For all the changes to the ways in which TV is made, distributed and consumed — there are screens on gas pumps, for Pete’s sake — the fall TV season has managed to endure. And so it is that we have on the horizon a mountain of series debuts as well as returning favorites set to bow. Where to begin? To start, here’s a baker’s dozen of some of the most anticipated, intriguing and talked- about premieres coming our way.
The Comedy Central Roast of Alec Baldwin
Sunday, Sept. 15, at 10pm ET on Comedy Central
Sean Hayes will be presiding as Robert De Niro, Ken Jeong, Adam Carolla, Blake Griffin (?), Caitlyn Jenner, Nikki Glaser, Caroline Rhea, Chris Redd and Jeff Ross spend an evening ruthlessly skewering famed showbiz triple threat (and here we mean “threat” in the literal sense), 30 Rock star and SNL Trump impersonator Alec Baldwin. I hope his kid won’t be watching. (Editor’s note: She’ll be on the daïs.)
A Little Late With Lilly Singh
Monday, Sept. 16, at 1:35am ET on NBC
The YouTuber better known as IISuperwomanII slides behind the desk of late-night TV’s newest talk show, following Late Night with Seth Meyers. If you’re not ready to commit to that hour of the day, you can check out her one-hour primetime special at 10pm ET September 18, right after the America’s Got Talent finale.
The American Game
Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 7pm on ESPN
This 11-part documentary from the Worldwide Leader will look at the evolution of college football, with a focus on integration, the Heisman, the relationship to the pro game, and the constantly changing method of crowning a champion.
American Horror Story: 1984
Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 10pm on FX
As ever, details on the latest season of Ryan Murphy’s smash anthology series are scant. We know it is an homage to ‘80s slasher films like Friday the 13th and Halloween, and it features series stalwarts Emma Roberts and Sarah Paulson, among others, though not Evan Peters, who’s found a new home at Pose. For the rest, you’ll have to tune in — Murphy is particularly careful with spoilers for this series.
Thursday, Sept. 19 at 7pm on ESPN
Another 11-part series, this one counting down the great [fill in the blank]s of all time. Uniforms, voices, “what ifs,” rivalries, and more. Expect sports Twitter to be flooded with outrage each Thursday evening this fall.
Monday, Sept. 23 at 10pm on FOX
As a young boy, Malcolm (Tom Payne, The Walking Dead) watched his father (Michael Sheen, Masters of Sex) get taken to jail after police learned he was the notorious serial killer The Surgeon, so of course Malcolm grew up to be a profiler. But after he’s fired by the FBI, he starts to freelance for an NYPD detective (Lou Diamond Philips) who’s searching for a copycat killer inspired by — wait for it — The Surgeon! Maybe they shoulda called this one The Silence of the Daddy Issues.
Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 9pm ET on FOX
Sadly, “Juicy Smollier” will not be returning for the final season of FOX’s onetime ratings powerhouse, but you can still expect plenty of drama: What’s next for Cookie and Damon? Will Thirsty be able to handle Lucious’ kids and the company? Can Becky and Giselle make a go of it on their own?
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 10pm ET on FXX
It’s still hard to believe this show has survived, but the reality is that it’s one of the dumbest, funniest, most daring shows of its generation. Lord knows what kind of nonsense these morons will get up to in season 14 (!!!), but the first two episodes are titled The Gang Gets Romantic and Thunder Gun 4: Maximum Cool. You’ve been warned.
Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 10pm on Comedy Central
Everything said above about Always Sunny — dumbest, funniest, most daring — but to the nth degree.
Thursday, Sept. 26, at 8:30pm on NBC
Bradley Whitford stars in this sitcom as a deeply depressed former Princeton music professor who finds himself drafted to help a small town church choir get ready for a big competition. The cast includes ex-Bella Anna Camp, Search Party alum Tymberlee Hill, and Schitt’s Creek’s Rizwan Manji.
The Good Place
Thursday, Sept. 26, at 9pm on NBC
It’s the farewell season for Kristen Bell and company, who’ve spent three seasons thus far trying to outwit the Devil and get into Heaven. Rarely has a show been this earnest, deeply philosophical and funny at the same time.
Thursday, Sept. 26, at 9:30pm on NBC
Michael Schur, the man who has almost single-handedly kept the traditional sitcom relevant with The Good Place, Parks and Recreation and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, delivers his latest. It stars Kal Penn (of Harold & Kumar fame) as a man in Sunnyside, Queens who is hired by a group of immigrants getting ready to take the test to become American citizens.
Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 9pm ET on FOX
Brittany Snow (another ex-Bella), Emily Osment, and Megalyn Echikunwoke co-star as three women who learn that they, along with at least 100 others, are half-siblings fathered by a rogue fertility doctor played by Timothy Hutton.