The worst thing about the Fall TV lineup (without accounting for taste) is finding out your favorite show didn’t make the cut.
And we sympathize with the viewers who have to wait even longer to see fresh episodes of the programs they care about most. But there just isn’t enough primetime real estate on broadcast to allow for every old show that was renewed or new show that was ordered to premiere when autumn rolls around. Enter: the midseason solution.
When a show doesn’t make the fall lineup, but the network still has it in play, it usually gets bumped till the colder months, when other programs have gone on hiatus or wrapped up a shortened season. It’s also a good time to debut new shows that may have gotten fewer eyeballs when put up against a highly-rated series in the same time slot in September.
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To make sure you are fully prepared for some premiere date heartbreak over the next few weeks, TheWrap has compiled a handy list of all the ABC, NBC, Fox, CBS and The CW series that won’t be back. The new shows are noted in all caps, with descriptions for the series from the networks.
Oh, and if you don’t see the show on this list, chances are it’s on this one here.
A legal drama set in an wrongful conviction firm. Led by a fierce and fearless female lawyer with a hunger for justice, the team reopens investigations, putting their own lives in danger to exonerate the innocent that were ‘proven’ guilty. Our lead’s motivation comes from her infamous past; as a young adult she was found guilty and later exonerated in a high-profile case in which she became a tabloid sensation, household name and national celebrity. While a hero and a victim to some, her bold and bullish tactics garner her some enemies — one of whom will do anything to see her go down for a crime we know she did not commit. We will watch her defend others as she fights to maintain her own innocence.
Cast includes Rachelle Lefevre, Kelsey Grammer, Russell Hornsby, Vincent Kartheiser, Nikki M. James and Riley Smith.
David Elliot is writer and executive producer on the series. Patricia Riggen directs, and Danny Strong and Stacy Greenberg executive produce. The one-hour drama is produced by Danny Strong Productions in association with 20th Century Fox Television.
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Based on author Justin Cronin’s best‐selling trilogy of the same name, “The Passage” is an epic, character‐driven thriller about a secret government medical facility experimenting with a dangerous virus that could either cure all disease or cause the downfall of the human race. The series focuses on a 10‐year‐old girl named Amy Bellafonte, who is chosen to be a test subject for this experiment and Brad Wolgast, the Federal agent who becomes her surrogate father as he tries to protect her.
The cast includes Mark‐Paul Gosselaar, Saniyya Sidney, Vincent Piazza, Brianne Howey, Jamie McShane, Caroline Chikezie, Emmanuelle Chriqui.
Elizabeth Heldens is writer and executive producer. Jason Ensler and Marcos Siega are both credited as directors on the pilot, with Matt Reeves, Ridley Scott, David W. Zucker and Adam Kassan also executive producing. “The Passage” is produced by 20th Century Fox Television, 6th & Idaho and Scott Free Productions.
“THE MASKED SINGER”
Based on an international hit, which boasts half a billion fans worldwide and was the No. 1 top-trending video of 2017 on YouTube, “The Masked Singer,” features celebrities facing off against one another with one major twist: Each singer is shrouded from head to toe in an elaborate costume, complete with full face mask to conceal his or her identity.
Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke will “play detective” on the show’s panel, alongside host Nick Cannon.
“The Masked Singer” is produced by Endemol Shine North America and was developed for the U.S. and is executive-produced by Craig Plestis (“Minute to Win It,” “The Winner Is”). Izzie Pick Ibarra (“Dancing with the Stars,” “Breaking Pointe”) also serves as an executive producer, and Alex Rudzinski (“Dancing with the Stars,” “Grease: Live”) will direct. The series is based on the South Korean format created by Mun Hwa Broadcasting Corp.
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“Cosmos: Possible Worlds”
Get your telescopes ready: Fox and Nat Geo are returning Seth MacFarlane’s “Cosmos” for a third season, titled “Possible Worlds.” And yes, everyone’s favorite astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson will be back as host. In the vastness of space and the immensity of time, the number of worlds to explore and stories to tell are virtually infinite.
The Emmy-winning series hails from executive producer/writer/director Ann Druyan, as well as MacFarlane, Brannon Braga and Jason Clark.
“Cosmos: Possible Worlds” is produced by Cosmos Studios and Fuzzy Door Productions. Watch a teaser above.
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“SCHOOLED” (“The Goldbergs” spinoff)
The spinoff will be set in 1990-something and follow the hilarious teachers of William Penn Academy – led by Principal Glascott (Tim Meadows), Coach Mellor (Bryan Callen) and Lainey Lewis (AJ Michalka) — who, despite their eccentricities and crazy personal lives, are heroes to their students.
Marc Firek will write and executive produce, with story by Firek and “The Goldbergs” creator Adam F. Goldberg. Doug Robinson also executive produces. The untitled series is produced by Sony Pictures Television and ABC Studios.
Attorney and author Marcia Clark co-writes and executive produces a new legal drama about Maya Travis, an L.A. district attorney who suffers a devastating defeat when prosecuting an A-list actor for double murder. With her high-profile career derailed, she flees for a quieter life in Washington. Eight years later when this same celebrity is under suspicion for another murder, Maya Travis is lured back to the DA’s office for another chance at justice. This legal thriller is executive produced/co-written by Clark, Liz Craft and Sarah Fain, and is from Mandeville TV and ABC Studios.
“The Fix” stars Robin Tunney as Maya Travis, Adam Rayner as Matthew Collier, Merrin Dungey as CJ, Breckin Meyer as Alan Wiest, Marc Blucas as Riv, Mouzam Makkar as Loni Kampoor, Alex Saxon as Gabriel Johnson, with Scott Cohen as Ezra Wolf and Adewale Akinnouye-Agbaje as Sevvy Johnson.
Elizabeth Craft & Sarah Fain and Marcia Clark are writers and executive producers, David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Laurie Zaks are executive producers (Mandeville). Larysa Kondracki directed the pilot.
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Eva Longoria executive produces this drama set at the last family-owned hotel in multicultural Miami Beach. Charismatic Santiago Mendoza owns the hotel, while his glamorous second wife, Gigi, and their adult children enjoy the spoils of success. The hotel’s loyal staff round out a contemporary, fresh take on an upstairs/downstairs story. Wealthy and beautiful guests bask in luxury, but scandals, escalating debt and explosive secrets hide beneath the picture-perfect exterior. The show is based on the Spanish series.
The series stars Demian Bichir as Santiago Mendoza, Roselyn Sanchez as Gigi Mendoza, Denyse Tontz as Alicia Mendoza, Bryan Craig as Javi Mendoza, Wendy Raquel Robinson as Mrs. P, Lincoln Younes as Danny, Shalim Ortiz as Mateo, Anne Winters as Ingrid, Chris Warren as Jason, Feliz Ramirez as Carolina and Justina Adorno as Yoli.
Brian Tanen is the writer and executive producer; Eva Longoria and Ben Spector (UnbeliEVAble), Ramon Campos and Teresa Fernandez-Valdes (Beta) are executive producers of the series. Ken Olin directed the pilot. Series produced by ABC Studios.
“Whiskey Cavalier” is a high-octane, hour-long action dramedy that follows the adventures of tough but tender FBI super-agent Will Chase (codename: “Whiskey Cavalier”), played by Scott Foley. Following an emotional break-up, Chase is assigned to work with badass CIA operative Francesca “Frankie” Trowbridge (codename: “Fiery Tribune”), played by Lauren Cohan. Together, they lead an inter-agency team of flawed, funny and heroic spies who periodically save the world (and each other) while navigating the rocky roads of friendship, romance and office politics. The series is from writer/executive producer Dave Hemingson and executive producer Bill Lawrence with Warner Bros. Television.
The series stars Scott Foley as Will Chase, Lauren Cohan as Francesca “Frankie” Trowbridge, Ana Ortiz as Susan Sampson, Tyler James Williams as Edgar Standish and Vir Das as Jai Datta.
Dave Hemingson is writer and executive producer; Bill Lawrence and Jeff Ingold (Doozer Productions) are executive producers; Peter Atencio is director and executive producer (pilot), and Scott Foley is producer of the series from Warner Bros. Television.
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“Celebrity Big Brother”
“Life in Pieces”
“Man With a Plan”
A woman’s dreams of an upstanding life with her new fiancé and his upstanding family are dashed when her younger train wreck half-sister comes to live with her to escape their train wreck of a father.
Cast includes Nina Dobrev, Tone Bell, Odessa Adlon, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Sheryl Lee Ralph.
Corinne Kingsbury is writer and executive producer, with Scott Ellis directing the pilot. Aaron Kaplan, Dana Honor and Wendi Trilling are also executive producers. The multi-camera comedy is produced by CBS Television Studios and Kapital Entertainment.
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The military’s brightest minds take on our country’s toughest challenges – inside the courtroom and out — where each attorney is trained as a prosecutor, a defense lawyer, an investigator — and a Marine.
Cast includes Anna Wood, Ato Essandoh, Phillipa Soo and Raffi Barsoumian.
Craig Sweeny is executive producer and showrunner. Pilot is based on a story by Sweeny and Craig Turk. Carl Beverly and Sarah Timberman also executive produce, alongside director Marc Webb. The drama is produced by CBS Television Studios.
“THE RED LINE”
After a white cop in Chicago mistakenly shoots and kills a black doctor, we follow three vastly different families that all have connections with the case as the story is told from each perspective.
Cast includes Noah Wyle, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Aliyah Royale, Noel Fisher, Michael Patrick Thornton, Vinny Chhibber, Howard Charles and Elizabeth Laidlaw.
Caitlin Parrish and Erica Weiss are writers and co-executive producers. Ava DuVernay, Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter will also executive prodcue. Victoria Mahoney is director on the drama from Warner Bros. Television.
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“Jane the Virgin”
“IN THE DARK”
A flawed and irreverent blind woman is the only “witness” to the murder of her drug-dealing friend. After the police dismiss her story, she sets out with her dog, Pretzel, to find the killer while also managing her colorful dating life and the job she hates at the guide dog school owned by her overprotective parents.
It is written and executive produced by Corinne Kingsbury, along with Ben Stiller, Jackie Cohn, Nicky Weinstock, Emily Fox (Red Hour Films). Michael Showalter directed the pilot and will also executive produce. The series hails from CBS Television Studios and Warner Bros. TV in association with Red Hour Films.
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“ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO”
After reluctantly returning to her tourist-trap hometown of Roswell, New Mexico, the daughter of undocumented immigrants discovers a shocking truth about her teenage crush who is now a police officer: he’s an alien who has kept his unearthly abilities hidden his entire life. She protects his secret as the two reconnect and begin to investigate his origins, but when a violent attack and long-standing government cover-up point to a greater alien presence on Earth, the politics of fear and hatred threaten to expose him and destroy their deepening romance.
The cast includes Jeanine Mason, Nathan Parsons, Tyler Blackburn and Michael Trevino.
Carina Adly MacKenzie is writer and executive producer, along with Brett Matthews, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank and Lawrence Bender and Kevin Kelly Brown. Julie Plec directed the pilot and is an executive producer. The series is based on the Roswell High book series, by Melinda Metz and hails fromWarner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios in association with Amblin Television and Bender Brown Productions.
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A revival of the very recently-canceled Fox sitcom, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” centers around the detectives at the Brooklyn Police Department’s 99th Precinct.
The cast includes Andy Samberg, Andre Braugher, Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero, Joe Lo Truglio, Stephanie Beatriz, Chelsea Peretti, Dirk Blocker and Joel McKinnon Miller.
Executive producers are Michael Schur, Dan Goor, David Miner and Luke Del Tredici. The show hails from Universal Television, Fremulon, Dr. Goor Productions and 3 Arts Entertainment.
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“THE TITAN GAMES”
NBC has partnered with Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia to produce a new large-scale physical competition series “The Titan Games,” which will feature Johnson.
The 10-episode series from Universal Television Alternative Studio (“World of Dance”), A. Smith & Co. Productions (“American Ninja Warrior”) and Seven Bucks Productions (“Rock the Troops”) will offer everyday people the opportunity to compete in epic head-to-head challenges designed to test mind, body and heart in an electrifying arena competing against one of six reigning Titans.
They will battle their opponents in remarkable feats that will require both mental stamina and physical strength. If a contender can defeat one of the existing Titans, they will take their place as a member of the elite Titan group. Once one becomes a Titan, they will need to be victorious every week to remain at the top. The season finale will end with an epic battle where the Titans compete against one another in hopes to become the last male and female standing.
“The Titan Games” is produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions in association with Universal Television Alternative Studio and Seven Bucks Productions. Dwayne Johnson, Arthur Smith, Dany Garcia, Hiram Garcia, Brian Gewirtz and Toby Gorman will serve as executive producers for the series.
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“AMERICA’S GOT TALENT: CHAMPIONS”
The special edition of “America’s Got Talent” will bring together the “most talented, memorable, wackiest and all-around favorites” from past seasons of “AGT.” Additionally, some of the most popular acts from the other global “Got Talent” franchises, spanning 184 countries, will be joining the competition to win the love of America — and $1 million.
The variety series was created by Cowell and is co-produced by FremantleMedia North America and Syco Entertainment. Cowell, Sam Donnelly, Jason Raff, Trish Kinane and Richard Wallace executive produce.
“THE ENEMY WITHIN”
In this fast-paced, spy-hunting thriller, Erica Shepherd (Jennifer Carpenter) is a brilliant former CIA operative, now known as the most notorious traitor in American history serving life in a Supermax prison. Against every fiber of his being but with nowhere else to turn, FBI Agent Will Keaton (Morris Chestnut) enlists Shepherd to help track down a fiercely dangerous and elusive criminal she knows all too well. For Keaton, it’s not easy to trust the woman who cost him so much. While Shepherd and Keaton have different motivations for bringing the enemy to justice, they both know that to catch a spy… they must think like one.
The cast includes Jennifer Carpenter, Morris Chestnut, Raza Jaffrey and Kelli Garner.
Ken Woodruff will write and executive produce. Mark Pellington will direct and executive produce the pilot. Vernon Sanders also executive produces. “The Enemy Within” is produced by Universal Television.
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Cassie Bishop was born with a gift, though she may call it a curse. She can see and communicate with the dead, helping them with their unresolved problems … whether she likes it or not. When her longtime friend Det. Tom Hackett and his new partner, former FBI Agent Damien Asante, need help solving a darkly puzzling murder, Cassie agrees to use her abilities. Despite her reluctance, she may have found a way to keep her demons at bay, all while solving some of the city’s most challenging cases. From writer/executive producer Moira Kirland (“Castle,” “Madam Secretary”) comes this suspenseful, new character-driven procedural drama.
The cast includes Harriet Dyer, Anne-Marie Johnson, Cindy Luna, Chad James Buchanan and Paul Blackthorne.
Moira Kirland will write and executive produce. Charlotte Sieling will direct and executive produce the pilot. David Heyman and Nancy Cotton also executive produce. “The InBetween” is produced by Universal Television, NBCU International Television Studio and Heyday Television.
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Welcome to the Village, an apartment building in Brooklyn that appears like any other from the outside but is quite unique inside. The people who reside here have built a bonded family of friends and neighbors. Sarah’s a nurse and single mom raising a creative teen; Gabe’s a young law student who got a much older and unexpected roommate; Ava must secure the future of her young, U.S.-born son when ICE comes knocking; Nick’s a veteran who’s returned from war; and the heart and soul of the building, Ron and Patricia, have captivating tales all their own. These are the hopeful, heartwarming and challenging stories of life that prove family is everything — even if it’s the one you make with the people around you.
The cast includes Moran Atias, Dominic Chianese, Warren Christie, Frankie Faison, Jerod Haynes, Daren Kagasoff, Michaela McManus, Lorraine Toussaint and Grace Van Dien.
Mike Daniels will write and executive produce. Minkie Spiro will direct and executive produce the pilot. Jessica Rhoades also executive produces. “The Village” is produced by Universal Television and 6107 Productions.
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From the producers of “The Good Place” comes an aspirational new comedy about the best bar in San Diego, home to good prices, great company and, of course, Abby. This unlicensed, makeshift bar nestled in her backyard is the opposite of everything annoying about today’s party scene. There are rules at Abby’s: no cell phones (not even to “look something up”), earning a seat at the bar takes time and losing a challenge means drinking a limey, sugary “not-beer” drink. As the oddball cast of regulars will tell you, hanging out at Abby’s is a coveted honor. But once you’re in, you’re family.
The cast includes Natalie Morales, Nelson Franklin, Kimia Behpoornia, Jessica Chaffin, Leonard Ouzts and Neil Flynn.
Josh Malmuth will write and executive produce. Pamela Fryman will direct and executive produce the pilot. Michael Schur and David Miner also executive produce. “Abby’s” is produced by Universal Television, Fremulon and 3 Arts Entertainment.