While the world remains in flux as the result of a global pandemic and the COVID-19 Delta variant, TV shows continue to offer a distraction and be a source of comfort to those socially distancing. “Dancing with the Stars” and “The Voice” return. Networks and streaming platforms continue to reach to the past for inspiration, including the “Legends of the Hidden Temple” revival and a re-imagining of “The Wonder Years.” Our calendar of major highlights ensures you won’t miss the return of your favorite series or the start of a new show you’ll fall in love with. (All times EDT/PDT.) The 10 best new TV shows to watch this summer: ‘Sweet Tooth,’ Stephen King and Steve Martin What’s on Netflix in September:The chilling ‘Midnight Mass,’ ‘Lucifer’ and ‘Money Heist’
Sept. 16“The Premise” (Hulu, Thursdays): This new anthology comedy series from B.J. Novak (“The Office”) features a start-studded cast that includes Ed Asner, George Wallace, Tracee Ellis Ross, Daniel Dae Kim, Lucas Hedges, Kaitlyn Dever and O’Shea Jackson Jr.
Sept. 17“The Morning Show” (Apple TV+): The newsroom drama starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon returns for a second season. “Sex Education” (Netflix)
Sept. 19“Muhammad Ali” (PBS, Sept. 19-22 at 8): Ken Burns presents a four-episode docuseries that traces the life of the boxing legend and activist (1942-2016).
Sept. 20“9-1-1” (Fox, Mondays at 8) “Dancing with the Stars” (ABC, Mondays at 8) “The Neighborhood” (CBS, Mondays at 8) “The Voice” (NBC, Mondays at 8) “Bob Hearts Abishola” (CBS, Mondays at 8:30)
“The Big Leap” (Fox, Mondays at 9): Scott Foley, Teri Polo and Piper Perabo star in this new series focused on a down-on-its-luck group that becomes contestants on a reality TV dance program.
“NCIS” (CBS, Mondays at 9)
“NCIS: Hawai’i” (CBS, Mondays at 10): At NCIS Pearl Harbor, the team examines “high-stakes crimes involving military personnel, national security, and the mysteries of the island itself” in this latest spinoff of the hit franchise. (“NCIS: New Orleans” is no more.)
“Ordinary Joe” (NBC, Mondays at 10): Joe Kimbreau (James Wolk) makes a decision at his college graduation that shapes his life. Three alternate realities, stemming from that night, show how different life could be for Joe and the people around him.
“FBI” (CBS, Tuesdays at 8)
“The Resident (Fox, Tuesdays at 8)
“Our Kind of People (Fox, Tuesdays at 9): A single mother embarks on a journey to launch her haircare line for Black women and is rocked when she learns something about her mom’s past. The cast includes Yaya DaCosta and Morris Chestnut.
“FBI: Most Wanted” (CBS, Tuesdays at 10)
“FBI: International” (CBS, Tuesdays at 9): A new spinoff of Dick Wolf’s CBSfranchise centers on agents from the bureau’s international team, tasked with protecting U.S. citizens all around the world.
“New Amsterdam” (NBC, Tuesdays at 10)
“Dear White People” (Netflix)
“Chicago Med” (NBC, Wednesdays at 8)
“The Goldbergs” (ABC, Wednesdays at 8)
“The Masked Singer” (Fox, Wednesdays at 8)
“Survivor” (CBS, Wednesdays at 8)
“The Wonder Years” (ABC, Wednesdays at 8:30): This remake of the late 80s/early 90s series follows a Black middle-class family in Montgomery, Alabama, as seen through the eyes of 12-year-old Dean. Don Cheadle is the grownup narrator.
“Alter Ego” (Fox, Wednesdays at 9): Singers compete using avatars for performances judged by musical artists Alanis Morissette, Nick Lachey, Grimes and will.i.am..
“Chicago Fire” (NBC, Wednesdays at 9)
“The Conners” (ABC, Wednesdays at 9)
“Home Economics (ABC, Wednesdays at 9:30)
“Chicago PD” (NBC, Wednesdays at 10)
“A Million Little Things” (ABC, Wednesdays at 10)
“Law & Order: SVU” (NBC, Thursdays at 8)
“Law & Order: Organized Crime” (NBC, Thursdays at 10)
“Celebrity Wheel of Fortune” (ABC, Sundays at 8)
“The Simpsons” (Fox, Sundays at 8)
“Supermarket Sweep” (ABC, Sundays at 9)
“The Rookie” (ABC, Sundays at 10)
“The Good Doctor” (ABC, Mondays at 10)
“La Brea” (NBC, Tuesdays at 9): When a large sinkhole appears in Los Angeles, victims find “a mysterious and dangerous primeval land” where they must team up in order to stay alive in this new thriller.
“Station 19” (ABC, Thursdays at 8)
“Grey’s Anatomy”(ABC, Thursdays at 9)
“Big Sky” (ABC, Thursdays at 10): David E. Kelley’s hit drama moves to a new night for its second season.
“Maid” (Netflix): Margaret Qualley stars as Alex, a woman desperate to flee an abusive relationship to improve life for her young daughter. In order to make money, she takes a job cleaning homes. Andie MacDowell, Qualley’s mother, plays Alex’s mom onscreen.
“S.W.A.T.” (CBS, Fridays at 8)
“Magnum P.I.” (CBS, Fridays at 9)
“Blue Bloods” (CBS, Fridays at 10)
“Call the Midwife” (PBS, Sundays at 8)
“Grantchester” (PBS, Sundays at 9): The final episodes.
“Tough as Nails” (CBS, Wednesdays at 9)
“CSI: Vegas” (CBS, Wednesdays at 10): Actors William Petersen and Jorja Fox reunite in a revival of the 2000-15 forensics drama to solve cases in Las Vegas.
“Young Sheldon” (CBS, Thursdays at 8)
“United States of Al” (CBS, Thursdays at 8:30)
“Ghosts” (CBS, Thursdays at 9): Samantha (Rose McIver) and Jay (Utkarsh Ambudkar) turn a property they inherited into a bed and breakfast. Unfortunately, the property is in terrible condition – and full of ghosts only visible to Samantha.
“B Positive” (CBS, Thursdays at 9:30)
“Bull” (CBS, Thursdays at 10)
“Nancy Drew” (CW, Fridays at 9)
“Shark Tank” (ABC, Fridays at 8)
“The Equalizer” (CBS, Sundays at 8)
“Legends of the Hidden Temple” (CW, Sundays at 8): The network revives the 90s Nickelodeon game show.
“NCIS: Los Angeles” (CBS, Sundays at 9)
“SEAL Team” (CBS, Sundays at 10)
“Dopesick” (Hulu): Michael Keaton stars in the limited series that traces how Oxy-Contin maker Purdue Pharma contributed to the raging opioid crisis.
“DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” (CW, Wednesdays at 8)
“Batwoman” (CW, Wednesdays at 9)
“The Sinner” (USA, Wednesdays at 10)
“Project Runway” (Bravo, Thursdays at 9)=
“You” (Netflix) Season 3 of the thriller series starring Penn Badgley as a homicidal charmer.
“The Bachelorette” (ABC, Tuesdays at 8)
“Queens” (ABC, Tuesdays at 10): Four fortysomethings (among them Eve and Brandy Norwood) band together in an attempt to regain the fame they had decades earlier as hip-hop icons.
“The Blacklist” (NBC, Thursdays at 8)
“All American” (CW, Mondays at 8)
“Walker” (CW, Thursdays at 8)
“Dickinson” (Apple TV+)
“The Game” (Paramount+): The 2006-09 series (which returned on BET in 2011) moves from San Diego to Las Vegas for its latest revival that will feature some original cast members as well as new actors. “The Game,” which previously wrapped in 2015, provides “a modern-day examination of Black culture through the prism of pro football.”
“The Shrink Next Door” (Apple TV+): Paul Rudd stars as a celebrity psychiatrist who takes advantage of his relationship with a patient (Will Ferrell) in this comedy series.
“The Flash” (CW, Tuesdays at 8)
“Riverdale” (CW, Tuesdays at 9)
“The Great” (Hulu)
“Hawkeye” (Disney+): The skillful archer Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) pairs up with another master of the bow and arrow Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld) in the latest Marvel series.
“1883” (Paramount+): Sam Elliott, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill star in the “Yellowstone” prequel that centers on the Dutton family’s trip across the Great Plains.
Earlier 2021 premieres:
“America’s Got Talent” (NBC, Tuesdays at 8)
“Lego Masters” (Fox, Tuesdays at 8)
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“Masterchef: Legends” (Fox, Wednesdays at 8)
“Beat Shazam” (Fox, Thursdays at 8)
“Making It” (NBC, Thursdays at 8)
“Jersey Shore Family Vacation” (MTV, Thursdays at 8)
“We Are Lady Parts” (Peacock): The series follows an amateur British punk rock band called Lady Parts, whose members are all women of Muslim faith, kicking off with the band’s search for a lead guitarist.
“Sweet Tooth” (Netflix): The series is set in a world where some babies are born part animals. The mysterious beings are dubbed hybrids and hunted by concerned humans. Gus (Christian Convery), who is part deer, partners with drifter Jepperd (Nonso Anozie).
“Lisey’s Story” (Apple TV+): Stephen King adapts his 2006 novel about marriage, imagination and literature for Apple in a slow burn series starring Julianne Moore stars as Lisey, the widow of famous author Scott Landon (Clive Owen). Two years after his death, Lisey is still piecing together who Scott really was and the mystical mystery of his success.
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“Celebrity Family Feud” (ABC, Sundays at 8)
“The Chase” (ABC, Sundays at 9)
“To Tell the Truth” (ABC, Sundays at 10)
“The Bachelorette” (ABC, Mondays at 8): Katie’s season marks the first without host Chris Harrison.
“Loki” (Disney+): Tom Hiddleston reprises his role of Loki in the new show that follows the action of Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame.” //date updated//
“Press Your Luck” (ABC, Wednesdays at 8)
“The $100,000 Pyramid” (ABC, Wednesdays at 9)
“Card Sharks” (ABC, Wednesdays at 10)
“Love, Victor” (Hulu)
“Blindspotting” (Starz, Sundays at 9): Created by Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal, the new series is a sequel to the duo’s critically acclaimed 2018 film. While the film focused on Diggs’ Collin and Casal’s Miles, the series centers on Miles’ girlfriend, Ashley (Jasmine Cephas Jones), who is enjoying her (almost) financially secure life in Oakland until Miles is arrested.
“Tuca and Bertie” (Adult Swim, Sundays at 11:30): The adult animated comedy starring Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong is resurrected on Adult Swim after it was canceled on Netflix.
“The Celebrity Dating Game” (ABC, Mondays at 10): Actress Zooey Deschanel and singer Michael Bolton host the series, which each episode, gives two stars the chance to make a romantic connection with three strangers. The identities of the celebs will be kept a mystery from their potential mates.
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“Dave” (FX, Wednesdays at 10)
“Holey Moley 3D in 2D” (ABC, Thursdays at 9)
“The Hustler” (ABC, Thursdays at 10)
“David Makes Man” (OWN, Tuesdays at 9)
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“In the Dark” (CW, Wednesdays at 9)
“The Good Fight” (Paramount+)
“Bosch” (Amazon Prime): The seventh (and final) season of the series based on the bestselling novels, starring Titus Welliver.
“Audible” (Netflix): The documentary centers on Amaree Mckenstry-Hall, a senior football player at Maryland School for the Deaf. On the field, his team is striving to preserve a winning streak. Off the field, the teen and his friends are preparing for adult life in the hearing world and mourning a good friend.
“Top Chef: Amateurs” (Bravo, Thursdays at 9): The universe of “Chef” gets even bigger with this spinoff. In each episode, two amateur cooks compete in a short challenge, assisted by one pro “Chef” alum who offers advice as they try their best to cook dishes for the judges, including host Gail Simmons.
“Monsters At Work” (Disney+): This sequel to Pixar’s celebrated 2001 film “Monsters, Inc.” explores is a continuation of the story about what happens after the entire infrastructure of the “Monsters” world was upended at the end of the original film. Although Billy Crystal and John Goodman return as Mike and Sully, the series’ protagonist is Tylor Tuskmon (Ben Feldman), a new monster fresh out of college who no longer has a bright future of scaring ahead of him. because the His new goal: is to make children laugh.
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“We the People” (Netflix): The animated series gives “Schoolhouse Rock!” vibes, if that show had star power. “We the People” is a collection of 10 animated music videos bringing American civics to life with music from Lin-Manuel Miranda, H.E.R., Bebe Rexha, Janelle Monáe, and others.
“I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson” (Netflix): The sketch show starring comedian Tim Robinson (“Saturday Night Live,” “Detroiters”) is back with new episodes that mock “life’s most bizarre and mundane situations.”
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“Love Island” (CBS, Tuesdays through Fridays and Sundays at 9.)
“Gossip Girl” (HBO Max): The revival of the CW series (2007–2012) focuses on a new group of students at an elite New York City private school.
“Secret Celebrity Renovation” (CBS,’ Fridays at 8): Fans of HGTV’s “Celebrity IOU” have another star-studded, surprise home makeover series. CBS’ version provides an opportunity for celebrities and athletes to pay back a significant person in their lives with an overhaul. Something tells us having tissues at the ready would be wise when you watch stars like Paula Abdul, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Anthony Ramos give back.
“Animal Kingdom” Season 5 (TNT, Sundays at 9)
“Big Brother” (CBS, Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8)
“The White Lotus” (HBO, Sundays at 9): This six-part limited series focuses on a group of wealthy tourists and employees at The White Lotus, a resort and spa in Hawaii, where someone is going to die mysteriously. Connie Britton, Steve Zahn and Jennifer Coolidge are featured cast members.
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“The Beast Must Die” (AMC, Mondays at 10): When Frances Cairnes (Cush Jumbo) learns that police are no longer looking for the person who killed her son in a hit and run, a mother pretends to be a mystery novelist to do some digging of her own.
“American Horror Stories” (Hulu): The “American Horror Story” anthology spin-off focuses on a single scary tale per episode.
“Dr. Death” (Peacock): The series centers on the real-life malpractice of Christopher Duntsch (Joshua Jackson), a former Dallas surgeon who began injuring and even killing his patients. Alec Baldwin, Christian Slater and AnnaSophia Robb also star.
“Never Have I Ever” (Netflix): Mindy Kaling’s high-school comedy returns.
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“Making the Cut” (Amazon Prime)
“McCartney 3,2,1” (Hulu): The six-part docuseries includes a conversation with Paul McCartney and music producer Rick Rubin about his iconic music career.
“Schmigadoon!” (Apple TV+): Cecily Strong and Keegan-Michael Key star in this six-episode spoof of musicals from Hollywood’s Golden Age. Strong and Key play a struggling couple who can’t escape a charming town until they encounter true love.
“Turner & Hooch” (Disney+): Josh Peck stars as US Marshal Scott Turner, whose dad is Detective Scott Turner (from the 1989 film starring Tom Hanks). In the series, the younger Turner inherits a disobedient pooch.
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“Love in Paradise: The Caribbean” (Discovery+): The series follows the relationships of four Americans and the locals they fell in love with in a Caribbean paradise. Will distance doom their relationships, or can these couples make it last? Only time and this series will tell.
“Serengeti II” (Discovery, Sundays at 8): Actress Lupita Nyong’o narrates the examination of northern Tanzania’s plains in six new episodes.
“Married at First Sight” (Lifetime, Wednesdays at 8)
“Sexy Beasts” (Netflix): This new dating series is basically your weirdest dream come to life. Singles are transformed into animals and creatures (really!) with the help of prosthetics and some very skilled makeup artists. The made-over hopefuls then go on dates with others in disguise in an attempt to switch their focus from looks to personality.
“Ted Lasso” (Apple TV+): Jason Sudeikis stars in this acclaimed comedy about an American who coaches a British soccer team.
“Roswell, New Mexico” (CW, Mondays at 8)
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“Turning the Tables with Robin Roberts” (Disney+): “Good Morning America” anchor Roberts sits down with inspirational women including Jamie Lee Curtis, Debbie Allen, Melissa Etheridge.
“Outer Banks” (Netflix)
“Mr. Corman” (Apple TV+): The comedy series centers on Josh Corman (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), an aspiring but down-on-his-luck musician who earns a living as an elementary school teacher. Josh has recently experienced a broken engagement and now lives with a friend from high school.
“Luke Bryan: My Dirt Road Diary” (IMDb TV): The country singer and “American Idol” judge gives fans a look at life in the docuseries that incorporates interviews and home movies.
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“The L Word: Generation Q” (Showtime, Sundays at 10)
“Stargirl” (CW, Tuesdays at 8)
“Family Game Fight” (NBC, Wednesdays at 9): Married actors Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard appear together on the small screen for the first time in NBC’s game show, in which they will go head-to-head as members of dueling families of four, with a $100,000 prize on the line.
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“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (NBC, Thursdays at 8): The eighth and final season of the cop comedy brings closure to the precinct – and the show’s fans.
“Modern Love” (Amazon Prime): The romantic anthology series based on New York Times columns returns.
“Bachelor in Paradise” (ABC, Mondays at 8)
“Awkwafina is Nora From Queens” (Comedy Central, Wednesdays at 10)
“Nine Perfect Strangers” (Hulu): Nicole Kidman, Melissa McCarthy and Regina Hall star in this adaptation of “Big Little Lies” author Liane Moriarty’s 2018 novel.
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“American Horror Story: Double Feature” (FX, Wednesdays at 10)
“The Other Two” (HBO Max, Thursdays): Molly Shannon is a successful talk-show host mom to a Justin Bieber-like teen star and two siblings with lesser talents in Season 2 of this series, which moves to streaming from Comedy Central.
“The Chair” (Netflix): Sandra Oh stars in this new comedy as Dr. Ji-Yoon Kim, the first female chair of Pembroke University’s English department, who is also one of just a few people of color employed by the school.
“Only Murders in the Building” (Hulu): Steve Martin and Martin Short bring their considerable talents and longtime comedic partnership to TV with a little help from Selena Gomez. All play loners, residents of a swanky Manhattan apartment building who bond as lovers of true-crime podcasts. When there’s a suspicious death in the building, they band together to solve it (while making their own podcast, of course).
“A.P. BIO” (Peacock)
“What We Do in the Shadows” (FX, Thursdays at 10)
“La Casa De Papel (Money Heist)” (Netflix): The global hit series concludes in two installments, with five final episodes due December 3.
“Billions” (Showtime, Sundays at 9)
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“American Crime Story: Impeachment” (FX, Tuesdays at 10): The latest chapter of this limited series focuses on the scandal and impeachment of President Bill Clinton (Clive Owen), following his affair with former intern Monica Lewinsky (Beanie Feldstein).
“Lucifer” (Netflix): The sixth and final season of this onetime Fox show turned Netflix hit.
“American Rust” (Showtime, Sundays at 10): Jeff Daniels stars as a corrupt Pennsylvania police chief in this series inspired by Philipp Meyer’s 2009 novel. After a murder, the chief is left to figure out how far he’ll go for the son of his lover, played by Maura Tierney.
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Contributing: Kelly Lawler