TV & Film

Fall TV 2017: 5 New Shows to Watch

As the leaves begin to change, and Starbucks begins to serve their Pumpkin Spiced Latte yet again, TV Guide also changes their lineup as networks premiere their latest creations in TV series. While some flop, others go on to great success. From spin-offs to original story lines, here are some of the latest shows coming to the small screen that leave the viewer wanting to know more, even after viewing a four and half minute “first look” trailer.

“Valor” (CW)

“Valor” is a military drama that takes place on a U.S. Army base for an elite group of soldiers who handle helicopter missions. Soldiers Nora (Christina Ochoa) and Gallo (Matt Barr) go on a mission to rescue two soldiers who have gone missing in action. Along the way, they uncover the seedy underbelly of the military and covert operations while grappling with a secret they both share about a past failed mission. “Valor” steers away from the plot line of its fall 2017 military drama counterparts “Seal Team” and “The Brave” that follow closely the story of the Osama Bin Laden assassination mission.

“Valor” premieres Monday, Oct. 9 at 9/8c

“9JKL” (CBS)

In “9JKL,” Mark Feuerstein, famously known as Dr. Hank Lawson from USA’s “Royal Pains,” is trading in his white coat to play Josh, a recent divorcee in this comedy. After losing everything in his divorce, Josh moves back to the apartment he grew up in, apartment 9K, next to his parents who reside in 9J. Josh’s brother Andrew (David Walton, “New Girl”) is also a neighbor of his in apartment 9L. Josh must now attempt to get back on his feet again by trying to find work as an actor and even trying his hand at dating, all under the eyes of his overbearing but caring family. “9JKL” is a classic family hijinks comedy that could be the next “Two and a Half Men” of the fall 2017 television season.

“9JKL” premieres Monday, Oct. 2 at 8:30/7:30c

“Me, Myself and I” (CBS)

“Me, Myself and I” is a time jump series all revolving around the life of protagonist Alex Riley played by Bobby Moynihan, Jack Dylan Grazer (“Me, Myself and I” will be Grazer’s small-screen debut with a recurring role) and John Larroquette (Dan Fielding, “Night Court”). The series jumps between Alex as a child, an adult, and an old man as he reflects on the events that happened in his life and how he handled them. As he reflects, Alex learns valuable life lessons, and even gets the chance to redeem himself for his past choices in the process. It seems that “Me, Myself and I” has a refreshing balance of humor and drama this season after years of family comedies that erred more on the side of humor. Let’s just hope this new combination resonates with viewers come September.

“Me, Myself and I” premieres Monday, Sept. 25, at 9:30/8:30c

“Young Sheldon” (CBS)

And finally, a spinoff with a new angle that viewers may have actually anticipated for a first, “Young Sheldon” gives viewers an in-depth look at the upbringing of “The Big Bang Theory” star Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons). The show depicts his childhood in East Texas before he made the move to California where he met the likes of Leonard (Johnny Galecki), Howard (Simon Helberg), Raj (Kunal Nayyar) and the gang. From the trailer alone it is clear Iain Armitage (“Big Little Lies”) extensively studied Sheldon’s language and mannerisms to be able to execute them so well as a young Sheldon Cooper.

“Young Sheldon” premieres Monday, Sept. 25, at 8:30/7:30c

“Kevin (Probably) Saves the World” (ABC)

Kevin (Jason Ritter, “Parenthood”) is tasked by the universe to save the world with the help of his guide Yvette (Kimberly Hebert Gregory, “Vice Principals”). On his mission, Kevin goes on a journey of self-discovery as he attempts to change his self-serving ways for the better of humanity. While the show definitely brings the feel good drama from “Parenthood,” Ritter brings an appropriate, but hilarious amount of humor to this heartfelt series.

“Kevin (Probably) Saves the World” premieres on Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 10/9c

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