What I’m Watching: September 2016 Outlook

By: DRWHO42, Alyssa, Transmute Jun, & NCDS

Many of my friends who know me know that I watch a lot of TV and with the fall TV season around the corner, I am excited to start watching my favorite shows as they make their glorious return to my screen for new seasons. This is also a time I look forward to trying out a few new entries and this season has many interesting offerings to delight your viewing experience.

This is the first of a series of articles geared to highlight season & new series premieres for the upcoming month along with our top picks. For this month, we have submissions from Transmute Jun and NCDS (a member of the FoCC forum).

DRWHO42’s top picks:
New entry: Luke Cage, Exorcist, Designated Survivor
Returning: Big Bang Theory, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Gotham, Blindspot, Blacklist
DVR stack: MacGyver, Quantico, Aftermath

Alyssa’s top picks:
New entry: Pitch, Luke Cage, Fleabag, Bull, Designated Survivor, Van HelsingCrisis in Six Scenes, First Presidential Debate
Returning: Z Nation, Lucifer, Blindspot, Blacklist, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
DVR stack: Gotham, The Good Place, This Is Us, Notorious, Son of Zorn, Aftermath, Drunk History, Lethal Weapon, MacGyver, Better Things

Transmute Jun’s top picks:
New entry: Luke Cage, Son of Zorn
Returning: Big Bang Theory

NCDS’s top picks:
New Entry: Luke Cage, MacGyver, Van Helsing, Aftermath
Returning: American Horror Story, Lucifer, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Goldbergs, Transparent, Star Wars: Rebels
DVR Stack: Blindspot, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Blacklist, Quanitco, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series

Notable geek/genre shows are highlighted in red.

September 2:
Narcos (Netflix, Season 2)
Kulipari: Army of Frogs (Netflix, new series)

September 5:
Mary + Jane (MTV, new series)

September 6:
Atlanta (FX, new series)

Two cousins work through the Atlanta music scene in order to better their lives and the lives of their families. Donald Glover serves as Executive Producer, along with Paul Simms and Dianne McGunigle. Atlanta is produced by FX Productions.

From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series (El Rey Network, Season 3)
StartUp (Crackle, new series)

Martin Freeman and Adam Brody star in this gritty Miami crime drama about building a company from the underground up.

September 8:
Sunday Night Football (NBC, Season 11 debut; Thursday edition)
Better Things (FX, new series)

Starring Adlon as “Sam Fox,” a single, working actor with no filter trying to raise her three daughters – “Max” (Mikey Madison), “Frankie” (Hannah Alligood) and “Duke” (Olivia Edward) – in Los Angeles. She is mom, dad, referee and the cops.

September 9:
Quarry (Cinemax, new series)

‘Quarry’ is the story of Mac Conway, a Marine who returns home to Memphis from Vietnam in 1972 and finds himself shunned by those he loves and demonized by the public. As he struggles to cope with his experiences at war, Conway is drawn into a network of killing and corruption that spans the length of the Mississippi River.

Stand Up to Cancer (multiple networks, live event)
One Mississippi (Amazon Prime, new series)

One Mississippi is a dark comedy inspired by comedian Tig Notaro’s life. Tig returns to her hometown in Mississippi, where she contends with the death of her mother and her own mortality as she embarks on a painful yet hilarious journey that unearths uncomfortable truths about her family and her self.

September 11:
Masters of Sex (Showtime, Season 4)

FOX  Son Of Zorn: Return To Orange County (soz-101) [Special Presentation]

SON OF ZORN is a new hybrid live-action/animated comedy about a warrior from a faraway island in the Pacific Ocean – where everything and everyone is animated – who returns to Orange County, CA, to win back his live-action ex-wife and teenage son.

September 14:
Blindspot (NBC, Season 2)
American Horror Story (FX, Season 6)
South Park (Comedy Central, Season 20)
Legends of Chamberlain Heights (Comedy Central, new series)

Even though best friends Grover, Milk and Jamal are lowly benchwarmers on the Michael Clarke Duncan High basketball team, they’ve got superstar dreams. But it won’t be easy to ascend from freshmen to legends: They’ll need to prove themselves as champions on and off the court if they hope to earn any respect. Only time will tell if they have what it takes in this new animated series.

September 15:
Thursday Night Football (CBS, network season debut)

September 16:
High Maintenance (HBO, new series)

A Brooklyn pot dealer delivers to clients with neuroses as diverse as his city.

Z Nation (Syfy, Season 3)
Fleabag (Amazon Prime, new series)

Fleabag is a hilarious and poignant window into the mind of a dry-witted, sexual, angry, grief-riddled woman, as she hurls herself at modern living in London. Award-winning playwright Phoebe Waller-Bridge writes and stars as Fleabag, an unfiltered woman trying to heal, while rejecting anyone who tries to help her and keeping up her bravado all along.

September 18:
68th Emmy Awards (ABC, live event)
WWII’s Most Daring Raids (Smithsonian Channel, new series)

They were U.S. paratroopers, Norwegian operatives, and British Commandos, Allied teams leading high-risk operations throughout Europe, Africa, and Asia to fight Hitler and turn the tide of the war. WWII’s Most Daring Raids puts you in the heart of the action, giving you a minute-by-minute account of the most astonishing surprise attacks against the Third Reich. We forensically examine how exactly these assaults played out, through expert analysis and testimonies from the brave men who carried them out.

September 19:
The Big Bang Theory (CBS, Season 10)
Kevin Can Wait (CBS, new series)

A comedy about a newly retired police officer looking forward to quality time with his family—and his fellow retired cops. When his oldest daughter announces she’s dropping out of college to support her fiancé, Kevin knows his only choice is to move them both into his home to keep her in school.

Gotham (Fox, Season 3)
Lucifer (Fox, Season 2)
The Good Place (NBC, new series)

A smart, unique new comedy about what makes a good person. The show follows Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell, “House of Lies,” “Veronica Mars”), an ordinary woman who enters the afterlife and, thanks to some kind of error, is sent to the Good Place instead of the Bad Place, which is definitely where she belongs. While hiding in plain sight from Michael (Ted Danson, “CSI,” “Cheers”), the wise architect of the Good Place (who doesn’t know he’s made a mistake), she’s determined to shed her old way of living and discover the awesome (or, at least, the pretty good) person within.

September 20:
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC, Season 4)
NCIS (CBS, Season 14)
Bull (CBS, new series)

Brilliant, brash and charming, Dr. Bull is the ultimate puppet master as he combines psychology, human intuition and high tech data to learn what makes jurors, attorneys, witnesses and the accused tick.

NCIS: New Orleans (CBS, Season 3)
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox, Season 4)
New Girl (Fox, Season 6)
Scream Queens (Fox, Season 2)
This Is Us (NBC, new series)

This refreshingly honest and provocative series follows a unique ensemble. As their paths cross and their life stories intertwine in curious ways, we find that several of them share the same birthday and so much more than anyone would expect. From the writer and directors of “Crazy, Stupid, Love” comes a smart, modern dramedy that will challenge your everyday presumptions about the people you think you know.

September 21:
The Goldbergs (ABC, Season 4)
Speechless (ABC, new series)

Maya DiMeo (Minnie Driver) is a mom on a mission who will do anything for her husband Jimmy, her kids Ray, Dylan, and JJ, her eldest son with cerebral palsy. As Maya fights injustices both real and imagined, the family works to make a new home for themselves, and searches for just the right person to give JJ his “voice.”

Modern Family (ABC, Season 8)
Black-ish (ABC, Season 3)
Designated Survivor (ABC, new series)

Kiefer Sutherland stars as Tom Kirkman, a lower-level cabinet member who is suddenly appointed President of the United States after a catastrophic attack on the US Capitol during the State of the Union. Kirkman will struggle to keep the country and his family from falling apart, while navigating the highly-volatile political arena and leading the search to find who is responsible for the attack.

Survivor (CBS, Cycle 33)
Lethal Weapon (Fox, new series)

Combining action and drama with ride-or-die friendship and humor, LETHAL WEAPON reimagines the hit movie franchise, as it follows classic cop duo Riggs and Murtaugh, who work a crime-ridden beat in modern-day Los Angeles.

Empire (Fox, Season 3)
Law & Order: SVU (NBC, Season 18)
Chicago P.D. (NBC, Season 4)

September 22:
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC, Season 13)
Notorious (ABC, new series)

Follows the professional and personal relationship between a charismatic attorney and a powerhouse television producer as they attempt to control the media, the justice system, and ultimately – each other.

How to Get Away with Murder (ABC, Season 3)
Rosewood (Fox, Season 2)
Pitch (Fox, new series)

PITCH is the dramatic and inspirational story of a young pitcher who becomes the first woman to play Major League Baseball. [editorial note:”…Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.” –Muhammad Ali]

Superstore (NBC, Season 2)
Chicago Med (NBC, Season 2)
The Blacklist (NBC, Season 4)
Easy (Netflix, new series)

This eclectic, star-studded anthology follows diverse Chicagoans fumbling through the modern maze of love, sex, technology and culture.

September 23:
Last Man Standing (ABC, Season 6)
Dr. Ken (ABC, Season 2)
MacGyver (CBS, new series)

Angus “Mac” MacGyver, who creates a clandestine organization within the U.S. government where he uses his extraordinary talent for unconventional problem solving and vast scientific knowledge to save lives.

Hawaii Five-O (CBS, Season 7)
Blue Bloods (CBS, Season 7)
The Exorcist (Fox, new series)

THE EXORCIST is a propulsive psychological thriller following two very different priests tackling one family’s case of horrifying demonic possession.

Transparent (Amazon Prime, Season 3)
Van Helsing (Syfy, new series)

Van Helsing is set in the near future, where vampires have risen and taken control. Vanessa Van Helsing is humanity’s last hope, as her unique blood composition gives her the ability to turn vampires human. With this secret weapon, Vanessa becomes a prime target for the vampires.

September 24:
Star Wars: Rebels (Disney XD, Season 3)

September 25:
Once Upon a Time (ABC, Season 6)
Quanitco (ABC, Season 2)
Bob’s Burgers (Fox, Season 7)
The Simpsons (Fox, Season 28)
Son of Zorn (Fox, new series)

From executive producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (“The LEGO Movie,” “21 Jump Street”), and featuring the voice of Jason Sudeikis (THE LAST MAN ON EARTH, “Horrible Bosses,” “We’re the Millers”), SON OF ZORN is a new hybrid live-action/animated comedy about a warrior from a faraway island in the Pacific Ocean – where everything and everyone is animated – who returns to Orange County, CA, to win back his live-action ex-wife and teenage son.

Family Guy (Fox, Season 14)
The Last Man on Earth (Fox, Season 3)

September 26:
First Presidential Debate (multiple networks, live event)

September 27:
Channel Zero: Candle Cove (Syfy, new series)

Channel Zero will feature a new story every season (or so), with the first one out the gate being an adaptation of Kris Straub’s Candle Cove, which tells the tale of a mysterious 1980s children’s TV program and the show’s role in a slew of murders.

Aftermath (Syfy, new series)

When the world as they know it starts coming to an end, the Copeland family must face terrifying supernatural creatures and unprecedented disasters, including massive storms, earthquakes, meteor impacts, plague and the rapid decline of civilization. Will they be able to make it through – and figure out how to stop it?

Drunk History (Comedy Central, Season 4)

September 28:
Criminal Minds (CBS, Season 12)
Code Black (CBS, Season 2)

September 30:
Luke Cage (Netflix, new series)

A hoodie-wearing, unbreakable ex-con fights to clear his name and save his neighborhood. He wasn’t looking for a fight, but the people need a hero.

Crisis in Six Scenes (Amazon Prime, new series)

Crisis in Six Scenes is a comedy that takes place in the 1960’s during turbulent times in the United States and a middle class suburban family is visited by a guest who turns their household completely upside down. Starring: Woody Allen, Miley Cyrus, Elaine May

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Kevin aka "DRWHO42" watches a lot of TV and avoids spoilers like the plague. He is an avid Whovian, Trekker, fanboy, gamer, traveler, planner, self-professed gym rat, and Starbucks espresso loyalist. When not plotting out his schedule for the next tent-pole movie or watching his favorite shows he is on the hunt for pop-culture TV & Movie media news. More importantly he is a frequent attendee of San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) and New York Comic Con (NYCC). Follow him on Twitter @kevinDW42 @FoCCBlog