The bad news is: There are only 3 new shows coming this fall that I have any expectations for whatsoever. The good news: That’s less TV we have to worry about keeping up with.
From worst to first, here are the 17 shows that will debut this fall, ranked based upon their trailers (linked).
17. Happy Together (CBS) — A Damon Wayans, Jr. laugh-track sitcom about a celebrity who moves into his accountant’s house. Terrible.
16. Magnum P.I. (CBS) — Jay Hernandez reprises the character, with support from Herc from The Wire and Dave from Happy Endings. No thanks.
15. FBI (CBS) — Grim procedural with Jeremy Sisto and Missy Perygm. Pass.
14. Rel (Fox) — About what you’d expect from a laugh-track sitcom starring Sinbad.
13. The Rookie (ABC) — Nathan Fillion stars as a 40-year-old who decides to join the police force after his wife divorces him. Fillion’s charm can get you only so far.
12. The Kids Are Alright (ABC) — A family sitcom about an Irish-Catholic family set in the 1970s. Love Michael Cudlitz and Mary McCormack but The Goldbergs this is not.
11. God Friended Me — Touched by an Angel crossed with Kevin (Probably) Saves the World about an atheist whose life is changed after God friends him on Facebook. It doesn’t look good, but Brandon Michael Hall has a certain appeal.
10. New Amsterdam (NBC) — Treacly, manipulative hospital drama. Looks like the ABC equivalent of The Good Doctor crossed with the emotional manipulation of This Is Us.
9. The Neighborhood (CBS) — A laugh-track sitcom about a clueless white family who moves into an all-black neighborhood (with Cedric the Entertainer). It looks bad, but the kind of bad that might be occasionally interesting.
8. A Million Little Things (ABC) — A drama about a close group of friends dealing with the aftermath of a friend’s suicide. I like the cast a lot (James Roday in a drama?), but this looks like a major downer.
7. Charmed Reboot (CW) — Not my thing (nor was the original), but I can see the appeal.
6. All American (CW) — Based on a true story, it’s about a star black football player who transfers from a violent high school to a Beverly Hills high school. Has Friday Night Lights potential, but looks more like a twist on The O.C.
5. Single Parents (ABC) — Seven single friends befriend each other and try to find a life outside of their children. There are a few groanworthy lines in the trailer, and I’m not loving the Brad Garrett character, but there’s potential here.
4. The Cool Kids — From the guys behind It’s Always Sunny, this one is about nursing home residents letting loose. I begrudingingly want to give this one a shot.
3. Manifest — I am weirdly intrigued by this. It looks both fascinating and shamelessly manipulative. It’s about a flight that goes through some wormhole and lands back on the ground seven years later, and it hits all my pressure points. That said, it seems like the kind of show where the pilot is better than the series.
2. The Passage — Zack from Saved by the Bell notwithstanding, this looks like a really compelling show that will either be canceled after one season or go completely off the rails in the second season. But I’m in.
1. I Feel Bad — Amy Poehler-produced family sitcom starring Sarayu Blue and Paul Adelstein. I will watch this show until it is canceled. After episode 13.