Clayton Crawford (left) as Detective Martin Riggs and Damon Wayans (right) as Detective Roger Murtaugh on the set of "Lethal Weapon" premiering on FOX.

Clayton Crawford (left) as Detective Martin Riggs and Damon Wayans (right) as Detective Roger Murtaugh on the set of "Lethal Weapon" premiering on FOX.


It's time to busy yourself with the annual ritual of making a fall TV viewing schedule. Or throwing up your hands because you're overwhelmed by the offerings.

What to watch on a fall TV schedule that boasts lots of new shows with some old faces

Each year it gets tougher; thank Goodness for midseason premieres; am I right?

I have a master plan to watch each show at least once, but here are a few that I can't wait to watch.


Donald Glover (Community) created this series and stars as Earn Marks -- right?! -- who strives to be his rapper cousin's manager and climb up the ladder of the city's music scene. During the course of making that a reality, he makes decisions that have serious and funny repercussions for his everyone around him. 9 p.m. Sept. 6 on FX

Queen Sugar 

Set in Louisiana, Queen Sugar follows what happens when three siblings with strained relationships have to deal with a big loss and the gain of a struggling sugar cane farm: Nova Bordelon, a crusading journalist played by Rutina Wesley (True Blood); wants-to-do-well brother Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe); and pro basketball star manager and wife Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner). The bigger deal? It's all pulled together by Golden Globe Award-nominated director Ava DuVernay (Selma) and Oprah Winfrey. 9 p.m. Sept. 6-7 on OWN

The Good Place

You really can't go wrong with Kristen Bell and Ted Danson together, no matter the subject. That's, like, America in a show. It turns out that is exactly what The Good Place is. Eleanor Shellstrop finds herself in "The Good Place," where only the best of the good go after they die (only one former U.S. president is there and I won't ruin the joke). It turns out that it's the ultimate in planned communities. Danson plays Michael, who is architect of the grand design of her ultimate neighborhood. The thing is, Eleanor definitely belongs in "the bad place" but decides to turn her afterlife around, without getting caught. We end up with a show that's about morality and ethics and funny -- and good. I can't wait to see the next one. 9 p.m. Sept. 19 on NBC

Lethal Weapon

Movie-to-television reboots have had a hard time of it lately, unless you count the homage that was Netflix's Stranger Things. But that could change with proven commodity Damon Wayans Sr. (My Wife and Kids) taking on Danny Glover's grizzled veteran role of Roger Murtaugh on Lethal Weapon. Clayne Crawford (Rectify) plays loose cannon Martin Riggs. A series holds the promise of taking a deep dive into Riggs' psyche and the duo's relationship. Plus, Wayans is no stranger to action movies, with The Last Boy Scout (1991) and The Great White Hype (1996) in his credits. Plus, he gets extra cred in that his first movie role was in Beverly Hills Cop (1984). 7 p.m. Sept. 21 on Fox

Luke Cage

Who even needs a full series when the trailers are this good? Yet, here we go: Through hardly any fault of his own, Luke Cage ends up with indestructible skin, fantastically bulletproof with marvelous strength to match. And he sets about cleaning up his neighborhood, to some of the best music any superhero ever had as a theme song. Marvel hopes to continue its winning streak -- after Daredevil and Jessica Jones -- as it moves toward completion of building a world for the Defenders. Streams Sept. 30 on Netflix


Minnie Driver plays a quick-draw mother to a family she'll do anything for, especially advocating for her son JJ (Micah Fowler), who has cerebral palsy. The show manages to be funny while also tackling the very real issues of siblings and spouses who feel undervalued when another family member has special needs. And the harrowing search for a place for all of them. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21 on ABC

On the bubble: Pitch on Fox, This Is Us on NBC, No Tomorrow on the CW

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