Hollywood has been in limbo for the past few months. This has been especially difficult for anyone who makes a living from making television and movies. But it also means viewers will start to see how this affects the network lineup in the fall. A prolonged strike still going will inevitably have this effect, and the layoff has reshaped prime time in significant ways.
For NBC, this means there will be no new episodes of producer Dick Wolf’s “One Chicago” and “Law & Order” series. But new episodes will come. “How Much Leap” And “Magnum PI” (She is ending her series by leaving CBS) because both series finished filming before the strike.
ABC sticks to pre-written staples as below “Dancing with the Stars” And “Golden Bachelor” A spin-off of the TV series “The Bachelor”, which features a 71-year-old widower from Indiana. ABC will also air reruns “Abbott Elementary School.”
Along with extended versions of reality shows on CBS “Incredible Race” And “Survivor,” The series also includes reruns “Blue Bloods” “NCIS” And “Yellow Stone” (the latter originally aired on Paramount Network).
Even 75th Emmy Awards they were impressed. Originally scheduled to air on Fox in September, the broadcast has been delayed to January.
By contrast, new programs are arriving quickly, though not at the same level as in past years, on broadcasters and premium cable channels. We expect this trend to continue with or without a strike. Last year, there were 599 scripted shows on the program. This number is not sustainable.
But if the studios don’t fix this strike soon, streaming will slow down. We’ll find out more when we see how many (or few) premieres there are this winter. Until then, let’s take a look at some of the offerings in the first few weeks of the fall TV season, in order of launch.
1. “Power Book IV: The Force” (premiering Friday on Starz): Street wise bad boy extraordinary Tommy Egan (played by Joseph Sikora) is back for Season 2. first season It got off to a rough start with Tommy’s involvement in Chicago’s illegal drug trade, but as he progressed he resorted to cliché allusions. The marketing for the new season includes a sentence about the show’s perspective that gives me pause: “In a racially divided city, Tommy is on both sides of the line and ultimately becomes the cornerstone that not only unites them but also holds the power to watch them. friable. Sorry, did they just call him the white savior of the drug trade?
2. “The Changeling” (September 8 on Apple TV+): In the eight-episode drama, LaKeith Stanfield plays a new father who realizes his life is spiraling out of control. It is based on a novel that has been described as “a potent cocktail of modern parenting and ancient magic” and “where the concerns of fatherhood, race and money are overshadowed by otherworldly dangers”. Apple calls it a fairy tale for adults: “A horror story, a parenting tale, and a dangerous journey through a New York City you didn’t know existed.”
3. “This Farming Life” (September 12, on BritBox): A documentary series about six farming families in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Whether it’s dealing with sick herds, bad weather or a worsening economic climate, this is not a lifestyle for the faint-hearted. One person defines risks as: “It takes three generations to build something, but it only takes one generation to destroy it.”
4. “Morning Show” (September 13 on Apple TV+): The overrated Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon co-star is returning for Season 3 and I in the record Along with my disappointment with the program that relayed some of the most mundane observations imaginable about modern media. The glamor of this show is inspiring! However, the addition of Nicole Beharie to the roster this season might be reason enough to check it out.
5. “The Other Black Girl” (September 13, Hulu): Nella is a black editorial assistant at a New York publishing house struggling to rise up the corporate ladder and maintain her reputation along the way. When the all-white company hires another Black employee, he gets very excited at first. So is this newcomer friend or foe? A surreal thriller about micro-aggressions, office politics and taking over (or at least a small corner of it) the world, the series is based on the bestselling book by Zakiya Dalila Harris, who is also a writer on the series.
6. “Supermodels” (in the Apple TV+ documentary series on September 20): The supermodel era was defined by Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, and Christy Turlington, who have captured the public’s imagination in a way that has not been copied since. The women sit down for new interviews, but like so many famous documentary projects lately, my curiosity is mixed with doubts about how investigative this effort will actually be.
7. “Donyale Luna: Supermodel” (September 13, Max) It premiered a week ago as a documentary about the life and career of the first Black model to appear on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue.
8. “Young Love” (21 September Max): Created by a Chicago native Matthew CherryThe hot comedy animated series follows Cherry’s Oscar-winning short film “Hair Love,” about a black father learning the intricacies of styling his little daughter’s hair. Kid Cudi and Issa Rae voice the parents.
9. “Continental: From the World of John Wick” (September 22, The Peacock): The crime series is a prequel to the ultra-violent “John Wick” film franchise and focuses on the Continental hotel chain, which acts as a safe haven for assassins. The show is set in the 70s (interesting!) and stars Mel Gibson (not that interesting), so whatever you do with that information.
10. “Gen V” (September 29 on Amazon): A spin-off of Amazon’s popular and highly satirical superhero series “The Boys,” the new series is set in a superhero college where powers are instilled rather than inherited (I wonder if they have any creative ideas for using superpowers for keg stands).
11. “Lupin” (October 5th on Netflix): As a character, known as the gentleman thief lupine He falls somewhere between Sherlock Holmes and Robin Hood. He has charisma, as French actor Omar Sy portrays with broad-shouldered grace. Netflix calls these new episodes Episode 3, and I have no idea what that means in terms of seasons. Television has become a land of chaos. Just go with it.
12. “Loki” (October 6 on Disney+): For my money, single and done “WandaVision” and “Loki” became the only Marvel series to exceed expectations. The latter returns for a second season with the sassy Tom Hiddleston in the lead role. The character is Hiddleston’s most witty work to date. Loki will once again team up with Owen Wilson’s Mobius and other members of the Orwell-like Time Variance Authority to navigate the multiverse.
13. “Frasier” (October 12 at Paramount+): They re-enacted my darling “Frasier” and I wish I could say it’s good news. The “Cheers” spin-off originally aired between 1993-2004 and I recently came back to watch the whole thing and it still stands! Why is silly comedy with smart writing so rare in TV comedies right now? Unfortunately, Kelsey Grammer is the only returning actress. RIP John Mahoney. But also: RIP the knowledgable ridiculousness of the Crane Brothers, also known as Frasier and Niles. In the new series (10 episodes total), Frasier returns to Boston and lives with his now grown son, Freddy. (The first two episodes of the season will also air on CBS on October 17.)
“Chemistry Lessons” (October 13 on Apple TV+): Brie Larson plays a disillusioned 1960s scientist who hosts a TV cooking show she uses as a platform to educate audiences about chemistry. Based on the 2022 zippy novel of the same name. Beau Bridges also stars.
14. “Annika” (October 15, PBS): Masterpiece Mystery is the American publishing hub of English styles and “Annika” is one of the best recent additions; in the lead role, the great Nicola Walker plays the cynical leader of the Glasgow Marine Murder Unit. (Have you seen Walker on “The Split?
15. “Comrades” (October 29 on Showtime): Part epic love story, part political thriller, this limited series follows “the secret romance of two very different men who meet in McCarthy-era Washington” and follows the duo over the next forty years. It stars Matt Bomer (“White Collar”) and Jonathan Bailey (“Bridgerton”). Creator Ron Nyswaner’s screenwriting work includes “Philadelphia” and “My Policeman.” This is her return to Showtime where she previously worked on “Ray Donovan” and “Homeland”.
Nina Metz is a Tribune critic.