Continuing to social distance leaves us with a lot of time on our sanitized hands. Thankfully, TV shows are here to offer a distraction (and a reason to stay inside) as temperatures begin to drop.
Given the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on production, fall’s offerings are slimmer than usual. But there are still releases to be excited about. “Bull” and all three “NCIS” series return in November. In addition to “Grey’s Anatomy,” “The Blacklist” and “The Crown.”
Our calendar of major highlights ensures you won’t miss the return of your favorite series or the start of a new show you’ll fall in love with. (All times EST/PST.)
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“A Teacher” (Hulu, Tuesdays): A life-altering affair between a teacher (Kate Mara) and her teenage student (Nick Robinson) is explored in this limited series.
“Chicago Fire” (NBC, Wednesdays at 9)
“S.W.A.T.” (CBS, Wednesdays at 9)
“Station 19” (ABC, Thursdays at 8)
“Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC, Thursdays at 9)
“Law & Order: SVU” (NBC, Thursdays at 9)
“The Unicorn” (CBS, Thursdays at 9:30)
“I am Greta” (Hulu): A documentary centered on teen environmental activist Greta Thunberg.
“The Blacklist” (NBC, Fridays at 8)
“The Crown” Season 4 (Netflix): The upcoming season covers 1979-1990, which includes Prince Charles’ 1981 wedding to Diana and the birth of their two children, Princes William and Harry.
“The Reagans” (Showtime, Sundays at 8): The Reagan administration is examined in this four-episode docuseries.
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“The Neighborhood” (CBS, Mondays at 8)
“His Dark Materials”: Season 2 (HBO, Mondays at 9)
“Bob ♥ Abishola” (CBS, Mondays at 8:30)
“All Rise” (CBS, Mondays at 9)
“Bull” (CBS, Mondays at 10)
“Big Sky” (ABC, Tuesdays at 10): In David E. Kelley’s new thriller series set in Montana, private detectives Cassie (Kylie Bunbury) and Cody (Ryan Phillippe) team up with Cody’s ex, former police officer Jenny (Katheryn Winnick), to track down the person responsible for the kidnappings and killings of women in the area.
“NCIS” (CBS, Tuesdays at 8)
“FBI” (CBS, Tuesdays at 9)
“FBI: Most Wanted” (CBS, Tuesdays at 10)
“We are the Champions”(Netflix): Docuseries from executive producer Rainn Wilson that features unusual competitions, from cheese rolling to fantasy hairstyling and dog dancing.
“For Life” (ABC, Wednesdays at 10)
“Holiday Home Makeover with Mr. Christmas” (Netflix): Interior designer Benjamin Bradley, AKA Mr. Christmas, uses lights, garland and tinsel in home makeovers.
“A Million Little Things” (ABC, Thursdays at 10)
“The Pack” (Amazon Prime): Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn (and her pup Lucy) host the competition that takes challengers and their dogs across the globe, “Amazing Race”-style, for a chance at $500,000.
“Voices of Fire” (Netflix): Docuseries that follows Pharrell Williams’ hometown church as it builds a gospel choir with undiscovered talent.
“Black Narcissus” (FX): In this three-episode limited series, inspired by Rumer Godden’s 1939 novel, things go awry when a group of nuns tries to convert an isolated palace into a mission.
“Saved by the Bell” (Peacock): This reboot of NBC’s 1989-92 comedy series that centered on a group of students at Bayside High will feature some of the original cast members, including Mario Lopez (Slater) and Elizabeth Berkley Lauren (Jessie Spano).
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“SEAL Team” (CBS, Wednesdays at 10)
“Sugar Rush Christmas: Season 2” (Netflix): The Christmas-themed baking competition returns.
“Shameless” (Showtime, Sundays at 9): The final season.
“The Stand” (CBS All Access, Thursdays): In the limited series inspired by Stephen King’s novel, Whoopi Goldberg plays centenarian Mother Abagail, who is tasked with saving the world from Randall Flagg, aka the Dark Man played by Alexander Skarsgård.
“The Masked Dancer” (Fox, Sunday at 8 EST/5 PST for premiere, then Wednesdays at 8 EST/PST beginning Jan. 6): For the show hosted by actor/comedian Craig Robinson, the identities of costumed celebs are guessed from their dancing. Standup Ken Jeong, singer/choreographer Paula Abdul, actor Brian Austin Green and “High School Musical” star Ashley Tisdale will serve as the celebrity panel.
“Call Me Kat” (Fox, Sunday at 8, then Thursdays at 9 beginning Jan. 7): Mayim Bialik’s Kat is a happily single 39-year-old woman who owns a cat café in Kentucky, until her good friend (and onetime crush), Max (Cheyenne Jackson), returns to Louisville.
“Last Man Standing” (Fox, Sunday at 8:30, then Thursdays at 9:30 beginning Jan. 7): The final season.
“The Simpsons” (Fox, Sundays at 8)
“The Bachelor” (ABC, Mondays at 8)
“Celebrity Wheel of Fortune” (ABC, Thursdays at 8): Pat Sajak and Vanna White host celebrity challengers as they try to rack up cash for their selected charity.
“Hell’s Kitchen” (Fox, Thursdays at 8)
“The Chase” (ABC, Thursdays at 9): “Jeopardy!” legends Ken Jennings, James Holzhauer and Brad Rutter take turns performing the role of the Chaser for the series, in which “three competitors must pit their wits and face off against a ruthless quiz genius determined to stop them from winning cash prizes.”
“The Hustler” (ABC, Thursdays at 10): Craig Ferguson hosts the new game show in which five players – one of which is the Hustler – answer questions.
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“American Gods” (Starz, Sundays at 8)
“The Resident” (Fox, Tuesdays at 8):
“Prodigal Sun” (Fox, Tuesdays at 9):
“Two Sentence Horror Stories” (The CW, Tuesdays at 8)
“Batwoman” (The CW, Sundays at 8)
“All American” (The CW, Mondays at 8)
“9-1-1” (Fox, Mondays at 8)
” 9-1-1: Lone Star (Fox, Mondays at 9)
“Riverdale” (The CW, Wednesdays at 8)
“Nancy Drew” (The CW, Wednesdays at 9)
“Walker” (The CW, at 8): Jared Padalecki stars as Cordell Walker, in this reboot of the Chuck Norris series, “Walker, Texas Ranger” (1993-2001). Padalecki’s Cordell has lost his wife and begins questioning her death.
“Legacies” (The CW, at 9)
“Charmed” (The CW, Sundays at 9)
“To Tell the Truth” (ABC, Tuesdays at 8)
“Black Lightning” (The CW, Mondays at 9)
“American Idol” (ABC, Sundays at 8)
“The Flash” (The CW, Tuesdays at 8)
“Superman & Lois” (The CW, Tuesdays at 9): Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch star in the latest series depicting the relationship between Clark Kent’s super hero alter ego and journalist Lois Lane.
“Chef’s Table: BBQ” (Netflix): The beloved food series returns to focus on barbecue.
“The Boys”: Season 2 (Amazon Prime)
“Away” (Netflix): Hillary Swank plays an astronaut who must leave her family to lead an international crew to Mars in this series.
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“Power Book II: Ghost” (Starz, Sunday at 9 (then 8 as of Sept. 13)): This new series, featuring Mary J. Blige, begins where its predecessor “Power” left off. Tariq St. Patrick (Michael Rainey Jr.) is facing a new reality where his mom Tasha (Naturi Naughton) is being charged with the death of Tariq’s father. In order to pay for her defense attorney he “turns to the familiar drug game.”
“Undercover”: Season 2 (Netflix)
“American Ninja Warrior”: Season 12 (NBC, Mondays at 8)
“Get Organized with The Home Edit” (Netflix): A reality series from producers Reese Witherspoon and Molly Sims about organizers who help conquer clutter and transform lives.
“L.A.’s Finest”: Season 2 (Spectrum On Demand; first season airs on Fox, beginning Sept. 21 at 8.) Jessica Alba plays detective Nancy McKenna and Gabrielle Union portrays Syd Burnett, a member of the LAPD, formerly with the DEA, in this “Bad Boys” spin-off crime series.
“Woke” (Hulu): Cartoonist Keith Knight serves as co-creator and an executive producer for the comedy inspired by the artist. Lamorne Morris stars as Keef, a cartoonist on the brink on success when an incident upends his life.
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“The Duchess” (Netflix): Comedian Katherine Ryan stars as a single mom debating whether to have another child with her ex.
“Wonderstruck – Animal Babies” (BBC America, Saturday at 8): A trio of films documents the young lives of animals being raised in dangerous places.
“Coastal Elites” (HBO, Saturday at 8): Bette Midler, Issa Rae, Sarah Paulson, Kaitlyn Dever and Dan Levy star in this special set during the pandemic, in a serious of monologues.
“Our Cartoon President” (Showtime, Sundays at 8:30)
“Dancing with the Stars” (ABC, Mondays at 8): Tyra Banks hosts the new season of the revamped dance competition.
“The Third Day” (HBO, Mondays at 9): The limited series is broken into two parts: Jude Law stars in the “Summer” episodes, while Naomie Harris is at the center of the series’ “Winter” shows.
“We Are Who We Are” (HBO, Mondays at 10): A pair of American teens living in Italy on a U.S. military base are the focus of the eight-part look at adolescent life from Luca Guadagnino (“Call Me By Your Name”).
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“Archer” Season 11 (FXX, Wednesdays at 10)
“Sing On!” (Netflix): Tituss Burgess hosts this singing contest that compares karaoke contestants to the original singers of their songs.
“Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous” (Netflix): The new animated series, which counts Steven Spielberg as an executive producer, is centered on a group of six teens selected to attend a special camp. But, as is typical with “Jurassic” projects, it’s never just a walk in the park…
“Pen15” Season 2 (Hulu)
“Ratched” (Netflix): Sarah Paulson stars in producer Ryan Murphy’s origin story for the infamous nurse from the novel and Oscar-winning 1975 film “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”
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“The Masked Singer”: Season 4 (Fox, Wednesdays at 8)
“I Can See Your Voice” (Fox, Wednesdays at 9): “Masked Singer” judge Ken Jeong serves as host of this new game show, where contestants attempt to decipher talented singers from the bad ones, before they’ve sung a note, for a chance at $100,000. Like “Masked,” it’s based on a South Korean format.
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“The Chef Show:” Season 2 (Netflix)
“Celebrity Family Feud” (ABC, Thursdays at 8)
“Press Your Luck” (ABC, Thursdays at 9)
“Match Game” (ABC, Thursdays at 10)
“The Comey Rule” (Showtime, Sunday at 9): The two-part miniseries dramatizes the events around the 2016 presidential election and aftermath, and the role of former FBI Director James Comey (Jeff Daniels) in shaping history.
“Fargo” (FX, Sunday at 9, then 10 as of Oct. 4): The fourth installment of the acclaimed anthology series, starring Chris Rock arrives after a five-month pandemic production delay. Set in 1950 Kansas City, it centers on dueling African-American and Italian crime bosses.
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“Emily in Paris” (Netflix): Lily Collins stars in this new series from Darren Star (“Sex and the City,” “Younger”) about a marketing executive from Chicago who moves to Paris for her dream job.
“Monsterland” (Hulu): In the anthology series inspired by Nathan Ballingrud’s “North American Lake Monsters,” interactions with creatures and beasts “drive broken people to desperate acts.”
“Flesh and Blood” (PBS, Sundays at 9): The four-part series explores the deadly sins challenging a family in the “mystery about the perils of late-life romance.”
“The Good Lord Bird” (Showtime, Sundays at 9): Ethan Hawke plays abolitionist John Brown in the limited series inspired by James McBride’s 2013 novel, with Joshua Caleb Johnson as Onion, a young slave.
“The Comedy Store” (Showtime, Sundays at 10): A docuseries told in five parts that examines the history of the comedy club.
“The Walking Dead: World Beyond” (AMC, Sundays at 10): A pair of sisters and their two pals venture out of their safe haven in order to complete a mission.
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“Ellen’s Game of Games” (NBC, Tuesday at 8, then 9 as of Oct. 13.)
“Swamp Thing” (CW, Tuesdays at 8): Abby Arcane (played by Crystal Reed) comes back to her Louisiana hometown and learns frightening truths about the community’s swamp.
“NeXt”: (Fox, Tuesdays at 9): John Slattery plays a Silicon Valley trailblazer who partners with a cybercrime agent played by Fernanda Andrade to do battle with a uniquely terrifying opponent.
“Supernatural” (CW, Thursdays at 8): The long-running series returns with its (delayed) final episodes.
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“Deaf U” (Netflix): A reality series about a group of friends who attend Gallaudet University, a school for the deaf and hard of hearing.
“The Haunting of Bly Manor” (Netflix): A new chapter arrives from the producers of “The Haunting of Hill House” (2018). 1980s England serves as a backdrop for the nine-episode season, which begins with Henry Wingrave (Henry Thomas) finding a replacement nanny to tend to his parent-less niece and nephew.
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“Fear The Walking Dead” Season 6 (AMC, Sundays at 9)
“The Bachelorette” (ABC, Tuesdays at 8): Clare Crawley kicks off her journey as the franchise’s eldest lead.
“The Amazing Race” (CBS, Wednesdays at 9)
“Star Trek: Discovery” Season 3: (CBS All Access, Thursdays)
“Helstrom” (Hulu): The two children of a serial killer search for heinous evildoers.
“Shark Tank” (ABC, Fridays at 8)
“Dream Home Makeover” (Netflix): Shea and Syd McGee of studio McGee update homes for real families.
“Grand Army” (Netflix): Five students at a Brooklyn public high school fight to succeed and seize the future.
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“Supermarket Sweep” (ABC, Sundays at 8): “SNL” alum Leslie Jones hosts the return of the grocery store game show.
“The Voice” (NBC, Mondays and Tuesdays at 8)
“Unsolved Mysteries: Volume 2” (Netflix): Six new episodes cover unexplained disappearances and tragic events.
“Black-ish” (ABC, Wednesdays at 9:30)
“The Conners” (ABC, Wednesdays at 9)
“My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman: Season 3” (Netflix): Letterman continues to conduct interviews, this time with Dave Chappelle and Robert Downey Jr.
“Chelsea Handler: Evolution” (HBO Max): A stand-up special from the comedian/former talk show host
“Superstore” (NBC, Thursdays at 8)
“The Queen’s Gambit” (Netflix): A limited series based on the Walter Tevis novel about a young girl who discovers an astonishing talent for chess while struggling with an addiction.
“How To with John Wilson” (HBO, Fridays at 11): A comedy docuseries that melds advice with self-discovering as Wilson, the off-camera narrator, explains where all of New York City’s scaffolding comes from and how to split a restaurant check, among other topics. Nathan Fielder (“Nathan For You”) is an executive producer.
“The Undoing” (HBO, Sundays at 9): Nicole Kidman stars as therapist Grace Fraser, who is married to the dedicated Jonathan (Hugh Grant) in this limited series created by David E. Kelley (“Big Little Lies”). The couple’s idyllic life is upended following a death and a missing spouse.
“This Is Us” (NBC, Tuesdays at 9)
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“Superstore” (NBC, Thursdays at 8)
“The Mandalorian” (Disney+)
“Roadkill” (PBS, Sundays at 9): Hugh Laurie embodies a crooked politician in this four-part drama.
“The Good Doctor” (ABC, Mondays at 10)
“Young Sheldon” (CBS, Thursdays at 8)
“B Positive” (CBS, Thursdays at 8:30): Drew (Thomas Middleditch) finds a kidney donor in Gina (Annaleigh Ashford), a face from his past, in this new sitcom.
“Mom” (CBS, Thursdays at 9)
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“Moonbase 8” (Showtime, Sundays at 11): Astronauts Skip (Fred Armisen), Rook (Tim Heidecker) and Cap (John C. Reilly) are in training at an Arizona simulation site for what they hope is their first lunar mission.
“NCIS: Los Angeles” (CBS, Sundays at 8)
“NCIS: New Orleans (CBS, Sundays at 9)
“Industry” (HBO, Mondays at 10): The new drama centers on a group of recent grads all trying to nab a job at a one of London’s premiere investment banks.
Contributing: Carly Mallenbaum and Kelly Lawler