Post-Upfronts Analysis: Here's Your Fall 2014 TV Schedule, Day by Day

PHEW! Are you out of breath? I'm out of breath. The brutal marathon known as the Upfronts are finally over, and all the broadcast networks have released their scheduled for the 2014-2015 season. Proof: Here's NBC's, Fox's, ABC's, CBS's, and The CW's. While it's fun (oh so fun!) to scrutinize these schedules on their own, things start to look a whole lot different when you slap 'em all together on one big battlefield. After all, networks aren't just looking at their lineups like a puzzle whose pieces only cover their own shows; they have to pay attention to what their rivals are doing, too. One wrong move and your hot new comedy is going head-to-head with a really similar show on another network *ahem* NBC's Marry Me and Fox's New Girl *ahem* and that could mean you're hosed. So I've gone ahead and done the slapping-together of schedules together for you, and I'll do my best to analyze each day to determine which shows are in good shape and which ones are in trouble. 


SUNDAY

Sunday nights in the first half of the season will still belong to NBC and Sunday Night Football because this is America, dammit, and if something involves overgrown hulks throwing, catching, and tackling, we will watch it. But NBC's competitors will all be running different plays than they did last fall. 

ABC is sticking with its recent Sunday-night formula, with midseason entry Resurrection sandwiched between Once Upon a Time and Revenge, two dramas that most football fans don't even know exist. There's more football avoidance over on CBS, where Sunday promises an evening full of powerful women with new drama Madam Secretary, starring Tea Leoni as a female Secretary of State, and the Julianna Margulies-fronted The Good WifeCSI steps up as a utility player to take CBS's 10pm spot, so expect the procedural's viewership to drop a bit as the East Coast watches fourth-quarter football instead of Ted Danson chasing bad guys. 

The wildcard here is Fox, which is mixing animated and live-action (and single-camera and multi-camera) comedies in a dangerous two-hour experiment. This will be an important season for Brooklyn Nine-Nine, as the cop comedy heads into its sophomore year with a Golden Globe win and critical acclaim in its holsters, and a large chunk of its audience will be watching football instead of listening to Andy Samberg crack jokes in his underpants. Brooklyn Nine-Nine is the Sunday series that stands to lose the most, and as an 8:30pm show, it could be swallowed by football on both coasts. 


MONDAY

More tunnel vision from Fox here, as the network clearly scheduled Gotham—easily its most anticipated series—without considering what other networks would do. The minute that CBS won Thursday Night Football, speculation began that The Big Bang Theory would move back to Mondays, and NBC wasn't going to budge The Voice. So hey, Gotham at 8pm puts it up against the two biggest ratings hogs in all of network television that aren't football-related! It's like Gotham is Batman's parents and The Voice and Big Bang are those dudes in the alley. Thank heaven for DVRs. Sleepy Hollow should fare a little better at 9pm, where CBS newbie Scorpion hopes that some of the Big Bang audience will stick around through Mom

Elsewhere, CBS is making a run at The Blacklist by moving NCIS: Los Angeles and its 14 million (mostly older) viewers to Mondays at 10pm (where Hostages bombed and held our patience hostage in fall 2013), but there's no reason to think that The Blacklist will suffer too badly. Meanwhile, ABC is Dancing like a few people are watching, just not as many as last season, and The CW testing The Originals, which recently beat Glee in the ratings, on Monday. I'm assuming Jane the Virgin will get F'd. 


TUESDAY

Tuesday's got a nice spread at 8pm, with something on the buffet for everyone! Are you looking for some female-skewing comedy? Check out ABC's (probably underperforming) new sitcoms! Want to hear some singing? NBC is your channel! Need a flag-waving procedural to fill your patriotic heart? Bam! CBS! Craving a crappy reality show? Fox is your guy! How about a sexy new superhero? He's on The CW! Ultimately, this is a two-show race between NCIS and The Voice while everyone else fights for scraps. One cautiously optimistic possible outcome: The Flash could actually benefit from serving as a warm-up to S.H.I.E.L.D. even though they're on different networks.

Speaking of S.H.I.E.L.D., it was always meant to be a 9pm show, and moving Coulson and his crew away from The Voice and NCIS could help it out a lot—which at this point means holding steady in the ratings. There'll be a comedy battle at 9pm between Fox's combo of New Girl and The Mindy Project and NBC's pairing of new series Marry Me and returning series About a Boy, and with The Voice giving Marry Me a boost and New Girl slipping fast, I think Marry Me could be a solid performer for NBC. That would be sweet revenge for creator David Caspe and star Casey Wilson, whose last show, ABC's Happy Endings, was the recipient of bad scheduling in this very same time period and finished last in a three-way comedy fight with New Girl and a Voice-boosted Go On

In the 10pm hour, Person of Interest and Chicago Fire rule, as whatever ABC throws out (this year it's the snoozy Forever) is almost certainly a goner. And don't forget about FX's Sons of Anarchy causing some havoc by pulling viewers over to cable. 


WEDNESDAY

Wednesday appears to be the most open night of the week; Modern Family appears to be the only big bully. There's lots of reliable planning here from ABC and CBS, with each network gobbling up very different audiences that are built around old favorites. Want to laugh and spend time with your family? ABC! Want to see people get senselessly and violently murdered? CBS! 

Meanwhile, with Revolution gone for good, sci-fi fans are left with just Arrow and The 100, so humpday should be The CW best night. And as I'm going through Fox's schedule compared to everyone else's, it looks like Fox is going to get its ass kicked this season. Red Band Society might turn out to be a decent show, but it's gonna get killed without a strong lead-in, and Gordon Ramsay screaming at people is not a strong lead-in for a dramedy about kids in a hospital. And Debra Messing, star of The Mysteries of Laura, isn't going to save NBC here. 

Wednesdays will be a two-network race between ABC and CBS, with NBC and Fox getting trounced and The CW gaining on its bigger brothers.


THURSDAY

FOOTBALLLLLLLL! Thursday is getting blown up by Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, and Richard Sherman, and the starting lineup for Thursdays in 2014-2015 represents the biggest change to the primetime schedule since television went color. Even though CBS will only air seven games to start the season (plus one more in December), expect to see lasting effects on everyone else. 

All new shows need to get off to a good start, and with football guaranteed to dominate, look for short outings from Bad Judge and A to Z; they might even be the first shows to get the axe in the fall. Fox will run Gracepoint through to the end even if it does poorly (which it will), since it's a limited series. And I'm curious to see whether ABC viewers will end up feeling over-Shonda'd by the network's trio of Shonda Rhimes soaps, but ABC thinks it will work. 

When CBS's comedies return on October 30, life will get slightly better for everyone else, but as long as The Big Bang Theory exists, Thursdays will still be tough. This is going to be one heavily DVR'd night, so please be courteous and keep your Scandal spoilers to yourself. 


FRIDAY

To me, the big shock here is that NBC is putting Constantine on Fridays at 10pm. I guess I shouldn't be too surprised, as NBC seems hellbent on making Friday nights a sci-fi/fantasy night with the always reliable Grimm leading the way, but I thought Constantine was a higher-profile show than a Dracula replacement. NBC could have gone with a Wednesday slot for the comic adaptation, but it wouldn't've fit in at 8pm (where Revolution died in 2013-2014) because who fights demons from hell at 8pm in the middle of the week? And Chicago P.D. isn't moving from its 10pm slot, so I guess Fridays at 10pm were all NBC had left. Someone needs to add a day to the calendar to fit in all this television (just make sure it's a weekend day)!

Elsewhere, CBS gets stronger on Fridays with the addition of The Amazing Race, which should perform just fine here. Fox once again looks like it's in trouble with a reality-show duo. MasterChef Junior is actually good, but Utopia, which will air a second new episode on Fridays, sounds horrible. If you only have 12 hours to program each week, why would you devote a sixth of them to an adult version of Kid Nation

Finally, it's my duty to remind you that Blue Bloods is one of TV's top five shows in total viewers. Yep. That's good news for Hawaii Five-0, which will be a perfect transition between The Amazing Race and Blue Bloods, with its colorful island shots and cops. 



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Sunday: Bob's Burgers Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Once Upon a Time, Revenge, The Good Wife
Sunday - New shows (Must-try): None
Sunday - New shows (Maybe): Mulaney


Monday: The Big Bang Theory, The Originals, The Blacklist
Monday - New shows (Must-try): Gotham
Monday - New shows (Maybe): Jane the Virgin

Tuesday: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Supernatural, Person of Interest, New Girl, About a Boy
Tuesday - New shows (Must-try): Marry Me, Selfie, The Flash
Tuesday - New shows (Maybe): Manhattan Love Story, Forever

Wednesday: The Goldbergs, Nashville, Arrow, The 100
Wednesday - New shows (Must-try): Red Band Society
Wednesday - New shows (Maybe): Black-ish, The Mysteries of Laura

Thursday: The Vampire Diaries, Parenthood
Thursday - New shows (Must-try): Gracepoint, A to Z, How to Get Away with Murder
Thursday - New shows (Maybe): Bad Judge

Friday: Grimm
Friday - New shows (Must-try): Constantine
Friday - New shows (Maybe): Cristela
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Sunday: Madam Secretary , CSI , The Good Wife

Monday: Sleepy Hollow , Scorpion , NCIS Los Angeles

Tuesday: The Flash, Person of Interest , NCIS , NCIS Orleans , Forever

Wednesday: The Mysteries of Laura , Stalker

Thursday: Bones , Bad Judge

Friday: Constantine , Hawaii five O
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I am glad I have a lot of choices and can watch on demand my favorite programs. The new season of shows look pretty weak, but who knows there may be sleepers like the amazing Sleepy Hollow. Who would have thought that would work as well as it does.
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I just don't understand how in this day of age ratings and slot battles are fair or relevant, with DVR I watch my absolute favorite show three days later because of being so busy! And I really don't care who wins a night because they will all be waiting for me and I don't have to choose a station to watch! THEY ALL WIN!!!!!!
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oh and why not replace the picture with that of the Superbowl WINNING QB in stead of the losing one ;-)

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Sun and Thu is a piece of cake, GO HAWKS!!!!
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Sun: Football, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Masterpiece Theatre
Mon: Originals, Teen Wolf
Tues: AOS, Chicago Fire, New Girl, About a Boy
Weds: Middle, Modern Family, The 100, Chicago PD
Thurs: Football, Vikings
Fri: H-50
Sat: MLS, then Premier League (DVR'd)

Sunday and Thursday after football season...? May start/catch up on a few things via Netflix and Hulu. Recommendations welcome.
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I didn't see 2 Broke Girls, Parks & Rec, Bordertown (new) or Fresh Off the Boat (new) on the schedule... Are they all mid-season arrivals?
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2 Broke Girls will return to Mondays after The Big Bang Theory returns to Thursdays in October. The rest are midseason. Parks and Recreation will probably end up on the fall schedule once NBC cancels some shows.
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is there a "new shows" article with synopsis & trailers?

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There are five different articles—one for each network. You can find their links in the first paragraph.
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my list:
Simpsons
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
The Walking Dead
Game of Thrones
CSI
Mad Men
Big Bang Theory
Under The Dome
SHIELD
Supernatural
The Deadliest Catch
Cougar Town
The Middle
Goldbergs
Modern Family
Mythbusters
South Park
American Horror Story
Parks & Recreation
Grey's Anatomy
Hawaii 5-0
Doctor Who
SNL
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oh, i forgot Helix on fridays.
i watch too many shows, but this list is like half of what it used to be now that many of the shows i watched ended/were canned.

i'm a dad now (2 weeks) so i dont have that kinda time anymore for TV...and i still need to fit in my video games now and then.
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The fact that the CW is leading in 3 of the days is just funny. Cause we all know that will never happen in real life. (Tuesday-The Voice & SHIELD, Wednesday-ABC has locked down, & Thursdays is CBS's bitch)
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Well if everyone who voted actually watch said night of television live, then maybe it would.
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Sunday: Nothing

Monday: Gotham & Sleepy Hollow

Tuesday: The Flash, Marvel's Agents of Shield & Person of Interest

Wednesday: The 100

Thursday: The Big Bang Theory

Friday: Constantine

And that's not including the cable...how I'm gonna find time to watch all these shows?
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Nothing on Sundays? Not even on cable? Oh how I envy you.
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Well...no. But probably something during the spring but not in the fall.
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My Fall schedule:

Sunday: The Sopranos season 2 (new for me), Once Upon A Time, The Walking Dead, Talking Dead

Monday: Gotham, Sleepy Hollow, The Blacklist

Tuesday: The Flash, Agents of SHIELD, Person of Interest

Wednesday: Arrow, The 100, American Horror Story

Thursday: Homeland, Les Revenants, Farscape season 2/ Ascension

Friday: Elementary, Grimm, Constantine

Saturday: Reign, Doctor Who, Resurrection, Dexter season 1 (new for me)

Will save Supernatural for when Sleepy Hollow is off.And Z-Nation for when The Walking Dead is off.
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why do u have old shows on particular days? cant u just watch them whenever?
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This is when i want to. I've missed quite a few shows. Until last year, i only watched a handful a year. Most of my current series are 10-13 episodes a season. There is not enough shows on, i want to watch. Rotating seasons of The Sopranos, Breaking Bad, & Boardwalk Empire (and Better Call Saul when it comes out), fills a timeslot for about 5 years. I haven't watched them, so they are like new series to me. And switching it up, means i don't get bored.

I move the "old" shows around to different times, when a current series starts or ends, to fill the gaps. Especially this time of year, when most fall/ winter series go on summer hiatus, and summer shows haven't started yet. I don't have a lot of time during the day. What extra time i do have, i use to catch up on current series, i'm behind on (like Supernatural (season 2). I like to watch space operas. But there are no current ones out. A few are on the way. when they come out i'll watch them instead. Also, watching shows on disk or Amazon Prime, allows me flexibility when a show's season starts, that i don't have room for at that time.

Short answer: I'm "a little" anal. ; )
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I love that idea! After this week there's little I've got to watch too, so I'm deciding which old series I want to watch but I'm probably more likely to binge on them then set a particular time.

What are your thoughts on The Sopranos and Farscape thus far? Funnily enough I recently purchased both of these series on DVD myself, so I'll be Linley watching one of them.
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Oh and Farscape is pretty good, but have to get past the puppets. By the end of season 1, i guarantee you'll be hooked.
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I've seen Farscape (& BSG & B5), but it's been a long time. I was glued to the Sci-Fi Channel ever Friday for "Prime". Farscape is on Amazon Prime. All the others i own on dvd and blueray. I've only seen the first 3 Dexter episodes, but it was nuts. I've become a little more desensitized since then, thanks to Hannibal & True Detective.

The Sopranos
is the perfect mix of drama, conspiracy, and humor. I'll be done season 1 this Thursday, then on to Boardwalk Empire. I watched season 1 of Breaking Bad. At first i didn't see what all the hype was about. But as i got towards ep 7 i got it, especially that fake meth that was explosives. :) I can't watch more than 2 episodes of the same series in a day. I bought Lost on br a couple of years ago, and watched it 4 1/2 times in a row (3-5 eps a day). It kind of ruined binge watching for me.

I didn't watch that for over a year after that. It's my all time favorite show. I just started season 5 yesterday, but only watch once a week. Though i did just watch the first 4 seasons of 24 in two months. Loved it, but it was hard for me to do.
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Sunday: The Simpsons, Brooklyn 99, The Good Wife & Revenge

Monday: The Voice & The Blacklist

Tuesday: The Voice, New Girl, Marry Me, The Mindy Project, Person of Interest & Flash

Wednesday: Criminal Minds, Modern Family & Stalker

Thursday: Grey's Anatomy, The Big Bang Theory, Scandal, A to Z

Friday: Nothing !!!

Saturday: SNL
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Wow, this schedule makes me realise just how little free-to-air television I watch nowadays. Returning shows that I'll be watching include Revenge, The Simpsons, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Family Guy, The Big Bang Theory, The Originals, Marvels Agents of SHIELD, Supernatural, New Girl, Nashville and The Vampire Diaries.

There are several freshman series that I didn't keep up with this season that I may return to though, like Sleepy Hollow, About A Boy and The 100, so my list may grow.

As for the new stuff, only Gotham, How To Get Away With Murder, and Constantine pique my interest, and maybe Gracepoint if it gets good reviews.

I agree with a lot of others that there are a lot more promising series' premiering during the mid-season. It's entirely too early to know where they'll fit on the schedule though, because it will depend on what does well and what doesn't with this lot, but regardless I'm also very interested in checking out The Whispers, Agent Carter, Fresh Off The Boat, Hieroglyph, Empire, Wayward Pines, Battle Creek, iZombie and The Messengers.
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You didn't stick with Sleepy Hollow? Catch up!
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You've told me already, Kaitlin :P And after this week of television, I'll be free to do so.
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I voted for what I intended to watch.

We all know the various football time slots are going to win out against what is opposite them. The real question is whether the networks will ride out the inevitable football season or if the programs on against it will they get canceled before they can develop an audience .
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I'll be pissed if The Voice and freakin' Dancing With the Stars are the reasons why Gotham isn't successful.
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"Fall 2014 TV Schedule"? Or in other words the daily schedule of my life.
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Seems there's a bunch of Monkeys working on the programming team over at NBC because they ordered a new series to compete with all the comic books shows out there and have decided to place it in the time slot of death for an action/adventure series... I have a feeling someone wants Constantine to die a slow death and it's not The First of the Fallen
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So, Elementary is not coming back???
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There's an asterick at the bottom on Thurdays that says it's coming back October 30th.
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There is a foot note on Thursday night for CBS. It comes back after NFL is finished with its run.
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If you voted for The CW, please hit yourself on the head with a tack hammer.
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No thank you. That would hurt.
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Sherlock is set to return to PBS in January, right? When it does, there's a solid three weeks of Sunday nights for me.
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There is no set return date for Sherlock. They haven't begun filming Season 4 yet. I honestly wouldn't be surprised if it didn't air until 2016.
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As soon as you hear anything, @Kaitlin, please feel free to relay it. :)

It seems they'd have had more time to film the series over the past few years if one Mr. Jackson hadn't made one novel into three 3-hour films. Of course, Moffatt and Gatiss have to write the scripts before shooting can begin, but perhaps they would have done so more quickly if Smaug (Cumberbatch) and Bilbo (Freeman) weren't so busy.

(Hey, Peter--tip for next time: Save the added material for the Special Edition--you got this right with the LOTR films, after all.)

Plus column--Moffatt and Gatiss have set up the basic Sherlock storylines through Series 5 as of this spring. (Which would seem to make my earlier point.)

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SHIELD VS Supernatural :( Well in the way Supernatural goes it will be DVR while watching SHIELD live!
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What I'll be watching:
Sunday
8:30 Brooklyn Nine-Nine
9:30 Mulaney
Monday
8:30 Mom
9:00 Scorpion
10:00 State of Affairs
Tuesday
8:00 Selfie
8:30 Manhattan Love Story
9:00 Marry Me
9:30 About a Boy
10:00 Forever
Wednesday
8:00 The Middle
8:00 The Mysteries of Laura
9:00 Modern Family
9:00 The 100
9:00 Red Band Society
Thursday
9:30 A to Z
9:30 The McCarthys
10:00 How to Get Away with Murder
Friday
8:00 Last Man Standing
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as for new shows Fox Gotham CBS Stalker CW THE FLASH IMO the Flash is the most anticipated series not GOTHAM these three I will be watching

ABC BEST NIGHT SUNDAY EASILY
CBS BEST NIGHT LOGIC SAYS THURS FOOTBALL BUT MINUS FOOTBALL IS PRETTY EVEN
CW BEST NIGHT THURSDAY HANDS DOWN
FOX BEST NIGHT MONDAY
NBC BEST NIGHT WEDNESDAY
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As for returning shows, I think Mom is the only one I'll watch, it has heart and luckily not as hacky as the rest of the network comedies on. As for dramas, network TV dramas are just too bad for me to watch; cable TV is vastly better in that regard, and not because of the looser content, but as the shows just aren't tied down to tight production codes and forced to churn out mediocrity. I'll stick to my midseason cable dramas for those (Americans, Mad Men, Bate's Motel, and Salem.)
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NBC has Marry Me and A to Z which might be good, but the rest of the schedule does not look appealing to me....
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Tuesday is actually a slam-dunk hero--or hero-connected/inspired--night; just glad none of them go head-to-head on the DVR (of course POI would win for me),

The Flash (CW)--Marvel's AOS (ABC)--POI (CBS)


I'm just glad there's finally something on Monday at 8 that can be watched without fear of little ones sneaking out of rooms and seeing something terrifying--you know, like the Headless Horseman, or overweight aging stars trying to do something resembling dance, or (*shudder*) a bunch of single drama queens going for the proverbial sloppy seconds on The Bachelor(ette). All hail Gotham!

Round out three days of heroics with Arrow (CW) on Wednesday, and I might just have the patience to wait for Elementary (CBS) and especially Sherlock (PBS) to come back later in the season.

Now if we could only clone Jonah Nolan and have him write all of Mon, Tue, & Wed's scripts ...
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To many things to much at the same time, THANK GOD FOR TIVO

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Sunday -OUAT, Ressurection and Revenge.
Monday - the orginals, sleepy hollow, Gotham and the blacklist
tuesday - SHEILD, the flash and Supernatural
Wednesday - arrow, the 100 and stalker
Thursday - TVD and Reign
Friday - Hawaii five o, Grimm and Constintine
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Can we have a Summer TV schedule please? Did I miss it? Was it already written and posted back in January or something? If, so please re-highlight it.

No clue what's going on this summer other than I will not be watching True Blood. Unless Sookie dies; then I will DVR it and watch just that over and over again with a glass of champagne.

Pretty stoked about fall's Arrow. That show has become remarkably great and amazing.
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Summer schedule for all the networks: http://thefutoncritic.com/guide/summer-2014-grid/
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A scholar and a gentleman. Thanks.
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Monday: TBBT, Mom, Originals, Gotham
Tuesday: SHIELD, POI, Supernatural
Wednesday: Nashville, Criminal Minds, Hell's Kitchen, SVU
Thursday: -
Friday: Blue Bloods, Masterchef Jr.
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Monday:
ABC: Need to check out Castle.
CBS: The Big Bang Theory is pretty fun.
CW: The Originals can be better.
Fox: Looking forward to Gotham. Sleepy Hollow was pretty entertaining.
NBC: The Blacklist is pretty entertaining.
Winner: Fox - Gotham. Sleepy Hollow.

Tuesday:
ABC: Selfie, Manhattan Love Story, and Forever look pretty good. Agents of Shield can be better next season. It's a fun show to watch, though.
CBS: Person of Interest alone&everything; on that night.
CW: Looking forward to The Flash. Supernatural is good.
Fox: New Girl is great. DIdn't like The Mindy Project so much.
NBC: About a Boy is cute and heartwarming and I like it for those reasons. Will try out Marry Me.
Winner: CW - The Flash thanks to the Arrow and a nice trailer. When a new show looks great, it scores higher.

Wednesday:
ABC: Sitcom night. The Goldbergs is pretty great. (checked it out 2 days ago and 3-4 more episodes left) Looking forward to more of that. Dropped Modern Family about a season or two ago. Need to check out The Middle. Black-ish seems ok. I'll probably try that out.
CBS: Meh. Maybe Stalker.
CW: &3 Arrow. The 100 isn't so bad.
Fox: Heard some good things about Red Band Society.
NBC: Meh. Maybe Mysteries of Laura.
Winner: Tie - CW & ABC. Looking forward to more of The Goldbergs and Arrow.

Thursday:
ABC: Need to check out Scandal. Might check out How to Get Away with Murder.
CBS: Meh.
CW: The Vampire Diaries is still fun. Need to check out Reign.
Fox: Gracepoint looks good even though it seems to be a copy of Broadchurch (which I haven't watched but might sometime in the future.) I compared the trailers to both Broadchurch premier trailer and Gracepoint and they look nearly the same. Still looks good, though.
NBC: A to Z looks cute. I'll try that out. Not sure about Bad Judge. Parenthood is a favorite of mine.
Winner: NBC - Parenthood! I'll miss you.

Friday:
ABC: Meh.
CBS: Hawaii Five-0 and Blue Bloods are entertaining but I stopped watching them after the first season..so meh again for CBS.
CW: Meh
Fox: Meh.
NBC: Constantine looked surprisingly good. Grimm is pretty great.
Winner: NBC - No competition. Suck it! Plus, Hannibal is likely going to return to that spot and that's like the best thing on broadcast network.

Sunday:
ABC: Once Upon a Time and Revenge are good when they are good. They need to be consistently good.
CBS: It has The Goodwife.
CW: Meh.
Fox: Animation plus Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Dunno about Mulaney.
NBC: Meh.
Winner: Fox has more better shows of the night.

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And don't forget the Cable TV:
Showtime , AMC , and specially FX ...
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Mulaney has Martin Short for sure is a must see ...
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Gracepoint may look like a copy off Broadchurch because it is an American remake of Broadchurch. In fact David Tennant who starred in the original series is playing the same part (with a different name) in Gracepoint.
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Monday nights my DVR will be all over the place.
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Only on this site could The CW win nearly every night. I expect the actual ratings to be quite different.
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Oh, I just noticed that The Originals is against Gotham, Big bang and Voice? Oh my...
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where is elementary?
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After Thursday Night Football is over on CBS.
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thanks.i think is a good fit
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Keep in mind that he means after the several weeks of Thursday Night Football ends, Elementary will return to its 10:00PM slot on CBS. (i.e. It's starting much later in the fall than other shows, on October 30 as stated in the fine print at the bottom of the Thurs grid.) Just thought I'd mention that in case you thought he meant after each week's game.
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I think Gotham could be next season's SHIELD...it will have a huge start but the next episodes could have a huge drop in ratings, the advantage Gotham has over SHIELD is that Big Bang is only going to be in that slot for some weeks not the rest of the season so maybe the show can be fine.

Jane the Virgin will be cancelled I mean after watching a 1000 year old vampires, you want to see a dramedy about a young woman getting "accidentally" pregnant and struggling about baby problems instead of suing the hospital and be super rich.

I'm happy the moved the Goldbergs after the Middle, I hope it does well and the show gets a long run in that slot.

Moving down Grey's and Scandal is a bit riskier, but I think finally ABC made the right choice with de "dead" 8 p.m. Thursday slot but will see if How to get away with murder is a hit or not.

Bad Judge and A to Z look ok.. but like it's said in here I don't see them doing better than the comedies NBC had last season, Marry Me can surprise with it post-Voice slot.

I hope Mom grows with TBBT as it's lead in, it's actually a good show and I love watching Anna Faris and Allison Janney together!

Wonder if New Girl and Mindy can go up a little bit or still get the awful ratings they were getting.

Finally I'm bummed that I'll have to wait for midseason to watch Parks and Rec., Hart of Dixie and even the final season of Glee...


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SHIELD was proof that the premise alone won't make a good series--the writing is key, something which Arrow likewise learned late in its freshman year. Let's hope that the Gotham writers have taken note of what works, so we don't have the same issues with this show, because Bats and company are too great of a story pool to misuse (even as this prequel series plows new ground).

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I watch everything now through On Demand or Hulu, so the only thing that matters to me is if a show gets canceled because no one is watching when they air "live". Sounds like a catch-22 though. The cool thing is I get to put together my own schedule according to shows I wish to put together like Flash and Arrow or Vampire Diaries and The Originals plus I can put together a theme night - sci-fi, fantasy, comedies, etc.

That said - On Sundays, FOX really should put Family Guy before B99, as I believe Family Guy has had higher ratings and would be a better lead-n plus it would put the live stuff together after the animation. It seems senseless otherwise. Not sure CSI will work on Sundays for CBS. It's already a tired show and putting it on here may be pointless unless they hope the good viewership of Good Wife will stick around for it. I would rather see it at 8pm followed by the Good Wife then Madame Secretary.

The Originals followed by Jane the Virgin is just wrong here. I would not be surprised if that gets changed soon into the season, if not a Jane cancellation. As most have pointed out, I too would prefer CW put Flash and Arrow together and the vampire shows together. Jane belongs with Hart of Dixie or perhaps have it after Reign, which itself should air before vampire Diaries.

I don't think CBS should put two NCIS shows together. Three shows, one night for each. NBC's About a Boy should be the lead-in to Marry Me, as it has proven successful enough to draw viewers that may stay for Marry Me. I also think Marry Me may be better counter programming to Mindy.

As I have this thing about watching shows in chronological order, The Goldbergs should air before The Middle, as it takes place in the '80's and jumping back and forth in time seems odd. I agree that Hell's Kitchen should not be before red Band Society. Why not let Gordon Ramsey have a night all to his own?

If NBC were smart (ha ha ha), I would capitalize on Cristin Milioti's HIMYM popularity and put that before Bad Judge. According to the trailer, A to Z seems a far better show as well. This one really jumps out at me as a bad scheduling decision. Another idea is to pair A to Z with Marry Me and put About a Boy before Bad Judge.
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All I can say about CBS airing two NCIS back to back is that it has worked for the past five years. Remember NCIS was the lead for NCIS: L.A. since that show debuted. In fact if it weren't for that I suspect the spinoff wouldn't have gotten the ratings it did, and might even been cancelled. I think CBS regards NCIS as an incubator for any of the show's spinoffs. And that might be why NCIS: Red didn't go to series; they didn't want to waste the lead-in.
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By now, I think people generally know what it is and whatever night they air, people will watch. If they like it, they'll more or less stick with them, if not, so be it, and CBS can alter the schedule to pair the popular one with a no-so-popular one to give it a chance or cancel it. I don't think the world would miss one less NCIS and CBS will just have to take a hit.
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I suspect my only issue will actually be Mondays at 8. And I am actually fearful of the reprecussions on Sleepy Hollow because FOX is pretty notorious for randomly leaking episodes into each other. While I gave up the Mindy Project and stuck with New Girl, I would randomly get through the full credits of the Mindy Project or would miss the last little beat of New Girl. But like say someone only really likes the craziness and humor of Sleepy Hollow and can only deal so well with the undoubtedly morose energy of Gotham (which looks good, but the cast looks so dour). But, I am one of millions who watch TBBT and then the Originals might actually have captured the title of my favorite new show (AoS is second, but that is just the end episodes) of the season. My only reprieve is that I am only a spring watcher of DWTS, so this fall season I can take or leave. And I find that you can watch the Voice at various times on E during the weekend.
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"While I gave up the Mindy Project and stuck with New Girl"
You need to correct that mistake as soon as possible
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It was all or nothing and New Girl had the seniority (plus Fox's scheduling of the Mindy Project was right up against Trophy Wife).
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Fair enough, but you should really consider picking up The Mindy Project again this season. It's great
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I wish I lived in an alternate universe where competition shows like The Voice never existed at all, much less threatened to kill off potentially quality scripted programming.
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Where is The Mentalist?
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My guess would be it will appear after CBS completes its initial 7 football games.
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Gotham will do great the first week then lose half its audience the second.
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I suspect CBS will retool Sundays early next year, it's going to skew too old to compete. The Good Wife and CSI are aging series, the latter is positively a dinosaur and its move to Sunday will probably suffer a massive drop, although there's nothing on network against it. Fox will probably not suffer until 9:30, it gets my vote.

CBS is about to lose the war on Mondays, but only because Scorpion will likely not catch on and NCIS:LA is not an anchor show. I suspect the Monday sched will be fractured across all the nets and NBC will just barely come out on top. Fox will hold the line with Sleepy Hollow, but I think Gotham will underperform and not deliver the audience they're hoping for.

CBS will likely hold the line on Tuesdays, despite NCIS:Nola being a limp noodle. The Flash will get beat up badly in that 8pm timeslot, while Agents of SHIELD will flourish with less competition, despite its dogshit leadins.

Wednesday really does look like a free-for-all. Fox indeed will get its dick kicked in on this night. NBC is going to flush the 8pm, continue to erode with SVU's downturn, and probably hold the line with its 10pm. I'm going to give this night to ABC as it has more evenness.

Thursday is network TV's disaster for scripted material now, unless you are into Shonda Rhimes. CBS will probably win the day overall with TBBT and Elementary performing strong after NFL is gone, but there are 3 really soggy sitcoms in between which would normally drive viewers away, only there's nowhere to go really. I'll give it to the eyeball.

Friday is likely a split between ABC and Fox for second place, with CBS showing a winning hand. NBC is pissing away its night leading with Dateline POS, and Grimm isn't enough of a draw to build an audience into Constantine.

None of this is my take on what I think looks good, only how it'll all perform.
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I disagree about CSI: Russell. The show seems new again and I think it compete anywhere. I also disagree that NCIS: LA is not an anchor, because it does belong at the bottom of the sea instead of being on my TV.
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I liked Russell's addition a lot, but as we've gone on through this season his lead has taken a back seat to a very same old thing feeling.

Good one on the anchor joke!
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Hey TV.com

This is great

BUT

Can we have a summer schedule too?
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Agreed. There's so many new shows coming out this summer. I keep seeing previews for new shows and I find myself saying "wait, that comes out in July?"
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I keep seeing artices on what is on for Fall but nothing about the summer. Some of us do watch summer TV :p)
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Exactly. If you tell me there's summer TV, I'll check it out. Not telling me makes me assume nothing is on and that I should watch Netflix for the next 3 months.
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Gotham is going to get slaughtered unfortunately:(. It will be a small miracle if it survives between ratings juggernauts TBBT and The Voice and a solid performer, DWTS. Moving Shield to 9 pm seems like an inspired move. I really hope the new NCIS flops. We really don't need more creatively dead CBS procedurals. I would really like to see CBS take more risks.
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Except for the fact that you IDed two separate groups--the hero/action/geek bunch, and the performance/competitive reality show bunch. Many TBBT viewers would enjoy Gotham, and, since TBBT just got a multi-year contract and takes up less DVR room, it'd be wise for them to support Gotham by watching it live. Most people that I've met who get jazzed over DWTS/The Bachelor(ette) and The Voice don't usually care about hero fare anyway--hence Arrow's ability to maintain a solid viewership on Wed against American Idol and Survivor.
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Note: I'm not saying all TBBT viewers would like Gotham, and certainly not vice versa (not a TBBT fan myself), nor am I saying that about DWTS and The Voice. I'm saying that there is sufficient crossover between the two sets of viewers in each case to where many will likely watch one and DVR the other.
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I guess we will wait and see. I personally doubt the ability Gotham has to compete in that particular time slot. I believe it will have a fighting chance if the show itself is really good and hence give viewers a good reason to tune in every week.
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Besides Monday, it looks like Fox is in for really hard time this season. I expect Brooklyn Nine Nine to very poorly between The Simpsons and Family Guy.
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A lot of people have been saying this, buy why? I watch The Simpsons and Family Guy and I watched Brooklyn Nine-Nine on Tuesdays, so there's little to stop me from turning over when it's n, why would others?
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I think many are voting based upon what they want rather than who would win the night. CBS will win Tuesday nights because it has a proven track record doing so. And the CW doesn't get nearly the ratings CBS does.
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Interesting note about CBS Wesnesday...unless the show has a lot of outtakes or missing episodes, I don't think Survivor fits that overview of having "senseless murders". A show that has been around that long and still pulls in good ratings deserves more respect.
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As a long time and die hard Survivor fan, I believe "senseless murders" was being attributed to Criminal Minds and possibly Stalker.
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It should have been but the writer said that if you're looking for murders on Wed, CBS is the place to go with no "after Survivor" exception. A shame the staff here kinda treat a CBS stalwart that way.
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Amazing Race on a Friday? That just seems so messed up.
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Makes sense to me, it's light fare and I suspect audiences will follow it there because there really isn't much on against it. It's not a hot-skewing show, so the date night people weren't watching it anyway.
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I just hope they will not killed one of my favorite reality competiton show.
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