The Top 5 New Crime Shows Coming This Fall
By Abe FriedtanzerJune 6, 2019
The broadcast television networks unveiled their fall lineups recently, and there’s quite a bit of crime and mystery to be found on each channel. FBI, Magnum, P.I. and The Rookie are the only freshman crime shows set to return for more, while NCIS and Law & Order: SVU enter their seventeenth and twenty-first seasons, respectively, making the latter the longest-running primetime drama series. While it’s hard to know how good they will be and how long they will last, here are what look to be the top 5 new fall crime shows.
CBS has eleven returning shows that feature law enforcement of some kind, and they’re adding a major one to the list. Edie Falco, who operated on the other side of the law as the powerful wife of a mob boss on The Sopranos and then once again broke it whenever she crossed the line on Nurse Jackie, stars as the first female police chief in Los Angeles. The hurdles are expected, and Falco’s Abigail “Tommy” Thomas isn’t going to let anything stop her, determined to protect the city that has been entrusted to her. Falco also enhanced the first season of Law & Order: True Crime: The Menendez Murders and should be more than capable of tackling this tall order.
This show is also about someone thrust into leadership in Los Angeles, but it couldn’t feel any more different. Stephen Dorff from True Detective stars as a man unwillingly chosen to be sheriff following the death of his predecessor. Bill Hollister resembles Justified’s Raylan Givens more than any other TV character, and he’s not about to sit back and let other cops put themselves in harm’s way without being on the front lines himself. Politics, the press, and approval ratings will surely threaten to transform Hollister, but if this show stays true to its main character’s worldview and recklessness, it could be a very worthwhile wild ride.
Nancy Drew (The CW)
It’s a surprise to see a show from the CW on this list since the youngest network mostly features superhero series and genre fare. Building on the soapy intrigue of Riverdale, this adaptation of the famous book series feels very much like a product of the CW, likely to appeal most to a modern generation of eager viewers. The heavy focus on a presumed-dead killer gives this show a particularly dark feeling, one that should enable a deep-dive into the mystery element and an excellent opportunity to showcase its title character, played by newcomer Kennedy McMann.
Prodigal Son (FOX)
There are too many cop and law shows to count, but not nearly as many series that feature one serial killer. Michael Sheen, who starred on Masters of Sex and recently returned to TV with Amazon’s Good Omens, is impressively maniacal as an imprisoned murderer whose adult son starts investigating killings that seem to be the product of a copycat. Lou Diamond Phillips, who earned his mystery television cred on Longmire, is on hand to supervise the son, played by Tom Payne from The Walking Dead, who may just have murderous tendencies of his own. As long as this doesn’t devolve into the mess that was The Following, this creepy thriller should be intensely watchable.
FBI: Most Wanted (CBS)
The original show may only have debuted last year, but CBS is already ready for a franchise. Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior was a bust back in 2011, and so this show is scrapping motives altogether and instead bringing on the manhunt for those deemed most dangerous and in need of being caught. Julian McMahon from Nip/Tuck leads an elite team that will stop at nothing to find these criminals. This show definitely has the best tagline: “Our job is not to bring justice to the most wanted. Our job is to bring the most wanted to justice.”
Check out all these and more this fall!