2018-19 television season upfronts

Last week was that time of year when all the major networks come around and show off their new schedules for the fall of the upcoming year so advertisers can buy ads for the shows. I’ll be doing this by networks and only talking about new shows.

ABC opens the week up Dancing with the Stars Junior, and Alec Baldwin’s talk show is on at 10. The next big change is on Tuesday with a new show, The Kids are Alright, which is sort of like The Real O’Neal’s but in the 70s, later in the evening Nathan Fillion is back on ABC with The Rookie. On Wednesday you’ve got two new show a ensemble comedy about single parents, called Single Parents and a This is Us type show about a group of friends, A Million Little Things. There are several shows coming at mid-season as well so wait awhile for those. I might check out The Kids are Alright and Single Parents at least for a week or two.

CBS starts off the week with God Friended Me, a show about what happens when God send you a friend request on Facebook. Monday is a completely new with two new comedies, The Neighborhood and Happy Together, and a reboot of Magnum P.I. Tuesday Dick Wolf has a new show about the FBI. The next change comes on Thursday when Murphy Brown returns to the network after 20 years. I’ll check out God Friended Me and Murphy Brown for sure and maybe the comedies.

The CW has shows on Sunday for the first time, there is a reboot of Charmed, the Arrow-verse shows go Sunday-Tuesday. Wednesday there is a series inspired by Spencer Paysinger about a kid from South LA recruited to play at Beverley Hills High. Thursday there is another spin-off from The Vampire Diaries.

Fox has a new non animated show on Sunday in Rel,  Fox bought the rights for Thursday night football so that’s most of their fall schedule right there. Then on Friday they brought back Last Man Standing and have a new show about retirement communities, The Cool Kids. I will be checking out Rel, it’s got Sinbad and Lil Rel Howery, the funny guy from Get Out.

NBC has doubled down on dramas along with picking up Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which will be coming at mid-season. The first new show come Monday night with a drama about a missing plane that comes back after 5 year, but it’s only been like five minutes for the folks on the plane in Manifest. Between season of The Voice they have a America’s Got Talent Champions edition where all the winners/notable acts return. On Tuesday it’s a new medical drama New Amsterdam. Wednesdays this winter is a show called the Titan Games, it is hosted by Dwayne Johnson. Thursday there is a new comedy joining the block in I Feel Bad. Of these shows I’ll check out the comedy maybe the medical drama.


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