Author: Lulla

CBS 2017-2018 Schedule [+ THOUGHTS]

MONDAY

8- First weeks THE BIG BANG THEORY / 9JKL

then KEVIN CAN WAIT / 9JKL

9- First weeks KEVIN CAN WAIT / ME, MYSELF AND I

then ME, MYSELF AND I / SUPERIOR DONUTS

10- SCORPION

TUESDAY

8- NCIS

9- BULL

10- NCIS: NEW ORLEANS

WEDNESDAY

8- SURVIVOR

9- SEAL TEAM

10- CRIMINAL MINDS

THURSDAY

8- THE BIG BANG THEORY / YOUNG SHELDON

9- MOM / LIFE IN PIECES

10- S.W.A.T.

 

FRIDAY

8- MACGYVER

9- HAWAII 5-0

10- BLUE BLOODS

SUNDAY

8- WISDOM OF THE CROWD

9- NCIS: LOS ANGELES

10- MADAM SECRETARY

MIDSEASON

MAN WITH A PLAN / INSTINCT / BY THE BOOK / ELEMENTARY / CODE BLACK

 

What’s good?

  • Slotting Young Sheldon behind the mothership is the best way to go for a first season. If it works, they’ll have plenty of time to move it to monday. The special preview in september while the show only starts in november is stupid though.
  • Keeping both tuesday and friday intact seems legit.
  • Finally moving Criminal Minds at 10 is the right way to go. Not work an 9pm slot anymore.

What’s bad?

  • S.W.A.T. on the thursday 10pm death slot seems stupid. They had the chance for a hit with this one, wednesday at 9 was the evident place for it. Now, it can only do okay. They only co-produce it. Maybe that’s why…
  • Is Navy SEAL the right fit with between Survivor & Criminal Minds? I’m surprised. But they 100% own it…
  • Wisdom of the Crowd on sunday at 8? Once again, they stuck a weak show between two stronger ones. The strategy is smart. Tragic in a way. But smart.

CBS | 2017/2018 – 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 | BLUE BLOODS | ELEMENTARY | MADAM SECRETARY | CODE BLACK | BULL | MACGYVER

THE BIG BANG THEORY | MOM | LIFE IN PIECES | KEVIN CAN WAIT | MAN WITH A PLAN | SUPERIOR DONUTS

ORDERED

S.W.A.T. | INSTINCT | NAVY SEAL | WISDOM OF THE CROWD

YOUNG SHELDON | 9JKL | ME, MYSELF AND I | BY THE BOOK

Your grandpa network is dying, slowly but surely. CBS just had a rough year with more and more hits showing their age and new shows that flopped right out of the gate. Bull & MacGyver are the exceptions but it doesn’t feel like they’ll be there for the next 10 years: they’re already weak. CBS needs to go out of their comfort zone, take bigger risks and reflect America as how it really is (not juste male and white). Spoiler alert: that’s not gonna happen anytime soon. The new series they picked all sound very boring and generic… But let’s see how they could schedule them, ‘cos that’s their strength…

MONDAYS

First weeks – THE BIG BANG THEORY / KEVIN CAN WAIT

Then – KEVIN CAN WAIT / MAN WITH A PLAN

9JKL / SUPERIOR DONUTS

SCORPION

Unless CBS decides to make some unexpected moves within their comedy blocks like ABC just did, they’ll probably want to play it safe. Giving one more boost to Kevin Can Wait when football is on thursday, using once again The Big Bang Theory, certainly wouldn’t hurt. As a hallo effect, it will help new comedy 9JKL in the first weeks of its run. Then Man With a Plan can come back, paired with Kevin. They won’t do miracles but they only make sense together. Superior Donuts can move at 9.30 now 2 Broke Girls is sadly gone…

TUESDAYS

NCIS

BULL

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS

Keeping Tuesday as it is now is the best thing they can do if they want Bull to survive. Moved to another night or a later timeslot, it might very well collapse. They don’t want that. Too soon.

WEDNESDAYS

SURVIVOR

S.W.A.T.

CRIMINAL MINDS

Criminal Minds should have been moved to 10 last year. It’s not strong enough to launch anything new and CBS just can’t leave fractional Code Black there one more year. It’s time to do the right thing. S.W.A.T., led by ex Criminal Minds star Shemar Moore, needs a fair chance and it can only grab it at 9. Plus, the action-packed procedural would fit well behind Survivor.

THURSDAYS

THE BIG BANG THEORY / YOUNG SHELDON

MOM / LIFE IN PIECES

INSTINCT

At first, I thought CBS should move Code Black to thursday at 10. And then, I realized that they’d better launch a new show there during fall. Castle-like Instinct is a good option after the comedies. If it doesn’t work, Code Black can always take the slot later. About Young Sheldon, I can see it leading monday night next year bur first, CBS needs to do everything in their power so it becomes a success.

FRIDAYS

MACGYVER

HAWAII FIVE-O

BLUE BLOODS

Well. No need to change anything.

SUNDAYS

NCIS: LOS ANGELES

NAVY SEAL

MADAM SECRETARY

The David Boreanaz-led drama would fit well on this conservative sunday night between news magazine 60 Minutes and Madam Secretary (which is very weak by the way). There’s NCIS: Los Angeles in the middle and that’s a good thing. They’re not that different tonally, though the Navy SEAL drama is a little more serious.

MIDSEASON

ELEMENTARY could very well be dumped on saturday night, since it’s only been renewed for syndication purposes.

WIDSDOM OF THE CROWD is the usual spring show that will fail miserably, wherever they put it.

Comedies BY THE BOOK and ME, MYSELF AND I may very well end up on summer if both fall new entries work.

ABC 2017-2018 Schedule [+ THOUGHTS]

MONDAY

8- DANCING WITH THE STARS

9- DANCING WITH THE STARS

10- THE GOOD DOCTOR

TUESDAY

8- THE MIDDLE / FRESH OFF THE BOAT

9- BLACKISH / THE MAYOR

10- THE GOSPEL OF KEVIN

WEDNESDAY

8- THE GOLDBERGS / SPEECHLESS

9- MODERN FAMILY / AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE

10- DESIGNATED SURVIVOR

THURSDAY

8- GREY’S ANATOMY

9- SCANDAL

10- HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER


FRIDAY

8- ONCE UPON A  TIME

9- MARVEL’S INHUMANS

10- 20/20

SUNDAY

8- TO TELL THE TRUTH

9- THE SHARK TANK

10- 10 DAYS IN THE VALLEY

MIDSEASON

 QUANTICO / AGENTS OF SHIELD / FOR THE PEOPLE / THE CROSSING / DECEPTION / SPLITTING UP TOGETHER / ALEX, INC.

What’s good?

  • All the moves within the comedy blocks are quite unexpected but they’re smart. Fresh Off The Beat will finally get the chance to show all its potential with a decent lead-in, American Housewife will be able to get stronger behind Modern Family, and Blackish -already sold in syndication- should be fine there.
  • Even though Deception looked like the best option to air behind Dancing With the Stars, The Good Doctor is the second best choice and it’s a good thing it airs in the fall. It’s ABC’s best shot at drama success right now. Very hopeful with this one.
  • Keeping the TGIT intact against NBC’s “Must See TV” is the right move.

What’s bad?

  • ABC basically gives up on sunday until American Idol arrives in spring. I think they could and should have fought a little bit more. That being said, moving The Shark Tank there makes sense as well as moving family-friendly fares Once Upon A Time, Marvel’s Inhumans and later on Agents Of SHIELD on friday. It won’t do well but it’s not gonna look as bad as it did on sunday.
  • The Gospel of Kevin on tuesday at 10? It’s gonna be uuuuuugly. I don’t think the show really had a chance anyway but here? Oh God…
  • Three new dramas premiering in spring? Plus two new comedies… That’s a lot. It’s a pity for Deception and Alex, Inc. They have potential but they probably won’t get the treatment they deserve…

ABC | 2017/2018 – 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 | ONCE UPON A TIME | SCANDAL | AGENTS OF SHIELD | HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER | QUANTICO | DESIGNATED SURVIVOR

MODERN FAMILY | THE MIDDLE | THE GOLDBERGS | FRESH OFF THE BOAT | BLACKISH | AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE | SPEECHLESS

ORDERED

MARVEL’S INHUMANS | DECEPTION | FOR THE PEOPLE | THE GOOD DOCTOR | THE GOSPEL OF KEVIN | THE CROSSING | 10 DAYS IN THE VALLEY

THE MAYOR | SPLITTING UP TOGETHER | STARTING UP

Without a doubt, the biggest shocker of the upfronts 2017 is the arrival of American Idol on ABC for a march 2018 spring run, possibly on both sunday and monday nights. The 40 hours it will take may very well have changed the network’s initial plans for midseason and maybe even for fall as a consequence. A lot of decisions don’t feel right -especially renewing Once Upon A Time for a rebooted 7th season- but they obviously emptied their pocket for Idol… Once again, they will have to rely heavily on their comedies and hope for the best in the drama department with Deception & The Good Doctor looking like their safer bets… Will ABC wait for Idol to use them while throwing their wildest cards in the overcrowded fall? That’s a theory…

MONDAYS

DANCING WITH THE STARS

DANCING WITH THE STARS

DECEPTION

Deception is the closest thing to Castle ABC has in their options. The magical part of the FBI procedural would mesh well with Dancing With the Stars; the pair seems to be a no-brainer. Except the network is always reluctant to give their best slots to shows they don’t produce in house (that’s why Forever didn’t get much of a chance two years ago…). Maybe it’s finally time to take that risk…

TUESDAYS

THE MIDDLE / AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE

First 6 weeks – MARVEL’S INHUMANS

then – BLACKISH / THE MAYOR

AGENTS OF SHIELD

Now that ABC has finally found a way to get some life on tuesday night at 8 thanks to The Middle and new entry American Housewife and now that This Is Us is gone to another night on NBC, they really have a chance to do better at 9. Marvel’s Inhumans doesn’t look like a massive hit but whatever happens with it, it’s only there for 8 episodes and possibly only 6 or 7 weeks. They can use that time to promote heavily their new comedy pairing, a combination of Blackish, which should move after 3 years behind Modern Family -it’s supposed to have its own viewers- and The Mayor, a new show that’s different from other ABC comedies, being mostly a workplace one with musical elements (!) but the network allegedly loves it, it’s worth a try. Fresh Off The Boat is waiting in the wings anyway…

WEDNESDAYS

THE GOLDBERGS / SPEECHLESS

MODERN FAMILY / STARTING UP

DESIGNATED SURVIVOR

While Modern Family is not eternal -but renewed for 2 more seasons- ABC has to use it to launch a new family comedy while it’s not too late. Zach Braff’s looks like their best shot this year, though Splitting Up Together would probably be okay there too. Nothing else should change on that night.

THURSDAYS

GREY’S ANATOMY

SCANDAL

HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER

With This Is Us moving at 9 on NBC, the TGIT will be in danger and there’s no way now ABC premieres the new Shondaland show For The People in the fall. They’ll have to wait for This Is Us to end and use American Idol to promote it the best they can so it doesn’t turn out as another The Catch. The final season of Scandal will have to air against This Is Us which is, in a way, not so dramatic: it’ll be gone by the end of the season anyway. Grey’s Anatomy should be fine against Will & Grace, unless Will & Grace comes back bigger than expected. How To Get Away With Murder may be impacted if Scandal takes a hit but it survived after the low-rated Notorious last year so there’s every reason to be optimistic.

FRIDAYS

GAME SHOW

THE SHARK TANK

20/20

Cheap friday coming our way! With Last Man Standing and Dr Ken cancelled, ABC may not be ready to invest on that night. They have a ton of game shows that could do as well in the 8pm slot. Of course, I thought about throwing Once Upon A Time there, and that’s where it could end up when Idol will take over coming spring, but in the fall, let’s just say stability is the key.

SUNDAYS

ONCE UPON A TIME

THE GOSPEL OF KEVIN

10 DAYS IN THE VALLEY

Awful you say? Well yeah, you’re right. But Once Upon A Time is renewed whether we like it or not, it has to air somewhere and launching three new shows back to back on sunday would be a suicide mission at this point. Two is already too much to be honest. The Gospel of Kevin seems compatible with OUAT somehow and I don’t see it anywhere else quite frankly, except summer. 10 Days in the Valley is a 10pm show, has a cable feel and is only 10 episodes.

MIDSEASON

THE GOOD DOCTOR should be paired with AMERICAN IDOL on sunday, like House was a long time ago on FOX. I feel like this show has a big potential and while it may be very tempting to launch it in the fall, ABC should wait for the right moment to give it the best chance.

THE CROSSING is kind of a question mark. I’m convinced it’s the kind of high-concept show that won’t do well after a few airings but it could start big and here again, waiting for AMERICAN IDOL to promote it might be the answer. Tuesday at 10 when Agents of SHIELD is done?

With a 13-episode renewal, QUANTICO will be back… somewhere.

What do you think? Feel free to comment!

FOX 2017-2018 Schedule [+ THOUGHTS]

 

MONDAY

8- LUCIFER

9- THE GIFTED

TUESDAY

8- LETHAL WEAPON

9- THE MICK / BROOKLYN NINE-NINE

WEDNESDAY

8- EMPIRE

9- STAR

THURSDAY

8- GOTHAM

9- THE ORVILLE

FRIDAY

8- HELL’S KITCHEN

9- THE EXORCIST

SUNDAY

8- THE SIMPSONS / GHOSTED

9- FAMILY GUY / LAST MAN ON EARTH

MIDSEASON

911 – THE X-FILES – THE RESIDENT – LA TO VEGAS – NEW GIRL…

 

What’s good?

  • Tuesday night feels very coherent with compatible shows. Lethal Weapon needed to move from Empire‘s shadow. They were never a good fit.
  • Using Empire as a lead-in should have been done last year. But it’s not too late, even if the show is not as strong anymore. Pairing Star with it is an evidence. Thank God they realized it.

What’s bad ?

  • That’s a weird thing to do to use both Lucifer and Gotham as lead-ins while they treated them shit the whole past year. Plus, The Gifted seemed like a better option at 8, since it’s family-friendly. It could have self started.
  • The Orville against This Is Us? Well, why not? The problem is not there. The problem is that they never should have ordered The Orville. It has FLOP written all over it…