ABW TV Guide: The Biggest week of the TV year

Always Be Watching is written by Dan Barrett who watched a lot of new TV this week.

This is the biggest week of the year for new and returning shows.

New shows: 14

Returning: 42

And there will be more new and returning shows throughout September.

I’ve actually watched a bunch of the new shows throughout the week. From what I’ve seen:

Thumbs up

Stumptown and The Unicorn.


Emergence and Mixed-ish

Big stinky thumbs down

Bob Hearts Abishola
All Rise
Prodigal Son

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Heartland (s13), Anne (s3), 9-1-1 (s3), The Neighborhood (s2), Bull (s4), The Good Doctor (s3), The Resident (s3), The Connors (s2), NCIS (s17), Hudson & Rex (s2), Empire (s6), This Is Us (s4), FBI (s2), Black-ish (s6), Bless This Mess (s2), NCIS: New Orleans (s6), New Amsterdam (s2), Doc Martin (s9), The Goldbergs (s7), Chicago Med (s5), Schooled (s2), Modern Family (s11), Chicago Fire (s8), Single Parents (s2), Chicago PD (s7), South Park (s23), It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (s14), Superstore (s5), Greys Anatomy (s16), Young Sheldon (s3), Mom (s7), The Good Place (s4), A Million Things (s2), How To Get Away With Murder (s6), Law & Order: SVU (s21), Transparent (s5), American Housewife (s4), Hawaii Five-0 (s10), Fresh Off The Boat (s6), Magnum PI (s2), Van Helsing (s4), Blue Bloods (s10).


The Politician - Netflix (US)

Stars: Ben PlattBob BalabanBenjamin Barrett, Bette Midler, Gwyneth Paltrow, January Jones

Payton Hobart, a student from Santa Barbara, has known since age seven that he's going to be President of the United States. But first he'll have to navigate the most treacherous political landscape of all: Saint Sebastian High School.

Watch Now - Netflix ]

Stumptown - ABC (US)

Stars: Cobie SmuldersJake JohnsonMichael Ealy

A sharp-witted army veteran becomes a private investigator in Portland, Oregon, where she takes care of her brother.

Watch Now - ABC ]

Evil - CBS (US)

Creators: Michelle KingRobert King
Stars: Noah RobbinsEvelyn GiovineJohnny Castro

A skeptical female clinical psychologist joins a priest-in-training and a blue-collar contractor as they investigate supposed miracles, demonic possession, and other extraordinary occurrences to see if there's a scientific explanation or if something truly supernatural is at work.

Watch Now - CBS ]

Creepshow - Shudder (US)

Stars: Tricia Helfer, Dana Gould, Giancarlo Esposito

A young boy's horror comic book comes to life in this anthology series of terrifying tales.

Watch Now - Shudder ]

Emergence - ABC (US)

Stars: Robert Bailey Jr.Alexa SwintonAllison Tolman

A sheriff investigates a case involving a young child found near the site of a mysterious accident.

Watch Now - ABC ]

Perfect Harmony - NBC (US)

Stars: Bradley Whitford, Paul VogtAnna CampWill Greenberg

An Ivy League professor becomes the director of a rural church choir.

Watch Now - NBC ]

Sunnyside - NBC (US)

Stars: Kal Penn, Moses StormNick GracerAna Villafañe

Garrett Modi is a former New York city councilman who finds his calling when faced with immigrants in need of his help and in search of the American Dream.

Watch Now - NBC ]

The Unicorn - CBS (US)

Stars: Rob CorddryWalton GogginsRuby Jay

A widower is eager to move on from the most difficult year of his life, only to realize he's utterly unprepared to raise his two daughters on his own and equally unprepared for the dating world where he's suddenly a hot commodity.

Watch Now - Shudder ]

Mixed-ish - ABC (US)

Stars: Mark-Paul GosselaarTika SumpterChristina Anthony, Gary Cole

Black-ish spin-off. Follows Bow's parents, Paul and Alicia, who decide to move from a hippie commune to the suburbs to better provide for their family.

Watch Now - ABC ]

Bob Hearts Abishola - CBS (US)

Stars: Billy GardellFolake OlowofoyekuChristine Ebersole

An American guy falls in love with his Nigerian nurse. Hilarity DOES NOT ensue.

Watch Now - CBS ]

All Rise - CBS (US)

Stars: Billy GardellFolake OlowofoyekuChristine Ebersole

A look at the personal and professional lives of the judges, lawyers, clerks, bailiffs and cops who work at an L.A. County courthouse.

Watch Now - CBS ]

Prodigal Son - Fox (US)

Stars: Tom PayneLou Diamond PhillipsHalston Sage, Michael Sheen, Keiko Agena

Malcolm Bright, one of the best criminal psychologist around, uses his twisted genius to help the NYPD solve crimes.

Watch Now - Fox ]

Bluff City Law - NBC (US)

Stars: Josh KellyJimmy SmitsCaitlin McGee

Lawyers at an elite Memphis law firm specialize in controversial landmark civil rights cases.

Watch Now - NBC ]

Carol’s Second Act - CBS (US)

Stars: Patricia HeatonKyle MacLachlanIto Aghayere

Retired teacher Carol Kenney begins a second career as a doctor.

Watch Now - CBS ]