What to watch this week: ‘Marvel’s Inhumans’ premieres featuring Waunakee’s Moh
The parade of new fall shows continues this week with a crowd-sourced investigator, fugitive mutants, a rapper-turned-mayor, unlikely partners on the paranormal beat, exiled inhumans, a self-centered savior, an unemployed man-child, and an unraveling mother of a missing child.
Did we mention the mutants?
Let’s just dive right in.
Courtney Rose (Brandon Michael Hall), an aspiring rapper, needs some publicity to get his career off the ground, so he decides to run for mayor of his hometown, Fort Grey, Calif., in ABC’s aptly titled new comedy, “The Mayor.” Funny thing is, when he turns up to debate his opponent, Ed Gunt (David Spade), he finds out Gunt knows nothing about what the people of the town really want — and Courtney does. A surprise victory puts the ill-prepared Courtney in office, where he soon realizes that there’s more to the job than just photo ops and sound bites. And when the campaign manager for his opponent, Valentina Barella (Lea Michele, in all her “Glee” Type-A enthusiasm), switches sides to run his office, Courtney is forced to put his rap career aside so he can turn the city around. Yvette Nicole Brown (“Community”) also stars as his straight-talking mom and roomie, Dina. “The Mayor” premieres at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday on Ch. 27.
Tweaking the buddy-cop comedy a bit, “Ghosted” pairs Leroy (Craig Robinson), a skeptic of all things paranormal, and Max (Adam Scott), a genius and true believer, as investigators of the unknown. It’s “The X-Files” meets “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” a comedy with a serious funny bone. Leroy, a former L.A.P.D. detective, and Max, an ex-Stanford professor, are recruited (kidnapped) by Capt. Ava Lafrey (Ally Walker) of the Bureau Underground to find a missing agent. Why them? Well, at one point they were great at their jobs; Leroy the top missing-persons detective and Max a respected genius astrophysicist. Should they accept this mission, Ava promises them a return to glory. It’s enough of an enticement for both, so they set off in search of the suspicious and spooky spectres hiding in Los Angeles. “Ghosted” premieres Sunday at 7:30 p.m. (or thereabouts, depending on the NFL games) on Ch. 47.
Crowd-sourcing has accomplished much in recent years: a “Veronica Mars” movie, plenty of quirky games, and oodles of relief money for people in need. “Wisdom of the Crowd” turns the power of the collective mind toward solving a murder. Tech entrepreneur Jeffrey Tanner (Jeremy Piven) puts his mind — and his millions — into creating Sophie, an app that gathers information about a particular crime — in this case, his daughter’s murder, for which he believes the wrong man is imprisoned — and collects it to be shared and investigated. Tanner recruits the case’s original detective, Tommy Cavanaugh (Richard T. Jones), to assist him, and offers a sizable reward to spur the public’s participation. The experiment results in unexpected successes beyond his daughter’s killing. “Wisdom of the Crowd” premieres Sunday at 7:30 p.m. (or thereabouts, depending on the NFL games) on Ch. 3.
The Marvel Comics universe expands even further this season with two shows that incorporate the comic giant’s stable of characters. “The Gifted” is an “X-Men” associate, focusing on mutants whose powers are just emerging. When a pair of ordinary-seeming suburban teens start exhibiting strange powers, it poses a bit of a problem for their father, whose job it is to prosecute law-breaking mutants. Stephen Moyer (“True Blood”) stars as the family patriarch whose decision to go underground to protect his family defies his governmental task. They hook up with a band of mutants — Eclipse (Sean Teale), who has the power of light and fire; Blink (Jamie Chung) can open portals; Polaris (Emma Dumont) controls all metal; and Thunderbird (Blair Redford), who has super strength and tracking ability — to escape the government agents who are bent on rounding up those who are different. “The Gifted” premieres at 8 p.m. Monday on Ch. 47.
“Marvel’s Inhumans,” which picks up on those beings that were so often the object of scrutiny in “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” focuses on the royal family of the powerful superhumans, a family splintered between brothers Black Bolt (Anson Mount) and Maximus (Ewan Rheon). “Marvel’s Inhumans” also features Waunakee martial arts instructor Mike Moh as Triton. A coup sends part of the family to Hawaii, and they must reunite and return home lest their way of life is lost forever. “Marvel’s Inhumans” premieres at 7 p.m. Friday on Ch. 27.
Kevin (Jason Ritter) is a self-centered clueless bro who values wealth and materialism above all. Until a heavenly spirit is sent to him with a message: He’s going to save the world. Needless to say, Kevin isn’t sure how to take this news, but he goes along with it anyway — he lost his job, what else is he going to do? JoAnna Garcia Swisher stars as his twin sister, a widow who, despite his rampant selfishness, is there when he needs her, and takes him in when he’s in despair. “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World” premieres at 9 p.m. Tuesday on Ch. 27.
The “ten” in ABC’s “Ten Days in the Valley” refers not only to how long the season lasts (10 episodes) but how much time the show takes to tell its story (10 days). That’s how long, anyway, that Jane Sadler (Kyra Sedgwick), an overworked TV producer in the process of splitting with her husband, searches for her daughter after she’s kidnapped in the middle of the night. Along the way, Jane confronts several situations that cause chaos in her life; some of those may need more than 10 days to resolve. (The word is the missing-child mystery will be solved by the end of the season, but there are other possibilities to explore in a possible season two.) “Ten Days in the Valley,” which also stars Adewale Akinnuoye Agbaje (“Lost”) as the detective on the case, premieres at 9 p.m. Sunday on Ch. 27.
Art imitates life in “9JKL,” which is largely based on star and writer Mark Feuerstein’s life living in an apartment right between his parents and his brother (that would be what the alphabet-soup title indicates). During dry spells in his career, Feuerstein, who has starred in the eight-season drama “Royal Pains” (as well as a number of relatively short-lived sitcoms), found himself in this predicament often enough that it created fodder for a TV series — one of the running gags involves Josh (Feuerstein’s character) making several unsuccessful attempts to get home without his mother opening her door to intercept him. Elliot Gould and Linda Lavin star as his parents, and David Walton plays his brother, Andrew; “9JKL” premieres at 7:30 p.m. Monday on Ch. 3.
The rest of the story: The cascade of returning shows continues Friday with premieres of “MacGyver” at 7 p.m. on Ch. 3; “Hell’s Kitchen,” with its first all-star season of returning chefs, at 7 p.m. on Ch. 47; “Hawaii Five-0” at 8 p.m. on Ch. 3; “Dateline” at 8 p.m. on Ch. 15; “The Exorcist,” with John Cho joining the cast, at 8 p.m. on Ch. 47; and “Blue Bloods” at 9 p.m. on Ch. 3.
“48 Hours” returns with new episodes Saturday at 9 p.m.; and the season premiere of “Saturday Night Live” features Ryan Gosling and Jay Z, at 10:30 p.m. on Ch. 15.
Sunday’s slate includes the premiere of “The Toy Box” at 6 p.m. on Ch. 27; the return of “Bob’s Burgers” at 6:30 p.m. on Ch. 47; “Shark Tank” at 7 p.m. on Ch. 27; “The Simpsons,” which begins its 29th season, at 7 p.m. on Ch. 47; “Family Guy” at 8 p.m. on Ch. 47; “NCIS: Los Angeles” at 8:30 p.m. (NFL-dependent); and “The Last Man on Earth” at 8:30 p.m. on Ch. 47.
“Lucifer” returns Monday at 7 p.m. on Ch. 47.
ABC’s comedy lineup returns Tuesday with “The Middle” at 7 p.m., “Fresh off the Boat” at 7:30 p.m., and “black-ish” at 8 p.m., all on Ch. 27.
And the final season of “Scandal” kicks off Thursday at 8 p.m. on Ch. 27.