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USA TODAY TV Critic Kelly Lawler breaks down her must-see TV shows of the spring and talks about how the pandemic is affecting production.

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Continuing to social distance leaves us with a lot of time on our sanitized hands. Thankfully, television is here to offer a distraction.

Now, given the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on production, fall’s offerings are slimmer than usual. But there are still releases to be excited about.

In September, Starz’s “Power Book II: Ghost” premieres, continuing a journey where “Power” left off. Netflix enters a “Jurassic” period with its new animated series “Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous.”

Beloved competitions also return this fall, including “American Ninja Warrior,” “Dancing with the Stars” and “The Masked Singer.”

Our calendar of major highlights ensures you won’t miss the return of your favorite series or the start of a new show you’ll fall in love with. (All times EDT/PDT.)

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Sept. 2

“Chef’s Table: BBQ” (Netflix): The beloved food series returns to focus on barbecue.

Sept. 4

“The Boys”: Season 2 (Amazon Prime)

“Away” (Netflix): Hillary Swank plays an astronaut who must leave her family to lead an international crew to Mars in this series.

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Sept. 6

“Power Book II: Ghost” (Starz, Sunday at 9 (then 8 as of Sept. 13)): This new series, featuring Mary J. Blige, begins where its predecessor “Power” left off. Tariq St. Patrick (Michael Rainey Jr.) is facing a new reality where his mom Tasha (Naturi Naughton) is being charged with the death of Tariq’s father. In order to pay for her defense attorney he “turns to the familiar drug game.” 

“Undercover”: Season 2 (Netflix)

Sept. 7

“American Ninja Warrior”: Season 12 (NBC, Mondays at 8)

Jessica Alba and Gabrielle Union star in “L.A.’s Finest.” (Photo: Michael Moriatis/Sony Pictures Television/Spectrum Originals)

Sept. 9

“Get Organized with The Home Edit” (Netflix): A reality series from producers Reese Witherspoon and Molly Sims about organizers who help conquer clutter and transform lives. 

“L.A.’s Finest”: Season 2 (Spectrum On Demand; first season airs on Fox, beginning Sept. 21 at 8.) Jessica Alba plays detective Nancy McKenna and Gabrielle Union portrays Syd Burnett, a member of the LAPD, formerly with the DEA, in this “Bad Boys” spin-off crime series.

“Woke” (Hulu): Cartoonist Keith Knight serves as co-creator and an executive producer for the comedy inspired by the artist. Lamorne Morris stars as Keef, a cartoonist on the brink on success when an incident upends his life. 

Sept. 11

“The Duchess” (Netflix): Comedian Katherine Ryan stars as a single mom debating whether to have another child with her ex.

Sept. 12

“Wonderstruck – Animal Babies” (BBC America, Saturday at 8): A trio of films documents the young lives of animals being raised in dangerous places.

“Coastal Elites” (HBO, Saturday at 8): Bette Midler, Issa Rae, Sarah Paulson, Kaitlyn Dever and Dan Levy star in this special set during the pandemic, in a serious of monologues. 

Sept. 13

“Our Cartoon President” (Showtime, Sundays at 8:30)

Sept. 14

“Dancing with the Stars” (ABC, Mondays at 8): Tyra Banks hosts the new season of the revamped dance competition. 

“The Third Day” (HBO, Mondays at 9): The limited series is broken into two parts: Jude Law stars in the “Summer” episodes, while Naomie Harris is at the center of the series’ “Winter” shows.

“We Are Who We Are” (HBO, Mondays at 10): A pair of American teens living in Italy on a U.S. military base are the focus of the eight-part look at adolescent life from Luca Guadagnino (“Call Me By Your Name”). 

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Sept. 16

“Archer” Season 11 (FXX, Wednesdays at 10)  

“Sing On!” (Netflix): Tituss Burgess hosts this singing contest that compares karaoke contestants to the original singers of their songs.

Sept. 18

“Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous” (Netflix): The new animated series, which counts Steven Spielberg as an executive producer, is centered on a group of six teens selected to attend a special camp. But, as is typical with “Jurassic” projects, it’s never just a walk in the park…

“Pen15” Season 2 (Hulu)

“Ratched” (Netflix): Sarah Paulson stars in producer Ryan Murphy’s origin story for the infamous nurse from the novel and Oscar-winning 1975 film “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”

Sept. 23

“The Masked Singer”: Season 4 (Fox, Wednesdays at 8)

“I Can See Your Voice” (Fox, Wednesdays at 9): “Masked Singer” judge Ken Jeong serves as host of this new game show, where contestants attempt to decipher talented singers from the bad ones, before they’ve sung a note, for a chance at $100,000. Like “Masked,” it’s based on a South Korean format. 

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Sept. 24

“The Chef Show:” Season 2 (Netflix)

“Celebrity Family Feud” (ABC, Thursdays at 8)

“Press Your Luck” (ABC, Thursdays at 9)

“Match Game” (ABC, Thursdays at 10)

Chris Rock as Loy Cannon in the fourth season of “Fargo” on FX. Delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the series will now premiere Sunday, September 27 at 10 EDT/PDT. (Photo: Matthias Clamer/FX)

Sept. 27 

The Comey Rule” (Showtime, Sunday at 9): The two-part miniseries dramatizes the events around the 2016 presidential election and aftermath, and the role of former FBI Director James Comey (Jeff Daniels) in shaping history.

“Fargo” (FX, Sundays at 10): The fourth installment of the acclaimed anthology series, starring Chris Rock arrives after a five-month pandemic production delay. Set in 1950 Kansas City, it centers on dueling African-American and Italian crime bosses. 

Oct. 2

“Monsterland” (Hulu): In the anthology series inspired by Nathan Ballingrud’s “North American Lake Monsters,” interactions with creatures and beasts “drive broken people to desperate acts.” 

Oct. 4

“Flesh and Blood” (PBS, Sundays at 9): The four-part series explores the deadly sins challenging a family in the “mystery about the perils of late-life romance.” 

“The Good Lord Bird” (Showtime, Sundays at 9): Ethan Hawke plays  abolitionist John Brown in the limited series inspired by James McBride’s 2013 novel, with Joshua Caleb Johnson as Onion, a young slave.

“The Walking Dead: World Beyond” (AMC, Sundays at 10): A pair of sisters and their two pals venture out of their safe haven in order to complete a mission.

Oct. 6

“Ellen’s Game of Games” (NBC, Tuesdays at 8 on Oct. 6, then shifts to 9 on Oct. 13.)

“Swamp Thing” (CW, Tuesdays at 8): Abby Arcane (played by Crystal Reed) comes back to her Louisiana hometown and learns frightening truths about the community’s swamp.

“NeXt”: (Fox, Tuesdays at 9): John Slattery plays a Silicon Valley trailblazer who partners with a cybercrime agent played by Fernanda Andrade to do battle with a uniquely terrifying opponent.

Oct. 8

“Supernatural” (CW, Thursdays at 8): The long-running series returns with its (delayed) final episodes.

Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Sam (Jared Padalecki) have to deal with hell on Earth in the 15th and final season of “Supernatural.” (Photo: JACK ROWAND/CW)

Oct. 9

“The Haunting of Bly Manor” (Netflix): A new chapter arrives from the producers of “The Haunting of Hill House” (2018). 1980s England serves as a backdrop for the nine-episode season, which begins with Henry Wingrave (Henry Thomas) finding a replacement nanny to tend to his parent-less niece and nephew. 

Oct. 11

“Fear The Walking Dead” Season 6 (AMC, Sundays at 9)

Oct. 13

“The Bachelorette” (ABC, Tuesdays at 8): Clare Crawley kicks off her journey as the franchise’s eldest lead.

Oct. 14

“The Amazing Race” (CBS, Wednesdays at 9)

Oct. 15

“Star Trek: Discovery” Season 3: (CBS All Access, Thursdays)

Oct. 16

“Helstrom” (Hulu): The two children of a serial killer search for heinous evildoers. 

“Shark Tank” (ABC, Fridays at 8)

Oct. 18

“Supermarket Sweep” (ABC, Sundays at 8): “SNL” alum Leslie Jones hosts the return of the grocery store game show. 

Oct. 19

“The Voice” (NBC, Mondays and Tuesdays at 8)

Oct. 22

Superstore” (NBC, Thursdays at 8)

Hugh Grant, Noma Dumezweni, center, and Nicole Kidman act in HBO’s “The Undoing.” (Photo: Courtesy of HBO)

Oct. 25

“The Undoing” (HBO, Sundays at 9): Nicole Kidman stars as therapist Grace Fraser, who is married to the dedicated Jonathan (Hugh Grant) in this limited series created by David E. Kelley (“Big Little Lies”). The couple’s idyllic life is upended following a death and a missing spouse.

Oct. 30

“The Mandalorian” (Disney+)

Nov. 1

“Roadkill” (PBS, Sundays at 9): Hugh Laurie embodies a crooked politician in this four-part drama.

Nov. 10

This Is Us” (NBC, Tuesdays at 9)

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Nov. 11

“Chicago Fire” (NBC, Wednesdays at 9)

Nov. 12

“Law & Order: SVU” (Thursdays at 9)

Nov. 13

“I am Greta” (Hulu): A documentary centered on teen environmental activist Greta Thunberg.

“The Blacklist” (NBC, Fridays at 8)

Nov. 15

“The Crown” Season 4 (Netflix): The upcoming season covers 1979-1990, which includes Prince Charles’ 1981 wedding to Diana and the birth of their two children, Princes William and Harry.

“The Reagans” (Showtime, Sundays at 8): The Reagan administration is examined in this four-episode docuseries.

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Dec. 17

“The Stand” (CBS All Access, Thursdays): In the limited series inspired by Stephen King’s novel, Whoopi Goldberg plays centenarian Mother Abagail, who is tasked with saving the world from Randall Flagg, aka the Dark Man played by Alexander Skarsgård.

Earlier premieres:

Interior designer Jeremiah Brent (from left), fashion designer Thai Nguyen and chef Gabriele Bertaccini in an episode of “Say I Do.” (Photo: Netflix)

July 1

“Deadwind”: Season 2 (Netflix)

“Say I Do” (Netflix): Interior designer Jeremiah Brent, fashion designer Thai Nguyen and chef Gabriele Bertaccini have said “I do” to making couples’ surprise wedding dreams come true.

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July 3

“The Baby-Sitters Club” (Netflix): Stoneybrook’s young entrepreneurial minds introduced in “The Baby-Sitters Club” books are at the center of a new series in which Alicia Silverstone portrays Elizabeth Thomas-Brewer, mom to Kristy Thomas (Sophie Grace). 

“Hanna”: Season 2 (Amazon Prime)

July 5

“Outcry” (Showtime, Sundays at 10): The docuseries investigates the conviction of high school athlete Greg Kelley for sexually assaulting a young boy, and his subsequent 25-year prison sentence. 

July 8

“Tough As Nails” (CBS, Wednesdays at 8 and CBS All Access): A dozen competitors, whose day jobs include welding, farming, fighting fires, roofing and other occupations requiring physical strength, are put to the test.

“Stateless” (Netflix): Four unacquainted people meet at an immigration detention center in Australia. 

“Was It Love?” (Netflix): A single mom, who has long been unattached, crosses paths with four men, and gets back in touch with herself. 

July 9

“Expecting Amy” (HBO Max): The docuseries captures comedian Amy Schumer during her difficult pregnancy with her son, Gene, who was born in May 2019. 

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Zac Efron in his Netflix travel show “Down to Earth.” (Photo: Netflix)

July 10

“Down to Earth with Zac Efron” (Netflix): Efron crosses the globe with wellness expert Darin Olien “in search of healthy, sustainable ways to live.”

“Greatness Code” (Apple TV+): The victories of legendary sports figures are examined.

“Little Voice” (Apple TV+): Bess (Brittany O’Grady) chases her dreams of being a star while experiencing rejection, family drama and a bumpy dating life.

July 15

“Brave New World” (Peacock): Demi Moore joins the cast of the sci-fi drama based on Aldous Huxley’s 1932 novel.

“The Capture” (Peacock): A detective investigating a case against a British soldier discovers a conspiracy.

“Intelligence” (Peacock): David Schwimmer and Nick Mohammed star in the comedy created by Mohammed in which the “Friends” alum plays an NSA agent who partners with a computer analyst to investigate cyber crimes.

“Skin Decision: Before and After” (Netflix): Dr. Sheila Nazarian, a plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills, and Nurse Jamie, a skin-care expert with a celebrity following, help clients look their best. 

July 16

“House of Ho” (HBO Max): The unscripted series depicts generations of the Ho family. Through effort and determination, Vietnamese immigrants Binh and Hue Ho have become very successful Houstonians.

July 17

“Cursed” (Netflix): Katherine Langford assumes the role of Nimue in the fantasy drama based on Thomas Wheeler’s book.

“Absentia”: Season 3 (Amazon Prime)

July 19

“The Alienist: Angel of Darkness” (TNT, Sundays at 9): The second season of the period drama. 

“United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell” (CNN, Sundays at 10): The fifth season of the docuseries debuts with an extended premiere exploring white supremacy.

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July 21

“Street Food: Latin America” (Netflix): Examining the cuisine of six Latin American countries, with stops in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Oaxaca, Mexico.

July 22

“Corporate” (Comedy Central, Wednesdays at 10:30): The comedy will end with its third season, during which Matt (star/co-creator Matt Ingebretson), Jake (star/co-creator Jake Weisman), Grace (Aparna Nancherla) and their colleagues at Hampton DeVille combat the challenges of their workplace.

“Love on the Spectrum” (Netflix): The project looks at the dating lives of those on the autism spectrum. 

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July 23

“The Dog House” (HBO Max): Dogs that come to Wood Green, the British animals shelter, and are placed with new owners are at the heart of this series.

July 24

“In the Dark”: Season 2 (Netflix)

“Jim Gaffigan: The Pale Tourist” (Amazon Prime): The comedian delivers two specials, performing stand-up personalized to each location, incorporating his experiences in Spain and Canada.

“Room 104” (HBO, Fridays at 11): The anthology series begins its goodbye with its fourth and final season. 

Comedian Jim Gaffigan (Photo: Courtesy Amazon)

July 26

Wynonna Earp”: Season 4 (Syfy, Sundays at 10)

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July 30

“In My Skin” (Hulu): Depicts the life of teenager Bethan (Gabrielle Creevy), who struggles with the challenges of adolescence. 

July 31

“The Umbrella Academy”: Season 2 (Netflix) 

“Black is King” (Disney+): Beyoncé serves as writer, director and executive produced for the visual album, which is based on “The Lion King: The Gift,” the soundtrack album from the live-action remake of “The Lion King,” “This visual album from Beyoncé reimagines the lessons of ‘The Lion King’ for today’s young kings and queens in search of their own crowns,” an announcement says. 

“Muppets Now” (Disney+): The debut season features six episodes of unscripted Muppets content with celebrity guests.

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Aug. 5

“Big Brother” (CBS, premiere at 9, Wednesday. After the debut, it will air Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8): An all-star cast assembles for the reality program’s 22nd season.

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Aug. 6

“Star Trek: Lower Decks” (Thursdays on CBS All Access): A new animated comedy, the first in decades for the “Trek” franchises, centers on the U.S.S. Cerritos’s support crew.

Aug. 7

“Selling Sunset”: Season 3 (Netflix)

“Howard” (Disney+): The documentary makes viewers a part of Howard Ashman’s world. The late lyricist wrote the lyrics for tunes from beloved Disney movies like “The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin” and “Beauty and the Beast,” in addition to creating musicals.

‘Selling Sunset’: Chrishell Stause learns of divorce from Justin Hartley in a text: ‘It’s hard not to feel worthless’

Howard Ashman (Photo: Courtesy Disney+)

Aug. 9

“Shark Week” (Discovery Channel, Aug. 9 through Aug. 16): The 32nd annual Discovery event includes specials “Tyson vs. Jaws: Rumble on the Reef” (Aug. 9, 9 EDT/PDT) and “Will Smith: Off The Deep End” (Aug. 11, 9 EDT/PDT). 

Aug. 14

Ted Lasso” (Apple TV+): Jason Sudeikis stars as a football coach hired to oversee a British soccer team. 

“World’s Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji” (Amazon Prime): Bear Grylls hosts the reality competition, in which 66 teams face-off.

Aug. 16

“Lovecraft Country”: (HBO, Sundays at 9): The drama takes its inspiration from 2016 Matt Ruff’s novel, set in the 1950s. Jonathan Majors portrays  Freeman, who partners with his uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) and Letitia (Jurnee Smollett), a pal from childhood. They embark on a road trip to find Atticus’ dad, Montrose (Michael Kenneth Williams), who has gone missing and also encounter racism and horrifying monsters.

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Courtney B. Vance, Jonathan Majors and Jurnee Smollett in HBO’s “Lovecraft Country.” (Photo: Eli Joshua Ade/HBO)

Aug. 21

“Lucifer”: Season 5 (Netflix)

Aug. 30

Love Fraud” (Showtime, Sundays at 9): This four-part docuseries explores the cons of Richard Scott Smith, who romanced and swindled several women, prompting them to turn to a bounty hunter for revenge. 

‘Pure evil’: Con man Richard Scott Smith’s ex-fiancée talks crook ahead of ‘Love Fraud’ docuseries

Contributing: Carly Mallenbaum and Kelly Lawler

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