Although some TV shows are starting to resume production after the pandemic forced Hollywood to grind to a halt this spring, the fall 2020 TV season isn't the typical broadcast bonanza of new series and returning prime-time shows.
Networks are rolling out what they can over the next few months, which means a somewhat eclectic slate of shows held over from last season, “acquired series” making their U.S. debuts and titles from streaming or premium services having “broadcast premieres.”
One example of the latter is “Star Trek: Discovery.” The first episode of this series originally debuted on CBS in 2017 as a teaser for the network's All Access streaming platform, which had just launched. The full first season will now be shown on the broadcast network as the streaming platform prepares to launch the series' third season a few weeks later.
An Aug. 26 news release from CBS says, “based on current production timelines, new and returning prime-time series could begin airing in November.” No details were given about which series those would be.
NBC has already scheduled the return of several scripted dramas for November including “This Is Us” and “Law & Order: SVU.” To help fill its schedule, the network this month premiered the appropriately titled “Transplant,” a Canadian series making its U.S. launch. Along with the network's new scripted series, some of NBC's returning shows are not scheduled to bow until 2021 including “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Good Girls” and “Manifest.”
Fox and The CW previously announced that most of their returning series will wait until the new year to premiere. But animated series will return this fall on Fox, and premieres are scheduled for “Filthy Rich” and “Next,” which were held from the 2019-20 season. The CW's “Supernatural,” which shut down production with only two episodes left to film of its 15th and final season, will resume airing episodes in October with the series finale scheduled for Nov. 19 after a retrospective special.
Unscripted series are also popular this fall, including ABC's roster of rebooted game shows, singing competitions on Fox, a revival of “The Weakest Link” on NBC and a season of CBS' “The Amazing Race” that was filmed in 2018 and has been announced and then bumped from the network's schedule several times before finding a home this fall.
Here is some of what is scheduled to debut in the next few months, though dates and times are subject to change. A brief description is included with new series.
“The Duchess,” on Netflix – A single mother considers having another child with her ex in this British comedy.
“48 Hours,” 10 p.m. on CBS
“Van der Valk,” 9 p.m. on PBS – An Amsterdam inspector investigates murder in this series based on the novels by Nicolas Freeling.
“Wheel of Fortune,” syndicated
“Dancing With the Stars,” 8 p.m. on ABC
“The Third Day,” 9 p.m. on HBO – A man and woman are drawn to a mysterious British island in this limited series.
“We Are Who We Are,” 10 p.m. on HBO – Two American teens come of age on a military base in Italy where their parents are stationed in this drama.
“Enslaved,” 10 p.m. on Epix – A documentary series exploring centuries of human trafficking and the search for slave ships that sank.
“Sing On!”, on Netflix – Contestants in this reality competition series try to win with their singing skills.
“Archer,” 10 p.m. on FXX
“Departure,” on Peacock – Investigators look into the disappearance of a passenger plane in this drama series.
“One Lane Bridge,” on Sundance Now – A young detective reawakens a spiritual gift during a murder investigation.
“Long Way Up,” Apple TV+ – Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman travel through South and Central America on motorbikes.
“PEN15,” on Hulu
“Jurassic World,” on Netflix – Animated kids series abut six teens that must survive when the dinosaurs break loose.
“Ratched,” on Netflix – A prequel series to “One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest” telling the origin story of asylum nurse Mildred Ratched.
“World's Funniest Animals,” 9 p.m. on The CW – A celebrity panel watches animals doing funny things.
“60 Minutes,” 7 p.m. on CBS
“Bang,” on Acorn TV
“The Yorkshire Vet,” on Acorn TV
“Filthy Rich,” 9 p.m. on Fox – This prime-time soap delves into the lives of a wealthy Southern family.
“Manhunt: Deadly Games,” 10 p.m. on CBS – Originally seen on Spectrum's On Demand platform. A true-crime drama set after the 1996 Olympic Games terrorist attack.
“Jack Whitehall: Travels With My Father,” on Netflix
“The Masked Singer,” 8 p.m. on Fox
“I Can See Your Voice,” 9 p.m. on Fox – A contestant has to decide who are the good and bad singers without hearing them perform.
“Haute Dog,” on HBO Max – A competition series set in the world of dog grooming.
“The Murders at White House Farm,” on HBO Max – A true-crime story about the murders of three generations of a family at an isolated farm.
“Celebrity Family Feud,” 8 p.m. on ABC
“Press Your Luck,” 9 p.m. on ABC
“Match Game,” 10 p.m. on ABC
“Star Trek: Discovery,” 10 p.m. on CBS – First season of the series originally seen on CBS All Access. Follows the crew of the Starship Discovery years before the original “Star Trek” series.
“Utopia,” on Amazon – A group of fans set out to save the world after they discover that the conspiracy in a comic is real.
“Tehran,” on Apple TV+ – A Mossad agent goes undercover in Iran in this thriller.
“The Magic of Disney's Animal Kingdom,” on Disney+ – A documentary series behind the scenes at the theme park.
“Country-ish,” on Netflix – Reality show following country music artist Coffey Anderson and his hip-hop dancer wife.
“Sneakerheads,” on Netflix – A comedy about friends working on a plan to score a special pair of shoes.
“A Wilderness of Error,” 8 p.m. on FX – A documentary series looking at the case of Jeffrey MacDonald who was convicted of the murder of his wife and daughters in 1970.
“Dateline,” 10 p.m. on NBC
“The Simpsons,” 8 p.m. on Fox
“Bless the Harts,” 8:30 p.m. on Fox
“Bob's Burgers,” 9 p.m. on Fox
“Family Guy,” 9:30 p.m. on Fox
“Fargo,” 10 p.m. on FX
“The Weakest Link,” 8 p.m. on NBC – Jane Lynch will host a revival of the British quiz show.
“Connecting...,” 8:30 p.m. on NBC – A group of friends using video chats to stay connected.
“Tiny World” on Apple TV+ – Documentary series about the smallest animals on Earth.
“Monsterland,” on Hulu – An anthology series about people encountering strange beasts. Based on Nathan Ballingrud's collection of short stories, “North American Lake Monsters.”
“Emily in Paris,” on Netflix – A marketing executive lands a job in Paris and starts a new adventurous life.
“Undercover Boss,” 9 p.m. on CBS
“Warrior,” 10 p.m. on Cinemax
“Saturday Night Live,” 11:30 p.m. on NBC
“Pandora,” 8 p.m. on The CW
"Britannia," 9 p.m. on Epix
“Flesh and Blood,” 9 p.m. on PBS – Three grown children and a detective are among people curious as a woman introduces a new boyfriend shortly after the death of her husband.
“The Good Lord Bird,” 9 p.m. on Showtime – An enslaved boy becomes part of abolitionist John Brown's crew of soldiers in the 1800s.
“The Walking Dead: World Beyond,” 10 p.m. on AMC – Stories from the first generation raised in the apocalypse world of “The Walking Dead.”
“Swamp Thing,” 8 p.m. on The CW – Originally aired on streaming service DC Universe. A CDC investigator finds a mysterious creature in the swamp.
“Ellen's Game of Games,” 9 p.m. on NBC
“Next,” 9 p.m. on Fox – A man must stop the A.I. he developed from destroying the world in this drama.
“Devils,” 8 p.m. on The CW – An international conspiracy thriller starring Patrick Dempsey.
“Coroner,” 9 p.m. on The CW
“Supernatural,” 8 p.m. on The CW
“The Outpost,” 9 p.m. on The CW
“The Right Stuff,” on Disney+ – Drama following America's first astronauts including John Glenn and Alan Shepard.
"The Spanish Princess," 8:01 p.m. on Starz
“Fear the Walking Dead,” 9 p.m. on AMC
“Mystery Road,” on Acorn TV
“One Day at a Time,” 9 p.m. on CBS – Fourth season of the series, originally seen on PopTV. Comedy set around a nurse's Cuban American family.
“The Bachelorette,” 8 p.m. on ABC
“Tell Me a Story,” 9 p.m. on The CW.
“The FBI Declassified,” 10 p.m. on CBS – A look at cases handled by real FBI agents and analysts.
"Finding Your Roots," on PBS
“The Amazing Race,” 9 p.m. on CBS
“Star Trek: Discovery,” on CBS All Access – New third season of the series.
“Helstrom,” on Hulu – The children of a serial killer track down criminals.
“Shark Tank,” 8 p.m. on ABC
“America's Funniest Home Videos,” 7 p.m. on ABC
“Supermarket Sweep,” 9 p.m. on ABC – Leslie Jones hosts a revival of the game show where contestants grab items at a grocery store.
“Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?”, 9 p.m. on ABC
“Card Sharks,” 10 p.m. on ABC
“The Voice,” 8 p.m. on NBC
“The Misery Index,” 10:30 p.m. on TBS
“The Goldbergs,” 8 p.m. on ABC
“The Conners,” 9 p.m. on ABC
“black-ish,” 9:30 p.m. on ABC
“Superstore,” 8 p.m. on NBC
“How To With John Wilson,” 11 p.m. on HBO – The documentary filmmaker films the lives of fellow New Yorkers and gives advice.
“The Undoing,” 9 p.m. on HBO – A violent death rips apart the lives of a family in this limited series.
“American Housewife,” 8:30 p.m. on ABC
“That Animal Rescue Show,” on CBS All Access – The animal rescue community of Austin, Texas, is profiled in this documentary series.
“Roadkill,” 9 p.m. on PBS – A British politician faces family scandals.
“The South Westerlies,” on Acorn TV – An environmental consultant goes undercover among protesters in this Irish comedy drama.
“A Teacher,” on Hulu – A high school senior and his married teacher enter a forbidden romance in this limited series.
“This Is Us,” 9 p.m. on NBC
“Chicago Med,” 8 p.m. on NBC
“Chicago Fire,” 9 p.m. on NBC
“Chicago P.D.,” 10 p.m. on NBC
“Law & Order: SVU,” 9 p.m. on NBC
“Becoming You,” on Apple TV+ – A documentary series about how children develop in different cultures through age 5.
“The Blacklist,” 8 p.m. on NBC
“The Crown,” on Netflix