The network upfront presentations aren’t nearly as exciting as they once were, in most part because network television is increasingly irrelevant and half the shows we do end up loving get canned after six episodes, anyway. That said, Fox’s new schedule looks slightly more interesting than NBC’s (more on that, later), if only because their Monday night gives many of us something to actually watch, namely the Batman prequel Gotham, which will lead into Sleepy Hollow, which should improve on its already fairly good first season now that it’s cultivated an audience. That’s a solid two-hour block of TV.
Gracepoint, the remake of the British series Broadchurch, should also be interesting on an increasingly uninteresting Thursday night on network television, though it will only run for 10 episodes. New Girl and Mindy Project return to their Tuesday timeslots, and it otherwise looks like a bland network schedule (Utopia, which airs two nights a week, is a reality series in which people move to a remote island and start their own society. Fox clearly is pinning a lot of hopes on it, and hopes that it will run for years).
It does get a little interesting again on Sunday nights, where Fox has traditionally aired only animated sitcoms. They’re breaking it up this season with Brooklyn Nine-Nine following The Simpsons and their new show, Mulaney (from SNL’s John Mulaney, which will also star SNL’s Nasim Pedrad) following The Family Guy. That’s too bad, because I’ve otherwise been able to ignore most of Fox’s Sunday night line-up (save for Bob’s Burgers) and focus on the premium channel offerings. It makes good sense, though, as it does provide decent counterprogramming to the heavier dramas on cable. It’s gonna piss off my DVR, though.
As always, these schedules will change, and probably quickly, as shows falter and are cancelled (Wednesdays, in particular, look grim). American Idol will also step in come January, and mid-season replacement series will probably come and go on Tuesday nights, subbing in for New Girl and The Mindy Project.
8:00-9:00 PM — GOTHAM
9:00-10:00 PM — SLEEPY HOLLOW
8:00-9:00 PM — UTOPIA
9:00-9:30 PM — NEW GIRL
9:30-10:00 PM — THE MINDY PROJECT
8:00-9:00 PM — HELL’S KITCHEN
9:00-10:00 PM — RED BAND SOCIETY
8:00-9:00 PM — BONES
9:00-10:00 PM — GRACEPOINT
8:00-9:00 PM — MASTERCHEF JUNIOR
9:00-10:00 PM — UTOPIA
7:00-10:30 PM — FOX SPORTS SATURDAY
7:00-7:30 PM — NFL POST-GAME
7:30-8:00 PM — BOB’S BURGERS
8:00-8:30 PM — THE SIMPSONS
8:30-9:00 PM — BROOKLYN NINE-NINE
9:00-9:30 PM — FAMILY GUY
9:30-10:00 PM — MULANEY