The season of orange leaves and brisk winds and v-neck cardigans is fast-approaching. Meaning: there’s also a full slate of Fall TV coming your way, fighting for those coveted few spot in your DVR or various queues.
So before we draw your attention to some bigger name shows (more on that later in the week), we’d like to start by shining a light on a few that have flown relatively under-the-radar, but could have the potential to become the next sleeper hit, ala Stranger Things, Ozark, Search Party and, well, you get the picture…
The Last O.G.
Pedigree: It was created by Jordan Peele (Get Out, Key & Peele), and stars Tracy Morgan in his first show post-30 Rock, and the Girls Trip scene-stealer, Tiffany Haddish.
Premise: Ex-con is released from prison after 15 years to find Brooklyn gentrified and his girlfriend married to another man. The possibility of watching Tracy Morgan yell at hipsters is at an all-time high.
Premiere Date: October 24th on TBS.
Pedigree: Tom Kapinos, the creator of the once-great, then-bad, then-kind-of-okay-again Showtime show, Californication, returns to the network with this Jamie Foxx-produced comedy series starring SNL alum Jay Pharoah.
Premise: Loosely based on the real-life experience of Foxx, an up-and-coming African American comedian navigates making it in Hollywood without selling out (aka, becoming “white famous”). Yes, this might sound like any number of shows about comedians (one of which, I'm Dying Up Here, already airs on Showtime). But given what we know about the show, it appears we're dealing more with a moviemaking comedian than a pure stand-up comedian.
Premiere Date: October 15th on Showtime.
I Love You, America
Pedigree: Sarah Silverman + Funny or Die = we should take this seriously.
Premise: Consider this Hulu’s foray into Chelsea Handler, John Oliver, Samantha Bee territory, with Silverman, an outspoken progressive, taking on the political issue du jour with not necessarily likeminded guests.
Premiere Date: October 12th on Hulu.
Pedigree: The executive producers behind Gossip Girl and The O.C., plus the folks who brought us the original '80s soap of the same name. These guys know what they're doing, even if it's a very specific, oft-lowbrow thing to know how to do.
Premise: It’s a reboot of the '80s soap opera imbued with a more modern, Gossip Girl-like sensibility. Pure, sexy, campy escapism.
Premiere Date: October 11th on the CW.
Pedigree: The mind meld of former Family Guy writer Andrew Goldberg, Nick Kroll and Kroll’s frequent collaborators, like Jason Mantzoukas, Jenny Slate and John Mulaney.
Premise: A Futurama-ish animated series about the pratfalls of puberty. In the teaser, there’s a hormone monster, which feels right.
Premiere Date: September 29th on Netflix.