The 2013 NBC Fall and Midseason Schedule

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NBC

In advance of their Fall 2013 Upfront Presentation on Monday, NBC released both their Fall 2013 and Midseason 2014 schedules.  Let’s take a look…

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A few areas of note on that fall schedule: The Blacklist claims the coveted Monday night time slot after The Voice.  The Blacklist, starring James Spader, tries to deliver the same action packed feel as Revolution but in a more accessible package.  Revolution moves to 8 PM on Wednesday.

On Tuesday The Voice moves back an hour to boost the fortunes of surprise performer Chicago Fire which moves to Tuesday.  Tuesday also sees the return of The Biggest Loser to the fall schedule in a 60 minute shortened format.

Thursday night features a near brand new lineup with only Parks and Recreation a holdover from this season.  The Michael J. Fox Show debuts at 9:30 PM where it is followed by a relocated Parenthood.  Two new comedies fill in the hour between Parks and MJF.

Previously announced Dracula finds a home after Grimm on Friday and swaps with Crossbones at midseason.

Speaking of midseason, here is that proposed schedule.  Obviously it should be taken with a grain of salt at this point but three areas of note.  First in the lack of Community on the schedule which does not come as a surprise.  Community will no doubt be used as schedule spackle when one of the current comedies bites the dust.  The second is that NBC returns dramas to the Sunday night schedule for the first time in recent memory.  Those dramas include the J.J. Abrams produced and Alfsonso Curaon helmed Believe and Crisis in a genre-esque night that the Peacock no doubt hopes will combat some of the erosion of audience to cable on Sunday.  Those dramas come at the expense of The Celebrity Apprentice which is nowhere to be seen on the schedule – its fate to be decided.

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Predicting the ABC 2013 Fall TV Schedule

ABC

Here goes nothing as it’s time to jump into the mind of ABC Chief Paul Lee and attempt to predict the future and give my best guess on what the Fall 2013 ABC television schedule is going to look like.

What Will Be Cancelled and Renewed?

While CBS and FOX ended the suspense early with pickups for many of their returning shows and NBC doing the same for their drama slate all has been quiet at ABC.  So let’s start and take a look at the baseline schedule and shows that survived to the end of the 2012-2013 season.

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On the drama side Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, Once Upon a Time, Castle, Revenge, and Nashville are surefire favorites to return next season.  On the other hand Red Widow, Zero Hour, 666 Park Avenue, and Last Resort will never be heard from again.  Which brings us to the curious case of Body of Proof…which is the definition of a show right on the edge.  I think the fate of Body of Proof relies on whether ABC does one or two editions of Dancing With the Stars this upcoming season.  The ratings for DWTS have suffered pretty big declines this year however at least for now it still does better in the ratings then some of the dramas that ABC is likely to renew.  So I’ll put my money on two editions of DWTS this upcoming season and no Body of Proof.

On the comedy side Modern Family, The Middle, Suburgatory, The Neighbors, Last Man Standing, and How to Live With Your Parents (thanks to a short run and the post-Modern Family time slot will all return for next season.  The road ends here for Malibu Country, Happy Endings, Don’t Trust the B- in Apt. 23, and The Family Tools.

What Will the Fall 2013 Schedule Look Like?

With our renewals settled the starter schedule for ABC has a number of gaps to fill.  As you can see most of the returning shows kept their same spots except two comedies and a single drama.  A discussion of why shows moved or stayed put follows in the night by night discussion although I suspect ABC might be a bit gun shy after their move of Revenge did not work out as expected last year.

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Sunday

7 PM – America’s Funniest Home Videos returns to lead off Monday although I was very tempted to put it on the bench for the fall to serve as schedule spackle when need.  However it performs reliably if but lowly.  Watch for Big Thunder to potentially find a home here in the spring.

8 PM – Once Upon a Time returns to try and rebound out of it’s second season slide.  Pairing it with Revenge last season did not have the anticipated results so Once is followed by…

9 PM – …the Once spin-off Once Upon a Time in Wonderland.  ABC would be crazy to wait if they believed in the pilot presentation that was filmed and placing it behind its predecessor only makes sense.

10 PM – Revenge moves back an hour to its original 10 PM home as it tries to regain momentum lost this season with a new showrunner as Mike Kelly departs for Sunil Nayar.

Monday

8 PM – Dancing With the Stars returns to the fall schedule hoping to stave off the declines that plagued it last season.

10 PM – Monday night stalwart Castle returns as reports abound that it is on the verge of a two season renewal.

Tuesday

8 PM – One more hour of DWTS moves to the early time slot to face off against The Voice.

9 PM – How to Live With Your Parents loses its comfortable post-Modern Family time slot to try and lead off Tuesday with newcomer Super Fun Night starring Rebel Wilson.

10 PM – The centerpiece of the ABC fall schedule is Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. which the network is no doubt praying does well.  If DWTS does not return in the spring Tuesday is one of the few places where ABC could launch a male oriented night.  S.H.I.E.L.D. stars Marvel Universe regular Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson.

Wednesday

8 PM – The early hour finds returning comedies The Middle and Suburgatory which has been a nice and stable duo for ABC.

9 PM – Modern Family is followed by newcomer The Goldbergs which follows geeky 11-year old Adam (Darien Provost) and his family in the 1980s.

10 PM – Nashville returns to close out the night.

Thursday

8 PM – This time slot has been terrible for ABC in recent years as it has continued to try and try to find something that works.  This fall they will slot Betrayal here which will try and fit in with…

9 PM – …Grey’s Anatomy and…

10 PM- …hit Scandal on a night that courts the female demo very strongly.

Friday

8 PM –Last Man Standing returns alongside The Neighbors whose average performance on Wednesday finds itself banished to Friday, a night I always thought it was better suited for.

9 PM – Shark Tank is a big success story on Friday and there is not reason to mess with success.

10 PM – 20/20 returns…nothing else to report here.

With that final piece I predict that the ABC Fall 2013 schedule will look a little something like this:

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Midseason will find Big Thunder (Disney rides find the small screen) and Lucky 7 (you can win the lottery!) on the drama side.  Divorce (you liked Happy Endings, right?), King John (have you seen CBS’s ratings? We have to pick up at least one multi-camera comedy), and Bad Management (Alan Thicke is alive?!?) round out the comedies.

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Predicting the FOX 2013 Fall TV Schedule

FOX

Here goes nothing as it’s time to jump into the mind of FOX Chief Kevin Reilly and attempt to predict the future and give my best guess on what the Fall 2013 FOX television schedule is going to look like.

What Will Be Cancelled and Renewed?

FOX long ago renewed the vast majority of its 2012-13 shows welcoming back dramas Bones, Glee, and The Following along with comedies Raising Hope, The Mindy Project, New Girl, The Simpsons, Bob’s Burgers, Family Guy, and American Dad.  Which only leaves two scripted series left on the chopping block: Touch and The Cleveland Show.  Touch will certainly be cancelled while The Cleveland Show will have no new episodes produced meaning that the remainder will be aired at some point during the upcoming season.  Also The X Factor, American Idol, and the Gordon Ramsey Duo of Doom will once again be returning.  Much like this year Kitchen Nightmares will not likely be seen until an hour worth of schedule spackle becomes necessary.

Of course The Following due to its limited episodes will likely not be seen until the spring.  So let’s start and take a look at the starter schedule and shows that are returning to the FOX schedule for the start of the 2013-2014 season.

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What Will the Fall 2013 Schedule Look Like?

With our renewals settled the starter schedule for FOX has a number of gaps to fill.  As you can see all of the returning shows kept their same spots.  A discussion of why shows stayed put follows in the night by night discussion.

Sunday

7 PM – The first hour of Sunday is held down by football post game show The OT where you will no doubt get more than your fill of Curt, Howie, Terry, Jimmy, and Michael all season long.

8 PM – Animation Domination returns without change for the fall with The Simpson’s holding down the fort followed by Bob’s Burgers, Family Guy, and American Dad.

Monday

8 PM – Solid performer Bones returns to lead off the night.  While Bones will never light the world on fire it is a reliable performer that can support the first new show of the season in…

9 PM – …Gang Related.  FOX announced their drama orders on Wednesday and Gang Related seems to be the one most suited to the post-Bones slot.  Gang Related stars Ramon Rodriguez as a rising star in Los Angeles’ elite Gang Task Force – led by Sam Chapel (Terry O’Quinn) — who teams up with longtime Task Force member Cassius Green (RZA) to take on three of the city’s most dangerous gangs.

Tuesday

8 PM – While renewed Raising Hope takes a break in mid-season to launch a male oriented comedy block featuring Dads and Enlisted.  Dads is FOX’s return to multi-camera comedies about two successful video game developers who have their lives turned upside down when their nightmare dads unexpectedly move in with them.  Giovanni Ribisi and Seth Green star.  Enlisted tells the story of three very different brothers (Geoff Stults, Chris Lowell, Parker Young) working together in the Army at a small base in Florida.

9 PM – To counterbalance the testosterone of the earlier hour New Girl and The Mindy Project return to their same spots as last season.  FOX spent considerable collateral attempting to setup a two hour comedy block on Tuesday last year and I do not see them changing course for next fall.

Wednesday

8 PM –The X Factor returns for two hours on Wednesday.  Sadly this year we will not be able to waste away the hours trying to determine exactly what Khloe Kardashian is on as she “sadly” will not be returning as co-host alongside Mario Lopez.

Thursday

8 PM – Night two and hour three of The X Factor sticks around on Thursday night and is followed by…

9 PM – …the return of the show that everybody seems to hate: Glee.  Glee was recently renewed for two more season and seemed to prosper when if moved to Thursday.  The night works well for FOX, and I would be shocked if they chose to change it.

Friday

8 PM – Last season FOX announced a two hour genre block for the fall on Friday night with Fringe and Touch.  The quick demise of The Mob Doctor scuttled these plans.  However I expect FOX to give it a second chance with two new genre shows starting with Sleepy Hollow.  Sleepy Hollow is a modern-day retelling of Washington Irving’s classic tale. Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) is resurrected and pulled two and a half centuries through time to find that the world is on the brink of destruction and that he is humanity’s last hope, forcing him to team up with a contemporary police officer (Nicole Beharie) to unravel a mystery that dates all the way back to the founding fathers.

9 PM – The final new drama on the schedule is Almost Human, from former Fringe showrunner J.H. Wyman, set 35 years in the future where all cops are given human-like android partners. It stars Karl Urban, Lili Taylor, Mackenzie Crook, and Minka Kelly.

With that final piece I predict that the FOX Fall 2013 schedule will look a little something like this:

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Midseason will feature the debut of Rake (also picked up on Wednesday) starring Greg Kinnear and comedies Brooklyn 99 (starring Andre Braugher and Andy Samberg), Surviving Jack (based on ‘I Suck At Girls’), and Us & Them.

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Predicting the NBC 2013 Fall TV Schedule

NBC

Here goes nothing as it’s time to jump into the mind of NBC Chief Bob Greenblatt and attempt to predict the future and give my best guess on what the Fall 2013 NBC television schedule is going to look like.

What Will Be Cancelled and Renewed?

NBC ended much of the suspense surrounding which of it’s dramas would be returning for Fall 2013 when it renewed Revolution, Parenthood, Law & Order: SVU, Chicago Fire, and Grimm in late April.  However the network to date has been mum on its plans for the comedy side of the slate.  So let’s start and take a look at the baseline schedule and shows that survived to the end of the 2012-2013 season.

NBC 2013 Baseline Schedule

The only remaining question left on the drama side is what will happen with Hannibal.  Hannibal started encouragingly but has slipped down to a dangerous 1.0 L+SD rating in adults 18-49.  No matter how much it adds in DVR ratings it is hard to overcome that low of a number.  On the other hand Hannibal is an international co-production which makes it far cheaper to produce then a normal hour long drama.  My prediction is that Hannibal will be cancelled although if for some reason it is renewed it will not find a spot on the Fall 2013 schedule.

Look at reality and unscripted programming I have no doubt that The Celebrity Apprentice will return but will not be seen until the spring.  Fashion Star will not live to see a third season while the duo of Dateline and Rock Center will return although not necessarily at the same time.

Finally on the comedy side long running NBC sitcoms The Office and 30 Rock ended their runs this year leaving a very large number of very marginally rated sitcoms who’s fates have yet to be determined.  Of all of the potential comedy returners the only show sure to return is Parks and Recreation.  So now what else will return?  Last fall NBC scheduled five hours worth of comedy although the fifth hour on Friday never materialized meaning eight half hour timeslots were filled with comedies last fall.  Given the number of drama renewals and the lack of worthy returning comedy contenders it would not surprise me to see NBC only schedule three hours of comedies in the fall.  Assuming half of these spots will be new shows at least two more comedies have to make the cut.  My picks for returning comedies are a second chance for Go On and the return of Whitney.  Community will also return for a final 13 episode season but will not appear on the fall schedule.  Time runs out for The New Normal, Guys with Kids, and Up All Night.

What Will the Fall 2013 Schedule Look Like?

With our renewals settled the starter schedule for NBC has a number of gaps to fill.  As you can see most of the returning shows kept their same spots except for the first hour of Thursday.  A discussion of why shows moved or stayed put follows in the night by night discussion.

NBC 2013 Starter Schedule

Sunday

7 PM – Faith Hill may not be returning but Sunday night starts as it has ever since the NFL returned to NBC with Football Night in America so you can say hello to Dan Patrick and the gang.

8 PM – Sunday Night Football helps boost the NBC network ratings average once again.

Monday

8 PM- Many 140 character tweets have been expended in the last several days about whether or not NBC should move The Voice from Monday and Tuesday to Tuesday and Wednesday or even Wednesday and Thursday.  Aside from the fact that FOX might consider it a shot across their bow, NBC President Bob Greenblatt has been quoted on the record a number of times talking about their plan to build from Sunday Night Football through the rest of the week.  Moving The Voice might allow you to promote your new Monday night lineup on football however it requires altering almost your entire schedule to do it.  One area that NBC has not been successful with is getting the audience to travel to a new timeslot for shows (see Smash, Go On, Up All Night, and Whitney over the last two seasons).  So for now The Voice stays on Monday.

10 PM – Also staying put is Revolution.  There is no denying that Revolution has suffered a ratings let down this spring however it is still the top rated drama on NBC.  Plus the best way to try and boost the show next fall is to leave it on after The Voice.  One of the reasons to move the show is to give the opportunity to follow the ratings juggernaut to another drama.

Tuesday

8 PM – The Voice stays put to kickoff the night.

9 PM – This season NBC tried to launch two new comedies (Go On and The New Normal) behind the reality king.  The results were middling to be kind.  FOX has also had a hard time launching comedies behind American Idol so this last season the network stopped trying and chose to slot the aging Glee behind the show.  For the most part that strategy worked well.  With my prediction of one less hour of comedy programming on the Fall 2013 schedule for NBC I will slot new drama The Blacklist behind The Voice.  The Blacklist stars James Spader as world’s most wanted criminal, who turns himself into the FBI and offers to give up everyone he has ever worked with in exchange for working with a newly minted agent whom he seemingly has no connection.

10 PM – After being under-appreciated for years Parenthood was one of the few shows last season to gain audience over the prior season.  Renewed for a full 22 episode season for only the second time the Braverman clan returns to its home at 10 PM.  Scheduling consistency allows Parenthood to continue to be a self-starter without much worry for NBC.

Wednesday

8 PM – Whitney returns to Wednesday night to act as a multi-camera companion to Undateable.  Undateable, from Cougar Town creator Bill Lawrence, is a “bromantic” comedy about two very different guys who are bonded by their common inability to attract women.  In an interesting wrinkle the pilot features Chris D’Elia of Whitney whose character would need to be recast should Whitney in fact survive to a third season.

9 PM – Law & Order: SVU featured lower ratings this season which finally means an evacuation of Wednesday night of the long running drama series in order to make room for Crisis (aka the Untitled Rand Ravich Project) which stars Dermot Mulroney and Gillian Anderson in a Washington, D.C.-set drama about an idealistic secret service agent who finds himself at the epicenter of an international crisis on his first day on the job.

10 PM – Last season’s bright spot Chicago Fire returns to Wednesday night to ensure that Dick Wolf maintains his foothold on the night.

Thursday

8 PM – Facing off against the CBS power duo of The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men is not easy for any new show which is why the returning comedy duo of Go On and Parks and Recreation start off the night.

9 PM – The longtime home of The Office welcomes The Michael J. Fox Show and the return of the titular star to his first network home.  In an intense bidding war NBC guaranteed a 22 episode order for the show.  With that type of commitment the show better be able to launch itself and the show that will follow it – About A Boy.  The television adaptation of the book and movie of the same name stars David Walton as a bachelor man-child and his relationship with the young boy who moves in next-door with his kooky single mother.  Friday Night Lights and Parenthood executive producer Jason Katims serves as the creator and executive producer.

10 PM- Hoping to strike fire twice with J.J. Abrams in two seasons with Believe.  Believe from Abrams and Alfonso Cuaron stars Delroy Lindo and Kyle McLaughlin in a drama about a girl in possession of a great gift/powers – which will come into their own in seven years – and the man who is sprung from prison to protect her from those trying to hunt her down.

Friday

8 PM – A relocated Law & Order: SVU leads off the evening and hopes to create a two hour crime drama block with…

9 PM – the returning Grimm.  Grimm has been a great stable block on the NBC schedule even making a brief appearance on both Monday and Tuesday nights this season to hold down the fort on the NBC schedule.

10 PM – Friday night comes to a close with some combination of Dateline and Rock Center.

With that final piece I predict that the NBC Fall 2013 schedule will look a little something like this:

NBC 2013 Predicted Schedule

Midseason will be especially important for NBC this upcoming season with the 2014 Winter Olympics serving as a launching pad for several new series including dramas Night Shift (please be ER! please be ER!), The Sixth Gun (genre shows are the best), previously announced Dracula, and the Chicago Fire Spinoff.  On the comedy side we welcome Krysten Ritter in Assistance (hyperactive workaholic juggling her boyfriend, work-husband, and boss), Craig Robinson (please be The Office!), and Happiness (Sean Hayes must figure out how to become a full-time dad to his teenage daughter as well as navigate his temperamental new boss at work).

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Network Upfronts: CW Announces Their 2012 Fall Schedule

The CW revealed its schedule for the upcoming fall television season this morning.  If you thought NBC and ABC had a lot of changes to their schedule prepare to be amazed at a CW fall schedule that is 90% different then last year with only The Vampire Diaries sticking put in last fall’s time slot.  Additionally sick and tired of airing repeats that nobody watches the CW will hold their fall season launches until October in order to shrink the season and give the netlet more time to market their vastly overhauled schedule.

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Network Upfronts: CBS Trailers for Vegas, Partners, Made in Jersey, and Elementary

Watch the trailers debuted by CBS today for their new Fall 2012 shows…

Vegas

 

Partners

 

Made in Jersey

 

Elementary

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Network Upfronts: CBS Announces Their 2012 Fall Schedule

CBS revealed its schedule for the upcoming fall television season this morning.  As expected it is steady as she goes for the number one overall network.  The rumored two hours comedy block does not materialize on Thursday, but a few new shows do say hello.

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