The fall TV season isn’t what it used to be.
When the major broadcast networks were king, this time of year they rolled out a multitude of new shows. If you didn’t like something, better luck next September.
In 2015, with thousands of cable, satellite and online outlets for television, plus the ability to catch shows on your telephone, viewers have a multitude of choices 24/7, all year-round. Following suit, broadcast and cable networks now stagger their new dramas, comedies and alternative programming throughout the year. In the crowded race for ratings, if a new show bombs with viewers-wise early on, it’s pulled, maybe before you’ve even seen it.
Nevertheless, autumn still brings an assortment of freshman offerings from “the big five” networks and PBS.
There are new faces and familiar ones, with Don Johnson, Kermit the Frog and James Brolin among those returning to the small screen. Of area interest is the New Orleans-shot comedy-horror series “Scream Queens,” debuting on Fox Sept. 22.
Here are brief synopses of the new shows. If the premiere date isn’t this week, it’s listed in parentheses.
“QUANTICO”: 9 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 27). A cluster of recruits has arrived at the FBI Quantico Base for training. Among them are the best, the brightest and the most vetted. Constrastingly, one among them is also suspected of masterminding the biggest attack on New York City since 9/11. Starring Priyanka Chopra, Jake McLaughlin, Aunjanue Ellis and Yasmine Al Massri.
“WICKED CITY”: 9 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 27). It’s Los Angeles, circa 1982. There’s rock ’n’ roll and cocaine-infused revelry on the Sunset Strip, and there’s a serial killer on the loose. Two detectives are determined to track down and bring the killer to justice before another murder can occur. Starring Ed Westwick, Erika Christensen, Jeremy Sisto and Taissa Farmiga.
“BLOOD & OIL”: 8 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 27) Young newlyweds Billy and Cody Lefever move from their small town in Florida to the wild oil boomtown of Rock Springs, North Dakota, with dreams of striking it rich. Hap Briggs is the Baron of the Bakken of North Dakota and a legend in the oil business, with his wife, Carla, helping build their legacy. As the boom escalates, Hap is willing to play a little dirty to get what he wants. Starring Don Johnson, Chace Crawford, Rebecca Rittenhouse and Amber Valletta.
“THE MUPPETS”: 7 p.m. Tuesday (Sept. 22) They’re back! In this documentary style series, viewers are taken inside the Muppets’ homes and offices to see how they live their lives in Hollywood. The real-world Muppet series has Kermit the Frog and the rest of the Muppet gang producing a late-night talk show, “Up Late with Miss Piggy.” Starring Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and The Great Gonzo.
“DR. KEN”: 7:30 p.m. Friday (Oct. 2) Dr. Ken Park may be a good physician, but his bedside manner stinks. He works at an HMO clinic where he’s a little too honest but can’t seem to help himself. At home with a wife and two kids, he’s also easily irritated. Maybe his better half can help — she’s a psychotherapist. Starring Ken Jeong, Suzy Nakamura, Tisha Campbell-Martin and Jonathan Slavin.
“LIFE IN PIECES”: 7:30 p.m. Monday (Sept. 21). Four short stories unfold each week in this comedy about a big, happy family “and their sometimes awkward, often hilarious and ultimately beautiful milestone moments.” Told by its various members, these snippets in the family’s lives are moments to be savored. They are what life’s all about. Starring Dianne Wiest, James Brolin, Zoe Lister-Jones and Colin Hanks.
“LIMITLESS”: 9 p.m. Tuesday (Sept. 22). Based on the feature film, the drama centers on Brian Finch, who discovers the brain-boosting power of the mysterious drug NZT. He’s then forced by the FBI into using his extraordinary cognitive abilities to solve complex cases for them. Starring Jennifer Carpenter, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Hill Harper.
“CODE BLACK”: 9 p.m. Wednesday (Sept. 30). The medical drama takes place in the busiest, most notorious ER in the nation, Los Angeles County Hospital. There, the constant deluge of patients can outweigh the limited resources available to the doctors and nurses whose job is to treat them all — creating a condition known as Code Black. Starring Marcia Gay Harden, Bonnie Somerville, Raza Jaffrey and Luis Guzmán.
“SUPERGIRL”: 7:30 p.m. Monday (Oct. 26). The action-adventure drama is based on the DC Comics character Kara Zor-El, Superman’s (Kal-El) cousin who, after 12 years of keeping her powers a secret on Earth, decides to finally embrace her superhuman abilities and become a hero. Starring Chyler Leigh, Calista Flockhart, Mehcad Brooks and David Harewood.
“ANGEL FROM HELL”: 8:30 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 5). The comedy revolves around Amy, “a colorful, brassy woman who insinuates herself into the life of an organized and seemingly perfect young woman, Allison, claiming to be her “guardian angel.” Starring Jane Lynch, Maggie Lawson, Kevin Pollak and Kyle Bornheimer.
“BLINDSPOT”: 9 p.m. Monday (Sept. 21). A beautiful Jane Doe, covered in mysterious, intricate tattoos, is discovered naked in Times Square with no memory of who she is or how she got there. One of the tattoos bears the name of FBI agent Kurt Weller. “Jane,” Agent Weller and the rest of the FBI quickly realize that each mark on her body is a crime to solve, as the truth about her identity nears and mysteries are revealed. Starring Sullivan Stapleton, Jaimie Alexander, Audrey Esparza and Rob Brown.
“CHICAGO MED”: 8 p.m. Tuesday (Nov. 17). The drama from executive producer Dick Wolf follows the day-to-day chaos of the city’s most explosive hospital and the courageous team of doctors that holds it together. Starring Oliver Platt, S. Epatha Merkerson, Nick Gehlfuss and Yaya DaCosta.
“BEST TIME EVER WTH NEIL PATRICK HARRIS”: 9 p.m. Tuesday. The multi-talented Harris stars in this live one-hour show filled with stunts, skits, pranks, audience interaction, musical numbers, giveaways and unlimited surprises. Based on the wildly popular British hit “Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.”
“HEROES REBORN”: 7 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 24). A new group of inspiring heroes take on the ultimate struggle between those with extraordinary abilities and those with nefarious motives to hunt and harness their powers. Starring Jack Coleman, Zachary Levi, Masi Oka and Judith Shekoni.
“THE PLAYER”: 9 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 24). This action-packed Las Vegas thriller centers on a former military operative turned security expert who is drawn into a high-stakes game. A group of rich individuals gamble on whether he can stop some of the biggest crimes imaginable from playing out. Starring Wesley Snipes, Philip Winchester, Charity Wakefield and Damon Gupton.
“TRUTH BE TOLD”: 7:30 p.m. Friday (Oct. 16). The comedy has two diverse couples, both neighbors and best friends, going through life side by side, as they analyze and obsess about everything. Starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Tone Bell and Bresha Webb.
“MINORITY REPORT”: 8 p.m. Monday (Sept. 21). Based on the Steven Spielberg film, the series focuses on the unlikely partnership between a man haunted by the future and a cop haunted by her past, as they race to stop the worst crimes of the year 2065 before they happen. Starring Stark Sands, Meagan Good, Nick Zano and Wilmer Valderrama.
“GRANDFATHERED”: 7 p.m. Tuesday (Sept. 29). This comedy’s about the ultimate bachelor, Jimmy, who discovers he’s not only a father, but a grandfather, when surprise — his adult son Gerald arrives with his baby daughter, Edie. Starring John Stamos, Josh Peck, Paget Brewster and Ravi Patel.
“THE GRINDER”: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (Sept. 29). One brother’s a spotlight-grabbing actor who plays TV’s most popular lawyer and the other, a real-life, small-town lawyer who has yet to find his spotlight. When Dean’s hit legal drama, “The Grinder,” ends after eight seasons, he decides to move back to his hometown of Boise, Idaho. There, his brother, Stewart, is poised to take over the family law firm. As they say, comedy ensues. Starring Rob Lowe, Fred Savage, Mary Elizabeth Ellis and William Devane.
“SCREAM QUEENS”: 8 p.m. Tuesday (Sept. 22). In the killer comedy-horror series from Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan, the girls of Kappa House are dying for new pledges as a devil-clad killer begins wreaking havoc across the campus. Shot in New Orleans, the ensemble cast includes Emma Roberts, Jamie Lee Curtis, Lea Michele, Abigail Breslin, Keke Palmer, Niecy Nash, Nick Jonas and Ariana Grande.
“ROSEWOOD”: 7 p.m. Wednesday (Sept. 23). Set in Miami, the medical procedural tells the story of Dr. Beaumont Rosewood, the city’s top private pathologist. Rosewood teams up with the detective Annalise Villa to uncover clues no one else sees and help the Miami PD solve the city’s toughest cases. Starring Morris Chestnut, Jaina Lee Ortiz, Gabrielle Dennis and Anna Konkle.
“CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND”: 7 p.m. Monday (Oct. 19). When Rebecca Bunch bumps into Josh Chan — her handsome, long-ago summer camp-sweetheart — she knows that it’s a sign. She quits her job at a New York law firm and moves to California where Josh lives. She finds another law firm job, and spends her free time on Josh’s Facebook page. Eventually, she learns of a roadblock to her happiness — Valencia, Josh’s girlfriend. Starring Rachel Bloom, Santino Fontana, Donna Lynne Champlin and Vincent Rodriguez III.