In terms of throwback-Thursday vibes, nothing says it more than new versions of “The Wonder Years” and “Doogie Howser, M.D.,” staples of ABC’s schedule from the late ’80s into the ’90s. The first returns with a predominantly Black cast to its former network, while the latter becomes “Doogie Kamealoha, M.D.,” with “Andi Mack’s” Peyton Elizabeth Lee as the teenage doctor, on sibling streamer Disney+.
In terms of other fall trends to watch, here are a few:
So long, farewell.
While the fall is normally associated with beginnings in TV terms, several long-running shows will sign off during the fourth quarter.
After having been rescued by Netflix, “Lucifer” — which started its hellish journey on Fox — will air its sixth and final season, starting Sept. 10. Ditto for “Dear White People” (Sept. 22), another Netflix show; and Amazon’s “Goliath,” starring Billy Bob Thornton, which begins pleading its final case on Sept. 24.
HBO’s “Insecure” returns with its last batch of episodes in October. As for broadcasters, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” — which made the leap from Fox to NBC — will end its eight-season patrol Sept. 16, and the CW’s “Supergirl” took off for its final 13-episode flight on Aug. 24, after its season was interrupted by Covid.
Music, music, music.
Undaunted by the struggles of “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” on NBC, music will again play a part in the networks’ primetime lineups, beyond the customary reality competition formats.
In that latter category, Fox will pair “The Masked Singer” with another new singing show, “Alter Ego,” this time having contestants compete as their “dream avatar,” using visual effects to create their on-stage appearance.
On the scripted side, Fox’s most ambitious effort might be “The Big Leap,” a show-within-a-show about a dancing competition series, and the lives and dreams of the people trying out for it, as well as the producers behind it.
It’s worth noting, too, that the month of September will include Apple TV+’s presentation of the Tony-nominated Broadway musical “Come From Away,” and the movie musical “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie,” which lands on Amazon Sept. 17 after a brief theatrical window.
Not to be left out, Netflix will present “Diana: The Musical” (Oct. 1), a filmed stage production of the Princess Diana musical; and “Tick, Tick … Boom!,” Lin-Manuel Miranda’s adaptation (and directing debut) of a biographical musical about “Rent” creator Jonathan Larson, hitting theaters and the streaming service in November.