Still, even in their diminished capacity, broadcasters offer many of the most-watched programs on television. And while the five English-language networks will trot out fewer new shows than at any time in recent memory, they have largely stuck with the practice of a “premiere week” — during which the lion’s share of new series will make their debut — essentially ringing the dinner bell for viewers and hoping they’ll return.
So what looks appetizing on that menu, and what doesn’t? Here’s a quick breakdown of new shows that have been previewed, with reactions on which are worth sampling; those that didn’t work for me, but might for somebody else; and the also-rans that don’t merit the power it would take to program the DVR.
It’s a pretty charitable list, ordered by premiere dates within those brackets. (Missing from this breakdown: “WWE Smackdown,” which moves over to Fox, but isn’t technically new; and ABC’s revival “Kids Say the Darndest Things With Tiffany Haddish.”)
“Mixed-ish” (ABC, Sept. 24): ABC’s second spinoff of “Black-ish” has a lot in common with CBS’ “Young Sheldon,” building a show around one of the key character’s as a kid. In this case, it’s Bow (here played by Arica Himmel), who must deal with being a mixed-race child in the 1980s — quite an adjustment after life on a hippie commune — with Gary Cole as her gruff grandpa, who steals pretty much every scene he’s in.
“Evil” (CBS, Sept. 26): The creators of “The Good Wife” owe a sizable debt to “The X-Files” in…