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The CW 2018/2019 Schedule (THOUGHTS & TRAILERS)

 

 

 

MONDAY

8- LEGENDS OF TOMORROW

9- ARROW

TUESDAY

8- THE FLASH

9- BLACK LIGHTNING

WEDNESDAY

8- RIVERDALE

9- ALL AMERICAN

THURSDAY

8- SUPERNATURAL

9- LEGACIES

FRIDAY

8- DYNASTY

9- CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND

SUNDAY 

8- SUPERGIRL

9- CHARMED

MIDSEASON

THE 100 | JANE THE VIRGIN | iZOMBIE | ROSWELL | IN THE DARK


THOUGHTS

No surprise The CW chose Charmed for their new sunday, a little bit surprised that it airs at 9 and not at 8, though. It was strong enough to self-start and it’s not like Supergirl was still a hit anyway…

Riverdale & All-American, two school dramas, paired seems logical, though the new Berlanti-produced show will have to fight hard on this difficult timeslot since Riverdale is not that good a lead-in. Wouldn’t be surprised if Roswell ends up there midseason.

– Thursday should be strong with Supernatural & Legacies. Not so sure about monday. Arrow didn’t deserve to stay at a 8pm slot but not sure Legends Of Tomorrow, though younger, deserved it either.


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The CW | 2018/2019 – Fantasy Schedule

Those are predictions based on feelings and The CW final schedule may end up very differently! It will be announced on Thursday. Stay tuned and until then, enjoy the read!

RENEWED

SUPERNATURAL | ARROW | THE FLASH | SUPERGIRL | THE 100 | JANE THE VIRGIN | LEGENDS OF TOMORROW | iZOMBIE | CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND | RIVERDALE | BLACK LIGHTNING | DYNASTY

ORDERED

CHARMED | ROSWELL | ALL AMERICAN | IN THE DARK | LEGACIES

CANCELLED

VALOR | LIFE SENTENCE

 

Is The CW still relevant in this day and age? Wouldn’t it be simpler for both CBS Television Studios & Warner Bros. Television -which co-own the network- to sell their shows directly to cable, Netflix and other streaming platforms? I mean, The CW is becoming Netflix-dependent and that can’t be good in the long run. Dynasty did terrible live numbers the whole year but it was still renewed because Netflix paid them a lot of money to get the international rights for it. Same goes for Riverdale that everybody outside the US think is a Netflix Original (and that’s how it’s presented, as they always do with their acquisitions).  Well, anyway, scheduling still matters for The CW as for the other nets, so let’s see what they could do with the new shows they picked up and the large number of DC Comics’ shows that are still on their air, even weakened Arrow, while they decided to re-open sunday night!

 

SUNDAY

CHARMED

SUPERNATURAL

At its peak, the original Charmed aired on sunday nights at 8pm. It would make sense to put it back there, especially since they need to make noise about their sunday re-opening. Charmed is the buzziest show they have and hopefully they won’t wait for midseason to launch it, as they surprisingly did with Riverdale and Black Lightning the past two years. The longest-running American live-action fantasy TV series aka Supernatural could also move there, it’s one of the two nights with monday where it hasn’t aired yet. I guess it would be another record of some sort. Also, Charmed & Supernarutal would make a strong pair.

 

MONDAY

SUPERGIRL

ARROW

I remember The CW president said one time that he would never all of the DC Comics’ shows at the same time. Well, I’m betting he will. While Supergirl should stay where it is, I’d paired it with Arrow and for a shortened seventh season, that could also be its last. It’s a though night and a though slot, I think they should wait for midseason to lauch something new there.

 

TUESDAY

THE FLASH

ALL-AMERICAN

The Flash is The CW’s strongest piece and wasting it on a show that is not new would be kinda dumb. So, here’s Greg Berlanti’s new high-school drama coming right after it on tuesday. Yeah, it would also have been cool to put it with Riverdale, which is also a high-school drama, but they can still do it later, if it survives.

 

WEDNESDAY

RIVERDALE

LEGACIES

Dynasty didn’t work at all behind Riverdale; Life Sentence did worse and had to be moved; then they replaced it with The Original‘s farewell season and it did surprisingly good. To the point when The CW probably regretted cancelling it. As a consequence, it would be logical to put the spin-off there. Legacies might not be as strong, but at least they would have given it the best chance!

 

THURSDAY

BLACK LIGHTNING

LEGENDS OF TOMORROW

Not a huge fan of this night to be honest but I kinda like the idea of having Black Lightning opening the night since it’s really family-oriented. Legends Of Tomorrow can air alongside since this terrible show still exists.

 

FRIDAY

DYNASTY

JANE THE VIRGIN

Friday night should stay a dumping ground, nothing new should be launched there. So here we go again with a mix of Dynasty, Jane The Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend back at some point. Not bold AT ALL but there’s just nothing else to do.

 

MIDSEASON

ROSWELL – It should be kept for midseason so they don’t launch both of their reboots at the same time. It could be paired with Riverdale if Legacies is limited.

CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND – So yeah, friday, maybe when Dynasty takes a break.

IN THE DARK – They could pair it with Supergirl on monday once Arrow is done… and probably send it to friday next year!

THE 100 & iZOMBIE – They’re basically summer shows at this point, or deep-spring shows. Let them be again.

CBS 2018/2019 Schedule (THOUGHTS & TRAILERS)

 

MONDAY

8- THE NEIGHBORHOOD / HAPPY TOGETHER

9- MAGNUM, P.I.

10- BULL

TUESDAY

8- NCIS

9- F.B.I.

10- NEW ORLEANS

WEDNESDAY

8- SURVIVOR

9- SEAL TEAM

10- CRIMINAL MINDS

THURSDAY

8- THE BIG BANG THEORY / SHELDON

9- MOM / MURPHY BROWN

10- S.W.A.T.

FRIDAY

8- MACGYVER

9- HAWAII 5-0

10- BLUE BLOODS

SUNDAY

7- 60 MINUTES

8- GOD FRIENDED ME

9- NCIS: LOS ANGELES

10- MADAM SECRETARY

MIDSEASON

ELEMENTARY | INSTINCT | THE CODE | THE RED LINE | LIFE IN PIECES | MAN WITH A PLAN | FAM

THOUGHTS

– CBS apparently got too afraid to break up The Big Bang Theory & Young Sheldon to help new comedies. As a result, the monday ones will have to fight for themselves without any support. That might ugly real quick! Hopefully, they have a few more to launch midseason. Though none of them are strong.

Magnum, P.I. will also have to self start but at least there will be curiosity for it that might help it get sampled the first weeks of its run. Other than that, I’ll probably be a struggle… Dick Wolf’s F.B.I. got luckier with the NCIS’ lead-in. Bull moving to monday at 10 could be a real challenge, facing both The Good Doctor & Manifest, but CBS probably wanted to put something that’s strong and not a dying show. Though Bull could die in the process.

– Not buzzy at all Murphy Brown revival is exactly where it should be: paired with Mom in a slot that’s not so important for them. But wasting Young Sheldon on Mom once again is a bit of a waste.

God Friended Me on sunday? I know it’s church day but this show that’s supposed to skew younger than other CBS dramas will never find this audience here in this slot, between 60 Minutes and NCIS: Los Angeles… Gone by december! Welcome back Instinct!


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CBS | 2018/2019 – Fantasy Schedule

Those are predictions based on feelings and CBS final schedule may end up very differently! It will be announced on Wednesday. Stay tuned and until then, enjoy the read!

RENEWED

NCIS | NCIS: LA | NCIS: NEW ORLEANS | CRIMINAL MINDS | HAWAII FIVE-O | ELEMENTARY | BLUE BLOODS | MADAM SECRETARY | BULL | MACGYVER | SEAL TEAM | S.W.A.T. | INSTINCT

THE BIG BANG THEORY | MOM | LIFE IN PIECES | MAN WITH A PLAN | YOUNG SHELDON

ORDERED

F.B.I. | MAGNUM, P.I. | GOD FRIENDED ME | THE CODE | THE RED LINE

MURPHY BROWN | THE NEIGHBORHOOD | FAM | HAPPY TOGETHER

CANCELLED 

SCORPION | WISDOM OF THE CROWD

KEVIN CAN WAIT | SUPERIOR DONUTS | ME, MYSELF & I | 9JKL | LIVING BIBLICALLY

TO BE DETERMINED

CODE BLACK

 

Tough season for CBS: they’re still winning in total viewers but they skew older and older each year. And while ABC has a drama problem, CBS has a big comedy one. With The Big Bang Theory possibly ending next season -they’ll fight like crazy to get more I guess- and Young Sheldon being the only newbie doing good numbers, they’d better up their game and schedule them better. They surprisingly got rid of Kevin Can Wait but they still have some stones in their shoes like Man With A Plan or Life In Pieces, doing barely okay. Will their Murphy Brown revival help them like Will & Grace helped NCB and Roseanne helped ABC? Unlikely. The political-fueled show has many good reasons to come back in this troubled climate and will probably have relevant things to say but it’s not a comedy that left such a huge mark in pop culture. I’m not sure people will welcome it so warmly. In the drama department, CBS looks more and more like a syndication farm. Which is fine when you can find a home for your new shows. But as Scorpion proved after 4 seasons: if your show is weak from the get-go, nobody will buy it… CBS’s schedule is pretty unpredictable. They’d need to make drastic changes and bold moves to improve. But it’s not like them. Here’s what I would do:

 

MONDAY

THE BIG BANG THEORY / HAPPY TOGETHER or FAM

GOD FRIENDED ME

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS

Yep. I feel like the only way for CBS to be back in the comedy game as they used to on monday is to bring back The Big Bang Theory the night it started more than 10 years ago. That’s also where it aired for a few weeks at the beginning of the past seasons when there was football on thursday and it always did great. This way, it will be able help a new comedy instead of helping Young Sheldon that should be fine without it now. Can’t decide which one between Happy Together with Damon Wayans Jr. or Fam with Nina Dobrev is the best option since they’re like twins based on the scripts. At 9, it’s a bit unconventional I know but I would give the slot to God Friended Me, first because it’s a dramedy, then because it’s CBS’ only chance next year at skewing younger. I have a feeling it won’t work, but I don’t see this show airing anywhere else. They ordered it so… At 10, NCIS: New Orleans would be used as a safe weapon when the other networks are bringing out the big guns (The Good Doctor on ABC and Manifest on NBC). Better not launch something new there…

 

TUESDAY

NCIS

F.B.I.

BULL

NCIS is starting to show its age on tuesday and it’s the occasion for CBS to use it to launch something new one last time before it’s too late. Dick Wolf’s F.B.I. looks generic as hell but could make an efficient lead-out. Bull may lose a bit of its loyal audience at 10, especially since Michael Weatherly will have to face Nathan Fillion (The Rookie) on ABC, but it should be strong enough by now to survive. Tuesday would look fresher overall and it needs to if they want to stay competitive on the night. Swim or sink!

 

WEDNESDAY

SURVIVOR

MAGNUM, P.I.

CRIMINAL MINDS

After wasting Survivor‘s lead-in with Seal Team last year, that never really took off, CBS should not insist and give it to a more promising newbie… aka Magnum, P.I. new generation. With Justin Lin driving the project, it may be modern enough to be worth a slot that is not on friday or sunday. Plus, the Hawaiian-set show looks like a good fit with Survivor, based on the beaches. At 10, Criminal Minds is doing okay business and should stay there, whether it’s for a 13-episode (final) season or a full one.

 

THURSDAY

YOUNG SHELDON / THE NEIGHBORHOOD

MOM / MURPHY BROWN

S.W.A.T.

With Young Sheldon leading the night, CBS should bet on shows with a strong family element and The Neighborhood might be a good candidate as a consequence. Mom should stay where it is doing solid business and that’s where Murphy Brown comes in. It’d be a female-fueled comedy hour and if the revival doesn’t work, they won’t look too dumb since it was not in a high-priority slot. Life In Pieces can comeback there once the shorten season is done. SWAT doesn’t have to move.

 

FRIDAY

MACGYVER

HAWAII 5-O

BLUE BLOODS

No adjustement to make. Magnum P.I. will end up there sooner or later anyway…

 

SUNDAY

60 MINUTES

SEAL TEAM

NCIS: LA

MADAM SECRETARY

So I would put serious Seal Team after serious news magazine 60 Minutes, where it should have aired from the get go! (Schedulet it there last year already). The rest of the night should stay intact, though Madam Secretary does horrible numbers. But it has a rich syndication deal so…

 

MIDSEASON

MAN WITH A PLAN – The show got a pity renewal because it’s fully owned but it should be benched until there’s a slot available for it. If God Friended Me doesn’t work on monday, it would be easy to put it here paired with either Fam or Happy Together.

ELEMENTARY – Shoud be back in deep spring again, airing mostly during the summer.

INSTINCT – Whenever to plug a hole.

THE CODE – If Criminal Minds is limited this year, it could take over in spring.

THE RED LINE – This one feels like a limited-show. Don’t know what they can do with it but it’s clearly something that they will be proud of but that they won’t be able to schedule properly…

ABC 2018/2019 Schedule (THOUGHTS & TRAILERS)

 

MONDAY

8- DANCING WITH THE STARS

9- DANCING WITH THE STARS

10- THE GOOD DOCTOR

TUESDAY

8- ROSEANNE / THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT

9- BLACKISH / SPLITTING UP TOGETHER

10- THE ROOKIE

WEDNESDAY

8- THE GOLDBERGS / AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE

9/ MODERN FAMILY / SINGLE PARENTS

10- A MILLION LITTLE THINGS

THURSDAY

8- GREY’S ANATOMY

9- STATION 19

10- HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER

FRIDAY

8- FRESH OFF THE BOAT / SPEECHLESS

9- CHILD SUPPORT

10- 20/20

SUNDAY

7- AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS

8- DANCING WITH THE STARS: JUNIORS

8- THE SHARK TANK

10- THE ALEC BALDWIN SHOW

 

MIDSEASON

AGENTS OF SHIELD (summer) | FOR THE PEOPLE | WHISKEY CAVALIER | GRAND HOTEL | THE FIX | SCHOOLED

 

THOUGHTS

– 2 new dramas, 2 new comedies in the fall: that’s pretty much what we expected from ABC, with few moves and a conservative schedule overall. If The Rookie, A Million Little Things, The Kids Are Alright & Single Parents are as strong as they seem to be, the alphabet network could be having a good year.

– Moving American Houseviwe to an ealier slot makes all the sense in the world and paired with The Goldbergs it should be doing a bit better than this year. Two newbies back to back on wednesday from 9.30 to 11 is a bit worrying, though both shows seem compatible. The return of comedies on friday is also a good move.

– An all-scripted sunday waiting for American Idol to come back is probably the wisest move they could have come up with. But it means all three new dramas plus For The People will have to air midseason. It’s a bit much.

– ABC may have a comedy back-up problem in the spring if their newbies fail in the fall since they only have Schooled at his time.

 

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ABC | 2018/2019 – Fantasy Schedule

Those are predictions based on feelings and ABC final schedule may end up very differently! It will be announced on Tuesday. Stay tuned and until then, enjoy the read!

RENEWED

GREY’S ANATOMY | AGENTS OF SHIELD | HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER | THE GOOD DOCTOR | STATION 19 | FOR THE PEOPLE

ROSEANNE | MODERN FAMILY | THE GOLDBERGS | FRESH OFF THE BOAT | BLACKISH | AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE | SPEECHLESS | SPLITTING UP TOGETHER

ORDERED

THE ROOKIE | A MILLION LITTLE THINGS | WHISKEY CAVALIER | GRAND HOTEL | THE FIX

SCHOOLED | SINGLE PARENTS | THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT

CANCELLED

 ONCE UPON A TIME | SCANDAL | TEN DAYS IN THE VALLEY | KEVIN (PROBABLY) SAVES THE WORLD | DECEPTION | THE CROSSING

THE MIDDLE | THE MAYOR | ALEX, INC.

TO BE DETERMINED

FALSE PROFITS (Pilot)

 

Entering the upfronts this year, ABC will undoubtedly proclaim having both the number one new drama –The Good Doctor- and the number one “new” comedy –Roseanne– of the past season, as well as a safe landing for the return of American Idol, stronger than what most experts predicted. Those are real achievements they can be proud of. But ABC is also losing three shows that were once very important for them: The Middle, Scandal & Once Upon A Time, as well as Queen Shonda Rhimes, who’s moving to Netflix for her next projects. Can the network survive without her? Probably, especially since her last shows flopped. But does ABC have a plan B? Doesn’t seem like it for now. If their comedy brand is still a force to be reckoned with, there’s a drama problem and they werdly didn’t order that many new shows while cancelling a lot, including Designated Survivor that we thought was safe thanks to the Netflix deal. Maybe because they feel confident with the ones they picked-up. Or maybe because most of the pilots were disappointing… Does President Channing Dungey has surprising tricks up her sleeves? We’ll see. Here’s how they could handle their schedule in 2018/2019 :

 

MONDAY

DANCING WITH THE STARS

DANCING WITH THE STARS

THE GOOD DOCTOR

As much as The Good Doctor deserves a better timeslot, meaning an earlier one to be at its full potential, ABC can’t provide it for now. There’s just no 9pm slot available without making a lot of changes that could backfire at them. So, for the time being, it should just stay where it is, hopefully still thriving and pleasing the affiliates.

 

TUESDAY

ROSEANNE / THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT

AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE / SPLITTING UP TOGETHER

THE ROOKIE

 

Will Nathan Fillion-starrer The Rookie be strong enough to break the tuesday 10pm curse? If this one doesn’t, then none will. Ever. That being said, ABC should better launch it after a Dancing With The Stars special, so the Castle fans know where to find it! They need to maximize their chances with this one. They’re in a good position by the way since Roseanne will drive the night again and its insane numbers should be of help. From the three new comedies ABC ordered, The Kids Are Alright, about a middle-class family in the turbulent 70s, seems to be the best companion for it. ABC screwed up big time last year when they decided to move American Housewife from tuesday and put it on wednesday after Modern Family, since they’re not compatible. The show is weaker than it was but there’s still time to fix the damage done. It seems compatible with both Roseanne and The Kids are Alright. Put it at 9! And yeah, there’s This Is Us on NBC at that time. Oh, well…

 

WEDNESDAY

THE GOLDBERGS / SINGLE PARENTS

MODERN FAMILY / BLACKISH

A MILLION LITTLE THINGS

Wednesday has weakened this season, because of the bad choices that were made and because Modern Family failed to get its modjo back. It’s time to prepare life without it and Single Parents is clearly the most promising new comedy they picked up. Even though I’m not sure it’s such a good pair with The Goldbergs, if it works, it will be easy to just slide it at 9 in 1 year. It’s worth a try. I have great faith in this one. Blackish can go back to wednesday, where it would be into new relationship dramedy A Million Little Things, which would be a good alternative to the cop shows airing on CBS & NBC at this time. I also have a lot of faith in this show, that could become ABC’s equivalent of This Is Us, if such a thing is possible. Fingers crossed

 

THURSDAY

GREY’S ANATOMY

STATION 19

HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER

The TGIT brand should be back for one more year at least. Station 19 is not a hit but if ABC & Shonda play their cards right (more “real” crossovers with mothership Grey’s Anatomy?), it could do better in the fall than what it did in the spring, with a better retention.

 

FRIDAY

FRESH OFF THE BOAT / SPEECHLESS

AGENTS OF SHIELD

20/20

Since Agents of SHIELD will be back with a shortened 6th season that may or may not be the last, it should keep its low priority slot on friday and airing in the fall so ABC can come up with a better plan for 2019. At 8, comedies should be back for good after a one year retirement. Pairing Fresh Off The Boat & Speechless is what makes the most of sense right now, since they don’t derserve to stay on tuesday and wednesday but didn’t derserve a cancellation either. It should do better than Once Upon A Time anyway…

 

SUNDAY

AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS

GRAND HOTEL

THE SHARK TANK

SUNDAYS WITH ALEC BALDWIN

While waiting for the return of American Idol, ABC should stay low key on sunday with mostly unscripted programming. I don’t believe in Alec Baldwin’s talk show at all, but it’s still better than launching a new drama at 10 that will fail miserably. I don’t believe in soapy drama Grand Hotel either but since it’s ordered… It’s light so it works for a 8pm slot and it’s a good alternative to what the other networks offer. That doesn’t mean there’s an audience for it but at least it’s different from football, animated comedies and cop shows…

 

MIDSEASON

WHISKEY CAVALIER – The promising (but not owned) espionnage fare could air alongside American Idol on monday once The Good Doctor is gone, or on sunday, hopefully with better results than Deception this year.

THE FIX – The legal thriller is quite hard to fit on the schedule but I suppose it will be limited. It could air when one of the 10pm drama is on hiatus.

FOR THE PEOPLE – To keep the TGIT intact all-year long, the Shonda Rhimes can air once HTGAWM‘s 5th season ends. That’s probably the only reason why the low-rated legal drama was given a second chance.

SCHOOLED – The Goldberg‘s spin-off could take Roseanne‘s slot once the short new season is done, alongside The Kids Are Alright that will likely still be alive.