In an unusual television season marked by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that has kept production mostly at a standstill, ABC is rolling out a fall schedule that so far only includes unscripted series, though the network plans to announce scripted premiere dates in the near future.
The network, which has a coronavirus-proof fall schedule, will aim to film its four dramas and two comedies as soon as it’s safe to do so.
The Disney-owned broadcaster revealed its schedule for the 2020-21 season, without using the word “fall” once. Instead, the Karey Burke-led network hopes that its scripted and unscripted fare can return to work soon enough so that the network’s originals can return either in September or as late as November. In debuting its schedule, the network is relying heavily on unscripted series to help carry the load and reduce the number of scripted originals that will likely need extra time to film episodes with safety protocols put in place amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Sources close to the network say that while it is unlikely that everything will be ready in time for the traditional start of the network season in September, it is confident that the return to production is moving along fast enough that it will have its biggest series like This Is Us and new Law & Order: Organized Crime ready for “around mid-October.”
ABC and Fox chiefs share fatigue with the early May crunch, while CBS and NBC execs seem more wed to the upfront schedule.
As cable and streaming options continue to win a greater share of advertiser budgets, the broadcast networks are far from done. They showed last week that they are still major players, still the favorite of the big mass advertisers, the people who throw around billions. It won’t always be that way.
The 2019-2020 broadcast season will be here before we know it, and the schedule for the season has several compelling match ups to offer. The final seasons of multiple shows will bow this fall, while several freshman shows will find themselves facing stiff competition in their timeslots. Likewise, some returning shows have been shuffled to slots that do not portend well for their futures. Check out the full schedule.
The CW is making a lot of changes for next season, with only four of the 12 time slots on the fall schedule featuring the same occupants they did last fall. The fall 2019 lineup includes two intriguing DC superhero team-ups: a suoerheroine Sunday with Supergirl and Batwoman and The Flash and Arrow together for the first time on Tuesday.
Just like its competition this year, ABC is using “stability” as its buzzword for next season, as well as leaning into its female-centric brand. The company announced on Tuesday that its fall 2019 schedule will feature just three new scripted series, touting that it makes for the network’s “most stable schedule in over a decade.”
Upfronts Week 2019 is underway, and Fox is the second broadcast-TV network (following NBC) to announce its schedule for the fall TV season.
Calling comedy the “heart” of its brand, the network announced it is adding four new sitcoms to its lineup for 2019-20, with stars including Kenan Thompson of Saturday Night Live and sitcom veterans Fran Drescher (The Nanny) and Steven Weber (Mom, ‘Wings). In addition, the return of network’s popular drama This is Us wasn’t in doubt, but NBC cemented its value to the network by renewing it for what it called an “unprecedented” three more years.
What does it take to get “canceled” these days, anyway?
This fall’s freshman slate from the Big Five resonates with a clear message: Creatively, the broadcast networks are fed up trying to compete for new-and-different with their cable and streaming rivals, and have thrown in the towel. Surprise is off the table for the broadcast nets, which have succumbed to formulas and spinoffs. Comfort TV is the rule.
If this is the Platinum Age of Television, why is everything starting to look rusty? The commercial broadcast networks last week trotted out the casts of their fall shows at the annual Television Critics Association meeting in Los Angeles. The new season, about six weeks away, looks shockingly like previous ones. Where’s the creativity? Where are the fresh ideas?
The African American-targeted multicast network’s 2017-18 programming will feature the new Grown Folks in addition to the exclusive telecast of The Trumpet Awards 2018, quarterly Ed Gordon newsmagazine specials and a new season of Premiere Boxing Champions on Bounce.
NBC announced Monday that The Good Place, the Kristen Bell-Ted Danson comedy, will kick off its second season a week early — on Wednesday, Sept, 20 at 10/9C, with a special one-hour episode immediately following the (traditionally) highly-rated two-hour season finale of America’s Got Talent. The Good Place will then settle into its regular Thursday-at-8:30 perch after Superstore on Sept. 28.
ABC has set fall premiere dates for the 2017-18 season, plus a new title for new fall drama The Gospel Of Kevin, which will be known as Kevin (Probably) Saves the World.
The latest network to firm up fall premiere plans, Fox is putting plenty of proverbial eggs in The Orville‘s basket. The Seth MacFarlane space soap is getting two special screenings before the official start of the season to lure as many NFL eyeballs as possible. The first two hours of Orville will air ahead of its official Thursday debut with part one airing Sept. 10 and part two running Sept. 17.
NBC is the third network (following The CW and CBS) to reveal its precise roll-out plan for the upcoming fall TV season, and it kicks off on Monday, Sept. 25, with The Voice‘s Season 13 premiere.
CBS is the first broadcast network to unveil its premiere plan for the 2017-18 TV season, and the network will kick things off with the milestone 50th season of 60 Minutes. Also of note, the freshman comedy Young Sheldon will get a special “sneak peek” leading out of its sire The Big Bang Theory‘s Season 11 premiere, Thursday Night Football takes the field Sept. 28 through Oct. 26, and Shemar Moore’s S.W.A.T. swings into action on Nov. 2, when CBS’s regular Thursday lineup launches.
This Is Us goes up against the final season of Scandal and more noteworthy match-ups.
The CW is the final Big 5 broadcaster to unveil its 2017-18 schedule, and here’s the major headline: the network is moving roughly half of its established shows to new time slots this fall.
Among TV studios, Warner Bros. and CBS have the most new and returning shows for the 2017-18 season. Many networks are opting to renew shows made by their sister studios.
CBS has released trailers for some of its new comedies and dramas as part of its 2017-18 slate.
As expected, Big Bang Theory prequel spinoff Young Sheldon has landed on Thursday-at-8:30 following Big Bang. Also on the new-show front, David Boreanaz’ SEAL Team will air Wednesdays at 9, pushing Criminal Minds to 10 pm, and Shemar Moore’s S.W.A.T. has snagged the Thursdays-at-10 slot.
The gap between studios narrows as the five broadcast networks fill fewer holes on their schedules with content that’s largely produced in-house.
ABC will be looking to make a splash in midseason with the American Idol and Roseanne revivals. In the fall, the network will be introducing one new comedy series, The Mayor, and four new dramas, The Good Doctor, The Gospel of Kevin and the straight-to-series Marvel’s Inhumans and Ten Days In the Valley.
The Orville, a new space adventure starring and produced by Seth MacFarlane, is set 400 years in the future and follows the adventures of an exploratory spaceship. Also debuting this fall is The Gifted, about a suburban couple who discovers their children have mutant powers. Comedy will get the fantasy and sci-fi touch at Fox with Ghosted. Continuing the theme is The X-Files.
The new lineup includes four new dramas nad two new comedies plus two live musicals: A Christmas Story in December and Rent.
Big broadcast and cable networks will try to put a positive spin on declining ratings, audience fragmentation and cord-cutting when they present their programming plans for the 2017-18 TV season to advertisers this week in New York.
NBC is the first broadcast network to unveil its schedule for the 2017-18 TV season, and the big news on the returning-show front is the Peacock’s decision to shift breakout hit This Is Us from Tuesdays-at-9 to Thursdays-at-9. In its new slot, it will follow returning Must-See vet Will & Grace (at 8 p.m.) and the Tina Fey-produced sophomore comedy Great News (at 8:30). “Our hope is to create the return of Must-See TV on Thursday,” said NBC Chairman Robert Greenblatt on Sunday.
NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises unveiled today its 2017-18 programming lineup, to feature more than 850 hours of new formats and multiplatform original content. The new primetime programming line-up includes the returning La Reina del Sur, five new miniseries (including one based on the life of music icon Luis Miguel and another about the death of beloved Mexican-American singer Selena Quintanilla).
These are the sure bets, the programs sure to be on the schedule. Many have already received season commitments. Others, like Little Sheldon, are just no-brainers.
But it’s not the must buy it once was for clients with a timely message. A lot has changed with the rise of the DVR and online streaming. Sunday and Monday are now key, too.
It’s odd how we cling to certain TV rituals. The whole idea of “Fall TV,” for example. There’s an ongoing, revolutionary upgrade in the many ways we watch television, so how is it that consumers are still expected to gorge on two to three dozen premieres at once (from broadcast, cable and streaming) every September and October, the way we’ve always done it?
Here’s a look at the strengths and weaknesses of each network as they head into the fourth quarter. NBC is in the best shape, thanks to football. Fox has the most question marks.
A Variety survey of commercial-ratings projections for the 2016-17 broadcast TV season finds ad buyers believe Star, the new Fox musical drama from co-creators Lee Daniels and Tom Donaghy, will generate the most commercial viewership of any freshman scripted program. The survey, constructed using estimates from three large media-buying agencies, examines the primetime grid for the most viewers between the ages of 18 and 49 who watch commercials.
After renewing nearly all its shows, the network basks in long-sought stability with a roster of superhero programs, such as The Flash, Arrow and a new arrival from sister network CBS.