What to know about the hottest TV shows of fall 2020

Not even a pandemic can get in the way of must-see TV.

It has, however, made network lineups a bit different this fall. Due to the coronavirus, Hollywood and television production was halted over the summer, which stopped many new shows from getting made. So what’s airing in their place? To fill in the programming gaps, networks are re-releasing hits from other niche platforms, introducing them to an even bigger audience.

Below, the 10 most anticipated shows — some brand-new, others familiar — that will make social distancing a little more scintillating.

“The Drew Barrymore Show,” Sept. 14, Syndicated (check your local listings)

Drew Barrymore grew up in Hollywood, and now she’s making the jump to the small screen with her own talk show. The first week will be a parade of famous faces, with guests including Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu for a “Charlie’s Angels” reunion, as well as Adam Sandler, Reese Witherspoon, and Gabrielle Union, and Jane Fonda.

“Star Trek: Discovery,” Sept. 24 at 10 p.m., CBS

“Star Trek: Discovery.”

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“Star Trek: Discovery.”

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“Star Trek: Discovery.”

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“Star Trek: Discovery” typically airs on CBS All Access to a limited audience of paying subscribers. However, this fall, the 1960s-era drama — which takes place roughly a decade before the original “Star Trek” — will be available on regular CBS. This is good news for Trekkies who have held off on signing up for yet another streaming platform.

“Filthy Rich,” Sept. 21 at 9 p.m., Fox

“Filthy Rich.”

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“Filthy Rich.”

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“Filthy Rich.”

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For fans of “Succession” and the movie “Knives Out,” this new pulpy drama starring Kim Cattrall follows a Southern family who made their fortune from a Christian TV network. After patriarch Eugene Monreaux (Gerald McRaney) dies, they find out about his secret illegitimate family and squabble over his will.

“LA’s Finest,” Sept. 21 at 8 p.m., Fox

“LA’s Finest.”

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“LA’s Finest.”

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“LA’s Finest.”

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This 2019 cop drama, starring Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba as new partners, originally appeared on the Spectrum app. (The cable provider also makes its own shows.) Now, thanks to a deal with Fox, more viewers will be able to check out this entertaining spinoff of the “Bad Boys” movie franchise.

“Connecting . . .,” Oct. 1 at 8:30 pm, NBC

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The latest in a new genre of shows created and set in the quarantine era, “Connecting. . .” is an ensemble comedy following a group of friends trying to stay in touch — and keep their sanity during lockdown — via video chats, from “Blindspot” creator Martin Gero.

“The Walking Dead: World Beyond,” Oct. 4 at 10 p.m., AMC

A scene from Season 1 of “The Walking Dead: World Beyond.”

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“The Walking Dead: World Beyond.”

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“The Walking Dead: World Beyond.”

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“The Walking Dead: World Beyond.”

Sarah Shatz/AMC

“The Walking Dead: World Beyond.”

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“The Walking Dead: World Beyond.”

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This limited series spinoff of “The Walking Dead” is set in Nebraska 10 years after the apocalypse. Its plot follows the very first generation to come of age in the zombie-filled world that has become familiar to fans of “The Walking Dead” franchise.

“Soulmates,” Oct. 5 at 10 p.m., AMC

“Soulmates.”

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“Soulmates.”

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“Soulmates.”

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Starring Malin Akerman (“Billions”) and Charlie Heaton (“Stranger Things”), this futuristic sci-fi anthology is perfect for viewers who love mind-bending shows, such as “Black Mirror.” “Soulmates” is set 15 years in the future, where science has made it possible to identify your perfect match. Each episode follows new characters exploring — or ignoring — the results of this test, and the impact it has on their lives.

“NeXt,” Oct. 6 at 9 p.m., Fox

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Starring John Slattery (“Mad Men”), this new thriller is ideal for fans of “Westworld” and “Mr. Robot.” It follows a cybersecurity team hunting down a rogue piece of artificial intelligence that has the ability to improve itself.

“Devils,” Oct. 8 at 8 p.m., The CW

“Devils.”Antonello & Monte/Sky Italia

This international thriller — which originally aired on Sky Atlantic in Italy — stars Patrick Dempsey. He plays Dominic Morgan, the American CEO of a London-based bank who sets off a startling chain of events when he denies his pseudo-son Massimo Ruggero (Alessandro Borghi) a promotion, which then reveals a global financial conspiracy.

“Big Sky,” Date TBD, Tuesdays at 10 p.m., ABC

Starring Ryan Phillippe and and Katheryn Winnick (“Vikings”) and based on C.J. Box’s 2013 novel “The Highway,” this new procedural drama follows a private detective in Montana searching for two missing sisters and trying to stop a killer from striking again. An premiere date has not been announced, but it will air Tuesdays at 10 p.m. in the fall.

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