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UPDATED | 2015/2016 Ratings Predictions: which new shows will be hits? which ones will get the ax?

This article is pure predictions (based on timeslots, buzz, critics) and has no other value than having some fun. Feel free to comment and give our own predictions.

First published on september 15th 2015

 

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BLOOD AND OIL – Cancelled by december – Will swap timeslot with Quantico at some point check

DR KEN – Back Nine – Renewed for season 2  check

THE MUPPETS  – BIG HIT – Back nine (or even more) – Renewed for season 2 CROSS

QUANTICOMODEST HIT – Back Nine – Will swap timeslot with Blood and oil at some point – Renewed for season 2 check

WICKED CITY – Cancelled by january check

MIDSEASON:

THE CATCHMODEST HIT Renewed for season 2 check

THE FAMILY – Renewed for season 2 CROSS

KINGS AND PROPHETS – Cancelled by may check

THE REAL O’NEALS – Renewed for season 2 check

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ANGEL FROM HELL – Cancelled by january check

CODE BLACK – Cancelled by december CROSS

LIFE IN PIECES – MODEST HIT – Back Nine (or less) – Renewed for season 2 check

LIMITLESS – Back Nine – Renewed for season 2 CROSS

SUPERGIRL Could go either way… Back Nine – Cancelled by may check CROSS

MIDSEASON:

CRIMINAL MINDS: BEYOND BORDERS – Cancelled by may CROSS

RUSH HOUR – Cancelled by may check

 

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BLINDSPOTHIT – Back Nine – Renewed for season 2 check

CHICAGO MED – MODEST HIT – Back Nine – Renewed for season 2 check

HEROES REBORN – Renewed for season 2 CROSS

THE PLAYER – Cancelled by december check

TRUTH BE TOLD – Cancelled by november (october?) check

MIDSEASON:

CROWDED – Cancelled by may check

GAME OF SILENCE – Cancelled by may check

HEARTBREAKER – Renewed for season 2 with mediocre ratings CROSS

HOT AND BOTHERED – Cancelled by may check

SHADES OF BLUE – Renewed for season 2 with mediocre ratings check

SUPERSTORE – Cancelled by may CROSS

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GRANDFATHERED – Back Nine – Cancelled by may check

THE GRINDER – Cancelled by december checkCROSS

MINORITY REPORT – Cancelled by december check

ROSEWOOD – Cancelled by december CROSS

SCREAM QUEENS HIT Renewed for season 2 CROSS check

MIDSEASON:

THE GUIDE TO SURVIVING LIFE – Cancelled by may check

LOOKINGLASS – Cancelled by may check

LUCIFER – Renewed for season 2 check

THE X-FILESBIG HIT – Renewed for another season check

Comedy 2015 #PilotWatch : the full recap

It’s this time of the year when we get all judgy and mean, happy because we enjoy a show we didn’t think we would, sad because our expectations were too high for some others… It’s time to make tough choices (some are really easy though) and decide whose are the characters, the families, the places, the writers we want to spend the rest of the year with! Game ON.

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First, on the comedy side, let me summarize it simply by saying almost nothing that has been picked up really stink but nothing really stand out either. That’s the ugly truth. In my opinion, The MuppetsThe Real O’Neals at ABC and Life In Pieces at CBS are the safer bets. NBC can do something with the duet Hot & Bothered/Superstore with a good lead in and a heavily marketed night. Sadly, I don’t see Grandfathered & The Grinder staying very long on FOX because of the channel’s recent track record… The rest is DOA. Dead on arrival.

 

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  1. THE REAL O’NEALS   rate rate rate rate

Already in love with this family. They put a huge smile on my face. Kudos to always great Martha Plimpton and very talented newcomer Noah Gavin, who nails it as the narrator. There’s no reason it wouldn’t work, except a bad timeslot. ABC, give it at least a Fresh Off The Boat treatment!

2. THE MUPPETS  rate rate rate rate

I’m not a fan of the original The Muppets. Not my thing. But this pilot presentation took me by surprise. Love the idea of the mockumentary twist. Could be a great deal of fun. But still not for me. It could become a huge hit for ABC, though.

3. DR KEN  rate rate rate

Dr Ken is so far the best match with Last Man Standing ABC found. Ken Jeong will divise the audience: some will love his performance, others will hate it. Liked it (and him) way more than I expected. Good for diversity, good for laughs, but not especially great regarding originality.

4. UNCLE BUCK  rate

Not funny in any way. The title character is plain stupid & irritating. The cast never clicks. The kids are meh but the adults are way worst. It’s fixable, the set up is not that bad, but no thanks. Not sure ABC would have ordered it if the cast was not black, in fact.

 

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  1. LIFE IN PIECES  rate rate rate rate

Could have turned into a huge hit… if Modern Family never existed! Writing’s good, people can relate, a bit raunchy. The cast is great on paper but… except Josh Brolin & Zoe Lister Jones, where are the funny people?! BTW the concept is just cosmetics. That being said, wanna watch more. It’s really fun at times, potential is here.

2. ANGEL FROM HELL  rate rate rate

Not an amazing pilot but it’s kinda cool. Jane Lynch & Maggie Lawson have a real chemistry. There’s potential. It’s not CBS-y at all though. Probably won’t work. They could have made a great multicamera with it, that’s too bad.

 

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  1. SUPERSTORE  rate rate rate

Glad to have America Ferrera back on TV! Fun & sweet but a little too focus on a potential love story. Could turn great.

2. HOT & BOTHERED  rate rate

Eva Longoria is stunning, but something’s a little off… The other castmembers? The whole concept? Not sure. Didn’t laugh much, not “30 Rock” clever… It doesn’t have much going for it in the end, except Longoria (who has been better). And surprise! Zachary Levi (Chuck, Heroes Reborn) appears in a very Susan Mayer kinda scene. He’s playing the new network president.

3. CROWDED  rate rate

Loving Carrie Preston is not reason enough to get excited about this. It’s really old-school -which is not a problem for me- and a waste of her talent. She can do better. She’s worth better. Next!

4. TRUTH BE TOLD  rate

Not as raunchy as NBC wants us to believe. Ordering 13 comedy pilots for ending with such a generic Rules Of Engagement-y sitcom… Really NBC? The cast is meh, with the exception of Tone Bell.

 

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  1. GRANDFATHERED  rate rate rate

Far from hilarious but John Stamos’ charm is in full force & Josh Peck’s a good surprise. Really sweet & has potential. It’s actually nice to see a pilot that improves the script and not the other way!

2. THE GRINDER  rate rate rate

Rob Lowe & Fred Savage make an interesting duet but as much as I liked the script, the concept has a hard time coming together on screen. It’s not as funny as it should have been. Episode 2 will be decisive. It needs to loosen up a bit.

3. THE GUIDE TO SURVIVING LIFE  rate rate rate

Cool concept, cool pilot and cool & cute lead (Jack Cutmore-Scott). Hope FOX won’t give it their usual midseason bad treatment…

 

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THE REAL O’NEALS > LIFE IN PIECES > SUPERSTORE > GRANDFATHERED > ANGEL FROM HELL > THE GRINDER > THE GUIDE TO SURVIVING LIFE > HOT &  BOTHERED >  DR KEN > CROWDED > TRUTH BE TOLD  > UNCLE BUCK 

 

FOX | 2015/2016 – Fantasy Schedule

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

Dramas renewed: BONES – SLEEPY HOLLOW – GOTHAM – EMPIRE

New dramas ordered: THE X-FILES – SCREAM QUEENS – HOUDINI & DOYLE – MINORITY REPORT – ROSEWOOD – LUCIFER – THE FRANKENSTEIN CODE

Comedies renewed: THE SIMPSONS – FAMILY GUY – NEW GIRL – BOB’S BURGER – BROOKLYN NINE-NINE – THE LAST MAN ON EARTH

New comedies ordered: BORDERTOWN – GRANDFATHERED – THE GRINDER – THE GUIDE TO SURVIVING LIFE

SUNDAYS

8pm- THE SIMPSONS / BROOKLYN NINE-NINE

9pm- FAMILY GUY / THE LAST MAN ON EARTH

FOX has found some momentum with The Last Man On Earth on Sunday, they’d better launch season 2 right away in the fall. Then long-awaited animated comedy Bordertown from Seth MacFarlane can finally air at midseason in the slot. Nothing else should change.

MONDAYS

8pm- GOTHAM

9pm- MINORITY REPORT

Gotham has lost a lot of steam over the year. FOX should have sticked with the original plan: no more than 15 episodes per season. But they were so desperate… Next year, there’s no reason to move the show somewhere else. Pairing it with sci-fi fare Minority Report makes sense. FOX bets big on it (though I’m pretty sure it won’t be a very strong player) but honestly, any other new show ordered could have been put there. Sleepy Hollow has to move anyway.

TUESDAYS

8pm- SCREAM QUEENS

9pm- THE GRINDER / GRANDFATHERED

As every other Ryan Murphy’s show, Scream Queens is guaranteed to start strong, because of curiosity and buzz, but what happens next totally depends on the quality. Honestly, I’m not very confident about this one but FOX will do the best they can to make it work. They already promote it since 2 months so… At 9, comedy should stay with new shows but New Girl is already old and has to go. Rob Lowe’s The Grinder & John Stamos’ Grandfathered should be paired, for better of for worse! It’s definitely a risky night but if FOX doesn’t take some risk, they’ll end up in the trash once again.

WEDNESDAYS

8pm- ROSEWOOD

9pm- EMPIRE

Definitely not the pair I was hoping for but since FOX decided not to give a chance to young-skewing musical dramedy Studio City (at least for now), they will bet on african-american viewers with Rosewood, a procedural with a black lead, leading to phenomenon Empire. Why not switching them? Because I think Empire could lose viewers at an earlier time slot and FOX certainly don’t want that. Plus, they’ll want their affiliates to stay happy, at least that night. I also think FOX should split Empire‘s season into two parts (6-8 episodes for fall, 6-8 episodes for spring) and bring The X-Files (paired with The Frankenstein Code?) in between for 6 weeks and make it a big event on a night where they know they are able to attract a lot of viewers.

THURSDAYS

8pm- BONES

9pm- SLEEPY HOLLOW

I don’t think FOX should launch too many new dramas at the same time, three is enough, so Thursday is just pairing two very modest players together on a night where FOX can’t compete anyway. Sleepy Hollow will have to go at midseason. Maybe for Lucifer.

FRIDAYS

8pm- MASTERCHEF JUNIOR

9pm- NEW GIRL / NEW GIRL

Masterchef Junior could have been used on another night but Friday is good too. FOX needs to have a little more ambition than that. They also have Hell’s Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares for the rest of the season. At 9, they can just dump New Girl there with back to back episodes. They’ll have their +100 episodes.

MID-SEASON

Dramas: THE X-FILES / HOUDINI & DOYLE / THE FRANKENSTEIN CODE / LUCIFER

Comedies: BORDERTOWN / THE GUIDE TO SURVIVING LIFE

I’m not sure what FOX can do with Houdini & Doyle, but it doesn’t seem to be a priority. Regarding comedy The Guide To Surviving Life, only 6 episodes have been ordered. Not a big vote of confidence. FOX will use it wherever they have a hole to fill in spring.

What do YOU think?

ALSO READ: FOX | 2015/2016 Pilot Season: The Best & Worst

FOX | 2015/2016 Pilot Season: The Best & Worst

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Before FOX reveals its new schedule next Monday, here’s the best & worst of their pilot season ! Just my humble opinion.

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DRAMAS

1. LUCIFER – Ordered to series

It’s vivid, energetic and a lot of fun (…)  an almighty entertaining and funny as hell detective dramaFull preview here

2. STUDIO CITY – Dead but could be redeveloped

“I’m always suspicious when a show is officially described as a little bit of this mixed with a little it of that. But this time, they’re not playing with us: it really is The OC meets Shameless. With a bit of Nashville too.” Full preview here

3. FRANKENSTEIN – Ordered to series

“This pilot surprised me. In a good way! (…) It’s alive! It’s watchable! But a good pilot doesn’t always become a good series and I tend to think this one is more a good pilot than a good series. It could be really cool, if it was not meant to be a procedural in the end.” Full preview here

4. MINORITY REPORT – Ordered to series

definitely a hot property, with a honorable pilot script (…) It looks like a failure because those who liked the movie are not remotely excited by the project from what I understand and those who are not familar with it probably won’t find any good reason to give it a chance.” Full preview here

5.  ROSEWOOD – Ordered to series

“Dead on arrival. It’s boring and it has zero originality -except if you consider diversity as an originality of some sort.” Full preview here

Not reviewed: SCREAM QUEENS – Ordered to series

Not reviewed: THE X-FILES – Ordered to series

Not reviewed: HOUDINI & DOYLE – Ordered to series

Golden Globes Nominations

COMEDIES

1. THE GRINDER – Ordered to series

“This one made me laughed a lot on the page. And imagining Rob Lowe doing the crazy made me want it bad. I don’t know how long the show can maintain the fun but for now, it’s a huge YES!” 

2. THE GUIDE TO SURVIVING LIFE – Ordered to series

“Can’t say I liked everything about this pilot, but it certainly has a lot going for it, starting with a good appeal for the younger demo. I laughed a bit and I can see it last. Every episode is a lesson, and I want these guys to teach me some more”.

3. DETOUR – Officially Dead

“Your good ol’ coming of age story, but feels kinda fresh somehow. Sweet and funny, without being hilarious. Way broader than I expected.” 

4. THE PERFECT STANLEYS – Officially Dead

“Multicamera comedies and FOX don’t mix really well since… well, forever (the exception being “Married… with children”). This one, no surprise, has nothing that makes it special, except it feels quite authentic. The “sisters hate each” gets old really fast sadly.”

5. FANTASY LIFE – Officially Dead (but could be redeveloped for next year)

“Like The Pefect Stanleys, it’s another multicamera that starts with a character taking a selfie… All the sports jokes didn’t work for me. And there’s a ton of it. Regardless, it’s not that bad. Just not my thing and probably not the thing of enough people.”

6. 48 HOURS TIL MONDAY – Officially Dead

“The concept seemed original. The series is not. The concept was not, in fact. It’s just a pretext to make yet another family comedy that has nothing special going for it. It’s not horrible, but it adds nothing to the table”.

7. GRANDFATHERED – Ordered to series

“Maybe it’s just me but I found this script so pretentious! A total turn-off. Like the character John Stamos is playing in fact. But this guy is magical and I can totally see his performance improving the whole thing.”

What pilots are you rooting for?

FOX’s last comedy pilot goes to… “The Grinder”!

Golden Globes Nominations

Rob Lowe will be starring in “The Grinder”, directed by Sextape & Bad Teacher helmer Jake Kasdan and written by summer hit movie The Neighbors‘ Nick Stoller.

Despite its title, the comedy pilot has nothing to do with the famous GrindR application. It’s the story of  beloved TV lawyer Dean Sanderson (aka “The Grinder”) who finds himself at a crossroads in life when his long-running hit series comes to an end and decides to move back to his small hometown thinking he has the experience to take over his family’s law firm where he butts heads with his brother.

Rob Lowe will also star in NBC/Sky apocalyptic dramedy Apocalypse Slough, now filming in London for a possible summer debut.

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