A Brief Summary of Only the Important News from the Network TV Upfronts
The broadcast networks are in the midst of their upfront presentations, which used to be a big deal. But let’s be honest: Most of you watch very little network television. I’m going to do a quick rundown of the things that you might be interested in:
— NBC is bringing back “Must See TV” to Thursdays. The night will kick off with Will & Grace, then Superstore (which is better than you think) and This Is Us is moving to 9 p.m. (it also gets the post-Super Bowl slot next year). It will, however, be preempted by Thursday Night Football, which moves to NBC in the fall.
— Fox renewed New Girl for a final season. It also renewed Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Last Man on Earth. Exorcist also renewed. Son of Zorn and Making History are dead. Scream Queens is also cancelled.
— Fox is moving Lethal Weapon to Tuesdays, and it will lead into Brooklyn-Nine Nine and The Mick (I watch all three of those shows. Lethal Weapon is good and you should shut up. Clayne Crawford is amazing.)
— CBS renewed Elementary and cancelled 2 Broke Girls (which you don’t care about except that it means Kat Dennings is free again)
— NBC cancelled Timeless, then un-cancelled Timeless. I don’t watch this show, but people seem to be very passionate about it.
— All the shows you love on ABC have been renewed: Fresh off the Boat, Speechless, The Goldbergs, black-ish and The Middle. Also, Modern Family.
The networks are also introducing new shows. If one of them looks like it might actually last more than 13 weeks, we’ll cover that separately.
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