Fall TV 2018: Exclusive looks at this year’s biggest shows

Nathan Fillion once again becomes the odd man out in this ABC crime procedural, but unlike Rick Castle (of, you know, his last crime procedural Castle), Fillion gets to don a badge and wield a gun as officer John Nolan, a fortysomething hitting reset on his life by pursuing his lifelong dream of joining the LAPD. Most of the force may question his intentions, but showrunner (and former Castle EP) Alexi Hawley says Nolan’s age is a strength, not a weakness. “He’s a rookie police officer with an empathy 25-year-olds don’t have,” he explains. EW stopped by the set of The Rookie in August and spoke to the show’s star about why he signed on before he even saw a script. —Shirley Li

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The Rookie: Premieres Oct. 16 on ABC

Nathan Fillion once again becomes the odd man out in this ABC crime procedural, but unlike Rick Castle (of, you know, his last crime procedural Castle), Fillion gets to don a badge and wield a gun as officer John Nolan, a fortysomething hitting reset on his life by pursuing his lifelong dream of joining the LAPD. Most of the force may question his intentions, but showrunner (and former Castle EP) Alexi Hawley says Nolan’s age is a strength, not a weakness. “He’s a rookie police officer with an empathy 25-year-olds don’t have,” he explains. EW stopped by the set of The Rookie in August and spoke to the show’s star about why he signed on before he even saw a script. —Shirley Li

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Tim Allen’s sitcom has a new network, new night, and even a new daughter (Molly Cook replacing Molly Ephraim), but otherwise the family comedy is picking up right where it left off when ABC controversially axed the show after six seasons last year. Expect more of fishing store owner Mike Baxter’s (Allen) brand of middle America perspective as the revival tackles family and social issues (while perhaps picking up some of ABC’s discarded Roseanne audience). —James Hibberd

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Last Man Standing: Premieres Sept. 28 on Fox

Tim Allen’s sitcom has a new network, new night, and even a new daughter (Molly Cook replacing Molly Ephraim), but otherwise the family comedy is picking up right where it left off when ABC controversially axed the show after six seasons last year. Expect more of fishing store owner Mike Baxter’s (Allen) brand of middle America perspective as the revival tackles family and social issues (while perhaps picking up some of ABC’s discarded Roseanne audience). —James Hibberd

What do you get when you gather four dysfunctional couples in the wilderness for a weekend? A recipe for disaster, that’s what. In Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner’s (Girls) adaptation of the British comedy of the same name, Jennifer Garner stars as the neurotic Kathryn, who struggles to corral her guests. Free-spirited Jandice (Juliette Lewis) keeps rejecting her itinerary, Kathryn’s meek husband Walt (David Tennant) couldn’t be more unhelpful, and (spoiler alert!) a bear shows up at one point. “It’s almost like the entire series is a bottle episode,” Konner explains. “There’s something about camping that’s like, it’s the whole wide world, and yet it’s so claustrophobic.” Sure seems like it. —Shirley Li

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Camping: Premieres Oct. 14 on HBO

What do you get when you gather four dysfunctional couples in the wilderness for a weekend? A recipe for disaster, that’s what. In Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner’s (Girls) adaptation of the British comedy of the same name, Jennifer Garner stars as the neurotic Kathryn, who struggles to corral her guests. Free-spirited Jandice (Juliette Lewis) keeps rejecting her itinerary, Kathryn’s meek husband Walt (David Tennant) couldn’t be more unhelpful, and (spoiler alert!) a bear shows up at one point. “It’s almost like the entire series is a bottle episode,” Konner explains. “There’s something about camping that’s like, it’s the whole wide world, and yet it’s so claustrophobic.” Sure seems like it. —Shirley Li

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Julia Roberts heads to Amazon for her first major TV series playing a caseworker at a mysterious government facility called Homecoming. Roberts’ Heidi works with a soldier named Walter (Stephan James) who’s recently returned home from service. “They form a very special and unique bond, this Heidi and Walter,” teases James (Shots Fired). “And that bond is something I don’t think will ever be broken.” But the relationship is tested as the pair begin to suspect that this program might not be as good-natured as believed and their paranoia begins to grow. —Tim Stack

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Homecoming: Premieres Nov. 2 on Amazon

Julia Roberts heads to Amazon for her first major TV series playing a caseworker at a mysterious government facility called Homecoming. Roberts’ Heidi works with a soldier named Walter (Stephan James) who’s recently returned home from service. “They form a very special and unique bond, this Heidi and Walter,” teases James (Shots Fired). “And that bond is something I don’t think will ever be broken.” But the relationship is tested as the pair begin to suspect that this program might not be as good-natured as believed and their paranoia begins to grow. —Tim Stack