FoCC Sneak Peek: September 2017 TV Premieres

By Mario Wario, DRWHO42, & Alyssa

Hey look, September is here and we will start to leave the summer heat behind and look ahead toward cooler weather – but without any White Walkers knocking at our doors. This month also means a brand new season of television shows to explore is just around the corner.

Just as plotting new a course before hitting warp speed (see what we did there?), we (sort of) did the same thing by checking out new series set to premiere this month. So, while some of your favorite series may have ended, such as Orphan Black, or just had their season finale, Game of Thrones, there are plenty of new things to look forward to this month.

The series generating the biggest buzz for us on the blog team include Star Trek: Discovery, which is making its debut. On the humor side, we have FOX’s The Orville starring Seth MacFarlane and CBS’s Young Sheldon. Marvel’s Inhumans made its debut in IMAX recently but will make its transition to ABC later this month. Despite the critical reception, we will be tuning in to check it out. As always FX’s American Horror Story: Cult will bring something uniquely interesting and exciting to the screen.

Aside from the pop-culture themed series there are a few series to put on the radar including military-based The Brave on NBC & SEAL Team on CBS. The medical series The Good Doctor on ABC is a standout with its underlying autism & savant storyline. One more sitcom starring John Larroquette and Bobby Moyniha, titled Me, Myself and I rounds out our scripted series. Lastly, the PBS Ken Burns ten episode documentary on The Vietnam War looks promising.

Alyssa’s picks: The Orville, Star Trek: Discovery, SEAL Team, Me Myself & I, and The Vietnam War.
DRWHO42’s picks: Star Trek: Discovery, Marvel’s Inhumans, and Young Sheldon
Mario Wario’s picks: Star Trek: Discovery, SEAL Team, The Orville, AHS: Cult, and The Brave

Here is a run-down of all of the new series this month along with trailers. Happy viewing!

Tuesday – September 5, 2017
10 pm FX American Horror Story: Cult This season revolves around the 2016 U.S. election, with the first episode taking place on election night. It is set in the aftermath of the election, and the resulting the fallout and will be representative of both sides of the political divide. Contrary to the past seasons, Cult will not feature supernatural elements.

Sunday – September 10, 2017
8:00 pm FOX The Orville From Emmy Award-winning executive producer and creator Seth MacFarlane (“FAMILY GUY”, “Ted,” “Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey), THE ORVILLE is a live-action, one-hour space adventure series set 400 years in the future that follows The Orville, a mid-level exploratory spaceship. Its crew, both human and alien, face the wonders and dangers of outer space, while also dealing with the familiar, often humorous problems of everyday life. The ensemble series stars MacFarlane as the ship’s Commanding Officer and Adrianne Palicki (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Friday Night Lights”) as his ex-wife, who’s assigned as his First Officer. Additional cast members include Penny Johnson Jerald (“24,” “The Larry Sanders Show”), Scott Grimes (“ER,” “Justified”), Peter Macon (“Shameless,” “Bosch”), Halston Sage (“Neighbors,” “Goosebumps”), J Lee (“FAMILY GUY”, “The Cleveland Show”), Mark Jackson (“That Royal Today”) and Chad L. Coleman (“The Walking Dead,” “The Wire”).

THE ORVILLE is produced by 20th Century Fox Television. The series was created and written by Seth MacFarlane. MacFarlane, Brannon Braga (“Terra Nova”), David A. Goodman (“FAMILY GUY”), Jason Clark (“Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey,” “Ted”) and Liz Heldens (“Mercy,” “Deception”) serve as executive producers on the series. Jon Favreau (“The Jungle Book,” “Iron Man”) directed the pilot, on which he also served as an executive producer. Click for more information

Sunday – September 10, 2017
9 pm on HBO – The Deuce is created by George Pelecanos and David Simon (“The Wire”) and starring James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Deuce follows the story of the legalization and subsequent rise of the porn industry in New York’s Times Square from the early 1970s through the mid-1980s, exploring the rough-and-tumble world at the pioneering moments of what would become the billion-dollar American sex industry. George Pelecanos, David Simon, James Franco and Nina K. Noble executive produce. Click for more information

Sunday – September 17, 2017
8 pm PBS – The Vietnam War Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s ten-part, 18-hour documentary series, THE VIETNAM WAR, tells the epic story of one of the most consequential, divisive, and controversial events in American history as it has never before been told on film. Visceral and immersive, the series explores the human dimensions of the war through revelatory testimony of nearly 80 witnesses from all sides—Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as combatants and civilians from North and South Vietnam. Ten years in the making, the series includes rarely seen and digitally re-mastered archival footage from sources around the globe, photographs taken by some of the most celebrated photojournalists of the 20th Century, historic television broadcasts, evocative home movies, and secret audio recordings from inside the Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon administrations. THE VIETNAM WAR features more than 100 iconic musical recordings from greatest artists of the era and haunting original music from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross as well as the Silk Road Ensemble featuring Yo-Yo Ma. Click for more information

Sunday – September 24, 2017
8:30 pm CBS/All-Access Star Trek: Discovery The next chapter in the Star Trek universe arrives with the premiere of “Star Trek: Discovery,” a prequel of about ten years to the original series. Sonequa Martin-Green of “The Walking Dead” takes on the lead role of First Officer Michael Burnham. The character is the first human to attend the Vulcan Science Academy. The series starts with her as the first officer on the USS Discovery under Captain Gabriel Lorca, played by Jason Isaacs of “Harry Potter” franchise fame. Be on the look out for younger characters from the Original Series. Click for more infomation

Monday – September 25, 2017
8:30 pm on CBS – Preview Young Sheldon (Nov. 2nd, @ 8:30 p.m.) is a “Big Bang Theory” spinoff following the life of the 9 year old Sheldon Cooper (Iain Arimtage, “Big Little Lies”) growing up in Texas. Being a once-in-a-generation mind capable of advanced mathematics and science isn’t always helpful in a land where church and football are king. And while the vulnerable, gifted and somewhat naïve Sheldon deals with the world, his very normal family must find a way to deal with him. His father, George, is struggling to find his way as a high school football coach and as father to a boy he doesn’t understand. Sheldon’s mother, Mary, fiercely protects and nurtures her son in a town where he just doesn’t fit in. Sheldon’s older brother, Georgie, does the best he can in high school, but it’s tough to be cool when you’re in the same classes with your odd 9-year-old brother. Finally, there’s Sheldon’s twin sister, Missy, who sometimes resents all the attention Sheldon gets, but also remains the one person who can reliably tell Sheldon the truth. For 10 years on THE BIG BANG THEORY, audiences have come to know the iconic, eccentric and extraordinary Sheldon Cooper. This single-camera, half-hour comedy gives us the chance to meet him in childhood, as he embarks on his innocent, awkward and hopeful journey toward the man he will become. Click for more information

Monday – September 25, 2017
9:30 pm CBS Me, Myself & I stars Bobby Moynihan in a comedy on CBS about the defining moments in one man’s life over three distinct periods – as a 14-year-old in 1991, at age 40 in present day and at age 65 in 2042. As a 14-year-old boy living in Chicago in 1991, Alex was on top of the world, inventing cool things and celebrating the Bulls’ first championship, until his mom, Maggie, moved them to Los Angeles, the heart of Lakers country, and married a pilot, Ron. With his new stepbrother, Justin, Alex needed to reinvent himself in a new school, where he meets his dream girl, Nori Sterling. In 2017, 40-year-old Alex is an inventor/entrepreneur on top of the world until his wife leaves him and threatens to take their daughter, Abby, with her, sending him into a tailspin that requires the help of his best friend and business partner, Darryl, to get him back on track. In 2042 at 65, Alex is a highly successful businessman who, after suffering a minor heart attack, decides he’s ready to reinvent himself once again. Alex announces he’s retiring to his adult daughter, Abby, now the general manager of the Chicago Bulls, and he gets a surprise chance to reconnect with his childhood crush, Nori, who now goes by Eleanor. During these three pivotal periods, Alex always manages to find a way to move forward, handling key moments with determination, emotion and humor. Click for more information

Monday – September 25, 2017
10 pm NBC The Brave This fresh, heart-pounding journey into the complex world of America’s elite undercover military heroes follows D.I.A. Deputy Director Patricia Campbell (Anne Heche) and her team of analysts as they wield the world’s most advanced surveillance technology from headquarters in D.C. All the while, Adam Dalton and his heroic Special Ops squad of highly trained undercover specialists use their unbreakable bond and commitment to freedom to save lives of innocent people and execute missions in some of the most dangerous places in the world. Click for more information

Monday – September 25, 2017
10 pm ABC The Good Doctor, Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore, Bates Motel), a young surgeon with autism and savant syndrome, relocates from a quiet country life to join a prestigious hospital’s surgical unit. Alone in the world and unable to personally connect with those around him, Shaun uses his extraordinary medical gifts to save lives and challenge the skepticism of his colleagues. The Good Doctor was announced as part of ABC’s fall lineup and will air MONDAYS 10|9c this Fall on ABC. The series is from David Shore (House) and Lost and Hawaii Five-O star Daniel Dae Kim Click for more information

Tuesday – September 26, 2017
10 pm NBC – Law & Order True Crime Starring the incomparable Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning Edie Falco (“The Sopranos,” “Nurse Jackie”), this new eight-episode true-crime installment of the powerhouse “Law & Order” franchise delivers a gripping in-depth dramatization of the notorious murder case that changed America forever. When the Menendez brothers were tried on national TV for brutally killing their parents in Beverly Hills, their story became a national obsession. The first edition of this anthology series delves into the players, the crime and the media circus, detailing the day-to-day battles of the trial and unveiling the shocking truth of what really went down when the cameras stopped rolling. Click for more information

Wednesday – September 27, 2017
9 pm CBS – SEAL Team is a new military drama that follows the professional and personal lives of the most elite unit of Navy SEALs as they train, plan and execute the most dangerous, high-stakes missions our country can ask of them. Jason Hayes is the respected, intense leader of the Tier One team whose home life has suffered as a result of his extensive warrior’s existence. His team includes his trusted confidant, Ray, the longest-tenured operator with whom Jason shares an ingrained shorthand, and Sonny, an exceptional, loyal soldier with a checkered past who still combats self-destructive tendencies. Undergoing additional rigorous training in the hope of joining Hayes’ select unit is Clay Spenser, a young, multi-lingual second generation SEAL with insatiable drive and dedication. Vital to the team’s success are CIA analyst Mandy Ellis, who has sacrificed everything in her drive to root out evil and take down terrorists, and Diaz, a no-nonsense, take-charge logistics officer and unofficial den mother responsible for outfitting the team with the necessary gear for each mission. Deployed on clandestine missions worldwide at a moment’s notice, and knowing the toll it takes on them and their families, this tight-knit SEAL team displays unwavering patriotism and fearless dedication even in the face of overwhelming odds. Click for more information

Friday – September 29, 2017
9 pm ABC – Marvel’s Inhumans, a race of superhumans with diverse and singularly unique powers, were first introduced in Marvel Comics by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1965. Since that time, they have grown in prominence and become some of the most popular and iconic characters in the Marvel Universe. Marvel’s Inhumans will explore the never-before-told epic adventure of Black Bolt and the royal family. Anson Mount (“Hell on Wheels”), Serinda Swan (“Graceland”), Iwan Rheon (“Game of Thrones”), Ken Leung (“Lost,” “The Night Shift”), Isabelle Cornish and Eme Ikwuakor lead the cast. Click for more information

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