We expected more tear-jerkers since This Is Us continues its ratings domination; and escaping from the real world is great. Get the tissues ready to go for these new sobworthy shows coming out for the winter TV season.
9 p.m., Feb. 11
A show from Alan Ball won't be as family-friendly as This Is Us, but he's still going to give us feels. From the creator of Six Feet Under and True Blood comes Here and Now, a dark comedy and scripted commentary on the polarizing elements of American culture. Tim Robbins and Holly Hunter star as the parents of a multi-ethnic family — three adopted children from Vietnam, Liberia and Colombia and one biological child. The series also promises to explore the family's relationship with a Muslim family, headed by a psychiatrist treating one of their children.
9-1-1 (Fox, 9 p.m. Wednesdays): Ryan Murphy brings us two shows in one: a family drama and medical emergency procedural. It's a fast-paced, intense premise that excels in its tender moments. Connie Britton (Nashville) plays a 911 responder with a mother suffering from Alzheimer's. Peter Krause (Parenthood) is a fireman trying to keep the rookie in check. And all hail St. Petersburg's own Angela Bassett, who plays an LAPD officer whose husband just came out of the closet. Come for the absolutely bonkers 911 calls, stay for an intense breakfast with Bassett's character's family.
Rise (NBC, 10 p.m., March 13): The heartwarming new series from the minds behind Friday Night Lights, Parenthood and Hamilton follows a disheartened English teacher played by How I Met Your Mother's Josh Radnor who decides to take over a failing high school theater department. He has no formal theater training, but his first production? Spring Awakening. Tune in for great showtunes and familiar faces like Stranger Things' Barb (Shannon Purser) and Moana herself Auli'i Cravalho.
Mosaic (HBO, 9 p.m., Jan. 22): Director Steven Soderbergh (Godless, The Girlfriend Experience) directs this small-town psychological drama that follows a popular children's book author (Sharon Stone) and her disappearance on New Year's Day. She leaves behind a studio covered in blood, and it's up to a detective (Devin Ratray) and a newcomer's sister (Jennifer Ferrin) to figure out what happened.