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New TV shows fall 2017: 'The Orville,' 'Young Sheldon,' more fresh broadcast network programs to check out

From the reboots ("Will & Grace," "Dynasty") to the spin-offs ("Young Sheldon"), with a bunch of brand new shows in the mix too, this is what the 2017 fall TV season looks like on the networks. Below, 19 new series to check out, in order by premiere date (each with day/time and start date), from NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox and The CW.

'THE ORVILLE' (Fox, Thursday 9, after premieres Sept. 10 to 17)

THE ORVILLE: L-R: Seth MacFarlane, Penny Johnson Jerald,
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You gotta love “Star Trek,” and “Family Guy” auteur Seth MacFarlane, left, to love this space sendup. Creator-star MacFarlane is threading a fine needle in trying to fuse actual sci-fi with effective humor — a description even his fans might not apply to this effort’s scattershot jokery.

'YOUNG SHELDON' (CBS, Monday 8:30; Sept. 25)

YOUNG SHELDON is a new half-hour, single-camera comedy
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The “Big Bang Theory” know-it-all is age 9 here (Iain Armitage, pictured), heading into ninth grade as a square peg in a round world, circa 1989. The pilot is so trick-heavy (Jim Parsons’ grown-up narration; shots from Sheldon’s fear-filled perspective), it seems primed to outsmart itself. But this prequel-spinoff from Bethpage’s Chuck Lorre uses single-camera to good effect, creating space for heart as well as humor.

'THE BRAVE' (NBC, Monday at 10; Sept. 25)

THE BRAVE -- Season: Pilot -- Pictured: (l-r)
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It’s special-ops season. First up is this “24”-type thriller — agents on-the-ground in the Middle East, with earpiece guidance from back-home’s techno-centric mission control. Anne Heche spouts cliches there (“People like this are why we come to work every day”). Mike Vogel leads Over There (“All right, I got a plan. It’s risky”). But the action can be gutsy. Pilot shot in Morocco; series moves to New Mexico.

'THE GOOD DOCTOR' (ABC, Monday at 10; Sept. 25)

THE GOOD DOCTOR - "Pilot" - Shaun Murphy
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The different-type boy portrayed in “Speechless” and “Young Sheldon” grows up here to be an autistic surgical intern who “sees” things, well, differently. Freddie Highmore (“Bates Motel”), center, resounds as this hour’s visionary physician, from “House” creator David Shore, who blends graphics, diagrams and flashbacks to flesh out his hero’s unique reactions-insights. There’s eloquent support from Richard Schiff and other ace hospital players.


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TV’s recent months-of-Menendez come to a climax with this Dick Wolf-led eight-hour dramatization of the ‘80s brothers-killing-their-parents tale. In the cast: Edie Falco, left, Josh Charles, Heather Graham, Anthony Edwards, with brothers played by Gus Halper, Miles Gaston Villanueva.

'SEAL TEAM' (CBS, Wednesday at 9; Sept. 27)

"Pilot" -- The most elite unit of Navy
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David Boreanaz leaps from “Bones” to bone-crushing action as a special-ops chief haunted by his failures, both military and family. By-the-numbers first mission offers nothing fresh in plot, production or characters.

'WILL & GRACE' (NBC, Thursday at 9; Sept. 28)

WILL & GRACE -- Season: 1 -- Pictured:
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Beating a revived “Roseanne” to air by a few months is this other ’90s revival looking to comedically assess culture changes. Now with gays so “out” that they’re “in,” where does that leave Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally? We’ll soon find out. 

'MARVEL’S INHUMANS' (ABC, Friday at 8; Sept. 29)

MARVEL'S INHUMANS - Create your destiny. Meet Marvel's
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Superpowered hair, giant teleporting bulldogs, mutants living on the moon — yeah, it’s that kind of show. Exotic locations-effects prompted this month’s IMAX theater pilot preview, much savaged by critics-fans. The double episode looks and feels cold, moves like mud, and sounds hackneyed, burying stars Anson Mount, Iwan Rheon, Ken Leung and Serinda Swan. Creator Scott Buck also gave us Marvel’s ill-received “Iron Fist.”

'GHOSTED' (Fox, Sunday 8:30; Oct. 1)

GHOSTED: L-R: Adam Scott and Craig Robinson in
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Adam Scott, left, and Craig Robinson, right, are two of our favorite funny men (Scott in “Party Down” / ”Parks and Recreation”; Robinson in “The Office / Brooklyn Nine-Nine”). Now paired on the hunt for paranormal explanations, Scott’s true believer and Robinson’s ex-cop skeptic make a droll duo. Fox keeps trying intriguing ways to reshape sit-comedy (RIP: “Making History”). Let’s hope this one clicks.

'WISDOM OF THE CROWD' (CBS, Sunday 8:30; Oct. 1)

WISDOM OF THE CROWD stars Jeremy Piven (far
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Debate the ethics of it all later, but watch first to see a pilot hit some slick notes. Jeremy Piven is TV’s latest tech mogul to renounce his throne to pursue a dream, in this case “real-time, crowdsourced crime solving.” Sure, why not deputize web-surfers to unearth legal evidence and track suspects? What could possibly go wrong? Viewers, too, get “to be a part of something meaningful,” so long as we don’t think about the consequences.

'TEN DAYS IN THE VALLEY' (ABC, Sunday at 10; Oct. 1)

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Kyra Sedgwick, right, plays a madly multitasking Hollywood producer, whose kid goes missing in the midst of mom’s all-night drug-fueled writing binge. This furiously filmed swirl of chaos, panic and deceptions is firmly anchored by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s grounded police detective. It’s a grabber.

'9JKL' (CBS, Monday 8:30; Oct. 2)

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Photo Credit: CBS/Cliff Lipson

Linda Lavin and Elliott Gould are the smothering parents of Mark Feuerstein’s suddenly canceled TV star. What are the chances he’ll move back into a Manhattan apartment right next to his folks’ and his overachieving surgeon brother’s? What are the chances this retread lasts very long?

'THE GIFTED' (Fox, Monday at 9; Oct. 2)

THE GIFTED: Emma Dumont in THE GIFTED premiering
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Marvel, X-Men universe. Need we say more? Studios-producers don’t always think they need to do more, as comics now proliferate from movies to streaming to network TV, with little rhyme or reason. Try finding one here. Stephen Moyer from “True Blood” sort of stars as a modern dad whose mutant teens upend his life. Younger actors sort of star as a valiant band of other mutants. This show sort of doesn’t know what it’s about.

'THE MAYOR' (ABC, Tuesday 9:30; Oct. 3)

THE MAYOR - "Pilot" - Young rapper Courtney
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How crazy is this concept? Somebody runs for public office to promote their showbiz brand. (I know, right?) Here, it’s a young rapper (Brandon Micheal Hall, pictured) who winds up having to learn to lead his midsize California town. The ensemble, also including Yvette Nicole Brown and Lea Michele, hasn’t yet found a common comic tone-pace, and all characters are a bit too verbose. Poll me “undecided.”

'KEVIN (PROBABLY) SAVES THE WORLD' (ABC, Tuesday at 10; Oct. 3)

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Jason Ritter (“Joan of Arcadia”), pictured, certainly becomes a star in this soulful dramedy. He plays a loose-ends suicide survivor who finds purpose after being “touched” by an irreverent “messenger from God.” Since she’s invisible to others, he seems a bit of a nut. Bereaved sister JoAnna Garcia Swisher and Texas hometown locations add supportive texture. From “Reaper” creators.

'VALOR' (CW, Monday at 9; Oct. 9)

Valor -- "Pilot" -- Pictured (L-R): Matt Barr
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“How do you control yourself among so many hot sweaty men?” The gorgeous special-ops chick can’t tell the real answer — she’s busy brooding over mission secrets, under investigation by that hot woman from intelligence, and torn between two soldier boys. (The guys are lookers, too.) There is also a dark government conspiracy to unearth! Not uninteresting, but somewhat bonkers.

'DYNASTY' (CW, Wednesday at 9; Oct. 11)

Dynasty -- "Pilot" -- Pictured (L-R): Grant Show
Photo Credit: The CW/Mark Hill

More pretty people? Well, yes. But issues, too. Renewable fuels! Fracking! Don’t care? Don’t worry. This remake of the glitzy ’80s soap is still about moneyed moguls (graying Grant Show!, left) and their pretty heirs (Elizabeth Gillies, “Victorious”), who fret to get both sex and daddy’s company-money-respect. Less-wealthy interlopers and servants prove sneaky, too. Blacks and gays now get to play. And yes, the pilot has a frock-ripping catfight.

'S.W.A.T.' (CBS, Thursday at 10; Nov. 2)

S.W.A.T., a new drama inspired by the television
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Yeah, there’s that thumpin’ ’80s disco theme. And there’s Shemar Moore as a square-jawed crisis team leader who speaks in a whisper and carries big guns. But just when this reboot seems like more of the same, the drama shifts to study how police and community navigate mutual mistrust. Then, of course, stuff blows up, bullets fly, and co-workers hit the sheets. Will the real show please stand up?

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