8 New TV Shows You Must Watch During Prime Time Next Week

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Fall is here and that means it's time for the television season to kick into high gear. Tried and true favorites such as CBS' (CBS) The Big Bang Theory with the start of its eighth season on Monday, Sept. 22; reality series CBS' (CBS) Survivor, will get its 29th season premiere on Wednesday, Sept. 24; as well as Disney-owned (DIS) ABC's Grey's Anatomy kicks off its 11th season premiere on Thursday, Sept. 25.

It's no secret that network television channels are feeling the heat for eyeballs from streaming services such as Netflix (NFLX) and Amazon (AMZN) , which are moving into original programming in a big way, as traditional television is challenged. Consumers are loving that they can watch shows when they want it, how they want it (tablet, TV, laptop or phone), and can even binge watch an entire season at once.

However, network television is fighting back in big way, this year with approximately two-dozen new shows to offer consumers. Here's eight new shows getting their start for the coming week.

1. Madam Secretary

Sunday, Sept. 21
8:30 PM ET/8 PM PT
CBS

Tea Leoni stars in this drama that airs on CBS as Elizabeth McCord, the "shrewd, determined, newly appointed Secretary of State who drives international diplomacy, battles office politics and circumvents protocol as she negotiates global and domestic issues, both at the White House and at home," according to CBS' description on its Web site.

2. Scorpion

Monday, Sept. 22
9 PM ET/8 PM Central
CBS

Scorpion, "inspired by a true story, is a high-octane drama about eccentric genius Walter O'Brien and his team of brilliant misfits who comprise the last line of defense against complex, high-tech threats of the modern age," according to the CBS Web site description.

3. Gotham

Monday, Sept. 22
8 PM ET/7 PM Central
Fox

Gotham is the much-talked about prequel to the Batman series. The story follows Commissioner Jim Gordon's rise through a corrupt city filled with characters who would eventually become the series' villains - Catwoman, The Penguin, The Riddler, Two-Face and The Joker. Gordon creates a friendship with a young Bruce Wayne, who is the sole survivor of a murder case involving his parents, billionaires Thomas and Martha Wayne, and vows to find the killer, according to Fox's (FOXA) Web site.

4. NCIS: New Orleans

Tuesday, Sept. 23
9 PM ET/ 8 PM Central
CBS

The next spinoff in the NCIS series, starring Scott Bakula, sets the criminal drama in The Big Easy.

5. Forever

Monday, Sept. 22 and Tuesday, Sept. 23
10 PM ET/9pm Central
ABC

Ioan Gruffudd stars as Doctor Henry Morgan, the star medical examiner in New York City, who has a secret. "He doesn't just study the dead to solve criminal cases, he does it to solve the mystery that has eluded him for 200 years-the answer to his own inexplicable immortality," ABC's Web site said.

6. Black-ish

Wednesday, Sept. 24
9:30 PM ET/8:30 PM Central
ABC

Black-ish stars Anthony Anderson as Andre "Dre" Johnson, who lives in a big colonial home in the 'burbs with his wife, Rainbow (Traci Ellis Ross), four kids and appearances from his father (Laurence Fishburne). Has this black family become too assimilated to suburban life? "The world he sees has a much different lens than the one he would like his family to look through," according to ABC's Web site.

7. The Mysteries of Laura

Wednesday, Sept. 24
8 PM ET/7 PM Central
NBC

Debra Messing comes back to primetime TV in this new series. Messing stars as Laura Diamond, the NYPD homicide detective balancing her day job with her jam-packed family life, which includes twin boys and a soon-to-be ex-husband. Balancing work and family time gives a "hilariously authentic look at what it really means to be a 'working mom' today" and a "sexy and understanding partner" on the job, according to the NBC Web site.

8. How to Get Away With Murder

Thursday, Sept. 25
10 PM ET/9 PM Central
ABC

How to Get Away With Murder is Shonda Rhimes' (known for Grey's Anatomy) Rhimes' latest offering is about the brilliant and seductive Professor Annalise Keating, who "gets entangled with four law students from her class 'How to Get Away with Murder,'" according to ABC's Web site. "Little do they know that they will have to apply what they learned to real life, in this masterful, sexy, suspense-driven legal thriller."

--Written by Laurie Kulikowski in New York.

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