Friday, January 3, 2014

Midseason Schedules: Fox & The CW

Both of these schedules are pretty complicated and full of changes, so they're going behind a cut. Click below to see where your favorite Fox and CW shows ended up on the midseason schedule.


Monday (as of January 27)

8:00 - Almost Human
9:00 - The Following

Almost Human returns with new episodes on January 6 and then is preempted on January 20 for Sleepy Hollow's two-hour season finale (a new episode also airs on January 13). The Following then assumes its timeslot from last season after a special premiere on January 19, sometime around 10:00, following the NFC Championship game.


For January, the Tuesday comedy block remains in tact. Dads then airs its finale on February 11 with two back-to-back episodes. New Girl stays at 9:00, but it will be followed by Brooklyn Nine-Nine beginning February 4 (and both will air special episodes after the Super Bowl on February 2). The Mindy Project goes on an extended hiatus as of January 28; it returns to its 9:30 timeslot on April 1. Glee joins the schedule in February as well. I'll try to simplify things:

Tuesday (as of February 25)

8:00 - Glee (New Timeslot)
9:00 - New Girl
9:30 - Brooklyn Nine-Nine (New Timeslot)

Glee returns February 25 and will air its remaining episodes in this timeslot. Brooklyn Nine-Nine airs its season finale on March 25, and The Mindy Project returns the following week to finish its sophomore season. Too confusing, I know... basically, you'll just have to check your TV guide each week to see when/if your shows are airing. Nice job, Fox.

Wednesday (as of January 15)

8:00 - American Idol

The singing competition returns for a thirteenth season on January 15.

Thursday (as of January 16)

8:00 - American Idol
9:00 - Rake (NEW)

The new Greg Kinnear vehicle Rake takes the spot vacated by Glee, and American Idol will hopefully improve upon the horrible ratings The X Factor pulled in this slot in the fall.

Friday (as of January 10)

8:00 - Bones
9:00 - Raising Hope
9:30 - Enlisted (NEW)

Bones assumed this slot in November, and it stays there for the time being. Raising Hope didn't have much success in its new Friday slot this fall, so it likely won't do much for new comedy Enlisted, which was delayed from a November premiere.

The only night of the week to remain the same for Fox is Sunday's animation line-up.

Fox still has the most balls in the air when it comes to unscheduled midseason shows. They have several freshmen on the bench (drama Gang Related; comedies Mulaney, Surviving Jack, and Us & Them; and documentary series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey) and several returning reality series (Hotel Hell, Hell's Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares) without a home. Obviously, many of these will have to debut in the summer, which looks to be crowded for Fox. They'll have Masterchef and So You Think You Can Dance airing alongside the return of Kiefer Sutherland's Jack Bauer in 24: Live Another Day and the new limited series event from M. Night Shyalman, Wayward Pines. Perhaps Fox is going to make good on that desire to year-round programming network head Kevin Reilly announced last May...

The CW

The CW's Monday night remains the same from January 13 through February 10. Then their schedule looks like this:

Monday (as of February 17)

8:00 - Star-Crossed (NEW)
9:00 - Beauty and the Beast

New series Star-Crossed takes Hart of Dixie's timeslot (and premieres against the Winter Olympics, which has to hurt). The schedule remains this way until March 10, when Beauty and the Beast goes on hiatus (with six episodes left in its second season). Then Monday nights look like this:

Monday (as of March 17)

8:00 - Star-Crossed
9:00 - The Tomorrow People (New Timeslot)

Freshman The Tomorrow People moves from Wednesday nights, making way for a new series, sending Beauty and the Beast into an indefinite in-between.

Tuesday (rightfully) remains the same. The combination of The Originals and Supernatural has given The CW its biggest and most consistent night of the week. They return January 14.

Wednesday's fall lineup remains in tact when Arrow and The Tomorrow People return on January 15. Then the schedule changes in March:

Wednesday (as of March 19)

8:00 - Arrow
9:00 - The 100 (NEW)

The CW must really like The 100, the new series from the production company behind Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars, since they're moving one new show to a difficult night to give The 100 a fighting chance with a big lead-in.

Thursday also remains the same, with The Vampire Diaries airing before Reign. Both shows return January 23.

Also getting an overhaul is Friday nights. The Carrie Diaries finishes its sophomore season on January 31. Then it's a series of repeats until this schedule kicks in:

Friday (as of March 21)

8:00 - Whose Line is It Anyway? (New Timeslot)
9:00 - Hart of Dixie (New Timeslot)

Whose Line...? was a big hit for The CW over the summer, so they're hoping to replicate that success on Friday nights during the regular season. Hart of Dixie finishes its season in a low-expectation timeslot.

Still unscheduled are the remaining episodes of Beauty and the Beast, plus the new reality series Famous in 12 and the American debut of Canadian sitcom Seed (which will likely be paired with Whose Line...? on Fridays later in the season, since both are half-hour series).

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