September 23, 2021
Fall brings apple picking, pumpkin spice lattes, sweaters and new TV shows.
This season is packed with new treats on broadcast networks, cable channels and streaming services. There's something for everyone, from a reboot of ABC's "The Wonder Years" to NBC's disaster drama "La Brea" to "Kendra Sells Hollywood" on Discovery+.
Here are 10 new series to check out this fall as appointment TV or by watching on Contour TV:
The Big Leap (Fox)
Taking a page from "Glee," this drama series is about taking chances and chasing your dreams. A group of diverse, down-on-their luck characters try to change their lives by participating on a reality dance show — despite none of them having any dance training. The underdogs will work their way to an epic production of "Swan Lake," by the sheer force of their determination, desire and heart. Scott Foley, Piper Perabo and Teri Polo lead the cast.
NCIS: Hawaii (CBS)
NCIS says “aloha" to its fourth spinoff, set in the lush, tropical environment of Hawaii. Vanessa Lachey stars as Jane Tennant, the first female special agent in charge of the Pearl Harbor division. She's relied on confidence and strategy to succeed as a woman in a male-dominated profession. Tennant and her team of specialists must balance their families and their jobs investigating crimes related to the military and national security.
The Wonder Years (ABC)
The classic coming-of-age dramedy is reimagined to focus on a middle-class Black family in the late 1960s in Montgomery, Alabama. Don Cheadle takes over the narration as the older version of Dean Williams, recounting the adventures of his 12-year-old self (Elisha “EJ" Williams). His humorous, hopeful recollections span everything from school hijinks to romantic crushes, all set against the turbulent backdrop of the era. The new take has the blessing of original star Fred Savage, who serves as an executive producer.
Midnight Mass (Netflix)
Series creator Mike Flanagan ("The Haunting of Hill House") presents another creepy, spine-tingling tale. Midnight Mass takes place on Crockett Island, which is roiled by the return of the disgraced Riley Finn (Zach Gilford) and the arrival of charismatic priest Father Paul (Hamish Linklater). The latter seems tied to a series of unexplained, miraculous events, inducing a religious fervor that takes over the community. But what price do these miracles exact?
La Brea (NBC)
Put together a family drama with a supernatural mystery and a quest for survival, and the result is La Brea. The story begins when a massive sinkhole opens in Los Angeles, pulling in buildings and hundreds of people. The Harris family is hit hard by the disaster, with mother Claire (Natalie Zea) and son separated from father Gavin (Eoin Macken) and daughter. Those who have fallen into the pit find themselves in a strange primeval land. They and other survivors must team up to search for answers and hopefully find a way home.
CSI: Vegas (CBS)
CSI comes full circle, back to where it all started: Las Vegas. The revival of the original series brings back Gil Grissom (William Petersen), Sara Sidle (Jorja Fox) and David Hodges (Wallace Langham) to work with a new team of investigators. Under the direction of boss Maxine Roby (Paula Newsome), they deploy the latest forensic techniques to uncover evidence, narrow down the suspect list and serve justice in Sin City.
I Know What You Did Last Summer (Amazon)
Lois Duncan's 1973 novel already got an iconic adaptation in the 1997 film starring Jennifer Love Hewitt. Now, it's receiving a second telling for a new generation. After a group of teens is involved in a deadly car accident on graduation night, they make a pact to cover it up. But one year later, they begin to receive threatening messages from someone who knows about their involvement. As the teens try to identify their stalker, they discover that dark secrets are lurking in their community.
4400 (The CW)
In this reboot of the 2004 series, the premise remains the same: A group of 4,400 people who mysteriously vanished over the last century just as mysteriously return, all at once to Detroit. They haven't aged a day and have no memory of what happened to them. They include a lawyer who finds her young daughter is now a teenager; an activist from the Mississippi civil rights movement; a shallow D-list reality star; and an introspective boy of unknown origins. A pair of investigators are tasked to help them adjust to their new lives, but two questions loom: Where did they go and why did they come back?
Kendra Sells Hollywood (Discovery+)
Kendra Wilkinson wants to sell the house next door. The reality star and model, best known for her time on "The Girls Next Door" and "Kendra on Top," has a new job as a real estate agent in Los Angeles in his limited series. Once a resident of the Playboy Mansion, Kendra is no stranger to famous, luxurious Hollywood homes. But she also has zero experience as an agent and she'll have to rely on determination and her signature humor to close deals in the ultra-competitive market.
Cowboy Bebop (Netflix)
Shinichirō Watanabe's beloved anime series finally comes to life. The space western has taken a long, winding road to its debut on Netflix. The story follows three bounty hunters, or cowboys: Spike Spiegel (John Cho), Jet Black (Mustafa Shakir) and Faye Valentine (Daniella Pineda). The snarky misfits hunt down the solar system's most wanted criminals — for the right price, of course. It isn't easy work, especially when past actions keep following them wherever they go.