Wednesday, November 30, 2016

2016-2017 Midseason Schedule: CBS



8:00 - Kevin Can Wait
8:30 - Man with a Plan
9:00 - 2 Broke Girls
9:00 - Superior Donuts (NEW - Beginning February 6)
9:30 - The Odd Couple
9:30 - 2 Broke Girls (New Timeslot - Beginning February 6)
10:00 - Scorpion

For the time being, the Monday night lineup remains in tact. Both Kevin Can Wait and Man with a Plan received full-season orders, but The Odd Couple, for its third season, did not. With only 13 episodes, it will have aired its entire episode order by the end of January; new comedy Superior Donuts, a late addition made after CBS gave its upfront presentation last May due to a retooling and recasting, will move into the lineup at 9:00 on February 6, following a special premiere after The Big Bang Theory on February 2, with 2 Broke Girls shifting back a half-hour to 9:30. A description of Superior Donuts can be found at the end of this post.


8:00 - NCIS
9:00 - Bull
10:00 - NCIS: New Orleans

With Bull's full-season order, the Tuesday night lineup will also remain the same.


8:00 - Undercover Boss (New Timeslot - Beginning December 21)
8:00 - Hunted (NEW - Beginning January 25)
8:00 - Survivor (Beginning March 8)
9:00 - Criminal Minds
10:00 - Code Black
10:00 - Doubt (NEW - Beginning February 15)
10:00 - Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (Beginning March 8)

Old faithful Undercover Boss returns for a short season at the holidays with a two-hour premiere on December 21, before seguing into the new reality competition Hunted, which is basically the most epic game of manhunt ever. It will premiere after the AFC Championship game on Sunday, January 22 before moving to Wednesdays later that week. Survivor reclaims its timeslot a few weeks later than usual with a double-episode premiere on March 8. Code Black, which has only a 16-episode order for its second year, will vacate the schedule early to make way for the new Katherine Heigl legal drama, Doubt. Criminal Minds stays put amidst the chaos.

UPDATE: Doubt has become the first show of the entire 2016-2017 season to be pulled early from the schedule. Canceled after only two airings, it will be replaced by the return of Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders.


8:00 - The Big Bang Theory
8:30 - The Great Indoors
9:00 - Mom
9:30 - Life in Pieces
10:00 - Pure Genius
10:00 - Training Day (NEW - Beginning February 2)
10:00 - The Amazing Race (Beginning March 30)

New drama Pure Genius is the only fall CBS series which did not receive an order for any additional episodes, so it will wrap its 13-episode run early, making way for Training Day, the latest film-to-TV adaptation, this one based on the Oscar-winning Denzel Washington film.

UPDATE: Training Day moves to Saturdays at 10:00 beginning on April 8. The Amazing Race replaces it on Thursdays.


8:00 - MacGyver
8:00 - Undercover Boss (Beginning April 28)
9:00 - Hawaii Five-0
10:00 - Blue Bloods

While MacGyver has had a large drop-off from its great premiere, it has definitely reinvigorated CBS's Friday nights. Hawaii Five-0 is up over last year thanks to the compatibility and extra eyes on the newbie, and Blue Bloods is all the stronger for it as well. Undercover Boss will replace MacGyver at the end of April, airing for new episodes through the end of the season.


8:00 - NCIS: Los Angeles
9:00 - Madam Secretary
10:00 - Elementary

Once February rolls around, CBS will no longer have to worry about football pre-emptions on Sunday nights, so we'll finally get to see just how this lineup is really doing. Elementary especially has a lot of ground to cover if it hopes to survive to next season.

Also of note, CBS announced it will be airing the Canadian co-production Ransom, "a crime drama about a world-renowned crisis and hostage negotiator whose team is brought in to resolve the most difficult kidnap and ransom cases" starring Luke Roberts and Sarah Greene, on Saturday nights at 8:00. It's an odd move when the show could have simply been saved for summer, but I suppose it's low-risk (and low-cost) enough to try something like this. Ransom premieres on January 1 before moving to Saturdays on the 7th.

Superior Donuts follows the relationship between the gruff owner (Judd Hirsch) of a small donut shop, his enterprising young employee (Jermaine Fowler), and their loyal patrons, in a quickly gentrifying Chicago neighborhood. Based on the play by Tracy Letts, the comedy also stars David Koechner, Maz Jobrani, Anna Baryshnikov, Darien Sillis-Evans, Rell Battle, and Katey Segal.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Midseason Schedule 2016-2017: ABC



8:00 - The Bachelor (Beginning January 2)
8:00 - Dancing with the Stars (Beginning March 20)
10:00 - Big Fan (NEW - Beginning January 9)
10:00 - Quantico (New Timeslot - Beginning January 23)

 Quantico, which is averaging almost exactly the same ratings as Conviction (0.78 vs 0.75, respectively), will swap timeslots with the new drama in late January. I doubt this lateral move is to benefit the ABC sophomore, but perhaps a small attempt at restrengthening Sundays. It's preceded by back-to-back episodes of the new Andy Richter-hosted game show Big Fan for two weeks. After The Great Christmas Light Fight airs on Mondays in December, The Bachelor returns to its usual timeslot before Dancing with the Stars premieres its 24th cycle in March.


8:00 - The Middle
8:30 - American Housewife
9:00 - Fresh Off the Boat
9:30 - The Real O'Neals
9:30 - Imaginary Mary (NEW - Beginning April 4)
10:00 - People Icons (NEW - Beginning March 7)
10:00 - Marvel's Agents of SHIELD

For the foreseeable future, the Tuesday lineup remains unchanged. American Housewife received a full season order for its freshman run, and The Real O'Neals received an additional 3 episodes for its second season. It ends in March to make way for Imaginary Mary, which had its episode order reduced from 13 to 9 episodes back in September, following a sneak preview on Wednesday, March 29. The network will also debut a new, limited ABC News series hosted by Lara Spencer to run during the month of March called People Icons, which is "inspired by iconic People magazine covers that have made a lasting impact on American culture." It airs four episodes while Agents of SHIELD is on a mini-hiatus; the Marvel series returns on April 4.


8:00 - The Goldbergs
8:30 - Speechless
9:00 - Modern Familiy
9:30 - black-ish
10:00 - Match Game (New Timeslot - Beginning January 4)
10:00 - Designated Survivor (Beginning March 8)

Match Game, which had a successful revival this past summer, will air in Designated Survivor's timeslot while the freshman drama is on winter hiatus. The comedies return the first week in January.


8:00 - Grey's Anatomy
9:00 - Scandal
10:00 - How to Get Away with Murder
10:00 - The Catch (Beginning March 9)

After The Great American Baking Show airs over the holiday season (beginning December 1), the full TGIT lineup returns on January 26 with Scandal's sixth season premiere. How to Get Away with Murder will finish its third season in February, making way for the second season of The Catch in March, sticking with the all-Shondaland theme from last spring.


8:00 - Last Man Standing
8:00 - The Toy Box (NEW - Beginning April 7)
8:30 - Dr. Ken
9:00 - Shark Tank
10:00 - 20/20

The Friday night lineup will remain unchanged through March. The Toy Box, a new reality competition series hosted by Eric Stonestreet which will search for the next great toy idea, premieres in April.


8:00 - To Tell the Truth (New Timeslot - Beginning January 1)
8:00 - Once Upon a Time (Beginning March 5)
9:00 - Time After Time (NEW - Beginning March 5)
10:00 - Conviction (New Timeslot - Beginning January 1)
10:00 - American Crime (New Timeslot - Beginning March 12)

While Once Upon a Time is on hiatus and after Secrets & Lies wraps its second season, another successful game show revival, To Tell the Truth, returns to the ABC schedule in two-hour blocks through the winter. Conviction gets a brutal burn-off treatment for its final few episodes, airing against the Golden Globes and championship football games.Once returns after the Oscars, leading into the new time travel drama Time After Time, which will have a two-hour premiere on March 5, and then the third season of American Crime.

In a special event scheduling the 8-episode miniseries When We Rise will air in two-hour blocks on subsequent nights beginning Monday, February 27 and wrapping up on Friday, March 3. Still unscheduled are new drama Still Star-Crossed, which is expected to undergo a title change and debut either in summer or next season; and new sitcom Downward Dog, which is similarly expected to premiere over the summer. The network's remake of Dirty Dancing, starring Abigail Breslin and Debra Messing, will air on the last night of the broadcast season, Wednesday, May 24.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Midseason Schedule 2016-2017: NBC



8:00 - The New Celebrity Apprentice (Beginning January 2)
8:00 - The Voice (Beginning February 27)
10:00 - Timeless
10:00 - Taken (NEW - Beginning February 27)

While The Voice takes its typical winter break, The Celebrity Apprentice finally returns after taking a year off, and with a new host: Arnold Schwarzenegger. It will air in two-hour blocks through January and February. Timeless, which received an order for three additional episodes, will air the remainder of its first season at the same time. Taken, the new prequel series to the Liam Neeson film franchise, will assume the timeslot for the rest of the season.


8:00 - The Wall (NEW - Beginning January 3)
8:00 - The Voice (Beginning February 28)
9:00 - This Is Us
9:00 - Trial & Error (NEW - Beginning March 14)
9:00 - Great News (NEW - Beginning April 25)
10:00 - Chicago Fire

The new game show The Wall, hosted by @midnight's Chris Hardwick and produced by Lebron James, will bridge cycles of The Voice at 8:00. It will get two special airings before its official timeslot premiere: Monday, December 19 at 10:00 and Monday, January 2 at 10:00. When breakout hit This Is Us completes its first season of 18 episodes, the network will double-pump new comedies in the 9:00 hour. First up is Trial & Error, which will premiere on March 14 at 10:00 with back-to-back episodes before assuming its regular 9:00 timeslot the following week; it will air in two-episode blocks for six weeks, followed by a final airing at 10:00 on April 18. Then the Tina Fey-produced Great News takes over in late April (not a great sign for the newbie) to air back-to-back episodes at the tail-end of the season.


8:00 - Blindspot
9:00 - Law & Order: SVU
10:00 - Chicago P.D.

The Wednesday night lineup remains unchanged.


8:00 - Superstore
8:30 - The Good Place
8:30 - Powerless (NEW - Beginning February 2)
9:00 - Chicago Med
10:00 - The Blacklist
10:00 - The Blacklist: Redemption (NEW - Beginning February 23)

The fall lineup returns on January 5, upon the conclusion of NBC's contracted NFL games. The Good Place only has four episodes left to air, so the new DC comics workplace comedy Powerless pairs with Superstore beginning in February. Later in the month, the spin-of The Blacklist: Redemption takes over its parent series' timeslot for eight weeks; The Blacklist returns on April 20.


8:00 - Grimm (New Timeslot - Beginning January 6)
8:00 - First Dates (NEW - Beginning April 7)
9:00 - Emerald City (NEW - Beginning January 6)
10:00 - Dateline NBC (New Timeslot - Beginning January 6)

Grimm airs its final, shortened season an hour earlier than last season so that it may serve as a lead-in for the limited series Emerald City. Dateline NBC shifts back to 10:00 and is reduced to only one hour, down from two in the fall. Following the Grimm finale, the new Drew Barrymore-narrated documentary series First Dates begins.


8:00 - Little Big Shots (Beginning March 5)
9:00 - Chicago Justice (NEW - Beginning March 5)
10:00 - Shades of Blue (New Timeslot - Beginning March 5)

NBC has the Golden Globes on January 8, and there's a lot of specialty programming on Sundays throughout January and February (NFL, Academy Awards, etc), so their new lineup will debut the first Sunday in March. Surprisingly, it's the same one announced at upfronts in May: the return of last year's surprise hit, Little Big Shots; the premiere of the newest Chicago branch, Chicago Justice; and the new home of the Jennifer Lopez drama, Shades of Blue.

Still unscheduled are new drama Midnight, Texas; new multicam sitcom Marlon; and new alternative series First Dates, Law & Order: True Crime, and Little Big Shots: Forever Young. Returning shows still awaiting scheduling include Hollywood Game Night and The Carmichael Show.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Midseason Schedule 2016-2017: The CW


8:00 - Supergirl
9:00 - Jane the Virgin

Mondays remain unchanged. Supergirl dropped quite a bit from its numbers on CBS, but it's doing much better than anything else The CW has aired in the slot for years.


8:00 - The Flash
9:00 - Legends of Tomorrow (New Timeslot - Beginning January 24)
9:00 - iZombie (Beginning April 4)

With the failure of freshman No Tomorrow to capitalize on its big lead-in from The Flash, and with Supernatural doing surprisingly great numbers on Thursday, Legends of Tomorrow shifts to the Tuesday line-up to finish out its second season. It is replaced by iZombie in April, moving into the same timeslot it occupied last year. It will receive a two-hour premiere on April 4.


8:00 - Arrow
9:00 - The 100 (New Timeslot - Beginning February 1)

Frequency finishes its first season, which, like No Tomorrow, didn't do very well, to make room for The 100. The sci-fi show aired its first two seasons in this slot before shifting to Thursdays last year; it returns home in February.


8:00 - Supernatural (New Timeslot - Beginning January 26)
9:00 - Riverdale (NEW - Beginning January 26)

Proving itself to once again be the network's ultimate utility player, Supernatural moves up an hour on Thursdays to lead into the only new show on The CW's midseason schedule, the Archie comics update Riverdale.


8:00 - The Vampire Diaries
8:00 - The Originals (New Timeslot - Beginning March 17)
9:00 - Reign (New Timeslot - Beginning February 10)

The Vampire Diaries rides off into the sunset in March, and its spin-off assumes the time period thereafter. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend will wrap its abbreviated second season in early February before being replaced by the fourth and final season of Reign, which moves back an hour from where it aired last season.

Like last year, the network's line-up is relatively stable. The move for Legends of Tomorrow does confuse me a bit, as The Flash is the biggest lead-in The CW could provide for its sole new show, Riverdale, but it's being put on Thursdays instead. I suppose No Tomorrow proved that a big lead-in doesn't always mean anything, but I think it would have also been smart to try iZombie somewhere else on the schedule, to see if its capable of standing on its own. Expectations for Riverdale, however, will likely be lower after Supernatural than if it had aired after The Flash, so maybe it's a good thing.

Also, decisions about the futures of No Tomorrow and Frequency have not been made, beyond the network declining to order additional episodes for their respective first seasons; second season orders will depend on the midseason results for the rest of the network's line-up.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Midseason Schedule 2016-2017: Fox



8:00 - 24: Legacy (NEW - Beginning February 6)
8:00 - Gotham (Beginning April 24)
9:00 - APB (NEW - Beginning February 6)
9:00 - Lucifer (Beginning May 1)

Gotham and Lucifer both have full-season orders, but they go on extended hiatus following their January 30th airings. 24: Legacy will get a special premiere after the Super Bowl on February 5, with the series continuing with a new episode the following night leading into the premiere of APB. Both new shows end their runs in April, when Gotham and Lucifer return; their seasons will extend into the summer.


8:00 - New Girl (Beginning January 3)
8:00 - Brooklyn Nine-Nine (New Timeslot - Beginning April 11)
8:30 - The Mick (NEW - Beginning January 3)
9:00 - Bones (New Timeslot - Beginning January 3)
9:00 - Prison Break (NEW - Beginning April 4)

The Mick will premiere on New Year's Day following a football double header, with its timeslot premiere following on Tuesday. Also on New Year's Day, Brooklyn Nine-Nine will air a one-hour winter finale before going on hiatus, and it will return to replace New Girl in April. Bones joins the night for its final, 12-episode season before the reboot/extension of Prison Break makes its long-delayed premiere on April 4.


8:00 - Lethal Weapon (Beginning January 4)
8:00 - Shots Fired (NEW - Beginning March 22)
9:00 - Star (NEW - Beginning January 4)
9:00 - Empire (Beginning March 22)

Lethal Weapon was the only Fox freshman to receive a back order, and it will have to fly without the halo effect of airing before Empire beginning in January. Star will air its first episode on December 14, after the Empire fall finale, before assuming the 9:00 slot for the rest of its run. Both shows end their runs on March 15, with Empire returning the following week and Shots Fired premiering alongside it.


8:00 - Hell's Kitchen (New Timeslot - Beginning January 5)
8:00 - Masterchef Junior (New Timeslot - Beginning February 9)
9:00 - My Kitchen Rules (NEW - Beginning January 12)
9:00 - Kicking & Screaming (NEW - Beginning March 9)

After a rocky go of it this fall, Fox will abandon scripted programming on Thursday nights. The new competition cooking series My Kitchen Rules will replace struggling drama Pitch, which airs its season finale on December 8, in January. Hell's Kitchen moves from Fridays to Thursdays to finish its season, followed by the season premiere of Masterchef Junior in early February. Once Kitchen finishes its run, it's replaced by yet another new reality series, Kicking & Screaming.


8:00 - Rosewood (New Timeslot - Beginning January 6)
9:00 - Sleepy Hollow (Beginning January 6)

After completely collapsing on Thursdays without Empire to prop it up, Rosewood gets banished to Fridays in a time swap with Hell's Kitchen. It will lead into the new season of Sleepy Hollow, which replaces The Exorcist following its season finale on December 16.


7:30 - Bob's Burgers (Beginning March 5)
8:00 - The Simpsons
8:30 - Son of Zorn
8:30 - Making History (NEW - Beginning March 5)
9:00 - Family Guy
9:30 - Bob's Burgers (New Timeslot - Beginning January 8)
9:30 - The Last Man on Earth (Beginning March 5)

The Sunday night lineup will be slightly tweaked for a few weeks as Bob's Burgers moves behind Family Guys through February 19, which is also when Son of Zorn's season finale airs. New comedy Making History will assume the empty timeslot on March 5, with Bob's Burgers moving back to 7:30 and The Last Man on Earth returning to finish its third season the same night.