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2016 TV Sneak Previews: The Best New Fall Dramas of 2016  

Derek Housman
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List Rules New drama series premiering in 2016 you want to see! Any show airing on major networks, cable tv, premium channels or streaming platforms.

Editor's Note: Voting has been closed.

Check out the sneak previews below of the best of the best new Fall dramas of 2016, according to fans. Hopefully these promising new drama series will stick around for many seasons. After all, no one wants to watch a show that will be canceled after one season. The top drama shows on this list are sure to be both exciting and scintillating. From new mysteries to science fiction and trillers, this year's Upfronts had something for everyone. 

These new 2016 drama shows cover a variety of topics and span genres. Check out what is coming up, or coming back for the Fall 2016-2017 television season. If you prefer comedies instead, then you'll want to check out these hot new comedy shows for the new 2016-2017 season. Otherwise. be sure to vote up the new fall drama shows of 2016-2017 you think have the most promise and will stick around for years to come!

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This Is Us Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown - "Dramedy about a unique ensemble of characters all born on the same day." Source: The Tracking Board

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Star Trek: Discovery Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp - "New characters to the Star Trek universe seek new worlds and civilizations, while exploring the franchise's signature contemporary themes." Source: The Tracking Board

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Designated Survivor Kiefer Sutherland, Natascha McElhone, Adan Canto - "A lower-level U.S. Cabinet member suddenly is appointed president after a catastrophic attack during the State of the Union kills everyone above him in the line of succession." Source: The Tracking Board

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Timeless Abigail Spencer, Matt Lanter, Starring Abigail Spencer Matt Lanter Malcolm Barrett - "This high-octane drama follows an unlikely trio who travel through time to battle a master criminal intent on altering the fabric of human history with potentially catastrophic results." Source: The Tracking ...

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Lethal Weapon Damon Wayans, Clayne Crawford, Jordana Brewster - "Texas cop and former Navy SEAL Martin Riggs suffers the loss of his wife and baby and he moves to Los Angeles to start anew. There, he gets partnered with LAPD detective Roger Murtaugh who, having recently suffered a ...

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Prison Break Dominic Purcell, Wentworth Miller, Amaury Nolasco - "A follow-up to the cult 2005 Fox action series. The original Prison Break centered on a young man determined to prove his convicted brother’s innocence and save him from death row by hatching an elaborate plan to escape ...

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Bull is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Sneak Previews: The Best New Fall Dramas of 2016
Bull Robert Lindsay, Maureen Lipman, Claudia Jessie - "Procedural focuses on “Dr. Phil” McGraw’s early days as head of one of the most prolific trial consulting services of all time." Source: The Tracking Board

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Time After Time Freddie Stroma, Josh Bowman, Genesis Rodriguez - "Using Karl Alexander’s 1979 novel as a starting point, it chronicles the epic adventures of young H.G. Wells and his time machine." Source: The Tracking Board

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The Exorcist Alfonso Herrera, Geena Davis, Ben Daniels - "Serialized psychological thriller following two very different men tackling one family’s case of horrifying demonic possession and confronting the face of true evil. Inspired by William Blatty’s original 1971 book." ...

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Taken is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Sneak Previews: The Best New Fall Dramas of 2016
Taken Clive Standen, Gaius Charles, Brooklyn Sudano - "Modern-day prequel to the feature franchise about retired CIA operative Bryan Mills’ one-man mission to save his kidnapped daughter. The new project depicts how a young Mills develops his particular skill set." ...

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The Blacklist: Redemption is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Sneak Previews: The Best New Fall Dramas of 2016
The Blacklist: Redemption Famke Janssen, Ryan Eggold, Tawny Cypress - "A spinoff of NBC hit series The Blacklist, Redemption stars Ryan Eggold and Famke Janssen. Jon Bokenkamp and John Eisendrath will write and executive-produce with John Fox and John Davis."

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Midnight, Texas is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Sneak Previews: The Best New Fall Dramas of 2016
Midnight, Texas "Based on the trilogy from the author of the Sookie Stackhouse series, it’s Twin Peaks meets True Blood in Midnight, a remote Texas town where your neighbor could be a vampire, a witch, a werewolf and even an angel.

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Pitch Kylie Bunbury, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mark Consuelos - "Story follows a young female pitcher who defies the odds when she becomes the first woman to play in the major leagues." Source: The Tracking Board

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APB Justin Kirk, Natalie Martinez, Caitlyn Stasey - "An enigmatic tech billionaire purchases a troubled police precinct in the wake of a loved one’s murder. Can this eccentric and enigmatic figure’s cutting edge approach fix the broken ways of these blue-blooded ...

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24: Legacy Corey Hawkins, Miranda Otto, Jimmy Smits - "Story follows a military hero’s return to the U.S. and the trouble that follows him back — compelling him to ask CTU for help in saving his life, and stopping what potentially could be one of the largest-scale terror ...

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Chicago Justice is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Sneak Previews: The Best New Fall Dramas of 2016
Chicago Justice Carl Weathers, Philip Winchester, John Ceda - "Per NBC, '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.' ...

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Cleverman Hunter Page-Lochard, Rob Collins, Deborah Mailman - In the very near future, creatures from ancient mythology must live among humans and battle for survival in a world that wants to silence, exploit and destroy them.

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Notorious Piper Perabo, Daniel Sunjata, Kevin Zegers - "Inspired by the true-life stories of famed criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos and cable news producer Wendy Walker, the series is a provocative look at the unique, sexy, and dangerous interplay of criminal law and the ...

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Frequency Peyton List, Riley Smith, Lenny Jacobson - "A 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, ...

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Training Day Bill Paxton, Justin Cornwell, Katrina Law - "An idealistic young African-American police officer is appointed to an elite squad of the LAPD where he is partnered with a seasoned, morally ambiguous Caucasian detective. Set 15 years after the feature film left ...

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Riverdale is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Sneak Previews: The Best New Fall Dramas of 2016
Riverdale KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes - "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 ...

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Shooter Ryan Phillippe, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Omar Epps - Shooter is an upcoming American television drama series, based on the novel Point of Impact by Stephen Hunter, and the 2007 film of the same name. USA picked up the pilot in August 2015, and ordered ...

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Emerald City is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Sneak Previews: The Best New Fall Dramas of 2016
Emerald City Adria Arjona, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Ana Ularu - "Directed by the Tarsem Singh, this retelling of The Wizard of Oz stars Vincent D'Onofrio as the wizard, Adria Arjona, Ana Ularu, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Jordan Loughran, Gerran Howell, Mido Hamada, Joely ...

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Conviction Hayley Atwell, Eddie Cahill, Shawn Ashmore - "Carter Morrison, the brilliant but ne’er-do-well daughter of a former president, is blackmailed into taking a job as the head of Los Angeles’ newly created Conviction Integrity Unit. She and her team of lawyers, ...

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Pure Genius is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Sneak Previews: The Best New Fall Dramas of 2016
Pure Genius Dermot Mulroney, Augustus Prew, Odette Annable - "Follows a young Silicon Valley tech titan who enlists a veteran surgeon with a controversial past in starting a hospital with a cutting edge, “new school” approach to medicine." Source: The Tracking Board

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Shots Fired Sanaa Lathan, Helen Hunt, Richard Dreyfuss - "Series examines the dangerous aftermath of racially charged shootings in a small town in Tennessee." Source: The Tracking Board

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Still Star-Crossed "Based on the book by Melinda Taub and set in 16th century Verona, it picks up where William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet left off, charting the treachery, palace intrigue and ill-fated romances of the Montagues and ...

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No Tomorrow Joshua Sasse, Tori Anderson, Jonathan Langdon - "When a risk-averse, straight arrow, female procurement manager at an Amazon-like distribution center who falls in love with a freewheeling man who lives life to the fullest because he believes the apocalypse is imminent, ...

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Star Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny, Brittany O'Grady - "Set in Atlanta, it revolves around three girls who come together to form a band and their rise to the top. It will chronicle the choices with which these artists are faced along the way, while showcasing the allure and ...

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Doubt is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Sneak Previews: The Best New Fall Dramas of 2016
Doubt "Centers on a smart, chic, successful defense lawyer at a boutique firm who shockingly gets involved romantically with one of her clients who may or may not be guilty of a brutal crime." Source: The Tracking ...