With the semester in full swing, it’s about that time to once again break your promise that this semester will be different.
Before you rewatch “Friends” or “The Office” for the umpteenth time, maybe it’s time to consider procrastinating with some new material. So, with a broadcast and streaming lineup of nearly 40 new shows premiering this fall, there’s no excuse to turn back to the “Watch it again…” section of your Netflix.
Like fellow streaming services Hulu and Netflix, Amazon is producing some of its own series. “Fleabag” premieres on Amazon Friday, Sept. 16. “Fleabag,” written by and starring “Broadchurch” actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge, 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,” as stated in its press release.
Also on Sept. 16, web series “High Maintenance” makes its debut on HBO at 11 p.m. “High Maintenance,” once but a collaboration created by a group of videographer friends for their Vimeo channel, has focused its last four years on the dealings of an unnamed New York City marijuana deliveryman, who is referred to as “the guy.” While the guy remains a constant, his clients change each episode.
For fans of Netflix’s “Making a Murderer” and FX’s “The People vs. OJ Simpson,” CBS’s new miniseries, “The Case Of: JonBenet Ramsey,” may be the show to satisfy your addiction. The series focuses on the murder of 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey, who was found dead in her family’s home in 1996. “The Case Of” premieres at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18.
Also from CBS comes “Kevin Can Wait,” starring Kevin James as a recently retired police officer whose expectations of being home with his family are far from reality. “Kevin Can Wait” premieres at 8:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19.
At 9 p.m. the following night, CBS premieres “Bull,” starring Michael Weatherly of NCIS in the comedy-drama based on the early days of psychologist Phil McGraw, better known as Dr. Phil.
NBC enters the ring with its highly anticipated drama “This Is Us,” which follows the very different lives of people born on the same day and stars the likes of Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia. The trailer has been viewed 64 million times on Facebook and another 8.5 million on YouTube. “This Is Us” premieres at 10 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20.
“Lethal Weapon” premieres at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21. This buddy cop action series is a reboot of the 1980s hit movie franchise of the same name and stars Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh. That same night, ABC debuts its quirky comedy “Speechless” at 8:30 p.m., which follows a disabled child and his family as he finds his voice through a variety of aides. Later that night on ABC, at 10 p.m., “Designated Survivor,” starring Kiefer Sutherland, Maggie Q and Italia Ricci, tells the story of a mass killing of the majority of the president’s cabinet, which leaves United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Tom Kirkman (Sutherland) as the designated survivor, thrust into presidency amidst an investigation into the other cabinet members’ deaths.
ABC then premieres legal drama “Notorious” at 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22. “Notorious” stars Piper Perabo of “Covert Affairs” as the producer of the top national news program, a character based upon “Larry King Live” news producer Wendy Walker.
Up to bat next is Fox with “Pitch,” the first scripted TV show to be officially associated with Major League Baseball. “Pitch” stars Kylie Bunbury as the first female MLB player and is of particular interest considering Fox chose not only a female lead but a woman of color. “Pitch” premieres at 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22 on Fox.
Another remake making its debut this fall is CBS’s “MacGyver,” which was a successful ABC program that originally aired from 1985 to 1992. The reboot focuses on young Angus “Mac” MacGyver, portrayed by Lucas Till, who is known for playing Miley Cyrus’ love interest in “Hannah Montana: The Movie” and superhero Havoc, Alex Summers, in the X-Men prequel trilogy. “MacGyver” premieres at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23 on CBS.
“The Exorcist,” television’s take on the 1971 novel of the same name, premieres at 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23 and stars Geena Davis of “The West Wing.”
The final series premieres of the month fall on Friday, Sept. 30 and both debut on streaming services. The first, “Marvel’s Luke Cage” premieres on Netflix as the third in the series of shows leading up to a Defenders crossover miniseries, following “Marvel’s Daredevil” and “Marvel’s Jessica Jones.”
The second streaming premiere and the last of the September premieres is Amazon’s “Crisis in Six Scenes,” which was written and directed by Woody Allen and stars Miley Cyrus. Little information has been released on the upcoming series besides the fact that it will take place in the 1960s and that Cyrus will thus be sporting a long blonde wig to better fit the decade.
With a lineup with this much variety and this much star power, there’s something for everyone this month.