All The Upcoming New TV Shows You'll Love For Fall 2018

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You already know when your favorite returning TV series will premiere this autumn. But, the question remains, when should you expect all the best new shows that will debut? The answer is the very beginning of September, and the gems will keep premiering well into November.
There will be brand new CW shows vying for the title of coolest new cast — looking at you, All American and Charmed — along with a Netflix show that could steal that trophy from the teen-obsessed broadcast channel. We're talking about the upcoming Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina, led by Mad Men's Kiernan Shipka.
Speaking of Netflix, the streaming service will finally drop its long-awaited, mysterious drama Maniac, starring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill. You know, the one we can all blame for this photo. Plus, we can expect lots of dramas (like This Is Us soul twin A Million Little Pieces) and comedies (including Leighton Meester's latest project, Single Parents). Oh, and even Julia Roberts is getting into the TV game with a brand new streaming series.
Keep reading for the full details on every new, binge-worthy fall show, along with a who's-who lowdown on its cast, a premiere date reminder, and a peek at the newest trailer.
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Mayans M.C. (FX)

What’s it about?: Welcome back to the Sons Of Anarchy world. This time, in the place of Jax Teller (Charlie Hunnam), the Kurt Sutter-created AMC biker drama will follow Ezekiel “EZ” Reyes (JD Pardo), a now-tarnished golden boy headed for gang member status.

Who else is in it?: Edward James Olmos, who instantly adds gravitas to any project, and Danny Pino, who should have been a bigger love interest in Scandal a few years ago.

Premiere: Tuesday, September 4 at 10:00 p.m. ET
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The Purge (USA Network)

What’s it about?: This USA series asks a fairly simple question: What would happen if The Purge movies were turned into a TV show? This is your answer.

Who is in it?: Jessica Garza, who appeared in History’s SEAL Team drama Six, and Gabriel Chavarria, an alum of Hulu’s East Los High.

Premiere: Tuesday, September 4 at 10:00 p.m. ET
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Sierra Burgess Is a Loser (Netflix)

What’s it about?: No, this upcoming Netflix property isn’t technically a TV show, but, everyone will be talking about it come fall. Who doesn’t want to watch Barb — we mean Shannon Purser — charmingly stumble her way through a modern-day Cyrano de Bergerac situation? Especially when the internet's new boyfriend Noah Centineo is involved?

Who else is in it?: This Is Us’ Chrissy Metz and relative newcomer Kristine Froseth.

Premiere: Friday, September 7 at 3:00 a.m. ET
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You (Lifetime)

What’s it about?: Lonely Boy is about the get much weirder. Gossip Girl’s Penn Badgley returns for his first major TV role after letting go of Dan Humphrey… just in time to stalk a woman through the internet. You follows what happens when a guy uses all of the information already readily available on the web to trick his crush (Elizabeth Lail) into falling for him.

Dan would be proud of this level of creepy surveillance.

Who else is in it? Or behind it?: You counts Greg Berlanti, of Riverdale-producing fame, and former Supernatural showrunner Sera Gamble as co-creators and executive producers. Pretty Little Liars alum Shay Mitchell will join Badgley and Lail in front of the camera.

Premiere: Sunday, September 9 at 9:00 p.m. ET
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The Bad Seed (Lifetime)

What’s it about?: Lifetime brings 1956 horror movie The Bad Seed into the modern day, as Rob Lowe’s panicked father character becomes increasingly terrified his young daughter (Mckenna Grace) is the personification of evil.

Who else is in it?: Honestly, it seems like Lowe and an extremely terrifying Grace will carry the show.

Premiere: Sunday, September 9 at 8:00 p.m. ET
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Rel (Fox)

What’s it about?: Fresh off a few years of supporting actor success, Get Out breakout Lil Rel Howery will step directly into the limelight with a sitcom inspired by the comedian’s own life. TV Rel will struggle with rebuilding his post-divorce life after his wife cheats on him.

Somehow, lovable sitcom hijinks will still abound.

Who else is in it?: Jessica “Jess Hilarious” Moore and Sinbad.

Premiere: Sunday, September 9 at 8:00 p.m. ET
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The First (Hulu)

What’s it about?: House Of Cards creator Beau Willimon returns to TV with The First, which follows humanity’s first-ever expedition to Mars. Expect a dizzying amount of beautiful cinematography mixed with deep meditations on the human spirit.

Who is in it?: Sean Penn, in his first-ever leading role in a TV series. He’s joined by Gilmore Girls BFF Keiko Agena, longtime TV actress Melissa George, The Mummy’s Oded Fehr, and Anna Jacoby-Heron, who appeared in Stranger Things season 2.

Premiere: Friday, September 14 at 12:00 a.m. ET
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Maniac (Netflix)

What’s it about?: Maniac is officially Netflix’s buzziest new fall show. The enigmatic Cary Fukunaga-directed drama is about two young people — Annie Landsberg (Oscar winner Emma Stone) and Owen Milgrim (Oscar nominee Jonah Hill) — who embark on a mysterious pharmaceutical drug trial peddled by a doctor (Justin Theroux). The doctor claims his pills can fix any malady of the mind, be it mental illness or heartbreak.

Unsurprisingly, things go very, very awry.

Who else is in it?: While the promise of Stone, Hill, and Theroux already sounds like enough of a draw, Oscar-winner Sally Field, Ozark breakout Julia Garner, Crazy Rich Asians' Sonoya Mizuno, and Game Night human golden retriever Billy Magnussen all also star.

Premiere: Friday, September 21 at 3:00 a.m. ET
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Manifest (NBC)

What’s it about?: A plane ride that goes horribly, science-fictionally wrong. The passengers and crew of Montego Air Flight 828 originally believe their turbulent flight was simply a little bumpy. But, when they land, they realize everyone else thought the aircraft had disappeared… for the last five years.

Yes, of course you’re supposed to be reminded of Lost right now.

Who is in it?: Once Upon A Time’s Josh Dallas, Valor’s Melissa Roxburgh, up-and-coming teen actress Luna Blaise, and latest Jessica Jones love interest J.R. Ramirez of paint sex fame.

Premiere: Monday, September 24 at 10:00 p.m. ET
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Single Parents (ABC)

What’s it about?: Who cares? Leighton Meester has a new starring role on TV!

Just kidding, this upcoming comedy is about a bunch of (you guessed it) single parents who band together to form the support system they very much need.

Who else is in it?: Saturday Night Live alum Taran Killam, Everybody Loves Raymond’s Brad Garrett, Scandal’s go-to actress whenever they needed a reporter, Kimrie Lewis, longtime actor Jake Choi, and Ayden Mayeri, who also stars in the falls very buzzy Homecoming (more on that soon).

Premiere: Wednesday, September 26 at 9:30 p.m. ET
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A Million Little Things (ABC)

What’s it about?: Making you cry, much like This Is Us. The drama centers around a group of friends who try leaning into life after one of their own (Ron Livingston) dies by suicide.

Who else is in it?: Allison Miller, who brought 13 Reasons Why season 2’s very cutthroat defense lawyer to life, Christina Ochoa, another successfully rebounded Valor star, Psych’s James Roday, The Originals’ Christina Marie Moses, and Grimm lead David Giuntoli.

Premiere: Wednesday, September 26 at 10:00 p.m. ET
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Made In Mexico (Netflix)

What’s it about?: The lives of a group of wealthy, glamorous, and dramatic pals in Mexico City. Think of it as Netflix's international answer to the Real Housewives franchise.

Who else is in it?: Former House Of DVF contestant Chantal Trujillo, model Columba Díaz, and various members of Mexico City high society like Kitzia Mitre.

Premiere: Friday, September 28 at 3:00 a.m. ET
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The Neighborhood (CBS)

What’s it about?: Giving New Girl’s Schmidt (Max Greenfield) another much-needed television comedy. This time he plays an overly friendly married man who moves to a Black neighborhood in L.A.

Who else is in it?: 2 Broke Girls’ Beth Behrs and Cedric The Entertainer.

Premiere: Monday, October 1 at 8:00 p.m. ET
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Happy Together (CBS)

What’s it about?: Giving New Girl’s Coach (Damon Wayans Jr.) another much-needed television comedy. This time he plays a happily married man whose life is turned upside down when a pop star moves in.

Who else is in it?: Carmichael Show actress Amber Stevens West, Grown-ish dean Chris Parnell, and dreamy new Aussie import Felix Mallard.

Premiere: Monday, October 1 at 8:30 p.m. ET
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I Feel Bad (NBC)

What’s it about?: Busy, married mom Emet (Blockers mom Sarayu Blue) and her exploration of modern, stressful momdom.

Who else is in it?: Shondaland utility player Paul Adelstein.

Premiere: Thursday, October 4 at 8:30 p.m. ET
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Elite (Netflix)

What’s it about?: What would happen if you put Gossip Girl, Big Little Lies, and Netflix hidden gem La Casa De Las Flores in a blender and poured that concoction over a glass of champagne? You would get Netflix's Elite, that's what.

The upcoming Spanish-language rich kid drama follows a, well, ultra elite prep school and its inevitable murder mystery (as Riverdale and Pretty Little Liars prove, you can't have this many sexy TV teens in one room without at least one murder mystery unraveling).

Also, as the trailer suggets, we should all expect a killer soundtrack from Elite.

Who else is in it?: Danna Paola, officially evolving past Mexican child star status, along with a group of up-and-comers including Miguel Herrán, Mina El Hammani, Ester Expósito, and María Pedraza.

Premiere: Friday, October 5 at 3:00 a.m. ET
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All American (The CW)

What’s it about?: The second Greg Berlanti product in the bunch (but not the last) is all about a talented, Black, South Crenshaw High School football player (Daniel Ezra) who is recruited to play for Beverly Hills High School. Culture clashes, many ab shots, and teen angst ensue, all backed by a shockingly fantastic soundtrack.

Who else is in it?: Taye Diggs, 13 Reasons Why new addition Samantha Logan, Teen Wolf’s best villain Cody Christian, and Empire’s Bre-Z.

Premiere: Wednesday, October 10 at 9:00 p.m. ET
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The Romanoffs (Amazon)

What’s it about?: Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner returns to TV with his latest project, The Romanoffs. The Amazon Prime drama is an eight-episode anthology series about fictional people who believe they’re descents of the royal, executed, Russian Romanov family.

Each episode is about a different individual or clan convinced of their regal bloodline.

Who is in it?: Mad Men alums Christina Hendricks, John Slattery, and Jay R. Ferguson (Stan!), along with Andrew Rannells, Diane Lane, Corey Stoll, and many, many, many more.

Premiere: Friday, October 12 at TBD ET
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Camping (HBO)

What’s it about?: Bringing the comedy of Girls masterminds Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner back to HBO. Also, a camping trip that goes sideways, all with Jennifer Garner’s relentlessly can-do attitude at the helm.

Who else is in it?: Bridget Everett, Jessica Jones’ original baddie David Tennant, and Juliette Lewis. Dunham will not appear in front of the camera.

Premiere: Sunday, October 14 at TBD ET
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Charmed (The CW)

What’s it about?: A reboot of The WB’s Charmed, now with a trio of sisters of color leading the witchy action.

Who is in it?: Madeleine Mantock, Melonie Diaz, and Sarah Jeffery round out the power of three.

Premiere: Sunday, October 14 at 9:00 p.m. ET
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The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Netflix)

What’s it about?: Here we have the third and final fall new show produced by Greg Berlanti. This one brings Sabrina Spellman (previously played by Melissa Joan Hart) back to TV, although under very different circumstances. This Sabrina, brought to life by Mad Men’s Kiernan Shipka, is going to be creepy as hell in the best way possible.

Prepare to watch the newest version of Sabrina come of age while grappling with the occult, her own duality (she’s half-witch, half-human, remember?), and a general onslaught of evil forces.

Who else is in it?: Teen Beach Movie’s Ross Lynch, The 100’s Tati Gabrielle, and Lord Of The Rings badass Miranda Otto.

Premiere: Friday, October 26 at 3:00 a.m. ET
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Homecoming (Amazon)

What’s it about?: Getting Julia Roberts on TV for the first time ever.

Homecoming, which is directed by Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail, revolves around Heidi Bergman (Roberts), who is originally a caseworker at a facility that specializes in helping veterans transition back to civilian life. Then after a four-year flashback, we learn Heidi has given up her job, hightailed it home to live with her mother, and is now a small-town waitress.

The trick of Homecoming is for viewers, and Heidi, to figure out what led to such a drastic change. Let’s all assume the answer is “something horrible.”

Who else is in it?: After more than 20 years, Roberts will finally get to be in a couple with My Best Friend's Wedding co-star Dermot Mulroney. Bobby Cannavale, Girls’ Alex Karpovsky, and Ayden Mayeri, of Single Parents, also star.

Premiere: Friday, November 2 at 12:00 a.m. ET

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