Fall TV preview 2018: 20 shows on the bench for midseason

September 7, 2018

Fall TV preview 2018: 20 shows on the bench for midseason

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The theme for midseason could be a tune that has been jumping genres since it was published in 1921, “There’ll Be Some Changes Made.” Count on it.

The five broadcast networks have 20 new series sitting on the bench for midseason: 12 dramas, three comedies, a documentary program and four reality (or game) shows. In addition those newcomers, there are such returning shows as ABC’s “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” CBS’ “Elementary,” NBC’s “The Blacklist” and two shows that will be starting their final seasons: Fox’s “Gotham” and the CW’s “iZombie.”

Here’s the network-by-network breakdown of new and returning shows you’ll be seeing at midseason (or maybe sooner):


Returning at midseason: “American Idol,” “The Bachelor,” “For the People,” “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

New at midseason: “The Fix,” a drama with Robin Tunney as a former prosecutor who returns to Los Angeles eight years after losing the biggest case of her career (Marcia Cark is one of the executive producers); “Grand Hotel,” an upstairs-downstairs drama about the owner, employees and guests of a Miami Beach hotel (Demian Bichir and Roselyn Sanchez star); “Whiskey Cavalier,” a crime drama with Scott Foley as an FBI agent teamed with a CIA operative played by Lauren Cohan; and “Schooled,” a comedy set in the ’90s with Tim Meadows and Bryan Callan as faculty members at the William Penn Academy, where, despite their eccentricities and crazy personal lives, they are heroes to their students.


Returning at midseason: “The Amazing Race,” “Celebrity Big Brother,” “Elementary,” “Instinct,” “Life In Pieces,” “Man With a Plan,” “Undercover Boss.”

New at midseason: “The Red Line,” a drama starring Noah Wyle and following three vastly different Chicago families whose lives intersect after the mistaken shooting of an African-American doctor by a white cop; “The Code,” a drama about the Marine Corps’ Judge Advocate Division (Mira Sorvino stars); and “FAM,” a comedy starring Nina Dobrev as a young woman whose dreams of an upstanding life with her new fiance and his upstanding family are dashed when her younger train-wreck half-sister comes to live with her to escape their train wreck of a father (also in the cast are Tone Bell, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Sheryl Lee Ralph).


Returning at midseason: “The Four: Battle for Stardom,” “Gotham,” “MasterChef Junior,” “The Orville,” “Showtime at the Apollo.”

New at midseason: “The Passage,” executive producer Ridley Scott’s series about a federal agent (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) who becomes a surrogate father to a 10-year-old girl at the center of tests at a top-secret government medical facility; “Proven Innocent,” a legal drama that focuses on a wrongful conviction firm (Rachelle Lefevre, Russell Hornsby, Nikki M. James and Vincent Kartheiser star); “Cosmos: Possible Worlds,” a new “Cosmos” series from executive producers Seth MacFarlane (“Family Guy”), Canton McKinley High School graduate Brannon Braga (“Salem”) and program host Neil deGrasse Tyson; “The Masked Singer,” a reality competition series with an identity twist; “Spin the Wheel,” a game show with comedian Dax Shepard as host; and “Mental Samurai,” executive producer Rob Lowe’s reality show featuring an obstacle course for the mind.


Returning at midseason: “A.P. Bio,” “The Blacklist,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (dropped by Fox), “Ellen’s Game of Games,” “Good Girls,” “Little Big Shots,” “Shades of Blue,” “The Wall.”

New at midseason: “The Enemy Within,” an espionage thriller starring Jennifer Carpenter as a notorious former CIA operative released from prison to help catch a spy; “The Inbetween,” a drama with Harriet Dyer as Cassie Bishop, recruited to use her gifts (she can see and communicate with the dead) to solve murders; “The Village,” a drama with Moran Atias, Dominic Chianese and Frankie Faison as neighbors in a Brooklyn, New York, apartment building; “Abby’s,” a comedy starring Natalie Morales as Abby, who runs an unlicensed makeshift bar in her San Diego backyard; and Dwayne Johnson’s “The Titans,” a reality show that pits contestants against one of six reigning Titans.

The CW

Returning at midseason: “iZombie,” “Jane the Virgin,” “The 100.”

New at midseason: “In the Dark,” executive producer Ben Stiller’s comedy-drama mix about hard-living, irreverent Murphy (Perry Mattfeld ), who, although blind, is the only “witness” to the murder of her drug-dealing friend; and “Roswell, New Mexico,” a new take on the 1999-2002 sci-fi teen drama that aired first on the WB, then on UPN, the two smaller networks that merged in 2006 to form the CW (this reboot will star Jeanine Mason of “Grey’s Anatomy” and Nathan Parsons of “The Originals”).

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