The latest new series pick-ups for next season are dramas “Riverdale,” based on the “Archie” comic book franchise, “Frequency” and “No Tomorrow” on The CW, “Notorious” on ABC, and the fourth hour in NBC’s Windy City-set franchise, “Chicago Justice.” ABC has also picked-up a sitcom called “Imaginary Mary” with Jenna Elfman, who is 0 for 4 in the new sitcom department since “Dharma & Greg” concluded in 2002. Think “Courting Alex,” “Accidentally on Purpose,” “1600 Penn” and “Growing Up Fisher.” NBC is first up among the broadcast networks to unveil its programming plans for next season. It announces on Monday, and The CW is last on Thursday morning.
What follows are the details of each new series:
“CHICAGO JUSTICE” (NBC)
Powerhouse creator Dick Wolf delivers a captivating new installment to the hit Chicago franchise. Just like their brethren in the Chicago P.D., the State’s Attorney’s dedicated team of prosecutors and investigators navigates heated city politics and controversy head-on while fearlessly pursuing justice. As they take on the city’s high stakes and often media-frenzied cases, they must balance public opinion, power struggles within the system and their unwavering passion for the law. It all starts with a gut-wrenching case when one of Chicago’s finest is shot in the line of duty.
The cast includes Philip Winchester, Carl Weathers, Nazneen Contractor, Joelle Carter and Ryan-James Hatanaka.
Dick Wolf, Peter Jankowski, Matt Olmstead, Derek Haas, Michael Brandt and Arthur Forney executive produce “Chicago Justice.” “Chicago Justice” is produced by Universal Television and Wolf Entertainment.
“FREQUENCY” (The CW)
In this reimagining of the New Line Cinema film, a female police detective in 2016 discovers she is able to speak via a ham radio with her estranged father (also a detective) who died in 1996. They forge a new relationship while working together on an unresolved murder case, but unintended consequences of the ‘butterfly effect’ wreak havoc in the present day. (Deadline.com)
Executive Producer / Writer: Jeremy Carver
Executive Producers: Toby Emmerich, John Rickard, Dan Lin, Jennifer Gwartz
Director: Brad Anderson
Warner Bros. Television / Lin Pictures
Cast: Riley Smith, Mekhi Phifer, Peyton List, Lenny Jacobson, Anthony Ruivivar, Devin Kelley, Daniel Bonjour
“NO TOMORROW” (The CW)
When a risk-averse, straight arrow, female procurement manager at an Amazon-like distribution center falls in love with a freewheeling man who lives life to the fullest because he believes the apocalypse is imminent, to comedic and poignant results they embark on a quest together to fulfill their individual bucket lists.
Executive Producer / Writer: Corinne Brinkerhoff
Executive Producer / Writer: Maggie Friedman
Writers: Scott McCabe & Tory Stanton
Executive Producer: Ben Silverman
Director: Brad Silberling
CBS Television Studios in association with Electus
Cast: Tori Anderson, Josh Sasse, Sarayu Blue, Amy Pietz, Jesse Rath, Jonathan Langdon
Inspired by the true-life stories of famed criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos and cable news producer Wendy Walker, who serve as executive producers, “Notorious” is a provocative look at the unique, sexy, and dangerous interplay of criminal law and the media. Berman co-wrote the project with Allie Hagan.
Piper Perabo, Daniel Sunjata, Sepideh Moafi, Kate Jennings Grant, Ryan Guzman, Kevin Zegers, J. August Richards and Aimee Teegarden star in the series, exec produced by Berman, Michael Engler, Kenny Meiselas, Jeff Kwatinetz and Josh Barry. Hagan is co-executive producer. Michael Engler directed the pilot.
“RIVERDALE” (The CW)
Set in present day and based on the iconic Archie Comics characters, “Riverdale” is a surprising and subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica, and their friends, exploring the surrealism of small town life – the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome façade. (Deadline.com)
Executive Producer / Writer: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Executive Producers: Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Jon Goldwater
Director: Lee Toland Krieger
Warner Bros. Television / Berlanti Productions
Cast: Lili Reinhart, Cole Sprouse, Ashleigh Murray, Luke Perry, KJ Apa, Madelaine Petsch, Camila Mendes, Marisol Nichols, Mädchen Amick
A fiercely independent career woman (Jenna Elfman) finds her life turned upside-down when she meets the love of her life – a divorced father with three kids. This triggers even more upheaval when the slightly unhinged imaginary friend she created as a child suddenly reappears to help her navigate the transition from single girl to a woman ready for a family.
Elfman stars alongside Stephen Schneider, Rachel Dratch as Mary (VO), Nicholas Coombe, Matreya Scarrwener and Erica Trembay.