These Are All The New TV Shows Worth Watching For Fall 2019

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Fall television is stressful. Not only do you need to keep up with all of your time-honored favorites — but there are also dozens of new shows to juggle as well. And that problem is more extreme than ever looking at the fall 2019 schedule.
Yes, the traditional networks are throwing out spin-offs, new comedies, and freaking Batwoman in an attempt to catch your eye. Yet, that’s not all. After a summer packed with hits like The Handmaid’s Tale, Orange Is the New Black, and Stranger Things, your favorite streaming sites are also continuing to release buzzy content into the fall. That means Ryan Murphy’s glitzy Netflix comedy The Politician. That means the Looking For Alaska limited series adaptation on Hulu. That means a star-studded Modern Love on Amazon.
How can anyone know what’s worth their time — let alone what all these series are actually about?
That’s why we’re here with a complete guide to all the new must-see fall shows. Keep reading for a full rundown of each upcoming series’ plot, along with cast details and a trailer. Even your DVR is breathing a sigh of relief.
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Wu-Tang: An American Saga (Hulu)

Premiere: Wednesday, September 4 at 12:00 a.m. ET

What’s it about?: The ascent of the hallowed rap crew the Wu-Tang Clan, executive produced by the real-life Clan members themselves. The story takes place in 1990s New York — and reminds us this complicated success story is as American as they come.

Who is in it?: Moonlight breakout Ashton Sanders, Shameik Moore, musician Dave East, among many others all star as members of the Wu-Tang clan.
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A Little Late With Lilly Singh (NBC)

Premiere: Tuesday, September 17 at 1:35 a.m. ET. Which is technically part of the Monday late night block.

What’s it about?: Giving us the first woman to host a late-night show on a major network in decades. YouTube star Lilly Singh takes her talents to late night television to take over Carson Daly’s old slot. You may just have a reason to stay up past your bedtime (or watch the Little Late clips in the morning like the rest of us will).

Who else is in it?: This is quite literally the Lilly Singh show — so it’s just Lilly Singh here.
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American Horror Story: 1984 (FX)

Premiere: Wednesday, September 18 at 10:00 p.m. ET

What’s it about?: Leotards. Gus Kenworthy in short-shorts. A Friday the 13th-style killer. What else do you need to know?

Who else is in it?: Cody Fern is back after a dazzling AHS debut last year. You’ll also spot Horror Story veterans like Emma Roberts, Billie Lourd, and Leslie Grossman.

Newbies for AHS: 1984 include Dear White People’s DeRon Horton, Glee’s Matthew Morrison, and Pose’s Angelica Ross. So, yes, basically everyone in Hollywood will appear in AHS: 1984 save for actual AHS fan-favorites Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters.
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Mixed-ish (ABC)

Premiere: Tuesday, September 24 at 9:00 p.m. ET

What’s it about?: The 1980s origin story of Black-ish mom Rainbow Johnson (Tracee Ellis Ross). This time, Bow is played by young performer Arica Himmel.

Who else is in it?: Tika Sumpter stars as the younger iteration of Bow’s mom Alicia. Mark-Paul Gosselaar has replaced Mindy Project alum Anders Holm as Bow’s dad Paul.
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Emergence (ABC)

Premiere: Tuesday, September 24 at 10:00 p.m. ET

What’s it about?: Something Bachelorette fans must have many questions about. Emergence trailers repeatedly appeared the moment the ABC reality show went to commercial over the summer. The sci-fi-flavored drama follows a police chief (Allison Tolman), who finds a young child near a mysterious accident.The little girl (Alexa Swinton), who may or may not have super powers‚ has no idea how she ended up there or what happened in her past. The answers to those questions are the key to Emergence.

Who else is in it?: The series brings Scrubs’ Donald Faison back to live action primetime network TV.
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Stumptown (ABC)

Premiere: Wednesday, September 25 at 10:00 p.m. ET

What’s it about?: The other show Bachelor Nation fans must be wondering about. Stumptown absolutely dominated commercials during The Bachelorette and continues to do so during Bachelor In Paradise's 2019 run. How I Met Your Mother’s Cobie Smulders stars as Dex Parios, a gruff veteran who becomes a private eye (and kisses Michael Ealy while she’s at it).

Note: This series has absolutely nothing to do with coffee; it just shares a name with the very popular chain.

Who else is in it?: Jake Johnson! We should all be thankful to see New Girl's Nick Miller on our screens once again.
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Perfect Harmony (NBC)

Premiere: Thursday, September 26 at 8:30 p.m. ET

What’s it about?: Proving shadowy Handmaid’s Tale figure Bradley Whitford can also be funny. Perfect Harmony centers around Arthur (Whitford), a Harvard professor who ends up becoming the director a rural church choir. Of course the musical group is made up of a ragtag band of misfits.

Who else is in it?: Anna Camp, who is always happy to sing.
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Sunnyside (NBC)

Premiere: Thursday, September 26 at 9:30 p.m. ET

What’s it about?: Furthering the Michael Schur universe. Sunnyside, like The Good Place, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and Parks and Recreation before it, is produced by Schur. The superproducer’s latest comedy is about a disgraced New York City councilman (Kal Penn) who finds redemption in helping immigrants.

Who else is in it?: Stand-up comedian Joel Kim Booster and Dead to Me detective Diana Maria Riva.
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The Politician (Netflix)

Premiere: Friday, September 27 at 3:00 a.m. ET

What’s it about?: Revealing what a Ryan Murphy Netflix show can really look like. The TV power player’s first streaming show is built around Payton Hobart (Tony winner Ben Platt) a teen who dreams of becoming the President of the United States. But Payton first needs to become president of his tumultuous and exceedingly beautiful Santa Barbara high school.

Who else is in it?: The better question is who isn’t in The Politician? Gwyneth Paltrow, Bohemian Rhapsody’s Lucy Boynton, Zoey Deutch, Jessica Lange, Bette Midler, January Jones, and Dylan McDermott all star alongside Platt.
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Raising Dion (Netflix)

Premiere: Friday, October 4 at 3:00 a.m. ET

What’s it about?: A single mom (Alisha Wainwright) trying to raise her son Dion (Ja'Siah Young), whom she realizes has vast superpowers.

Who else is in it?: Internet bae Michael B. Jordan co-stars and produces Raising Dion. Jason Ritter also appears.
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Batwoman (The CW)

Premiere: Sunday, October 6 at 8:00 p.m. ET

What’s it about?: Gifting audiences TV’s first major lesbian superhero. Burgeoning action star Ruby Rose plays Kate Kane, a military vet better known as her cowled alter ego Batwoman, unmistakable red wig and all.

The CW-DC Comics Universe just got a whole lot cooler.

Who else is in it?: Rachel Skarsten co-stars as Alice, the deranged leader of the Alice in Wonderland gang. Trailers also suggest Kate may have a very shippable romance with Meagan Tandy’s security officer Sophie Moore.
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Nancy Drew (The CW)

Premiere: Wednesday, October 9 at 9:00 p.m. ET

What’s it about?: A more spooky CW Wednesday night. Nancy Drew brings the classic book character to the small screen for a sexy, scary new series set in a seaside town filled with secrets.

The drama will follow Riverdale, another show about a group of beautiful teens who are far too good at solving deadly mysteries (and keep finding themselves at the center of murder investigations).

Who is in it?: New-comer Kennedy McMann stars as Nancy Drew. Her crime-solving posse is led by Maddison Jaizani, Tunji Kasim, Charmed’s Leah Lewis, and The Fosters alum Alex Saxon.
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Looking for Alaska (Hulu)

Premiere: Friday, October 18 at 12:00 a.m. ET

What’s it about?: A reminder Kristine Froseth is the best thing about Sierra Burgess Is A Loser. Froseth stars in the John Green adaptation as Alaska Young, the object of affection for protagonist Miles “Pudge” Halter (Charlie Plummer). Miles must make sense of life after an unexpected tragedy befalls his new boarding school.

Who else is in it?: This Is Us’ Ron Cephas Jones and Veep punching bag Timothy Simons are the adults of limited series Alaska. Riverdale’s Jordan Connor (aka Sweet Pea), Girl Meets World’s Uriah Shelton, American Vandal’s Jay Lee, evolving Disney kid Landry Bender, Medium’s Sofia Vassilieva, and Denny Love round out the teen cast.

Get ready for Hulu to try to make this crew the Next Big Thing.
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Modern Love (Amazon)

Premiere: Friday, October 18 at 12:00 a.m. ET

What’s it about?: A for-TV adaptation of the New York Times’ famed column.

Who is in it?: Everyone. Modern Love boasts a murderers' row of talent, including Anne Hathaway, Tina Fey, John Slattery, Dev Patel, Black Mirror’s Cristin Milioti, Power’s Brandon Victor Dixon, Ozark/Dirty John’s Julia Garner, The Newsroom’s John Gallagher, Jr., Younger’s Peter Hermann, and the Hot Priest himself, Andrew Scott. Shameless favorite Emmy Rossum and Catastrophe's Sharon Horgan will direct.

Ed Sheeran will also apparently appear, according to IMDb. Let's hope this cameo goes over better than the Game of Thrones fiasco.
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The Morning Show (Apple TV+)

Premiere: TBA, fall 2019

What’s it about?: Jennifer Aniston and Steve Carrell's respective returns to television after iconic turns in NBC sitcoms. This time, the stars — alongside Big Little Lies powerhouse Reese Witherspoon — fight for the soul of a major network morning show as ruthless TV anchors.

Who else is in it?: Billy Crudup, Mark Duplass, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, star of Black Mirror's most beloved episode.

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