Even as the world has changed, the Pearson family is returning — and so is Baby Yoda.
Pandemic-related production delays have shaken up the TV schedule, forcing networks to get creative and even resurrect some cancelled shows. Others got the ax sooner than planned, such as ABC’s “Stumptown” and Netflix’s “GLOW.” But a host of fall TV staples are slated to come back, and they’ve never felt more like comfort food.
Here’s your essential guide to the returning crowd favorites this season.
“Black-ish,” Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. on ABC
Season 7 of “Black-ish” came back Oct. 21, continuing to follow the antics of Dre (Anthony Anderson), Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross) and the rest of the Johnson family. If you were confused about when the show officially returned, that’s because it had a two-part “Election Special” episode that aired Oct. 4 ahead of Season 7’s premiere.
“Superstore,” Oct. 29 at 8 p.m. on NBC
Season 6 of the popular workplace comedy will return with a surprise: Although star America Ferrera had announced her departure from the show, she’s not leaving as soon as she planned. Amy (Ferrera) will be in two episodes this season, which will also include a storyline about how the coronavirus pandemic is impacting the Cloud 9 world.
“This Is Us,” Oct. 28 at 9 p.m. on NBC
After a seven-month hiatus forced by production delays, the Pearson family is finally back, kicking off Season 5 with a two-hour premiere. This season of America’s favorite tearjerker will begin with Kevin (Justin Hartley), Kate (Chrissy Metz) and Randall (Sterling K. Brown) celebrating their 40th birthdays.
“The Mandalorian,” Oct. 30 on Disney+
Almost a year after Season 1 premiered last November and social media went ga-ga for Baby Yoda, the first live-action “Star Wars” show returns, along with the adventures of the Child, a k a Baby Yoda and Mando (Pedro Pascal, “Game of Thrones”). Although Disney has not officially announced Season 2’s new cast members, it’s been widely reported that Rosario Dawson, Timothy Olyphant and Katee Sackhoff (“Battlestar Galactica”) are joining.
“S.W.A.T.,” Nov. 11 on CBS
Shawn Ryan’s spinoff to his hit, “The Shield,” returns for its fourth season, which will continue to follow Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson (Shemar Moore, “Criminal Minds”) and his team. The season kicks off with Hondo and the gang investigating whether an international crime lord has resurfaced.
“The Crown,” Nov. 15 on Netflix
Season 4 of the hit royal drama returns, continuing Olivia Colman’s reign as Queen Elizabeth II and Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip. (A swan song for both actors, as Jonathan Pryce will play Philip in the show’s final two seasons while Imelda Staunton will take over as Elizabeth.) This season will add two new faces: Newcomer Emma Corrin will play the young Princess Diana, and Gillian Anderson (“The X-Files”) will play Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
“Law & Order: SVU,” Nov. 12 at 9 p.m. on NBC
The world might have changed as the pandemic rages on, but TV stalwart “Law & Order: SVU” comfortingly goes on. Season 22 will continue to follow Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and her team into history — as the show is now the longest-running live-action primetime series in TV history.
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