Category Archives: Fall TV Preview

The 2018 Fall Season: Sundays

We close out our week-long look at broadcast TV’s new fall season on a night traditionally dominated by big time football and the best of what cable has to offer. (We skipped Saturday altogether because the networks have completely abandoned what was once their prestige night). So there’s a Sunday school-type new show, along with [...]

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The 2018 Fall Season: Fridays

Our week-long look at the new shows of the fall season would normally stall on Fridays, a night that, as on Saturdays, have been used for reruns and newsmagazines in recent years. Now, ABC is trying to resurrect its TGIF series of family comedies in a couple of weeks, largely with returning shows. And a [...]

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The 2018 Fall Season: Thursdays

Thursday’s still thought to be the most important day of the broadcast week, so that might explain why there are the fewest new fall shows yet planned for tor that night. They mostly stick with what’s been working. On our daily look at the 2018-2019 TV season, Thursday’s light crop even has one show that’s [...]

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The 2018 Fall Season: Wednesdays

Hump day already during premiere week and there’s nothing exactly great yet to define the new fall TV season. In our week long look at what the broadcast networks are planning for you, we do find a couple of shows in the not so bad category today, though, which may be an improvement. I guess [...]

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The 2018 Fall Season: Tuesdays

Cops and hospitals, hospitals and cops have been the staple of broadcast TV way too long. It continues with the new shows on Tuesdays this season — two law shows, and one new hospital show. We are going through the new broadcast TV fall schedule day by day this week, and things aren’t getting much [...]

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The 2018 Fall Season: Mondays

It’s one of the latest-starting new fall TV seasons in memory, and the broadcast networks are being both cautious and predictable in presenting fare that seems more lifeless than usual. Nonetheless, we’ll take a day by day approach to survey the new schedule, beginning with a night that has a couple of ill-considered comedies, a [...]

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The CW Closes Upfronts, Adds a Day

The CW ended a week of upfronts with something the other networks couldn’t offer — an extra night of shows. Since it began 12 years ago as a merger of the old UPN and WB networks, The CW only offered five nights of programs, leaving the weekends for local programming. Beginning this fall, it adds [...]

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CBS Upfronts: Looks Familiar

CBS unveiled eight new shows for advertisers at its upfronts Wednesday, though at least two of them seemed like retreads. New versions of “Murphy Brown” and “Magnum P.I.” will both be on the schedule of the network that has already successfully revived “Hawaii Five-0,” “MacGyver” and “S.W.A.T.” (though they listed “Magnum” as a new show, [...]

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ABC Upfronts: Four New Fall Shows

ABC began its upfront presentation Tuesday crowing about having the No. 1 show for the first time in a dozen years and then suggested a drinking game every time they mentioned the show at the top, “Roseanne.” Like other networks who have presented so far this week in New York, they had a few more [...]

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Fox Upfronts: Make Way for Football

At Fox, football is the new “American Idol.” Instead of scheduling around its onetime singing contest behemoth as it once did, now it’s all about using its acquisition of Thursday Night Football in addition to its Sunday NFL to promote and highlight less than a handful of new shows, many of which will be focused [...]

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