Here's everything you need to know about the world of television for Monday, September 23rd, 2019. I'm writing this from the Twin Cities, where AllYourScreens HQ is running on coffee....lots of coffee.
THE FALL BROADCAST TV SEASON OFFICIALLY BEGINS TONIGHT:
This newsletter generally has two parts to it: the first section covers some interesting TV or media stories and the second section covers what's new on television that night. But since is the first official week of the new fall broadcast television season, this week's newsletters will focus almost exclusively on all of the day's new premieres. You'll find some info on each show, along with links to additional episode information, photo galleries and reviews.
We're also going to be doing recaps of a number of shows, most of which will post not long after the show airs. As of now, this is the list of shows we'll be recapping (along with their premiere date), although I'm sure we will be adding more as the season progresses:
All Rise (9/23)
Prodigal Son (9/23)
The Voice (9/23)
Nancy Drew (10/9)
The Masked Singer (9/25)
The Blacklist (10/4)
WHAT'S NEW ON TV TONIGHT:
Here's a rundown of the crazy amount of television and streaming stuff premiering today:
1) All Rise Series Premiere (CBS)
"All Rise" is a courthouse drama that follows the chaotic, hopeful and sometimes absurd lives of its judges, prosecutors and public defenders, as they work with bailiffs, clerks and cops to get justice for the people of Los Angeles amidst a flawed legal process. Among them is newly appointed Judge Lola Carmichael (Simone Missick), a highly regarded and impressive deputy district attorney who doesn’t intend to sit back on the bench in her new role, but instead leans in, immediately pushing the boundaries and challenging the expectations of what a judge can be.
2) Bluff City Law Series Premiere (NBC)
Coming from a famous Memphis family known for taking on injustice, brilliant lawyer Sydney Strait (Caitlin McGee) used to work at her father Elijah’s (Jimmy Smits) celebrated law firm until their tumultuous relationship got in the way. After barely speaking to him for years, Sydney is suddenly thrust back into the family fold when her philanthropist mother passes away unexpectedly. In the wake of her loss, hoping to reconnect with the daughter he loves, Elijah asks Sydney to rejoin his ﬁrm. She agrees because despite her lingering resentment and distrust, she knows that working alongside her father is her best hope at changing the world … if they can ever get along.
[show guide] [trailer] [pilot photo gallery]
3) Bob ♥ Abishola Series Premiere (CBS)
From award-winning creator, executive producer and writer Chuck Lorre, "Bob ♥ Abishola" is a love story about a middle-aged compression sock businessman from Detroit (Billy Gardell) who unexpectedly falls for his cardiac nurse, a Nigerian immigrant (Folake Olowofoyeku), while recovering from a heart attack and sets his sights on winning her over. Undaunted by Abishola’s lack of initial interest or the vast differences in their backgrounds, Bob is determined to win Abishola’s heart, in this comedic examination of immigrant life in America.
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4) Bull Season Four Premiere (CBS)
As Bull prepares for impending fatherhood at home, his work at TAC suffers without his top attorney, Benny, who quit the company in reaction to Bull's fling with his sister, Isabella (Yara Martinez), at their father's funeral. Meanwhile, the team faces a difficult time in court without Benny as they mount a defense for a young bartender on trial for involuntary manslaughter following an inebriated customer's mass killing.
[show guide] [photo galleries: 09/23/2019 - 09/30/2019 - 10/07/2019]
5) Halloween Baking Championship Season Premiere (Food)
Judges Carla Hall, Katie Lee and Zac Young, join host John Henson to test the skills of eight talented bakers who must show off their skills over six episodes with terrifyingly delicious challenges. From skeleton desserts to monster madness, only one baker can frighten the competition for a chance to win the $25,000 grand prize and to be featured in Food Network Magazine. Fans that can't get enough of the scary competition, go behind the scenes with the digital companion series, Halloween Baking Championship: Extra Sweet. Spend a day with the judges as they are transformed into otherworldly creatures, and watch the crew build the sets and prep the pantry for the season's creations.
6) Halloween Cake Off Season Premiere (Food)
Duff Goldman hosts new series "Halloween Cake-Off," as four professional bakers from around the country compete in unconventional baking and design challenges where flavor is only the tip of the icing. In this four-episode stunt, the bakers are tested to find out who is best at making the creepiest and most innovative Halloween cakes that must also transform in mystifying ways. From haunted and cursed cakes to dead and living creations, the competitor who wows judges Duff Goldman, Dan Langan and Waylynn Lucas with the most over-the-top edible work of art will be crowned winner of Halloween Cake-Off and earn the $10,000 grand prize.
7) Let's Make A Deal Season Eleven Premiere (CBS)
Audience members dress up in outlandish costumes to get host Wayne Brady’s attention in an attempt to make deals for trips, prizes, cars or cash, while trying to avoid the dreaded Zonks.
8) 9-1-1 Season Three Premiere (Fox)
Athena enlists the 118’s help when a teenager speeds out of control on the freeway. Meanwhile, a routine traffic stop uncovers a shocking kidnapping and Buck struggles with his recovery.
9) Prodigal Son Series Premiere (Fox)
Malcolm Bright (Tom Payne) knows how killers think and how their minds work, because his father, Dr. Martin Whitley (Michael Sheen), was one of the most notorious serial killers, called "The Surgeon." Alongside his longtime mentor, Gil Arroyo (Lou Diamond Phillips), and detectives Dani Powell (Aurora Perrineau) and JT Tarmel (Frank Harts), he helps the NYPD solve crimes by profiling killers, while also dealing with a manipulative mother, Jessica Whitley (Bellamy Young), an annoyingly normal sister, Ainsaley Whitley (Halston Sage) and a homicidal father still looking to bond with his prodigal son.
10) Someone You Thought You Knew Series Premiere (Investigation Discovery)
In homicide cases, it's seldom strangers you need to worry about - it’s those closest to you. Even when the killing appears to be random, there can be something more sinister lying beneath the surface. What if the killer could be someone you thought you knew? In tonight's premiere episode, Brittney Cosby and Crystal Jackson are an ambitious couple living in Houston, Texas, looking forward to a blissful future together. When their bodies are found near a dumpster, authorities comb through the evidence until the shocking identity of their killer is revealed.
11) Team Kaylie (Netflix)
After a brush with the law, teen celebrity Kaylie Konrad swaps social stardom for court-ordered chaos as a middle school wilderness club leader. Starring Bryana Salaz, Alison Fernandez and Symera Jackson.
12) The Good Doctor Season Three Premiere (ABC)
Following what he believes was a disastrous first date with Carly, Dr. Shaun Murphy proposes a radical surgery to save a newlywed woman’s life. Meanwhile, after the new chief of surgery, Dr. Audrey Lim, announces that the residents can lead surgeries, Dr. Morgan Reznick and Dr. Alex Park compete for the chance to operate on an elderly patient who has been diagnosed with cancer.
13) The Neighborhood Season Two Premiere (CBS)
"The Neighborhood" stars Cedric the Entertainer in a comedy about what happens when the friendliest guy in the Midwest moves his family to a neighborhood in Los Angeles where not everyone looks like him or appreciates his extreme neighborliness. Dave Johnson is a good-natured, professional conflict negotiator. When his wife, Gemma, gets a job as a school principal in L.A., they move from Michigan with their young son, Grover, unfazed that their new dream home is located in a community quite different from their small town. Their opinionated next-door neighbor, Calvin Butler, is wary of the newcomers, certain that the Johnsons will disrupt the culture on the block. However, Calvin’s gracious wife, Tina, rolls out the welcome wagon; their chipper younger son, Marty, thinks the Johnsons could be good for the community; and their unemployed older son, Malcolm, finds Dave may finally be someone who understands him. Dave realizes that fitting into their new community is more complex than he expected, but if he can find a way to connect with Calvin, they have an excellent chance of making their new neighborhood their home.
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14) The Price Is Right Season Forty Seven Premiere (CBS)
Daytime Emmy Award-winning "The Price Is Right" is network television’s #1-rated daytime series and the longest-running game show in television history. The 47th season of the series kicks off today with host Drew Carey.
15) The Voice Season Premiere Seventeen (NBC)
The four-time Emmy Award-winning "The Voice" returns with the strongest vocalists from across the country invited to compete in the blockbuster vocal competition show’s new season. Rock icon and pop culture phenomenon Gwen Stefani reclaims her red chair alongside superstar coaches Kelly Clarkson, John Legend and Blake Shelton as they return for season
17. Carson Daly returns as host.
For a rundown of all the new episodes of television premiering tonight,click here.
TOO MUCH TV REALLY IS A THING
This newsletter is called "Too Much TV" because....well, it's hard to keep track of all the new television premiering everyday. To help you prioritize your viewing, click here to see our list of more than 400 upcoming television premieres, movies and finales. You'll find listings from more than 70 networks, as well as streaming services and web shows.
And if you're a glutton for punishment (or just want to know what you've missed), check out this list of all the shows that have premiered so far in 2019.
I'll be back with another one tomorrow. If you have any feedback, send it along toRick@AllYourScreens.comand follow me on Twitter@aysrick.