Upfronts 2015: PEOPLE Editors Preview Their Most Anticipated Shows

People's TV team picks the best new shows announced at the network upfronts

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This week, the major TV networks announced their upcoming fall and midseason shows. Here are the top 15 choices PEOPLE’s own TV team is most excited to watch.

Grandfathered (Fox)

Stars: John Stamos, Josh Peck, Paget Brewster
Why we’re excited: Have mercy! Stamos is in his element as a George Clooney-esque bachelor whose perfectly tailored life turns upside down when he discovers that he is not only a father, but a grandfather to boot. It looks charming and sweet – and I’ll tune in just to see more of Stamos flailing as he navigates babyhood (like when he mistakenly changes the diaper of a toddler who is not his granddaughter!). –Aili Nahas, Senior Writer

Rosewood (Fox)

Stars: Morris Chestnut, Jaina Lee Ortiz
Why we’re excited: It’s not exactly a new premise. After all, CSI: Miami mined the topic of medical examiners (ones in Miami!) for years. But this new dramedy, starring Chestnut as Miami-based “private pathologist” Dr. Beaumont Rosewood, Jr., looks more fun – and surprisingly inventive – than your typical procedural. As a hot shot living on borrowed time (he’s got a bad heart), he’s paired with a tough female detective (Ortiz) to solve crime in a city of sexy people. Chestnut is magnetic. He takes his shirt off too. –Charlotte Triggs, Senior Editor

Scream Queens (Fox)

Stars: Too many to count (Emma Roberts, Jamie Lee Curtis, Lea Michele and Nick Jonas … plus every other hot young star in Hollywood)
Why we’re excited: If there’s one thing you can count on Ryan Murphy for, it’s a spectacular first season. (Remember Glee‘s dazzling debut?) So we’re psyched to see him mix the wit of Glee with the scares of American Horror Story in a setting rife with real-life frights: college. We have a feeling the red devil serial killer is no match for Roberts’ snotty sorority girl. –Michele Corriston, Associate Editor

Blindspot (NBC)

Stars: Jaimie Alexander, Sullivan Stapleton
Why we’re excited: When a show starts with a woman being found naked, covered in tattoos, in the middle of Times Square with her memory wiped clean, I have to say I’m intrigued. When one of her large tattoos turns out to be the name of an FBI agent, the FBI soon realizes that each mark on her body is a crime to solve. This one-hour drama looks like a fun one to wrap your brain around. –Mia McNiece, Staff Writer

The Catch (ABC)

Stars: Mireille Enos, Damon Dayoub
Why we’re excited: Two words: Shonda Rhimes. The woman behind Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder and Grey’s Anatomy hasn’t steered us wrong yet, and this story of a woman (The Killing‘s Enos) who specializes in uncovering high-end grifters, only to find herself swindled by a long con, is packed with sex, lies and intrigue – all of Shondaland’s specialties. –Lanford Beard, Staff Editor

Heroes Reborn (NBC)

Stars: Zachary Levi, Jack Coleman, Ryan Guzman, Masi Oka
Why we’re excited: This 13-episode miniseries from the creator of Heroes will hopefully remind us why the original iteration of the show was so great in the first place. Though the teaser trailers that NBC has released provide basically no information about what’s in store, I’m choosing to have faith in Tim Kring’s ability to start fresh in a franchise that, unfortunately, went progressively off the rails following its incredible first season. Plus, Levi can do no wrong, and it doesn’t hurt that the Heroes reboot will welcome back franchise faves Coleman and Oka. For people who cannot get enough of superheroes, the 2015-16 season is delivering mightily. –Amanda Michelle Steiner, Writer/Reporter

Angel from Hell (CBS)

Stars: Jane Lynch, Maggie Lawson
Why we’re excited: Fresh off a six-year run on Glee, Lynch has booked another zinger. As Amy, a possible guardian angel and instantly omnipresent force in the life of Allison (Lawson), she brings some of the early days Sue Sylvester charm with a dash of inappropriately hilarious sexuality. Witness an exchange with Allison’s brother Brad (Kyle Bornheimer), whom Amy just met and who lives in the garage above Allison’s apartment: Amy flirts, “Oooh, you’re a project, aren’t ya?” Shoots back Brad, “Get your tool set ready.” –Lanford Beard, Staff Editor

Lucifer (Fox)

Stars: Tom Ellis, Rachael Harris, Lauren German
Why we’re excited: Though I am admittedly susceptible to the undeniable appeal of tall, bearded, sarcastic British men, Lucifer seems like the kind of show that the supernatural genre sorely needs. From what has been released so far, the series appears to have levity, a bit of camp, and – most importantly – self-awareness. When Lucifer (Tom Ellis) decides to abandon his throne in favor of opening an upscale nightclub in Los Angeles, the tortured souls he left behind start making their way to Earth, and he begins getting his kicks helping out the LAPD in punishing criminals. The series is loosely based on the comic-book character created by Neil Gaiman and is produced in part by DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint. Sass and a comic-book universe – what could be better? –Amanda Michelle Steiner, Writer/Reporter

The Player (NBC)

Stars: Wesley Snipes, Philip Winchester, Charity Wakefield, Damon Gupton
Why we’re excited: Snipes stars opposite Winchester in this Sin City thriller from the producers of The Blacklist. He plays a former military operative who does his best to stop some of the city’s biggest crimes before they go down while a ring of ultra-rich individuals bet on whether he’ll be able to pull it off. –Emily Strohm, Writer/Reporter

The Grinder (Fox)

Stars: Rob Lowe, Fred Savage, William Devane
Why we’re excited: We love a good existential show about actors (think The Comeback without the wobbly camera), and we’ve been waiting for Lowe to bring that dazzling smile back to the small screen ever since he exited Parks and Rec. And as TV lawyer Dean Sanderson re-entering the real world after his series ends, Lowe mixes Chris Traeger’s manic charisma with Sam Seaborn of the The West Wing‘s self-righteousness. –Michele Corriston, Associate Editor

Supergirl (CBS)

Stars: Melissa Benoist, Calista Flockhart, Chyler Leigh, Jeremy Jordan
Why we’re excited: Supergirl packs the same punch and rocks the same powers as her more famous cousin, but Kara (Glee‘s Benoist) discovers her abilities with the endearing awe of a teenage spiderman. And even if none of those names were familiar to us, getting to see Flockhart command an office like a devil wearing Prada is reason enough to watch this spirited new series. –Patrick Gomez, Staff Writer

The Muppets (ABC)

Stars: Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Fozzie Bear
Why we’re excited: It’s like The Muppet Show of the late 1970s grew up right along with us. This new faux-reality show follows our favorite fuzzy friends as they put together a show for the 21st century, complete with direct-to-camera confessionals, hot-button topics like Fozzie seeking the approval of his human girlfriend’s father and good old-fashioned sight gags like Miss Piggy walking into a pane of glass okay, so maybe the show hasn’t grown up. But neither have we. –Patrick Gomez, Staff Writer

You Me and the End of the World (NBC)


Rob Lowe (again!), Jenna Fischer and Megan Mullally
Why we’re excited: TV isn’t lacking apocalyptic drama, from The Leftovers to The Walking Dead, Falling Skies, The 100, 12 Monkeys you get the gist. But NBC is giving the genre a fresh twist with a comedy about a priest, a terrorist, a white supremacist, a general and a bank manager trying to ride out the end of the world. It’s like the U.K.’s Misfits, but instead of fighting evil, this band of weirdos is just trying to survive. –Michele Corriston, Associate Editor

The Wiz (NBC)


Stephanie Mills

Why we’re excited:

This year, the yellow brick road leads to one place: NBC. For its next live musical, the network is mounting a TV redux of the beloved urban musical based on The Wizard of Oz. And, like Dorothy, it’s got us clicking our heels with excitement. Following the success of 2013’s The Sound of Music Live! and last year’s Peter Pan Live!, The Wiz Live!, which will air Dec. 3, is shaping up to be NBC’s most audacious outing yet, with producers tapping Cirque du Soleil to provide high-flying feats to match the musical’s vocal acrobatics and snappy songs. In fact, the production has already won the nostalgia vote by casting Mills, Broadway musical’s original Dorothy, to play Auntie Em. No munchkin-size ambitions here. –Alexis Loinaz, Senior News Editor

Hot & Bothered (NBC, midseason)


Eva Longoria, Jencarlos Canela, Diana Maria Riva
Why we’re excited: In a triumphant return to melodrama, the Desperate Housewives alum stars as telenovela superstar Ana Sofia Calderon. She’s the hottest thing on Spanish-language TV – even if, not fully fluent, she’s faking her way through her scenes. But when a casting stunt brings her ex-husband back on the show following their vicious divorce and an epic meltdown worthy of her own show, Las Leyes de Pasion, gets caught on camera, her whole career is threatened. Longoria is clearly having fun in the role she was basically born to play. –Charlotte Triggs, Senior Editor

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