2018 Fall Preview

Fall is the most wonderful time of the year – for television viewing! The return of the both the NFL and NHL, baseball playoffs just around the corner and of course the launch of new Primetime series. In Canada, CTV (Bell Media) dominates the primetime schedule securing the top 4 new programmes of the season. Each year Global and Rogers continue to battle for increased share among the top 20.

For Fall 2018 we are keeping our eye on these series, hope you tune in!

CityTV – Manifest
When Montego Air Flight 828 landed safely after a turbulent-but-routine flight, the crew and passengers were relieved. Yet in the span of those few hours, they lost five years. Seeing their life in fast-forward, they discover that their friends, families, and colleagues had mourned their loss – and then moved on. With a second chance, their new realities become clear, and a deeper mystery unfolds as some of the returned passengers discover they may be meant for something greater than they ever thought possible.

CTV – The Rookie
Starting over isn’t easy, especially for small-town guy John Nolan who, after a life-altering incident, is pursuing his dream of being an LAPD officer. As the force’s oldest rookie, he’s met with skepticism from some higher-ups who see him as just a walking midlife crisis. If he can’t keep up with the young cops and the criminals, he’ll be risking lives including his own. But if he can use his life experience, determination and sense of humor to give him an edge, he may just become a success in this new chapter of his life.

CBC – Canada’s Smartest Person – JuniorThe search is on for Canada’s Smartest Person Junior and we want YOU to get in on the action!  Join host Paul Sun-Hyung Lee (star of CBC’s Kim’s Convenience) as he leads young Canadians ages 8-12 years old through fun and action-packed challenges in their quest to be crowned the first-ever Canada’s Smartest Person Junior.

GlobalTV – I feel bad
Emet is the perfect mom, boss, wife, friend, and daughter. Okay, she’s not perfect. In fact, she’s just figuring it out like the rest of us. Sure, she feels bad when she has a sexy dream about someone other than her husband, or when she pretends not to know her kids when they misbehave in public, or when she uses her staff to help solve personal problems. But that’s okay, right? Nobody can have it all and do it perfectly. From Executive Producer Amy Poehler comes a modern comedy about being perfectly okay with being imperfect.

CBC – Vanity Fair

Thackeray’s literary classic is set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars and follows Becky Sharp as she attempts to claw her way out of poverty and scale English Society. Written by Gwyneth Hughes (Dark Angel), this new adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray’s Vanity Fair stars Olivia Cooke (Ready Player One) as Thackeray’s timeless heroine Becky Sharp.

GlobalTV – BullMichael Weatherly returns to Global as the iconoclastic Dr. Jason Bull. Inspired by the early career of Dr. Phil McGraw, the series follows the brilliant, brash, and charming founder of a hugely successful trial consulting firm who uses a combination of remarkable insight into human nature, three Ph.D.s, and a top-notch team of experts to create winning strategies that tip the scales of justice in his clients’ favor.

CityTV – Murphy BrownShe’s back! In a world of 24-hour cable, social media, “fake news,” and a vastly different political climate, the world needs Murphy Brown more than ever! The revival of the ground-breaking comedy about the eponymous broadcast news legend and her biting take on current events returns amid a divided America, chaotic discourse, and rampant attacks on the press. Murphy returns with her original FYI team: lifestyle reporter Corky Sherwood, investigative journalist Frank Fontana, and producer Miles Silverberg. Murphy’s son, Avery, shares his mother’s competitive spirit and quick wit and has followed in her journalistic footsteps – perhaps too closely. Now back in the game, Murphy is determined to draw the line between ratings-grabbing headlines and honest reporting.

Global TV – New Amsterdam
Inspired by Bellevue, the oldest public hospital in America, this unique medical drama follows the brilliant and charming Dr. Max Goodwin (Ryan Eggold, The Blacklist), the institution’s newest medical director who sets out to tear up the bureaucracy and provide exceptional care. Not taking no for an answer, Dr. Goodwin must disrupt the status quo and prove he will stop at nothing to breathe new life into this understaffed, underfunded, and underappreciated hospital – the only one in the world capable of treating Ebola patients, prisoners from Rikers, and the President of the United States under one roof – and return it to the glory that put it on the map. The series also stars Freema Agyeman (Sense8), Janet Montgomery (Salem), Jocko Sims (The Last Ship), Anupam Kher (Sense8), and Tyler Labine (Deadbeat).

Other notables worth tuning in to!

Dancing with the Stars: Juniors is a fresh take on an established favourite, where celebrity kids are paired with professional junior ballroom dancers to perform choreographed routines and judged by a panel of renowned ballroom experts. Also, MAGNUM P.I. is a modern take on the classic series starring Jay Hernandez (SCANDAL, THE EXPANSE) as Thomas Magnum, a decorated former Navy SEAL who, upon returning home from Afghanistan, repurposes his military skills to become a private investigator.

Happy viewing!