Now that the fall season of television has begun, plenty of new programs have made their debut this month. Here are a few to look out for:
“Atlanta” (FX): A new comedy-drama series created by and starring Donald Glover, who is more famously known through his rap career as Childish Gambino. Glover avoids the predictability of portraying a rapper in the series, instead playing manager to his rapping cousin, Paper Boi (“The Book of Mormon’s” Brian Tyree Henry).
Containing an all-black writing staff led by Glover and his brother Stephen, as well as cameos from famous Atlanta rappers such as the Migos, Glover manages to capture the spirit of the city, while cultivating both humorous and universally relatable situations from this setting. “Atlanta” airs 10:00 PM on Tuesday nights on the FX network, and is available to watch for free through on demand and on FX’s website.
“The Good Place” (NBC): A new sitcom created by Michael Schur, who was one of the co-creators of the hit NBC show, “Parks and Recreations.” The show stars Kristen Bell (“Veronica Mars,” “Gossip Girl”) as a woman who manages to get into heaven, or “The Good Place,” and realizes that her placement there may have been a mistake.
The show also stars Ted Danson (“Cheers,” “CSI”) as one of the highest ranking individuals in the Good Place. This show airs 8:30 PM, Thursday nights on NBC, and is available to watch for free through on demand and on NBC’s website.
“Luke Cage” (Netflix): This is the third Netflix original series based on the Marvel Cinematic Universe, following “Daredevil” and “Jessica Jones.” Luke Cage (played by Mike Colter), whose character made his on-screen debut in the latter series, is reported to have been heavily inspired by 1970’s Blaxploitation films.
Luke Cage, alongside fellow Hell’s Kitchen’s superheros, Daredevil, Jones, and Iron Fist (debuting in his own series in 2017), will all come together in a Netflix adaptation of the comic book series “The Defenders” next year. “Luke Cage” is set to premiere on the Netflix service Friday, September 30.
“Pitch” (FOX): A sports drama series about the first female athlete in Major League Baseball’s history. Created by esteemed screenwriter Dan Fogelman (“Cars,” “Crazy Stupid Love,” “Tangled”), the series chronicles the trials and tribulations of pitcher Ginny Baker (Kylie Bunbury) when she is drafted by the San Diego Padres.
“Pitch” airs at 9:00 PM, Thursday nights on FOX, and is available to watch for free through on demand and FOX’s website.