It’s that time of year again, when the broadcast networks have announced their new shows for the 2017-18 television season.
Every May they bring out their stars and creators, heralding each show as the next big thing. Of course they know—and the audience certainly knows—that most of these shows won’t be around next year. In fact, they’ve already got their ringers lined up “just in case,” in the form of a number of series that will be making their debut mid-season (or as a replacement for anything that doesn’t go the distance).
Sadly there’s no choice but to have a cynical view like this, because there’s no denying that history repeats itself year after year. Still, there are 20 new series that have been announced for fall by ABC, CBS, the CW, Fox and NBC representing a variety of genres, and from that list we’ve found 11 that we feel could be worthy of your time and binge-watching. Among them are dramas, comedies, sci-fi, sci-fi comedies, true crime and the continuing trend of reboots. There is admittedly some surprise that the recent trend of turning hit films into medicore TV shows is not continuing. For the moment.
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