This Is Fall TV 2016 – Early Picks

THIS IS US — Pilot — Pictured: (l-r) Mandy Moore as Rebecca, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack — (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC)

Long before viewers decide which new TV shows to watch, critics
decide which shows are worth watching, and though summer is
just reaching its peak, several series, among the nearly 20 on tap
to debut, are already getting must-watch buzz. Let’s take a look at
three (and stay tuned for more in coming weeks):

NBC has been touting its new dramedy This Is Us since since their
May Upfront when the 2:27 preview lit up social media – more
than 60 million views within a month. The fuss was ignited by a
very naked and very hot Milo Ventimiglia, save for a strategically
placed Pittsburgh Steelers Terrible Towel – the only reason
anyone will ever use the word “terrible” in connection with This Is
Us. But this warm-hearted series about a group of people who
share the same birthday and find their “paths cross and their life
stories intertwine in curious ways” is simply wonderful, and
worthy of all those clicks and likes. From executive producer Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love, and Galavant), the cast includes
Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz, Ventimiglia, and
more. Tuesday at 10/9c pm.

At ABC, Kiefer Sutherland stars in Designated Survivor, a thriller
that delivers with deliberate precision from producer-writer
David Guggenheim (Safe House) that was pitched to the network
last December, taken directly to pilot, and is now the network’s
top priority. Sutherland plays a low-level cabinet member on the
verge of dismissal who assumes the nation’s top office after a
massive explosion wipes out U.S. government leaders. Be
forewarned: after watching the pilot, you will likely lose some
sleep until you see what happens in episode 2. With Kal Penn and
Maggie Q. Wednesday at 10/9c.

What’s your reaction when you hear about a popular movie being
turned into a TV series? Well, set those preconceptions aside
when you hear these two words – Lethal Weapon. The new hourlong
series on Fox is an action-packed joyride through a dizzying
obstacle course of wise-cracks and explosions, with brief timeouts
for a smattering of character development. It’s just like the
movies – only on TV – and praise goes to director McG and his
two stars, Damon Wayans, Sr. and Clayne Crawford. Wednesdays
at 8/7c.