10 TV Shows to Look Forward to This Fall

Maureen Ryan

My fellow Variety critic Sonia Saraiya and I have checked out the bumper crop of fall shows, and these are 10 of the programs we’re most excited about this season. The good news is, we could have put 20 shows on the list; this Fall TV 2016 season contains one of the more interesting crop of new shows.

I’ve written about how the half-hour has taken off in recent years; it’s often the most exciting form in the television universe, especially as evidenced by “One Mississippi,” “Fleabag,” “Atlanta,” and “Better Things.” Those are all cable and streaming shows, but the broadcast networks have come up with promising mainstream-but-offbeat offerings like NBC’s “The Good Place” and ABC’s “Speechless.”

From the loftier tiers of pay-cable to basic cable and streaming and in the broadcast TV realm as well, dramas are having some growing pains. There are some really good shows on at the moment, but do any of us ever need to see a 100-minute pilot again? I think we can probably all agree that the answer is no.

But the good news about this fall is that some of the one-hour programs look very interesting. “Luke Cage” could well be a promising addition to the Marvel TV universe, “The Exorcist” is surprisingly atmospheric, and even small-scale one-hours like the CW’s peppy “No Tomorrow” seem to have some potential. There’s also Fox’s “Pitch,” which follows the progress of Major League Baseball’s first female starter.

Click on the links above to see full reviews of some of these programs, or check out gallery below to read short descriptions of 10 promising new small-screen offerings.

To see the complete Fall TV 2016 lineup, click here.

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