It’s heeeeeeeere. The kickoff of the fall tv season that is. Go easy. You don’t want to hurt yourself so early in the game.
Sunday Sept. 19
Primetime Emmy Awards (special 7pmCT/8ET CBS CTV)
Muhammad Ali (doc series premiere 7pmCT/8ET PBS) brings to life one of the most indelible figures of the 20th century, a three-time heavyweight boxing champion who captivated millions of fans across the world with his mesmerizing combination of speed, grace, and power in the ring, and charm and playful boasting outside of it. Ali insisted on being himself unconditionally and became a global icon and inspiration to people everywhere.
Teenage Euthanasia (series premiere 11pmCT/midnight ET Adult Swim) “Adult Swim’s newest coming-of-all-ages comedy series about death, family, and accidental resurrection, premieres Sunday, September 19 at Midnight ET/PT. Set in near-future inland Florida, Teenage Euthanasia centers around the owners of Tender Endings funeral home, the Fantasy Family: Grandma Baba, her adult children Uncle Pete and Trophy, and Trophy’s teenage daughter, Euthanasia (“Annie”), a name accidentally given to her during the time of Trophy’s own unbearable suffering.”
Monday Sept. 20
Note for this election day in Canada: Broadcast times jumped around a bit from when I did my fall preview list last week so some times have changed from then.
Ordinary Joe (series premiere 9pmCT/10ET NBC City, different times on some City stations by some dance competition) “Life is all about the choices you make – and sometimes, what you do in a single moment can change everything. This new heartfelt, life-affirming drama follows Joe Kimbreau, who faces one of these decisions at his college graduation. The three parallel stories that diverge from that night find Joe and the people around him with different careers, relationships and family lives, showing the unexpected ways that things change – and stay the same. But when it comes down to it, there is no “right” choice; no matter what happens, Joe’s life is always messy, exciting, tough, unpredictable… and beautiful. Stars James Wolk, Elizabeth Lail and Natalie Martinez.”
The Big Leap (series premiere 8pmCT/9ET on Fox and on 0921 at 9pmCT/10ET on CTV) “is a modern tale about second chances, chasing your dreams and taking back what’s yours. The show revolves around a group of diverse, down-on-their-luck characters attempting to change their lives by participating in a potentially life-ruining reality dance show that builds to a live production of “Swan Lake.” Inspired by a U.K. reality format, THE BIG LEAP is an innovative show-within-a-show that takes viewers on a journey of self-acceptance and empowerment at any age.”
NCIS: Hawai’i (series premiere 9pmCT/10ET CBS, and on Sept. 26 on Global) “two-night premiere event, NCIS: Hawai’i starring Vanessa Lachey, as the first female lead in the long-running franchise, premieres Sunday, Sept. 26 at 9 p.m. ET/PT with episode two airing Monday, Sept. 27 at 10 p.m. ET/PT in the show’s regular timeslot as part of Global’s Monday night lineup.”
9-1-1 (Season 5 premiere 7pmCT/8ET on Fox, Global)
NCIS (Season 19 premiere 8pmCT/9ET on Global CBS)
The Neighborhood (Season 4 premiere 6:30pmCT/7:30ET on Global and 7pmCT/8ET on CBS)
Bob ♥ Abishola (Season 3 premiere 7:30pmCT/8:30ET CBS and CTV)
Tuesday Sept. 21
FBI: International (series premiere 9pmCT/10ET on Global and CBS) “Executive producer Dick Wolf brings viewers a three-hour FBI franchise event capping off the night with the series premiere of FBI: International at 10 p.m. ET/PT (moves to 9 p.m. ET/PT Sept. 28). ”
FBI (Season 4 premiere 7pmCT/8ET on Global CBS)
FBI: Most Wanted (Season 3 premiere 8pmCT/9ET on Global CBS)
Our Kind of People (series premiere 8pmCT/9ET on CTV and Fox) “Inspired by Lawrence Otis Graham’s provocative, critically acclaimed book, “Our Kind of People: Inside America’s Black Upper Class,” the series takes place in the aspirational world of Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard, a historical stronghold where the rich and powerful black elite have come to play for over 50 years. OUR KIND OF PEOPLE follows a strong-willed, single mom as she sets out to reclaim her family’s name and make an impact with her revolutionary haircare line that highlights the innate, natural beauty of black women. But she soon discovers a dark secret about her own mother’s past that will turn her world upside-down and shake up this community forever. The show is a soapy, thrilling exploration of race and class in America and an unapologetic celebration of black resilience and achievement.”
The Resident (Season 5 premiere 7pmCT/8ET CTV and Fox)
New Amsterdam (Season 4 premiere 9pmCT/10ET NBC and Global)
Love on the Spectrum (Season 2 premiere Netflix) “continues to tell the stories of people on the autism spectrum as they navigate the world of dating and relationships. With a few familiar faces, and some delightful new ones, this season represents an even wider range of people and personalities, showing just how diverse the autism spectrum really is.”
Tacoma FD (Season 3 premiere CTV Comedy Channel)
Wednesday Sept. 22
Alter Ego (series premiere 8pmCT/9ET on Fox and at 9pmCT/10/ET CTV) “In the all-new original singing competition ALTER EGO, lost dreams and second chances are reignited when singers from all walks of life become the stars they’ve always wanted to be. However, these contestants won’t perform as themselves. Rather, they’ll be given the chance to show how they’ve always wanted to be seen, creating their dream avatar alter ego to reinvent themselves and perform like never before. Some of the biggest names in music are set to join the judges table, including iconic singer/songwriter and seven-time Grammy Award winner Alanis Morissette; actor, singer and television personality Nick Lachey; acclaimed Canadian producer, songwriter, singer and visual artist Grimes; and multi-Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter, producer, entrepreneur and actor will.i.am. Emmy Award-winning personality Rocsi Diaz will host the musical spectacle.”
The Wonder Years (series premiere 7:30pmCT/8:30ET ABC and 8:30pmCT/9:30Et on CTV — these times have changed a few times fyi) “Inspired by the beloved award-winning series of the same name, “The Wonder Years” is a coming-of-age story set in the late 1960s that takes a nostalgic look at a Black middle-class family in Montgomery, Alabama, through the point of view of imaginative 12-year-old Dean. With the wisdom of his adult years, Dean’s hopeful and humorous recollections show how his family found their “wonder years” in a turbulent time. “The Wonder Years” stars Don Cheadle, narrating the series as adult Dean Williams, Elisha “EJ” Williams as Dean Williams, Dulé Hill as Bill Williams, Saycon Sengbloh as Lillian Williams, Laura Kariuki as Kim Williams, Julian Lerner as Brad Hitman, Amari O’Neil as Cory Long and Milan Ray as Keisa Clemmons.”
Chicago Med (Season 7 premiere 7pmCT/8ET NBC City).
Chicago Fire (Season 10 premiere 8pmCT/9ET NBC City)
Chicago P.D. (Season 9 premiere 9pmCT/10ET NBC City)
A Million Little Things (Season 4 premiere 9pmCT/10ET W Network and ABC)
The Goldbergs (Season 9 premiere 7pmCT/8ET CTV2 ABC)
The Conners (Season 4 premiere 8pmCT/9ET CTV and ABC) This is a LIVE episode. Woot!
Home Economics (Season 2 premiere 8:30pmCT/9:30ET on CTV ABC)
Dear White People (Vol. 4 premiere Netflix) “Set against the backdrop of senior year at Winchester as well as a not-so-distant, post-pandemic future, Dear White People Vol. 4 finds our characters looking back at the most formative (and theatrical) year of their lives. Both an Afro-futuristic and 90s-inspired musical event, Dear White People Vol. 4 is a can’t-miss, farewell experience with one pitch-perfect promise: sometimes the only way to move forward is to throw it back. From acclaimed creator Justin Simien, Dear White People stars Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell, Antoinette Robertson, DeRon Horton, John Patrick Amedori, Ashley Blaine Featherson and Marque Richardson. Simien and executive producer Jaclyn Moore serve as co-showrunners of Dear White People Vol. 4.”
Star Wars: Visions (series premiere Disney+) “Seven Japanese anime studios bring their unique talent and perspective to “Star Wars: Visions”—a collection of animated short films that will stream exclusively on Disney+. The anime studios are Kamikaze Douga, Geno Studio (Twin Engine), Studio Colorido (Twin Engine), TRIGGER, Kinema Citrus, Science Saru, and Production I.G. Each studio will use their signature animation and storytelling styles to realize their own visions of the galaxy far, far away. As a first formal venture into anime, each “Star Wars: Visions” short bears a unique Japanese sensibility, which in many ways aligns with the tone and spirit of Star Wars storytelling. From the beginning, stories told in the Star Wars galaxy have counted Japanese mythology and the films of Akira Kurosawa among their many influences, and these new visions will further explore that cultural heritage through the unique animation style and perspective of each anime studio.”
Updated fall 2021 premiere dates
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