You could have watched last year’s TV show and seen titles like “Fantasy Island”, “Magnum PI” and “Walker” and wondered what decade you were in.
This season’s additions of ’80s tracks like “Quantum Leap” and “The Love Boat” (or rather, “The Real Love Boat”) probably won’t help that disconnect. (The “Dynasty” and “MacGyver” reboots have been canceled, however.)
Following recent trends, the fall 2022 TV season continues to rely heavily on reboots — as well as prequels, sequels, and spinoffs, with “Walker,” “The Rookie,” and “Supernatural” all getting hits. new treatments this year.
“Walker Independence” is a Western-themed prequel to “Walker” on The CW, which is a reboot of “Walker: Texas Ranger,” while “The Winchesters” is a prequel to the long-running sci-fi “Supernatural from The CW. series. On ABC, “The Rookie” universe expands with Niecy Nash at the helm of “The Rookie: Feds.”
Here’s a quick look at the network’s new shows coming in September and October. Details are scarce on a few of the shows, so we’ll update this story online when we learn more or can see the screens. Check back to nando.com/WarmTV for updates.
Monday, Sept. 19: “Quantum Leap” — 10 p.m. on NBC
Those of us of a certain age remember with great fondness the Scott Bakula “Quantum Leap” series from the late 80s and early 90s. Bakula played time-traveling scientist Dr. Sam Beckett, who has been in and out of various situations throughout history, landing at each times to help solve a specific problem the universe wanted to solve.
We don’t yet know if the NBC reboot, starring Raymond Lee as physicist Ben Song, will have the same charm, but nostalgia will force us to give it a shot. (That’s exactly how Fox made us watch “Fantasy Island” last year!)
This one takes place 30 years after Sam’s last jump and has Ernie Hudson and Caitlin Bassette as members of Ben’s research team. Bassett, as Addison, appears as a hologram alongside Ben (but visible only to Ben) whenever he makes his jumps – the role the oldies will remember was filled by Al biting Dean Stockwell cigars.
Tuesday, September 20: ‘Monarch’ – 9 p.m. on Fox
Consider this new Texas drama series about a multi-generational country music family like the country version of Fox’s “Empire.” It means music, infighting, sex, endless power struggles and murder.
Oscar-winning actress Susan Sarandon and country singer Tracer Adkins lead the cast, playing Dottie and Albie Roman. In the series trailer, Dottie describes the Romans as “country music’s first family,” to which we say, “The Carters would like a word.”
The trailer tells us that country stars such as Shania Twain, Tanya Tucker, Martina McBride and little big city will make cameo appearances playing themselves.
Note on programming: This series had a special premiere on Sunday, September 11, after the NFL season opener on Fox, but moves to its regular timeslot on Tuesday, September 20.
Wednesday, September 21: “Big Sky: Deadly Trails” — 10 p.m. on ABC
Technically, it’s not a new series, but Season 3 definitely has an “anthology” feel to it, so we’ll do a little recap.
In “Deadly Trails”, the country singer Reba McEntire (Are two country singers acting in soapy, murderous dramas trending?) plays family matriarch Sunny Barnes, who runs a backcountry glamping business in Helena, Montana, with her husband Buck Barnes, played by McEntire’s real-life partner, Rex Lin.
Kylie Bunbury and Catherine Winnick return as Cassie and Jenny, with a new sheriff, played by Jensen Ackles.
The season begins with a camping trip led by Sunny who runs into trouble, leading Cassie, Jenny, and Sheriff Arlen to become entangled in the mystery.
Sunday, Sept. 25: “Celebrity Jeopardy” — 8 p.m. on ABC
Maim Bialik hosts this prime-time version of “Jeopardy” — the version of “Jeopardy” that we all think we can win.
The season will have celebrities such as Aisha Tyler, ray romano, Patton Oswalt, Michael Cera, Simu Liu, Constance Wu, BJ Novak and Iliza Schlesinger all playing for charity.
Tuesday, September 27: ‘The Rookie: Feds’ – 10 p.m. on ABC
This “Rookie” spin-off series features Niece Nash as Simone Clark, a former high school counselor beginning her FBI career at the age when many federal agents are beginning to relax.
“Rookie” viewers got a glimpse of “Rookie: Feds” earlier this year, when the character was introduced in a two-episode arc in which Clark teamed up with LAPD officer John Nolan (Nathan Fillion) to catch a suicide bomber terrorizing the city.
Britt Robertsona native of Charlotte, plays the role of the youngest member of Quantico’s behavioral analysis unit, and Frankie Faison plays Clark’s father.
Thursday, Sept. 29: “So Help Me Todd” — 9 p.m. on CBS
Broadway Favorites Marcia Gay Harden and Skylar Astin Play mother and son in this light-hearted new drama about a directionless private investigator (Astin) who goes to work for his mother’s wildly successful law firm in an effort to get his life back on track. The trailer gives off some sweet “buddy comedy” vibes that we’re totally here for.
Sunday, Oct. 2: “East New York” — 9 p.m. on CBS
In this new police procedure, Amanda Warren plays Regina Haywood, a newly promoted assistant detective who uses creative policing methods to try to bring about positive change in a working-class New York neighborhood on the outskirts of Brooklyn.
Haywood is joined by jimmy smith, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Richard Kind, Kevin Rankin and others.
Wednesday, October 5: ‘The Real Love Boat’ – 9 p.m. on CBS
This new show is reportedly inspired by the classic drama series from the 70s and 80s, which featured a weekly parade of A-list, B-list and C-list guest celebrities playing lonely characters looking for love on a cruise ship.
But unfortunately, it’s not a reboot. This, my friends, is (another) reality TV show.
The principle: the singles go to sea and after a month of pairing in the Mediterranean, the “winning” couple wins a cash prize and… another cruise.
It is hosted by a husband and wife duo Jerry O’Connell and Rebecca Romijn.
Thursday, October 6: ‘Walker Independence’ – 9 p.m. on The CW
Borrowing from the “Yellowstone” playbook, “Walker Independence” serves as a prequel to the network’s “Walker” series.
He follows Bostonian Abby Walker (Katherine McNamera) as she travels to Texas in the 1800s to find out who killed her husband on his journey to become Independence’s new sheriff. TV Insider describes it as a twisty western told from a female perspective.
It also features Matt Barre and Tom Davidson.
Thursday, October 6: ‘Alaska Daily’ – 10 p.m. on ABC
Twice Oscar winner Hilary Swank plays Eileen Fitzgerald, a renowned investigative journalist who moves to Anchorage, Alaska from New York after a “fall from grace” that is described as “an issue involving a source.” At the Alaska Daily newspaper, Fitzgerald begins investigating missing and murdered Native women, and begins her “journey to find personal and professional redemption,” ABC says.
Jeff Perry, grace dove, Meredith Holzmann and Matt Malloy also star.
We have been burned so many times by TV shows and movies about journalists, almost always portrayed as unethical and, when they are women, sleeping with sources or editors for information or favors . We have higher hopes for this one – despite the “source issue” falling from grace – because it’s Tom McCarthy, which gave us “Spotlight,” on the Boston Globe team that published stories about the Catholic Church sex scandal. Don’t let us down, Tom.
Tuesday, October 11: ‘The Winchesters’ – 8 p.m. on The CW
We have another prequel! But this time it’s about demon hunters, not cowboys.
Longtime fans of the “Supernatural” series will know Dean and Sam, and this series details how their parents (John Winchester, played by Drake Rodgerand Mary Campbell, played by Meg Donnelly) met in the 1970s and became monster slayers. It’s told by Jensen Ackleswho plays Dean Winchester.