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The fall premiere season is coming. Here’s a lineup of some of the new and returning shows featuring lead black actors
The Orville (FOX)
Sunday, September 10 &
Sunday, September 17 at 8 p.m.
Follows the crew of the not-so-functional exploratory ship in the Earth’s interstellar fleet, 300 years in the future.
Who you’ll see: Chad L. Coleman (The Walking Dead, The Wire), Penny Johnson Jerald (Castle, 24), Peter Macon (How To Get Away With Murder, Shameless), J. Lee (Family Guy, The Cleveland Show/writer)
The Deuce (HBO)*
Sunday, September 10 at 9 p.m.
Follows the story of the legalization and subsequent rise of the porn industry in New York’s Times Square from the early 1970s through the mid-1980s.
Who you’ll see: Gary Carr (Downton Abbey, Death in Paradise), Lawrence Gilliard Jr. (The Walking Dead, Graceland), Dominque Fishback (Show Me a Hero), Gbenga Akinnagbe (The Following, The Good Wife), Anwan Glover (The Good Wife), Natalie Paul (Luke Cage, Power)
Star Trek: Discovery (CBS)*
Sunday, September 24 at 8:30 p.m.
Set 10 years before the orignial series Discovery will follow the voyages of Starfleet on their missions to discover new worlds and new lifeforms, and one Starfleet officer who must learn that to truly understand all things alien, you must first understand yourself.
Who you’ll see: Sonequa Martin-Green (The Walking Dead, Once Upon a Time)
The Good Doctor (ABC)*
Monday, September 25 at 10 p.m.
A young autistic surgeon with Savant syndrome is recruited into the pediatric surgical unit of a prestigious hospital.
Who you’ll see: Hill Harper (Homeland, CSI: New York), Antonia Thomas (Lovesick, Misfits), Miranda Edwards (Orphan Black)
Lethal Weapon (FOX)
Tuesday, September 26 at 8 p.m.
Cop duo Riggs and Murtaugh return to work the crime-ridden streets of Los Angeles.
Who you’ll see: Damon Wayans (My Wife and Kids), Keesha Sharp (American Crime Story, Are We There Yet), Michelle Mitchenor (Chi-Raq), Jonathan Fernandez (Bull, Girls), Chandler Kinney (Girls Meets World, Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street)
This is Us (NBC)
Tuesday, September 26 at 9 p.m.
The ensemble returns for their second season of intertwining paths and shared stories.
Who you’ll see: Sterling K. Brown (American Crime Story, Army Wives), Susan Kelechi Watson (The Blacklist, Louie), Ron Cephas Jones – flashbacks (The Get Down, Luke Cage)
Wednesday, September 27 at 8 p.m.
After last season’s explosive ending led to Luscious losing his memory we’re all wondering if things will be changing within the Lyon family.
Who you’ll see: Terrance Howard (Wayward Pines, Iron Man), Taraji P. Henson (Person of Interest, Hidden Figures), Bryshere Y. Gray (The New Edition Story), Jussie Smollett (Alien: Covenant), Trai Byers (Selma, 90210)
Wednesday, September 27 at 9 p.m.
Despite winning Atlanta’s NextFest competition and gaining Carlotta as their new manager the singers still face challenges that threaten their family and music career.
Who you”ll see: Queen Latifah (Girl’s Trip, Last Holiday), Ryan Destiny (A Girl Like Grace, Low Winter Summer), Miss Lawrence (Empire, Fashion Queens), Brittany O’Grady (Above Suspicion, The Messengers), Jude Demorest (Dallas)
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
Thursday, September 28 at 8 p.m.
Things are about to be shaken up at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital with the return of Owen’s long-lost sister and a budding romance between Maggie and Jackson.
Who you’ll see: Jessie Williams (Lee Daniel’s The Butler, The Cabin in the Woods), Kelly McCreary (Scandal, Castle), Chandra Wilson (Muted, Private Practice), Debbie Allen (Jane the Virgin, Fame), James Pickens Jr. (42, Just Wright)
How to Get Away With Murder (ABC)
Thursday, September 28 at 9 p.m.
Season 3 ended with audiences finding out who killed Wes and season 4 will pick up with the cast unraveling the details and ties to one of their own.
Who you’ll see: Viola Davis (Fences, Suicide Squad), Billy Brown (Sons of Anarchy, Hostages), Aja Naomi King (The Birth of a Nation, Black Box)
Sunday, October 1 at 8:30 p.m.
A cynical skeptic and a genius “true believer” in the paranormal are recruited by a secret government agency to look into the rampant “unexplained” activity in Los Angeles — all while uncovering a larger mystery that could threaten the existence of the human race.
Who you’ll see: Craig Robinson (Mr. Robot, Mr. Robinson)
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)
Sunday, October 1 at 9:30 p.m.
Callen and Sam return in season 9 where the pair face the consequences of Sam’s actions after losing his wife.
Who you’ll see: LL Cool J (Last Holiday, Deep Blue Sea), Nia Long (Empire, Uncle Buck)
Ten Days in The Valley (ABC)*
Sunday, October 1 at 10 p.m.
An overworked television producer and single mother in the middle of a separation life turns upside down when her young daughter goes missing in the middle of the night.
Who you’ll see: Malcolm-Jamal Warner (Suits, American Crime Story), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Suicide Squad, Game of Thrones), Ella Thomas (Mistresses, NCIS: Los Angeles)
Tuesday, October 3 at 9 p.m.
The cast returns for season 4 on a new time and day for more laughs and timely commentary.
Who you’ll see: Tracee Ellis Ross (Reed Between the Lines, Girlfriends), Anthony Anderson (Barbershop: The Next Cut, Law & Order)
The Mayor (ABC)*
Tuesday, October 3 at 9:30 p.m.
A struggling hip-hop artist runs for mayor to promote his mix-tape and wins.
Who you’ll see: Brandon Micheal Hall (Search Party), Yvette Nicole Brown (DC Super Hero Girls, The New Edition Story)
Thursday, October 5 at 9 p.m.
Olivia Pope returns for the final season of the series.
Who you’ll see: Kerry Washington (Confirmation, Django Unchained)
Berlin Station (EPIX)
Sunday, October 15 at 9 p.m.
Season two returns with a new young agent joining the team as the CIA office works to uncover the source of the Thomas Shaw leaks.
Who you’ll see: Keke Palmer (Scream Queens, Grease Live!)
Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party (VH1)
Monday, October 16 at 10 p.m.
The Queen of Cuisine and the King of Kush return for their second season of cocktails, cooking, conversation, and fun.
Who you’ll see: Snoop Dogg (Meet the Blacks, Pitch Perfect 2)
The Last O.G (TBS)*
Tuesday, October 24 at 10 p.m.
An ex-felon adjusts to life outside of prison after being released early for good behavior.
Who you’ll see: Tracy Morgan (30 Rock, SNL), Tiffany Haddish (Girl’s Trip, The Carmichael Show)
Drop the Mic (TBS)*
Thursday, October 26 at 10 p.m.
Four stars from the worlds of entertainment, music, sports and pop culture compete against one another in a rap battle royale.
Who you’ll see: Method Man (Rebel, The Breaks)
She’s Gotta Have it (Netflix)*
Thursday, November 23 at 12 a.m.
A modernized version of Spike Lee’s classic indie film about a Brooklyn artist and her three lovers.
Who you’ll see: DeWanda Wise (Shots Fired, Underground), Cleo Anthony (Extant), Lyriq Bent (Shoot the Messenger), Chyna Layne (We Are Family)
In the meantime watch these brand new summer shows
Wednesdays beginning July 5 at 10 p.m.
Told through a number of characters on a violent collusion course during the 1983 Los Angeles crack cocaine epidemic.
Who you’ll see: Damson Idris (City of Tiny Lights), Michael Hyatt (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Amin Joseph (Baywatch), Angela Lewis (The Ordained), Isaiah John (Barbershop: The Next Cut), Malcolm M. Mays (Southpaw)
The Bold Type (Freeform)*
Tuesday beginning July 11 at 9 p.m.
Inspired by former Cosmopolitan editor Joanna Coles, three young employees try to climb the fashion magazine ladder at the fictional Scarlet magazine.
Who you’ll see: Aisha Dee (I Hate My Teenage Daughter, Chasing Life)
Raven’s Home (Disney)*
Fridays beginning July 21 at 8:30 p.m.
Raven and Chelsea return as single mothers raising their kids when one of Raven’s kids starts seeing into the future turning life chaotic.
Who you’ll see: Raven-Symoné (The View, That’s So Raven), Issac Ryan Brown (black-ish), Navia Ziraili Robinson (Being Mary Jane)
Mondays, beginning July 24 at 10 p.m.
Based on the novels of Charlaine Harris (True Blood) a city of vampires, witches, and psychics band together when outsiders arrive to town.
Who you’ll see: Parisa Fitz-Henley (Jessica Jones, Luke Cage), Peter Mensah (Sleepy Hollow, 300: Rise of an Empire)
Wednesday, August 16 at 9 p.m.
An immature father is committed to raising his two children with his ex-wife.
Who you’ll see: Marlon Wayans (A Haunted House, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra), Essence Atkins (You Can’t Hurry Love, Girlfriends’ Getaway)
Marvel’s Defenders (Netflix)*
Friday, August 18 at 12 a.m.
Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist team up to fight crime in New York City.
Who you’ll see: Mike Colter (Girl’s Trip, Luke Cage), Rosario Dawson (Luke Cage, Iron Fist), Simone Missick (Luke Cage), Babs Olusanmokun (Roots)
*new tv program
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