheriff Roy Tillman (Jon Hamm), who has been searching for her for a long time. When the life she thought she left behind catches up with her, Dot demonstrates an uncanny knack for survival. Other cast members include Jennifer Jason Leigh, Joe Keery, Lamorne Morris and Sam Spruell.
Bookie (November TBA, Max)
In this eight-episode buddy comedy from Chuck Lorre, a seasoned bookie (Sebastian Maniscalco) and his partner (Omar J. Dorsey) struggle to survive the impending legalization of sports gambling in Los Angeles.
Lawmen: Bass Reeves (November TBA, Paramount+)
This anthology series kicks off with the story of frontier hero Bass Reeves (David Oyelowo), the first Black U.S. deputy marshal in Indian Territory responsible for the capture of more than 3,000 of the most dangerous criminals without ever being wounded. Dennis Quaid and Donald Sutherland also star.