'The Flash,' 'Bad Judge' and 9 More New Shows You Must Watch in October

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The fall TV premieres continue into October as 11 new shows will air on broadcast television, all aimed at reversing an alarming trend of declining viewership for prime-time programming.

NBC is betting big on "Bad Judge" starring Kate Walsh as well as "A to Z," an attempt to replicate the success of "How I Met Your Mother," while The CW is planning the debut of "The Flash."

The October group follows several new premieres over the past week including Fox's Batman prequel "Gotham" and CBS' "Scorpion," each bringing in 8 million and 14 million viewers, respectively, on their first night of airing, according to Vulture.com.

Here's a round-up of new series coming to network TV in October.

1. Stalker

Wednesday, Oct. 1 10 PM ET/9 PM Central

CBS

This new psychological thriller on CBS stars Dylan McDermott and Maggie Q who are detectives investigating stalker incidents that include voyeurism, cyber harassment and romantic fixation for the Los Angeles Police Department's "Threat Assessment Unit," according to CBS' Web site. McDermott plays Det. Jack Larsen a recent transfer from NYPD's finest and his boss Lt. Beth Davis is played by Maggie Q.

2. Gracepoint

Thursday, Oct. 2 9 PM ET/8 PM Central

Fox

Fox calls this new show a "riveting mystery event series about a young boy murdered in a small town where everyone is a friend, and also a suspect."

3. Bad Judge

Thursday, Oct. 2 9 PM ET/8 PM Central

NBC

Kate Walsh stars in this new NBC show as Rebecca Wright, one of the toughest and most respected criminal court judges in Los Angeles, who also has a wild side. In the courtroom she's known for unorthodox behavior and saying what's on her mind. In her private life, while there are plenty of admirers, she's not ready to settle down, according to NBC's Web site. With Will Ferrell chiming in as one of the executive producers for this show, watchers are sure to get some quality viewing.

4. A to Z

Thursday, Oct. 2 9:30 PM ET/8:30 PM Central

NBC

Relationship comedy "A to Z," rumored to be the "next" "How I Met Your Mother" series, is a story about Andrew (Ben Feldman) and Zelda (Cristin Milioti) "a pair that almost wasn't -- and all that happened from the day they met," according to NBC's Web site.

5. Mulaney

Sunday, Oct. 5 9:30 PM ET/8:30 PM ET

Fox

Mulaney, supposedly the new Seinfeld for twenty-somethings, kicks off on Sunday, Oct. 5 on Fox. The comedy series features Mulaney, "a rising stand-up comic trying to take his career to the next level and the friends and mentors who lift him up, hold him back and push him around," according to Fox's Web site.

6. The Flash

Tuesday, Oct. 7,

8 PM ET/7 PM Central

The CW

Adapted from the DC Comics superhero group, The CW's series premiere of "The Flash" features Grant Gustin who plays Barry Allen, the brilliant CSI investigator turned superhero when a freak accident causes him to be struck by lightning. After months in a coma, Barry awakens to find that the accident has given him the power of super speed, "granting him the ability to move through Central City like an unseen guardian angel," according to The CW's Web site.

7. Cristela

Friday, Oct. 10 8:30 PM ET/7:30 PM Central

ABC

Cristela (played by Cristela Alonzo) has a dream to become a lawyer, something her traditional Mexican-American family doesn't understand. As Cristela enters her sixth year of law school, while juggling multiple jobs and living with her sister and brother-in-law, things start to look up for her when she is offered an unpaid internship at a prestigious law firm, according to ABC's Web site.

8. Jane The Virgin

Monday, Oct. 13 9 PM ET/8 PM Central

The CW

"Jane the Virgin," starring Gina Rodriguez as Jane, doesn't waste time getting into the crazy drama that the 23-year-old, who is studying to be a teacher and about to be married, must accept. Living with her sexy, young-at-heart mother Xo (who had Jane at 16) and her religiously devout grandmother Alba, who has taught Jane that telenovelas are the "highest form of entertainment" and that women "must protect their virginity at all costs," Jane finds herself at a crossroads when she accidentally becomes artificially inseminated at a routine doctor check.

"Though she has always tried to be the responsible good girl who does the right thing, Jane's normally quiet life has suddenly become as dramatic, complicated and unpredictable as the telenovelas she has always loved," the ABC Web site says.

9. Marry Me

Tuesday, Oct. 14 9 PM/8 PM Central

NBC

Annie (Casey Wilson) and Jake (Ken Marino) have been dating for six years. After returning from a romantic two-week island vacation, Jake was all set to pop the question, but Annie can't take the fact that Jake didn't propose while on vacation. The pair decide to wait on the engagement "until they can do it right," however, "it's when we really want things to go right that they all tend to go wrong," according to NBC's description of this relationship comedy.

Can Jake and Annie get it together?

10. Constantine

Friday, Oct. 24 10 PM ET/9 PM Central

NBC

Another adaptation, "Constantine" is NBC's new drama based on the popular DC Comics' "Hellblazer." Matt Ryan plays demon hunter John Constantine, who abandoned his battle against evil until events thrust him back into the fray to restore the balance of good vs. evil, according to NBC's description.

11. The McCarthys

Thursday, Oct. 30 9:30 PM ET/8:30 PM Central

CBS

"The McCarthys" shares the story of a close-knit, sports-crazed Boston family, who gets a big surprise when their outspoken father, Arthur, stuns the family by naming his athletically challenged son, Ronny, as his assistant high-school basketball coach. Ronny, who is gay, wants nothing more than to leave Boston and joint the singles scene and find a partner. But, touched by his father's offer, Ronny accepts and since his twin brothers and sister are more skilled for the job, everyone will have an opinion about Ronny's new job, including mom (Laurie Metcalf).

--Written by Laurie Kulikowski in New York.

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