2018 Fall TV and Digital Hot List

Wondering when the heck your favorite TV shows featuring diverse casts return or eager to learn of new TV shows with actors and actresses of color? Look no further than the list below.

Currently Airing

Greenleaf (OWN) Family Drama. Featuring Lynn Whitfield, Keith David, Deborah Joy Winans, Oprah Winfrey, Lamman Rucker

The unscrupulous world of the Greenleaf family and their sprawling Memphis megachurch, dark secrets and lies.

A Day in the Life of a People (OWN) Documentary. Directed by Ava Duvernay
A short film recounting the cultural significance of historical events that all occurred on the same day, including the passing of the Slavery Abolition Act on August 28, 1833, and the lynching of Emmett Till on August 28, 1955.

 

The Shop  (HBO) Talk Show. Starring LeBron James and Maverick Carter
Features discussion and debate in various barbershops around the country with some of the biggest names in sport and entertainment.

 

One Dollar (CBS All Access) Drama. Nathaniel Martello-White, Leslie Odom, Nike Udri Kadri
Set in a small rust-belt town in post-recession America, a one-dollar bill changing hands connects a group of strangers involved in a shocking multiple murder.

 

Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan (Amazon) Action, Drama. Starring Wendell Pierce
Up-and-coming CIA analyst Jack Ryan is thrust into a dangerous field assignment uncovering a pattern in terrorist communication.
The Laws of Thermodynamics (Netflix) Comedy. Starring Vito Sanz, Berta Vasquez, Chino Darin
A neurotic scientist uses the laws of thermodynamics to describe romantic relationships, but his theories don’t compute when it comes to his own love life.
Paradise PD (Netflix) Animation, Comedy. Featuring the voice of Cedric Yarbrough
Animated series about bad cops — bad as in, underperforming.

Ultimate Beastmaster: Survival of the Fittest (Netflix) Reality Competition. Featuring Tiki Barber, Terry Crews
Eighteen competitors from six countries compete against each other in an intense obstacle course for cash prizes, individual glory, and national pride.

The Last Defense (Investigation Discovery) True Crime. Produced by Viola Davis
Premiering on ABC and Hulu during the summer season 2018, this emotional, in-depth documentary series examines death row cases, exposing flaws in the U.S. justice system.
Married To Medicine (Bravo) Reality. StarringToya Bush-Harris
The series follows a group of successful and educated women, including doctors and wives of doctors, who are connected to the world of medicine in Atlanta.

Mayans M.C. (FX) Crime Drama. Starring Edward James Olmos, JD Pardo, Clayton Cardenas
This is the next chapter in Kurt Sutter’s award-winning Sons of Anarchy saga. Ezekiel “EZ” Reyes (JD Pardo) is fresh out of prison and a prospect in the Mayans M.C. charter on the Cali/Mexi border.

The Purge (SyFy) Sci-Fi. Featuring AmandaWarren, Gabriel Chavarria, Jessica Garza
Based off of the film franchise, the TV series is set in an altered United States, where several unrelated people discover how far they will go to survive a night in which all crime is legal for 12 hours.

The Bobby Brown Story (BET) Biopic. Starring Woody McClain, Laz Alonso, Mekhi Phifer
Chronicles the life of famed ’90s R&B singer Bobby Brown.

September 

September 7

Cable Girls (Netflix) Drama. Starring Blanca Suarez, Maggie Civantos, Angela Cremonte
Set in the 1920s, this is the story of four women from different backgrounds newly hired as operators for a phone company.

Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters (Netflix) Animation, Comedy. Featuring voices of Steven Yueun, Kelly Hu, Keith David
An over-scheduled teenager named Jake Armstrong and his two best friends are accidentally exposed to an experimental chemical and become a team of stretchable superheroes.

Sierra Burgess Is A Loser (Netflix) Comedy, Romance. Featuring RJ Cyler, Alice Lee
Mistaken identity results in an unexpected romance when the most popular girl in high school and the biggest loser come together to win over their crushes.

Next Gen (Netflix) Animation, Action. Featuring voices of Constance Wu, Charlyne Yi
A friendship with a top-secret robot turns a lonely girl’s life into a thrilling adventure as they take on bullies, evil bots, and a scheming madman.

"Rel" premieres 9. Courtesy of Fox

September 9

Rel (Fox) Comedy. Starring Lil Rel Howery, Sinbad, JayAlexander, Jessica ‘Jess Hilarious’ Moore, Angel Parker
A successful comic tries to put his life back on track after his marriage falls apart.
The Deuce (HBO) Period Drama. Starring Dominique Fishback, Method Man, Mustafa Shakir
A look at life in New York City during the 1970s and ’80s when porn and prostitution ran rampant in Manhattan.

 

The Last Ship (TNT) Sci-Fi, Drama. Featuring Charles Parnell, Christina Elmore

The USS Nathan James is sent on what they’re told is a research mission in the Arctic. While there, a pandemic breaks out killing most of the earth’s population.

You (Lifetime) Thriller, Crime. Featuring Nicole Kang
A clever bookstore manager relies on his Internet savvy to lure the woman of his dreams.

Call The Midwife Season 7 (Netflix) Drama. Featuring Leonie Elliott
This series chronicles the lives of a group of midwives and their patients in London during the ’50s and ’60s.

The Miniaturist (PBS) Drama. Mini-Series featuring Paapa Essiedu
A young woman moves to 17th century Amsterdam and hires a mysterious local miniaturist to furnish the dollhouse she received, but the lifelike miniatures start eerily foreshadowing her fate.

Black Girls Rock Awards (BET) Variety.
Black women are honored for their achievements in music, entertainment, and entrepreneurship at this annual celebratory event.

September 12
American Horror Story (FX) Horror, Drama. Featuring Adina Porter
An anthology series centering on different characters and locations, including a house with a murderous past, an insane asylum, a witch coven and more.

 

September 14

The First (Hulu) Sci-Fi, Drama. Featuring Lisa Gay Hamilton
Fictional series to chronicle the effort to send the first manned mission to Mars.

Forever (Amazon) Comedy. Featuring Maya Rudolph, Obba Babatunde, Kym Whitley
June and Oscar live a comfortable but very predictable wedded life when suddenly they find themselves in a completely unexpected situation, raising questions about love and marriage.

September 15

Unspeakable Crime: The Killing of Jessica Chambers (Oxygen) True Crime
The racially charged case of a Black man accused of setting teen cheerleader Jessica Chambers on fire while she was alive.

September 16

Warrior of Liberty City (Starz) Reality, Documentary. Produced by Luther Campbell
A season with a youth football program called the Liberty City Warriors, known for creating top recruits for the NFL.

September 17

70th Primetime Emmy Awards (CBS) Variety. Hosted by Michael Che

September 18

Total Divas (E!) Reality, Documentary. Featuring Ariane Andrews
Follow the lives of the WWE divas in their work and relationships.

D.L. Hughley: Contrarian (Netflix) Stand-Up Special
Comedian Hughley weighs in on hot-button political issues, celebrity scandals, his mother’s tough love and more in a rapid-fire stand-up show in Philadelphia.

Sorry For Your Loss (Facebook Watch) Drama. Starring Jovan Adepo, Mamoudou Athie, Kelly Marie Tran
The sudden death of her husband upends and transforms every relationship in Leigh Shaw’s life. It also forces her to realize there was a lot about her husband that she didn’t know.

"D.L. Hughley: Contrarian" premieres Sept. 18 Netflix

September 20

Dead Lucky (Now) Action, Drama. Featuring Yoson An
When an armed robber with a history of murder resurfaces in Sydney, an under-pressure Sergeant Gibbs, and her trainee Charlie Fung race to catch him before he wreaks havoc across the city.

September 21

Nappily Ever After (Netflix) Comedy Drama. Starring Sanaa Lathan, Lynn Whitfield, Ricky Whittle
Violet Jones has it all: the perfect job, the perfect relationship, and the perfect hair — until she doesn’t. Sparked by a salon visit gone wrong, she embarks on a new journey toward self-discovery and empowerment.

Hilda (Netflix) Animation, Adventure. Featuring voice of Ameerah Falzon-Ojo
The adventures of a fearless blue-haired girl as she travels from her home in a vast magical wilderness full of elves and giants to the bustling city of Trolberg.

Quincy (Netflix) Biopic. Directed by Rashida Jones. Appearances by Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige, Dave Chappelle
An intimate look into the life of iconic producer Quincy Jones. A unique force in music and popular culture for 70 years, Jones has transcended racial and cultural boundaries.

September 23

9-1-1 (Fox) Drama, Action. Starring Angela Bassett, Aisha Hinds, Kenneth Choi
Explores the high-pressure experiences of police, paramedics, and firefighters who are thrust into the most frightening, shocking and heart-stopping situations.

September 24

Magnum P.I. (CBS) Crime Drama. Starring Jay Hernandez, Stephen Hill
An ex-Navy SEAL returns home from Afghanistan and uses his military skills to become a private investigator in Hawaii.

September 25

FBI (CBS) Drama. Starring Zeeko Zaki, Ebonee Noel
Produced by Dick Wolf of Law & Order fame, these are the stories of the New York City branch of the FBI.

The Gifted (Fox) Sci-Fi Drama. Featuring Jamie Chung, Grace Byers
In a world where mutated humans are treated with distrust and fear, an institute for mutants battles to achieve peaceful co-existence with humanity.

Lethal Weapon  (Fox) Crime Drama. Starring Damon Wayans, Keesha Sharp
Based on the popular movie franchise, a slightly unhinged cop is partnered with a veteran detective trying to maintain a low-stress level in his life.

Mr. Inbetween (FX) Drama. Featuring Chika Yasumura
This import from Australia is a family drama with a twist. Daddy’s a hit-man.

 

NCIS New Orleans (CBS) Crime Drama Procedural. Featuring CCH Pounder, Shalita Grant
Set in the New Orleans field office of NCIS, this drama investigates criminal cases involving military personnel in The Big Easy, a city known for its music, entertainment, and decadence.

 

This is Us (NBC) Family Drama. Starring Sterling K. Brown, Susan Kelechi Watson
Heartwarming, time-skewing saga of a unique family with its three children (all born on the same day) at its center.

September 26

Chicago Fire (NBC) Drama. Featuring Eamonn Walker
Stories of the personal and professional lives of firefighters in Chicago.

Chicago Med (NBC) Medical Drama. Featuring Marlyne Barrett, Yaya DaCosta, S. Epatha Merkerson, Broan Tee, Arden Cho
Explores the day-to-day chaos of the city’s most explosive hospital and the courageous team of doctors who hold it together.

Chicago PD (NBC) Police drama. Featuring LaRoyce Hawkins
Follows District 21 of the Chicago Police Department, which is made up of two distinctly different groups: the uniformed cops and the Intelligence Unit.

Empire (Fox) Musical, Family Drama. Starring Taraji P. Henson, Terrence Howard, Jussie Smollett
A high-powered, million-dollar record company owner must choose a successor among his three sons, while his ex-wife schemes to reclaim what is rightfully hers.

 A Million Little Things (ABC) Drama. Featuring Grace Park, Leah Wong, Romany Malco
A group of friends, intertwined in each other’s lives, realize they need to start living more when one of them suddenly dies.

 Single Parents (ABC) Comedy. Featuring Jake Choi, Suzanne Gutierrez, Devin Trey Campbell, Monique Gall
A group of single parents forms their own support system as they raise their kids and struggle to start new relationships.

Star (Fox) Musical, Drama. Featuring Brandy Norwood, Ryan Destiny, Queen Latifah
A trio of women forms a musical group in Atlanta.

September 27

How to Get Away With Murder (ABC) Legal Drama Starring Viola Davis, Aja Naomi King, Conrad Ricamora,
A group of ambitious law students and their former law professor continually become personally involved with various cases of homicide.

S.W.A.T. (CBS) Starring Shemar Moore, David Lim
Follows a locally born and bred S.W.A.T. lieutenant who is torn between loyalty to the streets and duty to his fellow officers when he’s tasked to run a highly-trained unit that’s the last stop for solving crimes in Los Angeles.

MacGyver (CBS) Action, Drama. Featuring Justin Hires, Tristin Mays
Young Angus “Mac” MacGyver works for a clandestine organization within the U.S. government, relying on his unconventional problem-solving skills to save lives.

Hold The Dark (Netflix) Thriller. Starring Jeffrey Wright
After the deaths of three children suspected to be by wolves, writer Russell Core is hired by the parents of a missing six-year-old boy to track down and locate their son in the Alaskan wilderness

Made in Mexico (Netflix) Reality
Get to know the opulent lifestyles and famous families of Mexico City’s socialites and the expats vying for a spot in their exclusive social order.

CBS

September 30

God Friended Me (CBS) Comedy Drama. Starring Joe Morton, Brandon Michael Hall
An atheist’s life is turned upside down when he is “friended” by God on Facebook.

NCIS Los Angeles (CBS) Crime Drama. Starring LL Cool J, Nia Long
The Naval Criminal Investigation Service’s Office of Special Projects takes on the undercover work and the hard to crack cases in LA. Key agents are G. Callen and Sam Hanna, streets kids risen through the ranks.

OCTOBER 

October 1

The Neighborhood (CBS) Comedy. Starring Tichina Arnold, Cedric the Entertainer
A fish-out-of-water story of a Midwest guy trying to fit in in an L.A. neighborhood.

Happy Together (CBS) Comedy. Starring Damon Wayans Jr., Tim Meadows
Claire and Peter are married and live a life full of routine, but when megastar Cooper shows up in front of their doorstep, they get dragged into his life of fame and all that comes with it.

October 4

Superstore (NBC) Comedy. Starring America Ferrara, Nico Santos
A hilarious look at the lives of employees at a big box store.

Station 19 (ABC) Drama. Starring Jason George, Barrett Doss
This Grey’s Anatomy spinoff follows a group of Seattle firefighters.

October 5

The Man in the High Castle (Amazon) Drama. Featuring Arnold Chun, Cary Hiroyuki Tagawa
A glimpse into an alternate history that ponders what life after WWII may have been like if the Nazis had won the war.

Fresh off The Boat (ABC) Comedy. Starring Constance Wu, Randall Park
A Taiwanese family makes their way in America during the 1990s.

Speechless (ABC) Comedy. Featuring Cedric Yarbrough
The family of a special-needs teen is good at dealing with the challenges he faces – and excellent at creating new ones.

October 7

The Walking Dead (AMC) Sci-Fi, Drama. Starring Danai Gurira, Seth Gilliam
Rick Grimes wakes up from a coma to learn the world is in ruins and continues to lead a group of survivors to stay alive.

October 9

The Flash (CW) Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Drama. Starring Candice Patton, Carlos Valdes, Jesse L. Martin, Danielle Nicolet
After being struck by lightning, Barry Allen wakes up from his coma to discover he’s been given the power of super speed, becoming the Flash, fighting crime in Central City alongside intrepid journalist and best friend/soulmate-turned-wife Iris West.

Black Lightning (CW) Sci-Fi, Drama, Fantasy. Starring Cress Williams, Nafessa Williams, China Anne McClain, Jordan Calloway, Christine Adams
A crusading school principal gets back into action as the original African American electrical superhero. Soon, his daughters discover their own powers and get in on the action.

Black Lightning. Courtesy of CW.

October 10 

All American (CW) Drama. Starring Taye Diggs, Daniel Ezra
When a star high school football player from South Central is recruited to play for Beverly Hills High School, two separate worlds collide.

October 12

Blindspot (NBC) Suspense, Action, Drama. Featuring Rob Brown
A Jane Doe is found in Times Square with no memory and mysterious tattoos on her body.

October 16 

Black-ish (ABC) Comedy. Starring Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Marsai Martin
A family man struggles to gain a sense of cultural identity while raising his kids in a predominantly White, upper-middle-class neighborhood.

The Rookie (ABC) Police Drama. Featuring Afton Williamson, Richard T. Jones, Alyssa Diaz
The series follows John Nolan, a 40-old man, who moves from his comfortable, small-town life to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of being a police officer for the Los Angeles Police Department.

October 22 

Legends of Tomorrow (CW) Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Drama. Featuring Maisie Richardson-Sellers
A ragtag team of heroes and villains travel back and forth through time and space to help prevent an apocalypse that could impact the universe.

October 26 

Midnight Texas (NBC) Fantasy, Thriller, Drama. Featuring Parisa Fitz-Henley, Kellee Stewart, Peter Mensah
Based on the books by Charlaine Harrison, who also write vampire fiction True Blood, Midnight is a safe haven for those who are different, but with the presence of outsiders, the residents band together and form a strong and unlikely family.

NOVEMBER

November 16 

She-Ra and the Princesses of Power (Netflix) Animation, Action. Featuring Voices of Sandra Oh, Karen Fukuhara, Lorraine Toussaint
She-Ra leads a rebellion to free her land of Etheria from the monstrous invaders the Horde.

DECEMBER

December 30

The Orville (Fox) Sci-Fi, Comedy Drama. Featuring Penny Johnson Jerald, J.Lee
The series follows the crew of the not-so-functional exploratory ship in the Earth’s interstellar fleet, 400 years in the future.

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