Upfronts 2016: Looking Ahead to the 2016-17 TV Season

Every year in the middle of May, the TV networks do their big presentations and announcements, handing out renewals and pilot pick-ups, while cancelling other shows. For the past 5 years, I’ve been doing posts with my thoughts and reactions to their proposed new season schedule, every day to correspond with each network’s presentation. This year, with so much going on in my personal life, in lieu of my usual day-by-day posts, I’m going to streamline it and pack it all into one big post, after the fact. Snap judgments on the new shows and quick thoughts on the fall schedule.

ABC

RENEWED: American Crime, Black-ish, The Catch, Dr. Ken, Fresh Off the Boat, The Goldbergs, Grey’s Anatomy, How to Get Away with Murder, Last Man Standing, Agents of SHIELD, The Middle, Modern Family, Once Upon a Time, Quantico, The Real O’Neals, Scandal; The Bachelor, DWTS, Shark Tank

CANCELLED: Agent Carter, Castle, The Family, Galavant, The Muppets, Nashville

NEW SHOWS:

  • Conviction [Drama – Mondays @ 10] – Hayley Atwell will still be on ABC, despite Agent Carter being cancelled. With her as lead of this legal drama, and with a cast the includes Merrin Dungey (Francie from Alias!), Daniel DiTomasso (Killian from Witches of East End!), Shawn Ashmore (Iceman!), Eddie Cahill (Tag from Friends!), Emily Kinney, Manny Montana (Johnny from Graceland!), I need nothing else to tune in. It is going to take some getting used to, not hearing Hayley talk in her regular British accent.
  • American Housewife [Comedy – Tuesdays @ 8:30] – This used to be called The Second Fattest Housewife in Westport, so you can take a gander at what this show is about. I just don’t know what other comedy can be mined from housewives and suburbia that hasn’t been done before. And I didn’t really laugh at any of the jokes in the trailer, so I think I’m gonna pass.
  • Speechless [Comedy – Wednesdays @8:30] – A comedy that revolves around a family with a special-needs child. Not gonna lie, I’m worried about the quality of the jokes. However, Minnie Driver in a comedy got me thinking about her last show, About A Boy, which I loved, and the trailer kinda gives off those same kinda vibes, so I’m not gonna dismiss it entirely.
  • Designated Survivor [Drama – Wednesdays @ 10] – Washington politics? Whatever. But this cast (Kiefer Sutherland, Maggie Q, Italia Ricci, Kal Penn, Natascha McElhone, Adan Canto)? A++
  • Notorious [Drama – Thursdays @ 9] – Criminal law and the media intersect with Daniel Sunjata and Piper Perabo (two more of my favs from the USA network!) starring. Count me in.
  • Downward Dog [Midseason] – The dog talks, confessional-style. Suurrreee…..And the trailer does nothing for me.
  • Imaginary Mary [Midseason] – A CGI creature in a regular comedy. Suurrreee…..The trailer also does nothing for me, except for “WHHHHYYYY?”
  • Still Star-Crossed [Midseason] – What happens to the Montagues and Capulets after the death of Romeo and Juliet? This series aims to show just that. I think younger me might’ve been interested in this, now not so much.
  • Time After Time [Midseason – Sundays @ 9] – Something about H.G. Wells and Jack the Ripper, travelling to the present? Meh.

Quick Thoughts on the Schedule:

  • I still can’t believe they cancelled Agent Carter! I don’t care that Hayley has another show regardless, I wanted her to have both because I don’t like a world in which we don’t get to see more of Peggy, Jarvis, and Sousa. Not to mention, we’ll never get to see how SHIELD came to be.
  • Speaking of SHIELD, the show moving to Tuesdays @ 10 might seem weird at first, but considering ABC’s horrible luck at putting a new show in the timeslot for the past few years, the move was inevitable.
  • Shondaland TGIT is put on hold for the fall, as Scandal moves to midseason due to “scheduling” as they officially put it, but as we all know it’s really to accomodate Kerry Washington’s pregnancy.

CBS

RENEWED: 2 Broke Girls, The Big Bang Theory, Blue Bloods, Code Black, Criminal Minds, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, Elementary, Hawaii Five-0, Life in Pieces, Madam Secretary, Mom, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans, The Odd Couple, Scorpion; Survivor, The Amazing Race

CANCELLED: CSI Cyber, The Good Wife, Mike & Molly, Person of Interest, Rush Hour

FATE UNKNOWN:  Limitless

NEW SHOWS:

  • Kevin Can Wait [Comedy – Mondays @ 8:30; 8 after football]  – Never been a Kevin James fan, so this is of no interest to me.
  • Man With a Plan [Comedy – Mondays @ 8:30] – Joey Tribbiani as a dad? Time fly by or what?! Obviously checking it out.
  • Bull [Drama – Tuesdays @ 9] – Michael Weatherly plays a fictionalized version of Dr. Phil. Pass.
  • The Great Indoors [Comedy – Thursdays @ 8:30] – Joel McHale plays a boss to millenials. So Jeff Winger 2.0? I worry a little about the tone, being that it’s on CBS, but I’ll check it out.
  • Pure Genius [Drama – Thursdays @ 10] – A tech titan and a veteran surgeon open up a hospital with a newer approach to medicine. Doesn’t really appeal to me, I’m afraid. But how do I say no to a show that has Odette Annable and Brenda Song within its cast, and is executive produced by Jason Katims? I can’t, so I’m gonna have to give it a shot.
  • MacGyver [Drama – Fridays @ 8] – Has the name going for it, but with massive retooling being done, the pickup seems odd.
  • Doubt [Drama – Midseason] – Not a fan of Katherine Heigl. Pass.
  • Training Day [Drama – Midseason] – Takes the name and conceit of the movie for brand recognition, otherwise has nothing to do with the movie or the characters. Sure you’ve got Bill Paxton in the Denzel-like role, but why bother?

Quick Thoughts on the Schedule:

  • CBS has never really been my network of choice, what with all the procedurals and kinda lame comedies. There are exceptions to those of course, but majority of the shows are just not my cup of tea and they all just meld together in my mind.
  • The Amazing Race is being pushed until midseason? Say what now?! For the past three years, I’ve gotten TAR pretty much year-round (U.S. fall and winter, Canada summer). I don’t accept this at all.
  • The network is looking for a new home for freshman series, Limitless. Why they didn’t renew it is mind-bloggling. But not even admitting that they are canceling it? Infuriating.

FOX

RENEWED: Bob’s Burgers, Bones, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Empire, Family Guy, Gotham, The Last Man on Earth, Lucifer, New Girl, Rosewood, Scream Queens, The Simpsons, Sleepy Hollow; Hell’s Kitchen, MasterChef, MasterChef Junior

CANCELLED: Bordertown, The Cleveland Show, Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life, Grandfathered, The Grinder, Second Chance

NEW SHOWS:

  • Lethal Weapon [Drama – Wednesdays @ 8] – Fits right in with the buddy cop dynamic of most TV cop shows lately, with added brand name quality. Will watch the pilot (even though the trailer was probably enough) but it’s gotta have something extra to make me want to tune in regularly. Otherwise, it’s just another dude cop show to me, and I don’t need that.
  • Pitch [Drama – Thursdays @ 9] – Baseball may not be exactly my thing, but a show about a woman making the Major Leagues? Sign me up! The preview looks absolutely great for it!
  • The Exorcist [Drama – Fridays @ 9] – Not my type of show.
  • Son of Zorn [Comedy – Sundays @ 8:30] – Animated Barbarian father comes home to live-action ex-wife and son. Man, are they pulling out the weird, or what? I honestly have no idea what to make of it. From the trailer, I already get the sense that it’s not for me.
  • 24: Legacy [Drama – Midseason, Mondays @ 8] – I was never really interested in the original 24, I don’t know why, but maybe I’ll get into this spinoff. I mean, the cast (Corey Hawkins, Miranda Otto, Jimmy Smits) is a pretty solid one, so we’ll see.
  • APB [Drama – Midseason, Mondays @ 9] – A tech billionaire buys a police precinct, in hopes to get justice for the death of his friend. Off of the previews, with some of the tech being used, reminds me of Almost Human but obviously not so futuristic sci-fi. I’ll give it a shot, but I don’t expect much.
  • The Mick [Comedy – Midseason, Tuesdays @ 8:30] – A woman is tasked with taking care of her imprisoned sister’s spoiled kids. Comedy ensues? Hope so. Sustainable? Well, the preview looks like the show would be a better movie than a series, but what do I know?
  • Shots Fired [Drama – Spring, Wednesdays @ 8] – The whole investigating shootings in a small-town and dealing with the media, seems both timely and played out somehow. It looks like it could be a really good show, just maybe not for me.
  • Star [Drama – Midseason, Wednesdays @ 9] – A music-based drama, which centers on three girls who hope to rise to fame. Put more focus on the music and the industry, and character development, less on the crazy drama, and I’m in.
  • Prison Break [Midseason, Thursdays @ 9] – Like the X-Files series event, this is another limited event continuation of the old show, set years later. Didn’t care for it then, don’t really care now.
  • Making History [Comedy – Midseason, Sundays @ 8:30] – They had me with Adam Pally time-traveling comedy.

Quick Thoughts on the Schedule

  • I don’t think I have ever been so conflicted about a show’s renewal than I have with Sleepy Hollow. On the one hand, I still love the people working on the show. On the other hand, season 3 was on/off, and letting go of Nikki Beharie (a critical, if not the most important aspect of the show) was kind of the final straw. The show won’t come back until midseason, so we’ll see how I feel then.
  • It’s a bummer that the network canceled Grandfathered and The Grinder. Grandfathered was a really sweet comedy, while The Grinder kind of redefined the meaning of meta.

NBC

RENEWED: The Blacklist, Blindspot, The Carmichael Show, Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, Chicago P.D., Grimm, Law & Order: SVU, Shades of Blue, Superstore; The Voice, Hollywood Game Night, Little Big Shots

CANCELLED: Crowded, Game of Silence, Heartbeat, The Mysteries of Laura, Telenovela, Undateable

NEW SHOWS:

  • Timeless [Drama – Mondays @ 10] – Lots of time travel happening this season. This one seems the strongest of the bunch, giving me 12 Monkeys-vibes (without the virus stuff). I already have a favourite time-travel show so it will have to do a lot to overcome the comparisons, for me anyways, and make me see it as a separate thing. But, Abigail Spencer!
  • This Is Us [Drama – Tuesdays @ 9] – Follows a group of people who cross paths and have their lives intertwine in different ways. I like Mandy Moore, Milo Ventigmilia, and Justin Hartley, so I’ll give it a shot. Some people have said that the trailer reminds them of Parenthood; I personally don’t see it. I do need to see more of the overall product to really judge it.
  • The Good Place [Comedy – Thursdays @ 8:30] – Kristen Bell and Ted Danson in a comedy about the afterlife, from Michael Schur (Parks and Rec!) SOLD
  • Taken [Drama – Midseason, Mondays @ 10] – We’re looking at the life of younger Bryan Mills, 30 years before he became that guy in the movie series. Do we really need this show? My gut says not really.
  • The Blacklist: Redemption [Drama – Midseason] – Don’t watch The Blacklist to begin with, so no interest.
  • Chicago Justice [Drama – Midseason] – Hard pass.
  • Emerald City [Drama – Midseason] – The Oz “event series” was picked-up, cancelled, and then picked-up again. We’ll see, I guess? Not a lot of faith here.
  • Great News [Comedy – Midseason] – Briga Heelan and Andrea Martin, in a mother-daughter workplace comedy from Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. I’m in.
  • Marlon [Comedy – Midseason] – Loosely based on Marlon Wayans’ real life. Willing to give it a shot.
  • Midnight, Texas [Drama – Midseason] – Based on Charlaine Harris’ series (the one that isn’t True Blood), focuses on a town full of vampires, witches, psychics, and such. Checking it out purely for Arielle Kebbel, Sarah Ramos, and Dylan Bruce.
  • Powerless [Comedy – Midseason] – Office comedy set around the regular people who have to deal with the aftermath of DC superhero fights. That is so ripe with jokes, I have to check it out.
  • Trial & Error [Comedy – Midseason] – Big city lawyer working on a murder trial in a small town. Classic fish-out-of-water stuff. If it doesn’t do the obvious jokes, then it stands a chance.

Quick Thoughts on the Schedule:

  • It’s nice to see that NBC is trying to get back into Thursday night comedies, with Superstore and The Good Place.
  • Can’t believe it took them so long to renew The Carmichael Show, a comedy that is so current and topical, even when it looks like an old-school sitcom. To think that it is now NBC’s longest running comedy (with its 3rd season renewal) certainly says a lot of the network’s current state.
  • I still need them to scale back on The Voice. There’s been so much TV that I’ve pretty much stopped watching it simply because I don’t have time for it. Not to mention, I am definitely feeling the burnout from it.

THE CW

RENEWED: The 100, Arrow, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, iZombie, Jane the Virgin, The Originals, Reign, Supergirl (!), Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries

CANCELLED: Containment

NEW SHOWS

  • No Tomorrow [Comedy – Tuesdays @ 9]Opposites attract: risk-aversed girl meets carefree guy who thinks the apocalypse is coming. Watching for Joshua Sasse, since Galavant got cancelled.
  • Frequency [Drama – Wednesdays @ 9] – Don’t remember watching the original movie that the show is based on, but the preview seems interesting enough.
  • Riverdale [Drama – Midseason] – A modern take on the Archie gang that has the small-town be more than its wholesome appeal? Oh, and it’s yet ANOTHER show from Greg Berlanti? Yeah, okay, I’m in.

Quick Thoughts on the Schedule

  • Supergirl is where it finally belongs – on the CW! The audience that CBS wanted for the show wasn’t quite there, but it fits so much better here with its DC superhero cohorts. Epic crossover between Supergirl/The Flash/Arrow/Legends of Tomorrow to be expected, though let’s be real, all we really want is a big musical episode. How much the show itself will change with the network move is certainly the biggest question. Moving the filming to Vancouver, lesser budget, and possibly less Calista Flockhart/Cat Grant (who reportedly took the show because it filmed in LA)? We’ll have to wait and see
  • Schedule-wise: I love the CW pairing Supergirl and Jane the Virgin. I mean, I was watching it that way anyways, so thanks to them for letting me keep my schedule as is there.
  • iZombie being held off until midseason? I don’t like it.

And that’s the rundown of what next season will look like!

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Upfronts 2015: ABC Releases Familiar Schedule for Next Fall

ABC has always been interesting (and infuriating) to write about when it comes to Upfronts. They tend to hold things to the vest, neither confirming or denying what has been renewed or cancelled, until pretty much the day of. This year, they made their announcements pretty early (for them anyways), revealing over Twitter on Thursday night.

THE MUPPETS [Comedy – Tuesdays @ 8]: This isn’t the kids’ Muppets. In this new series, it’ll be the Muppets a la The Office, employing a documentary-style feel that will explore the personal life and relationships of the Muppets. It may not be the kids’ Muppets, but it’s the Muppets for the kids at heart.

QUANTICO [Drama – Tuesdays @ 10]: The series follows a group of young FBI recruits as they fight their way through training at Quantico. We will see them in present day, with flashbacks to what made them who they are and what led them to joining the FBI, as well as a flash-forward to when one of the recruits gets activated as a sleeper terrorist and becomes responsible for a big terror attack. Consider it to be like How to Get Away With Murder, except it’s “Who’s the terrorist?”

DR.KEN [Comedy – Fridays @ 8:30]: Ken Jeong stars as a man who is trying and failing at juggling his career as a doctor, his marriage, and parenting. First of all, kudos to the network for continuing to diversify its shows. Second of all, Albert Tsai is back on another TV series – BERTWHEELS!

OIL [Drama – Sundays @ 9]: Chace Crawford and Rebecca Rittenhouse play a small-town couple who uproots their life to North Dakota, where the biggest oil discovery in America is made. Soon after, they find themselves threatened by a ruthless business tycoon (played by Don Johnson), who pushes them to bet on everything they’ve ever worked for; Amber Valetta, Scott Michael Foster, and India de Beaufort also star. I know for certain I’m going to have to wait and see more of it before I make a decision, because as is, it doesn’t really appeal to me. I like the cast they’ve assembled, so I’ll give it a shot.

OF KINGS AND PROPHETS [Drama – Sunday @ 10]: Biblical saga…. Aaannnd that’s where you lose me. Sorry.

THE CATCH [Drama – Midseason]: In the latest Shondaland drama, Mirelle Enos plays Alice Martin, a fraud investigator who is about to get conned herself by her fiance. At this point, we know way better than to underestimate the power of Shonda Rhimes, and once again, she’s bringing stories of powerful women to the forefront. None of the other names in the cast stand out to me, except Bethany Joy Lenz! Haley James Scott, everyone! Count me in!

THE FAMILY [Drama – Midseason]: When the previously presumed dead son of a politician returns after disappearing a decade earlier, it causes many suspicions from those all around, including those linked to the initial murder case. Joan Allen, Rupert Graves, Zach Gilford, and Allison Pill are among the stars of this series. I really think they should reconsider the title because it is incredible vague and generic, and doesn’t really give you a sense of what the show is about. Title aside, this has potential; however, in this day and age, I don’t know how a mystery like this could stretch out further than one season.

THE REAL O’NEALS [Comedy – Midseason]: A seemingly picture-perfect family find their life changed when the youngest son comes out, and they decide to finally stop pretending and just be real. Martha Plimpton, Jay R. Ferguson, and Bebe Wood star.

UNCLE BUCK [Comedy – Midseason]: Based on the 1989 movie of the same name, Mike Epps plays the title character, a man-child who learns to be an adult by becoming the nanny to his brother’s (James Lesure) kids.

WICKED CITY [Drama – Midseason]: This will be another series going the anthology route if it goes on for multiple seasons, following a notable case in Los Angeles history. For its first season, the case revolves around a murder on the Sunset Strip in 1982, where sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll were everything. I think this could be a really interesting show because of the history involved. Plus, Ed Westwick and Erika Christensen is in it? I’ll be more than happy to check it out.

Other Notables:

  • ABC is pretty much sticking to what worked for them this season. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday (TGIT) will stay the same, with their midseason shows airing either after a series has finished its run for the season or bridging between two halves of a show’s season. The Catch will air after How To Get Away With Murder is done, because obviously. Wicked City will take over Tuesdays at 10 after Quantico finishes. Secrets and Lies will run during Nashville‘s winter break. Same goes with Galavant/Once Upon A Time and Agent Carter/Agents of SHIELD as it was this season.
  • Speaking of Agent Carter, ABC also released a synopsis for next season, which is actually quite surprising that they already had it on hand. Season 2 will see Peggy move from NYC to LA to fight against new threats. My immediate question is: What does that mean for Angie/Lyndsy Fonseca??!! (Because you know I constantly need to see my Nikita people on screen.) AND THEN: What does that mean for Jarvis/James D’arcy, Sousa/Enver Gjokaj and Thompson/Chad Michael Murray? I need to know!!!
  • Fresh Off the Boat will stay on Tuesdays, but air after The Muppets. That is until Muppets finishes its run and then it moves back to its original timeslot and one of the other new comedies will get slotted into 8:30. No word on whether the real Eddie Huang will continue working with the show.

 

Upfronts 2015: All the Renewals and Cancellations

Ahh Upfronts. We’re not even done with the current TV season and yet here we are already discussing next season. I was going to just include these renewals and cancellations with the pilot pick-ups for each network, but I have thoughts and just felt it best to separate them like I did last year. So without further ado, a complete rundown of what shows from the 2014-2015 TV season the major broadcast networks have renewed or cancelled.

ABC

  • Renewed: American Crime, Black-ish, Castle, Dancing With the Stars, Fresh Off the Boat, Galavant, The Goldbergs, Grey’s Anatomy, How to Get Away With Murder, Agents of SHIELD, Agent Carter, The Middle, Modern Family, Nashville, Once Upon a Time, Scandal, Secrets & Lies
  • Canceled/Ended: Cristela, Forever, Manhattan Love Story, Resurrection, Revenge, Selfie, The Taste
  • Pending: Last Man Standing

Unlike the other networks, ABC tends to leave renewals until a few days before Upfronts, and this year was no exception. Pretty much everything that was expected to earn a renewal did. I for one, am SO EXCITED that ABC chose to renew Fresh Off the Boat (which was pulling in solid numbers) and Agent Carter (which was doing respectable numbers, but also has so much support from critics and fans alike). It was a welcome surprise to Galavant get renewed as well, because it’s such an oddball show and with the network airing all the episodes within 4 weeks in January, it didn’t seem like it was going to continue on. On the cancellation end, I’m surprised they didn’t give Forever another season. I watched the first few episodes, thought the overarching mystery was intriguing and could definitely see the appeal, even if I didn’t have the time to continue with it.

CBS

  • Renewed: 2 Broke Girls, The Big Bang Theory, Madam Secretary, Mike & Molly, Mom, NCIS New Orleans, Scorpion, Survivor
  • Cancelled/Ended: Stalker, Battle Creek, The Millers, The McCarthys, Two and a Half Men, The Mentalist
  • Pending: The Amazing Race, Blue Bloods, Criminal Minds, CSI, CSI: Cyber, Elementary, The Good Wife, Hawaii Five-0, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, The Odd Couple, Person of Interest

CBS typically does a batch renewal early on, so it’s intriguing to see that at this moment, there’s so much pending. Of the shows they did give early renewals to, were 3 of 4 freshman series that premiered in the fall. Suffice to say, that was a big indicator that Stalker wasn’t going to be coming back. By no means did I think Stalker was great, but my admiration/love for Maggie Q kept me watching, and though the show was pretty standard procedural fare, I really enjoyed watching the storyline/character arc of Maggie’s Beth. I hope to see Maggie join another TV show in the near future (maybe a Marvel show, because how awesome would that be?!). We know for certain that The Big Bang Theory is still around for at least two more years, to which I say, maybe it’s time to pack it up. I still enjoy watching it, and maybe it’s just me but it’s starting to show its age and it has to end at some point.

FOX

  • Renewed: Bob’s Burgers, Bones, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Empire, Family Guy, Gotham, Hell’s Kitchen, The Last Man on Earth, New Girl, The Simpsons, Sleepy Hollow, Masterchef, Masterchef Junior
  • Cancelled/Ended: The Mindy Project, Glee, Gracepoint, Kitchen Nightmares, Red Band Society, Utopia, Mulaney, Backstrom, The Following
  • Pending: American Idol, Weird Loners

It was a big year for FOX, based on Empire alone, which just kept increasing its audience week after week. The network also had a decent hit with Gotham, though personally I think I’m done with it unless they do something drastically different next season. Then there’s The Last Man on Earth, which turned out to be a rather welcome surprise in terms of how different and funny it was; I know I had my doubts about it, this time last year, so I’m happy to see it turned out well. Sleepy Hollow thankfully got renewed despite its uneven second season, which I think is a matter of the producers figuring out a happy middle ground, between the mythology of it all and the network wanting something accessible to new viewers (a la procedural/case of the week). I still enjoyed season 2 of Sleepy, but it was fairly noticeable when the network meddled with the creativity of the show. We also need to talk for a second how much it sucks that FOX cancelled The Mindy Project. SUCH a fun and funny show, and they let it go? Ridiculous! Hopefully it does find a home somewhere else because I need more Mindy in my life. In terms of the shows awaiting news, I don’t think FOX is going to let go of Idol, even if it is declining. Weird Loners, on the other hand, is as good as cancelled; the writing just wasn’t there and the cast dynamic just didn’t work.

NBC

  • Renewed: The Blacklist, Celebrity Apprentice, Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D., Grimm, Law & Order SVU, The Mysteries of Laura, The Night Shift, Undateable
  • Cancelled/Ended: About a Boy, Allegiance, A to Z, Bad Judge, Constantine, Marry Me, One Big Happy, Parenthood, Parks and Recreation, The Slap, State of Affairs
  • Pending: American Odyssey, The Biggest Loser, The Voice

Oh NBC, no idea what to do with you. The network seemingly called it a wash on this past season, cancelling almost everything it picked up last year, with the only freshman drama that survived being The Mysteries of Laura. A to Z was cancelled way back in the fall, but the cancellation of Marry Me and One Big Happy – two shows featuring Happy Endings alums, that weren’t great but still enjoyable – kind of bum me out a bit. That’s also not to mention that Marry Me and About A Boy were pulled from the schedule in February, to make way for The Voice and the other midseason comedies, with no word on when (or if) it was coming back. I’m really hoping the remaining episodes of both shows will air at some point. I’m bummed for the fans of Constantine, because it was a good show, even if I wasn’t that into it; word is, it’s being shopped to other networks/outlets, so here’s hoping it gets another chance to live somewhere else. The sole remaining comedy on the network (before the new pilots obviously) is underdog Undateable, which began as a summer series, survived to season two, and has now been picked up for a third season, which in a change of format, will consist of entirely live shows. Also, The Night Shift continues to surprise in its steadiness for the network, earning a third season pick-up. In terms of shows still awaiting news, I think American Odyssey is a goner; I wanted to watch it for Anna Friel, but it just didn’t appeal to me at all. The Biggest Loser and The Voice are coming back, though I would really like to see them scale back on The Voice and just do one season a year. Even as a fan of the show, I’m getting tired watching this much Voice in a year, and honestly, NBC really needs to put their marketing efforts towards their new shows, or else we’re gonna end up with the same situation next year.

THE CW

  • Renewed: The 100, Arrow, Beauty and the Beast, The Flash, iZombie, Jane the Virgin, Reign, Supernatural, The Originals, The Vampire Diaries
  • Canceled: Hart of Dixie, The Messengers

Surprisingly, CW made almost all of their renewals back in January, with the exceptions being their midseason shows that hadn’t aired yet. Though they didn’t admit at the time, every one (cast included) knew Hart of Dixie was done after this season, and with the finale that it had, I had already accepted it as being the end. iZombie fully deserved its recent second season pick-up. Unfortunately, The Messengers didn’t make an impact and was pretty much doomed from the start, when the network slotted it right into Friday. We all know Friday is a deadzone, even moreso on The CW (will never forgive them for putting Nikita there), so putting a new show there isn’t exactly a vote of confidence.

So there you have it, a complete list of everything that has been renewed or cancelled on the main broadcast networks. Anything you’re bummed about being cancelled? Which renewal got you most excited?

Gearing Up for Fall TV 2014

It’s officially September, which means regular TV will be coming back soon! Don’t get me wrong, summer TV has been good. My returning faves – So You Think You Can Dance, Suits, Covert Affairs, Graceland, Witches of East End – were still great to watch and got me through the summer. I tried watching some new shows – a couple I like but not love (Outlander, Legends) and a couple that didn’t stick for me (The Strain, Extant, The Leftovers). And then there was True Blood (the less said about it, the better). Point is, I am REALLY excited that all my other shows are coming back and some potentially new favourites are premiering soon!

If this year has shown me anything, it’s that I’m starting to get picky about the shows I watch because there is just simply not enough time to watch everything. Even if everybody else is seemingly talking about it, if it doesn’t hold my interest or if I don’t connect to it, I’m not going to spend more time than I should on it. That being said, I’m still starting off the new season with a pretty packed schedule filled with returning shows and new shows that I’m willing to give a shot. By November sweeps, I’m expecting my load to lighten up a little…that is until all the midseason shows premiere (it’s a never-ending cycle!)

*New Shows

SUNDAY

 

  • Once Upon A Time (ABC, Sept. 28, 8 PM )
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX, Sept. 28, 8:30 PM)
  • Resurrection (ABC, Sept. 28, 9 PM)
  • Mulaney (FOX, Oct. 5, 9:30 PM)*
  • The Affair (Showtime, Oct. 12, 10 PM)*

Sundays used to be a packed night for me, but after deciding to drop both Revenge and Homeland this season, plus The Amazing Race moving to Fridays, tonight became a lot lighter.

MONDAY

  • Gotham (FOX, Sept. 22, 8 PM)
  • Sleepy Hollow (FOX, Sept. 22, 9 PM)
  • The Voice (NBC, Sept. 22, 8 PM)
  • Dancing With the Stars (ABC, Sept. 15, 8 PM)
  • Scorpion (CBS, Sept. 22, 10 PM)*
  • Jane the Virgin (CW, Oct. 13, 9 PM)*
  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS, Sept. 22, 8 PM)

My plan is to watch Gotham and Sleepy Hollow live but realistically, knowing that I’ll be at home having dinner with my family, it’s gonna end up being The Voice with DWTS in between commercials, and watch everything else after. Can we just talk for a second how Allison Holker (one of my favorite dancers, not just from SYTYCD but, ever) is one of the pros on DWTS this season?! AND that Julianne Hough is back, but this time as a permanent 4th judge? The Big Bang Theory is on Mondays for a little while until Thursday Night Football (how many nights of football are there?!) is over, and then it’ll move back to Thursdays.

TUESDAY

  • The Flash (CW, Oct. 7, 8 PM)*
  • Marry Me (NBC, Oct. 14, 9 PM)*
  • About a Boy (NBC, Oct. 14, 9:30 PM)
  • The Mindy Project (FOX, Sept. 16, 9:30 PM)
  • SHIELD (ABC, Sept. 23, 9 PM)
  • Selfie (ABC, Sept. 30, 8 PM)*
  • Manhattan Love Story (ABC, Sept. 30, 8:30 PM)*

Of all the new shows tonight, the only one I’m on the fence about is Manhattan Love Story. I like the two leads, Analeigh Tipton and Jake Dorman, but I’m reserving a wait and see approach. I know I’ll like Marry Me (from David Caspe who created Happy Endings? YES) and have already seen the Selfie pilot, which looks promising. Super excited for The Flash. I was very pleasantly surprised by how much I loved About A Boy last season (I shouldn’t have been so surprised. I mean, Jason Katims, creator of Friday Night Lights and Parenthood), so very much looking forward to its return.

WEDNESDAY

  • Arrow (CW, Oct. 8, 8 PM)
  • Survivor (CBS, Sept. 24, 8 PM)
  • Stalker (CBS, Oct. 1, 10 PM)*
  • Nashville (ABC, Sept. 24, 10 PM)
  • Red Band Society (FOX, Sept. 17, 9 PM)*
  • Modern Family (ABC, Sept. 24, 9 PM)
  • Black-ish (ABC, Sept. 24, 9:30 PM)*
  • Kingdom (DirecTV, Oct. 8, 9 PM)*

I’m not sure how it happened, but all of a sudden my Wednesdays became REALLY packed. I was able to kind of manage it last year with some crafty/skillful timeshifting (via multiple outlets), but this year is a whole ‘nother ballgame. Arrow and Survivor are my staples, Stalker has Maggie Q, and after having already watched the pilot of Red Band Society, I feel like I already love it (Octavia Spencer and Dave Annable? Plus a talented younger cast?) So it doesn’t really leave me much time for anything else. The rest might have to be pushed to the weekend.

THURSDAY

  • Scandal (ABC, Sept. 25, 9 PM)
  • How to Get Away with Murder (ABC, Sept. 25, 10 PM)*
  • A to Z (NBC, Oct. 2, 9:30 PM)
  • Parenthood (NBC, Sept. 25, 10 PM)

What happened to Must See Thursdays?! This line-up is WEAK. I have nothing at 8 PM, until Big Bang Theory moves over at the end of October. I should be happy that this is manageable but still, this is my schedule until I add in the final season of White Collar and the second half of Covert Affairs season 5 run, which premiere Nov. 6. Then at that time I’ll have more decisions to make because WC and CA are at 9 and 10 P.M. respectively.

FRIDAY

  • The Amazing Race (CBS, Sept. 26, 8 PM)
  • Cristela (ABC, Oct. 10, 8:30 PM)*
  • Grimm (NBC, Oct. 24, 9 PM)
  • Constantine (NBC, Oct. 24, 10 PM)

Sinceriously, I love that CBS moved Amazing Race to Fridays – it just works out so well for me (the shut-in that I am)

On tap for MIDSEASON

  • Parks and Recreation
  • Agent Carter
  • Empire
  • Hart of Dixie
  • iZombie
  • Fresh Off the Boat
  • Weird Loners
  • One Big Happy
  • Mr. Robinson
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  • The Messengers

And that is how my schedule is shaping up for the next couple months, unless some of the new shows inevitably disappoint me or don’t interest me as much I thought they would and I stop watching. But still, that’s a lot of TV. Good thing I don’t have much of a social life (LOL!)

Upfronts 2014: ABC Unveils Schedule for the New Season

Last season ABC only renewed two of its freshman series: Nashville and The Neighbors. This season, they did slightly better and renewed three: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Resurrection, and The Goldbergs. The network is obviously hoping for better results next season by picking up a total of 12 shows.

SECRETS AND LIES [Drama – Midseason/TBA]: When Ben Garner (Ryan Phillipe) finds the body of a 4-year old boy, he becomes the prime suspect. Everything is at stake for Ben, as he attempts to clear his name and find out who the real killer is, all while under the watchful eye of Detective Andrea Cornell (Juliette Lewis). I’m not going to lie, I’m getting a little weary of murder mysteries, so my interest in this will really depend on the overall tone and feel of the show.

RYAN PHILLIPPE, JULIETTE LEWIS

SELFIE [Comedy – Tuesdays @ 8]: Karen Gillan stars Eliza Dooley (inspired by My Fair Lady) as a 20-something who after experiencing a very public and embarrassing break-up, finds herself with more social media followers than she could ever imagine, though not exactly for the right reasons. To help change her image, Eliza enlists the help of a marketing expert. Talk about relevant to today’s society! Between Gillan and John Cho, I’m in; I just hope it’s really funny and that ABC does well by it.

TIMOTHY PEPER, JOHN CHO, DA'VINE JOY RANDOLPH, KAREN GILLAN, ALLYN RACHEL, DAVID HAREWOOD

HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER [Drama – Thursdays @ 10]: Viola Davis stars in the latest Shonda Rhimes series, playing a law professor, who along with her students get entangled in a murder plot that could change their lives forever.

MARVEL’S AGENT CARTER [Drama – Midseason/TBA]: Just because the network has Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. already, doesn’t mean it’s done with the corporate synergy and Marvel TV. For those who have seen the movie, you would obviously know about Agent Peggy Carter from the Captain America films. The show picks up in 1946, after the events of the first Cap movie, with Agent Carter now balancing her life between her atypical job as an administrative assistant  and working undercover for Howard Stark. SHIELD has had a rough go at it this season, but with the corporate synergy and whatnot, Marvel/Disney/ABC wasn’t going to let down so easy and allow DC to take over TV. Agent Carter allows them to explore the early origins of SHIELD, keeping it all connected, and give us a character that fans are quite fond of. Also, smart move for ABC to use this show as a bridge during SHIELD’s winter hiatus, instead of giving it its own timeslot on the schedule (they learned their lesson from this past season!)

HAYLEY ATWELL

BLACK-ISH [Comedy – Wednesdays @ 9:30]: Anthony Anderson stars in this comedy about an African-American family who wonder if they have assimilated too much into white culture. Finally, ABC gets more diverse with its shows, this being the first of two comedies with a minority cast. I’m hoping for the best on this one and with ABC giving it the plum post-Modern Family timeslot, clearly they are too. Though in recent years, that timeslot has been somewhat cursed, this is the first time they’ve put a family comedy that makes sense to follow MF, as opposed to the younger skewing shows that didn’t work out for the network/schedule (Super Fun Night, Mixology, Don’t Trust the B**ch in Apartment 23, Happy Endings).

MARCUS SCRIBNER, TRACEE ELLIS ROSS, MARSAI MARTIN, ANTHONY ANDERSON, MILES BROWN, LAURENCE FISHBURNE, YARA SHAHIDI

AMERICAN CRIME [Drama – Midseason/TBA]: A young couple is brutally attacked in their home and though the husband – a war vet – is killed, his wife remains unconscious. The families of the young couple must now wait for a miracle and deal with the aftermath. It’s hard to tell from the description what we can expect from the show. I need to see more before making a firm decision. The network has announced that once Resurrection finishes its run for the season, American Crime will take its place (Sundays @ 9).

FOREVER [Drama – Tuesdays @ 10]: Dr. Henry Morgan (Ioan Gruffudd), an NYC medical examiner, has a secret – he’s immortal. He studies the dead not only to solve cases but to find answers to his immortality. It’s an interesting twist to the typical procedural, but is it a big enough hook for me to tune in? Not so sure.

GALAVANT [Comedy – Midseason/TBA]: Musical fairytale comedy – what could go wrong? Galavant (Joshua Sasse) lost his one true love to the king and sets out on revenge. So musical fairytale revenge comedy. Forgive me for having doubts to how this could possibly work without looking incredibly cheesy. The show is set to debut in OUAT’s timeslot while OUAT is on winter break.

JOSHUA SASSE

THE WHISPERS [Drama – Midseason/TBA]: Aliens are slowly invading our planet by using our most precious resource against us – our children. The show stars Lily Rabe, Milo Ventimiglia, and Barry Sloane. Aliens can be a difficult topic to deal with based simply on the fact that, there’s so many ways they can do this. With the focus being that the aliens are unseen, I feel like they are being used as merely a device to tell the storyline (at least in the beginning). I’m reserving a wait-and-see attitude with this.

BRIANNA BROWN, KYLIE ROGERS, BARRY SLOANE, LILY RABE, KYLE HARRISON BREITKOPF, MILO VENTIMIGLIA

FRESH OFF THE BOAT [Comedy – Midseason/TBA]: Set in the 1990s, Eddie is a hip-hop loving 12-year old kid living in suburban Orlando. Culture clash is strong and inevitable for Eddie’s Taiwanese-American family; his father owns an All-American chain steakhouse and is obsessed with all things American, while his mother is perpetually confused by the culture. This could go either way – offensive or painfully funny…I’m really hoping it’s the latter. But hey, at least they won me over with the title alone (it’s an Asian joke).

FORREST WHEELER, IAN CHEN, RANDALL PARK, HUDSON YANG, CONSTANCE WU

CRISTELA [Comedy – Fridays @ 8:30]: In this semi-autobiographical show, Cristela Alonso is a law student who struggles to balance her career aspirations with the expectations of her Mexican-American family.

MANHATTAN LOVE STORY [Comedy – Tuesdays @ 8:30]: A young couple (played by Analeigh Tipton and Jake McDorman) in the early stages of dating, exposes the differences between men and women through their unfiltered thoughts. The bar for rom-com TV is set at The Mindy Project, so in order for this to succeed they have to have sharp funny writing and something that will truly set it apart from other relationship comedies.

Notables/Thoughts:

  • SHIELD is staying put on Tuesdays, but will now air at 9:00. Smart move from the network to air their new comedies earlier than their NBC/FOX competition. I mean, 6 comedies in the same one hour block was tough on everyone.
  • Thursdays are now owned by Shonda Rhimes, with Grey’s Anatomy shifting to 8:00, Scandal to 9:00, and her new show How to Get Away With Murder at 10:00. My only concern is that Scandal has always seemed to be a 10 PM show, because they could get away with more, so they may have to tone down the crazy just a little bit due to their new timeslot.
  • The Goldbergs are moving to Wednesdays @ 8:30. With Wednesdays being essentially the family comedy night for ABC, this should turn out well for the show.

For a complete look at ABC’s fall schedule, plus full descriptions of the new shows, head on over to Entertainment Weekly.

On deck for tomorrow: CBS (which is to say don’t expect a lot of changes to the schedule; my guess anyways)!