Friday, April 8, 2016

2015-2016 Season: State of All Broadcast Shows

Here is the complete list of shows which aired in the 2015-2016 season (not including summer series) on a broadcast network and their current status: renewed for next season (2016-2017), canceled, or awaiting announcement. The list will be continue to be updated as new information becomes available.

ABC

Renewed: Agents of SHIELD, America's Funniest Home Videos, The Bachelor, black-ish, Dancing with the Stars, Fresh Off the Boat, The Goldbergs, Grey's Anatomy, How to Get Away with Murder, The Middle, Modern Family, Once Upon a Time, Quantico, Scandal, Shark Tank

Canceled: Blood & Oil, Of Kings and Prophets, Wicked City

Awaiting Fate: 20/20, Agent Carter, American Crime, Beyond the Tank, Castle, The Catch, Dr. Ken, The Family, Galavant, The Great Christmas Light Fight, The Great Holiday Baking Show, Last Man Standing, The Muppets, My Diet is Better Than Yours, Nashville, The Real O'Neals, What Would You Do?


CBS

Renewed: 2 Broke Girls, The Amazing Race, The Big Bang Theory, Blue Bloods, Elementary, Hawaii Five-0, Madam Secretary, Mom, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans, Scorpion, Survivor

Canceled: Angel from Hell, The Good Wife, Mike & Molly, Person of Interest

Awaiting Fate: 48 Hours, 60 Minutes, Code Black, Criminal Minds, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, CSI: Cyber, Life in Pieces, Limitless, The Odd Couple, Rush Hour, Supergirl, Undercover Boss

The CW

Renewed: The 100, Arrow, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, The Flash, iZombie, Jane the Virgin, Legends of Tomorrow, The Originals, Reign, Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries

Canceled: Beauty and the Beast

Awaiting Fate: Containment

FOX

Renewed: Bob's Burgers, Bones*, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Empire, Family Guy, Gotham, Hell's Kitchen, The Last Man on Earth, Lucifer, New Girl, Rosewood, Scream Queens, The Simpsons, Superhuman

Canceled: American Idol, Minority Report

Awaiting Fate: American Grit, Bordertown, Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life, Grandfathered, The Grinder, Second Chance, Sleepy Hollow, World's Funniest Fails, The X-Files 

* Bones has been renewed for a shortened, final season of 12 episodes.

NBC

Renewed: The Blacklist, Blindspot, The Celebrity Apprentice*, Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, Chicago PD, Grimm*, Law & Order: SVU, Little Big Shots, Shades of Blue, Superstore, The Voice

Canceled: Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris, Heroes Reborn, The Player, Truth Be Told

Awaiting Fate: The Biggest Loser, The Carmichael Show, Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon, Crowded, Dateline, Game of Silence, Heartbeat, Hollywood Game Night, The Mysteries of Laura, Strong, Telenovela, Undateable, You Me & the Apocalypse

* The Celebrity Apprentice took the year off and will return next season with new host Arnold Schwarzenegger. Deadline reports that Grimm's sixth season order is for 13 episodes, rather than the customary 22, with the option open for additional episodes.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Pilot Review: Rush Hour


Rush Hour (Thursdays at 10:00 on CBS)

Here we are again, folks: a few months later, and CBS has premiered yet another odd TV extension of a popular film following the moderate success of their fall launch of Limitless. Rush Hour has quite a few of the same problems as Limitless and then some, proving that just because an idea worked once doesn't mean it will work again (as if Rush Hour 3 didn't already prove that in the original film franchise). This notion can be applied to both the development of successful films into watered down television shows, as well as to remaking this particular story, which feels dated and tiresome eighteen years after the film grossed a quarter-billion dollars.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Pilot Review: Crowded


Crowded (Sundays at 9:30 on NBC, beginning March 20)

I'm not surprised Crowded found its way to NBC's schedule. It has all the charm and ease of a comfortable 1990s sitcom, with the simplicity common to them as well. Suzanne Martin has created a show much like her TV Land hit Hot in Cleveland that throws back to a time when comedy was mined easier, when laugh tracks were louder, and when TV didn't always tackle the difficult issues of the time. Sure, Crowded touches upon the current financial status of the country, with several educated twenty-somethings forced to move in with mom and dad once again due to lack of job opportunities, but it actually finds its comedy in situations like grown children walking in on their parents having sex, not in the complications of navigating adulthood in an unstable economy or something similar. It's hard to say if that would have made a better show than what Crowded is, but it probably wouldn't have been hard to be better than what Martin and Co. gave us.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Pilot Review: The Family


The Family (Sundays at 9:00 on ABC)

The Family may be another soap opera for ABC to add to its roster, but they have such an impressive list because they have discovered the secret to a soap's success: good acting. The storylines for shows like Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder are absurd, over-the-top craziness (maybe not quite as ludicrous as what's on daytime soaps, but still), but they have Kerry Washington and Viola Davis anchoring the insanity, respectively. Strong performances can bring gravity to an otherwise unbelievable story, and The Family fits snugly into this formula.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Pilot Review: Slasher


Slasher (Fridays at 9:00 on Chiller)

Until a few days ago when I first saw a commercial for the premiere of a new series called Slasher, I had no idea what Chiller was. Imagine my surprise to find out that not only is it a specialty cable channel catering to scary movie fans, but it's one I've received for years and have scrolled past countless times on my FiOS TV guide. I'm kind of glad I know of its existence now, because Slasher is an ideal addition to Friday night viewing: familiar but weird, creepy but fun, and cheaper than going to the movies to see whatever fright-night crap is being unleashed any given weekend.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Pilot Review: The Real O'Neals

The Real O'Neals (Tuesdays at 8:30 on ABC)

What ethnic minority is left for ABC to tackle with a quirky family sitcom? We've got African Americans (black-ish), Asians (Fresh Off the Boat, Dr. Ken), and Jews (The Goldbergs) covered. The gays are represented (Modern Family), and so are the ever-relatable middle class (The Middle, Last Man Standing). Latinos had Cristela last season. Now we've got the Irish Catholics taking center stage in The Real O'Neals, and the characters' ethnicity is about the only thing separating it from any other dysfunctional family comedies currently on television.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

#OscarsSoHeteronormative

Things to consider when deeming the 2016 Oscars too "white."

Monday, January 25, 2016

Pilot Review: Lucifer


Lucifer (Mondays at 9:00 on Fox; Premieres January 25)

It's a good thing Lucifer has the rebooted X Files miniseries as its lead-in, because this show is going to need all the help it can get to overcome its mediocrity. It's lazy and obvious at every turn, beginning with Cage the Elephant's "Ain't No Rest for the Wicked" and a close-up of a vanity license plate reading FALLIN1. Lucifer's first introduction to the audience is through his bribery of a police officer (because he's a bad ass, you see), and everything from there on out is just as expected and unoriginal as you could possibly imagine.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Pilot Review: Second Chance

Second Chance (Wednesdays at 9:00 on Fox; Premieres January 13)

With a generic title like Second Chance (formerly The Frankenstein Code and Lookinglass, both of which are much better options), you know you're likely not going to get something groundbreaking. Consider the dialogue which kicks the show off (in voiceover, obviously, because every single series needs a voiceover nowadays): "What would you do with a second chance? Before you answer, let me give you some advice: second chances can be a real monster." Not exactly the most interesting way to start a pilot, and things don't get much better from there.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Pilot Review: Shades of Blue

Shades of Blue (Thursdays at 10:00 on NBC)

NBC is betting the horse on Jennifer Lopez. She's a good one to bet on, considering her ability to open terrible movies to big bucks at the box office (The Boy Next Door, most recently). But is Shades of Blue the best vehicle for the Latina superstar? Not necessarily, no.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Pilot Review: Bordertown

Bordertown (Sundays at 9:30 on Fox)

It's been five years since Fox successfully introduced a new animated comedy to its lineup, when Bob's Burgers joined the Animation Domination family. Since then, Fox has let go of two long-running animated shows (both by Bordertown executive producer Seth MacFarlane: The Cleveland Show and American Dad!) and introduced three failed newcomers (Allen Gregory, Napoleon Dynamite, and Golan the Insatiable). Bordertown is the best attempt at capturing the magic of stalwarts The Simpsons and Family Guy, but it's not as good or as clever as either of those shows.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Pilot Review: Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life


This poster tells you everything you need to know about the new Fox series' brand of humor.
Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life (Sundays at 8:30 on Fox; Premieres January 3)

Have you missed the bro humor of Entourage since it went off the air? Hankering for a watered-down, network TV version of The Hangover, complete with one of the trilogy's stars? Been wishing for another ridiculously tongue-tangling long titled sitcom after Don't Trust the B in Apartment 23 ended a few years back? Well, Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life is here to fill those voids for you without providing much of anything else.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Midseason Schedule: NBC

UPDATED JANUARY 22 with additional Sunday, Wednesday & Thursday scheduling

NBC has yet to firm up many of its midseason plans, including what will air on Sunday nights when the NFL season ends. But plans are in place for January, at least, with more to come soon.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Midseason Schedule: CBS

UPDATED FEBRUARY 11 - Changes to Thursday

With all of its freshmen series now picked up for full seasons (short ones or otherwise), CBS had few changes to make to its midseason schedule. As usual, they're more about filling gaps than making moves.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Midseason Schedule: The CW

UPDATED FEBRUARY 11 - Monday & Tuesday Nights

Mark Pedowitz continues to make big moves as the CW head, choosing to bench low-rated Reign and moving veteran The Vampire Diaries and companion/spin-off The Originals to a whole new night. Click through to find out when.