Lots of farewells this week, but only a few are forever! Wish happy trails to Nashville, Banshee and Mr. Selfridge this week.
AMC is debuting Preacher, based on a Vertigo comic. Dominic Cooper (young Howard Stark in the Marvel universe) is a West Texas preacher who’s possessed by an entity that gives him powers. Expect lots of guns and bullets. To make sure Chris Hardwick is on your TV year round, there will be Talking Preacher after the show.
Thursday: DC’s Legends of Tomorrow season finale (The CW), The 100 season finale (The CW), Mom season finale (CBS), The Blacklist season finale (NBC), Grey’s Anatomy season finale (ABC), The Catch season finale (ABC)
Friday: Masters of Illusion season premiere, The Originals season finale (The CW), Shark Tank season finale season finale (ABC), Grimm season finale (NBC), Banshee series finale (Cinemax), Julian Fellows presents Doctor Thorne (Amazon)
Sunday: The Simpsons season finale (Fox), Family Guy season finale (Fox), Bon’s Burgers season finale (Fox), Crowded season finale (NBC), Fear the Walking Dead mid-season finale (AMC), Preacher debut (AMC), Call the Midwife season finale (PBS), Mr. Selfridge series finale (PBS)
Monday: The Odd Couple season finale (CBS), Gotham season finale (Fox), Blindspot season finale (NBC), Bachelorette season premiere (ABC), Whose Line? Season premiere (The CW)
Tuesday: The Flash season finale (The CW), Fresh Off the Boat season finale (ABC), The Real O’Neals season finale (ABC), Dancing with the Stars season finale (ABC), Hotel Hell debut (Fox), The Voice season finale (NBC), Stitchers season finale (FreeFrom), Awkward season finale (MTV), The Night Manager finale (AMC)
Wednesday: Arrow season finale (The CW), Supernatural season finale (The CW), Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders season finale (CBS), Nashville series finale (ABC), Wayward Pines season premiere (Fox), Rosewood season finale (Fox), Law & Order: SVU season finale (NBC), Chicago PD season finale (NBC), Heartbeat series finale (NBC)
The fate of many shows has been revealed, but CBS mentioned they are trying to find a home for Limitless somewhere.
They also say that they are shopping their adult Nancy Drew show that isn’t moving forward at CBS. Rumors say it was “too female” for their demographic. I guess that’s why Supergirl is also moving off the network to little sis, The CW.
Agent Carter fans are trying to lobby for a new home At Netflx and has nearly 100,000 signatures to back up their dedication. Click here to add your name to the list!
It’s the upfronts! This is when the networks reveal their line up for the next year and they tease advertisers with previews of the new shows. (This is all to generate ad sales so they have money upfront to start to produce all these shows.)
Continuing the trends, there are lots of movies-to-TV show titles, time travel (the Outlander effect?!?) and lots of revivals. Not all the trailers are out, but here’s a look of some of the most interesting:
NBC is putting just 3 shows on the fall schedule and is saving the others for mid-season. Looks like they expect a lot of shows to fail in the fall…
Better Late Than Never – A reality show where Henry Winkler, William Shatner, Terry Bradshaw and George Foreman go on the road together. Seriously.
The Blacklist: Redemption – Tom works with Famke Janssen as mercenaries.
Chicago PD – Lawyers in Chicago who bump into cops, fireman and doctors/nurses a lot.
Emerald City – Long-gestating drama of Dorothy (of Oz fame) in a remote, dystopian world.
The Good Place – A fall comedy, Kristen Bell realizes she wasn’t a good person only after she’s dead. Ted Danson mentors her in the afterlife.
New Celebrity Apprentice – With Trump trying to be president, a former governor will take his place as Arnold Schwarzenegger takes over.
Powerless –Vanessa Hudgens is an insurance adjuster who works with normal people after superhero fights destroy things. Look for Alan Tudyk and others in this comedy with DC Comics characters.
Taken – Clive Standen (Vikings) is the new Liam Neeson.
This is Us – New drama about people whose paths cross. The ensemble includes Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia and more.
Timeless – Good guys try to stop a bad guy from traveling back in time and destroying the US.
Fox is doing the time warp literally and figuratively. There are lots of familiar titles and Fox is prepping their next live musical.
24: Legacy – Same concept, no Kiefer. Miranda Otto (Lord of the Rings) and Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton) star. Debuts after the Super Bowl.
APB – Justin Kirk channels Tony Stark as a wealthy man who “buys” a police department in pursuit of his friend’s murderer. The story takes place in Chicago and the pilot is directed by Len Wiseman (Underworld, Sleepy Hollow).
The Exorcist –Geena Davis stars in this adaption of the movie in a pilot directed by Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes).
Lethal Weapon – Clayne Crawford and Damon Wayans are the new Murtaugh and Riggs
Making History – Three friends from two time periods use their knowledge to charm girls, fight the good fight and get rich.
Pitch – The first woman pitcher in the National Baseball League.
Prison Break – Michael is alive! Clearly, since the entire cast is back. Someone is back in jail again…
The Rocky Horror Picture Show – After their successful Grease broadcast, Fox is preparing the fishnets for Laverne Cox, Adam Lambert, Annaleigh Ashford, Ben Vereen and TIM CURRY (as the narrator).
Son of Zorn – An odd live action/animated series where an animated He-Man look-alike returns to Orange County to win back his live-action ex-wife and son.
Star – A spinoff of Empire, this winter-debut will feature a girl group making it big in Atlanta.
Conviction – Hayley Atwell is a former first daughter who is blackmailed into a job to avoid jail time. She’s forced to use her brain and connections to overturn potentially wrongful cases.
Designated Survivor – This is where Kiefer Sutherland is! He’s a member of the cabinet that gets promoted to POTUS after an attack on Washington.
Dirty Dancing – Time to have the time of your life…again. They are re-making the film into a three hour movie. Early response to the clip was not good.
Notorious – Legal drama looking at criminal law and the media with Piper Perabo and Daniel Sunjata
Still Star Crossed – A very different show from Shondaland and based on a book by Melinda Taub, it’s about life for the Montagues and Capulets after Romeo and Juliet kill themselves. Look for Anthony Stewart Head, Zuleikha Robinson among the cast.
Speechless – ABC is betting on this comedy with Minnie Driver as a mom with a complicated family.
Time After Time – Based on the movie and book, HG Wells (Freddie Stroma) is in modern day Manhattan tracking down Jack the Ripper (Josh Bowman).
MacGyver – A whole new generation will finally learn what “I’ll MacGyver it” means!
Man with a Plan – features the return of Matt LeBlanc to network comedy after he’s been on Showtime for a few years. Interestingly, his timeslot neighbor will be Ms. Chanandler Bong since it’s paired with The Odd Couple.
Training Day – Debuting around January, this is one of CBS’s few shows with diversity in the lead actors. This one stars Justin Cornwell and Bill Paxton.
Will – TNT’s new drama features Shakespeare in his wild 20’s. Pilot is directed by Shekhar Kapur (Elizabeth).
Whew!! Lots of new shows and more to come!
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