2020 New Fall Season – Thursdays

old-tv-set1Thursday night is traditionally the busiest night of the week for my television viewing habits, but, like everything else since the corona virus shut down the world in March, not this year. Here’s what’s on the slate for this season.

7:30

Connecting – The first pandemic-based comedy arrives on NBC.

8:00

Grey’s Anatomy – The medical drama enters its 17th season, picking up where the abbreviated 16th season left off.

9:00

Star Trek: Discovery – The first season of the CBS All Access show moves to CBS proper.

2020 New Fall Season – Tuesdays

old-tv-set1Continuing our look at the new, pandemic-impacted fall season, here are the offerings that I may find myself interested in for Tuesdays.

7:00

Weakest Link – The British import returns to NBC, this time with Jane Lynch on board as host.

Swamp Thing – The CW gets in on the repurposing game by bringing this former DC Universe series over to broadcast.

9:00

Big Sky – David E. Kelley returns with his latest, based on the novel The Highway by C. J. Box, starring Kylie Bunbury and Katheryn Winnick as private detectives looking for kidnapped sisters.

2020 New Fall Season – Mondays

Today, we continue our look at the pandemic-affected new fall season with the offerings that I may find myself interested in for Mondays.

7:00

L.A.’s Finest – With a dearth of programming, FOX turns to a repurposed show originally produced for the cable provider Spectrum.  Starring Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba, this Bad Boys offshoot may be worth giving a shot, especially since nothing else will be on.

8:00

One Day At A Time – The fourth season of the online series will air on CBS.  If I get really bored, I may decide to try it.

2020 New Fall Season – Sundays

It is time once again to dive in to the new fall lineups for the upcoming television season, despite that, due to the continued corona virus pandemic, it will not kick into high gear tomorrow night as normal. We start this year with Sunday night’s offerings, or at least we would if there was anything already on the schedule that was interesting.  The CW shows aren’t coming back until next year and the other networks, aside from ABC, who are going all in with their game show programming, don’t have anything new scheduled as of yet.

 

Post Mortem – Criminal Minds

Premiering on CBS on September 22, 2005, Criminal Minds ran for 324 episodes over 15 seasons, wrapping up its run in February with a 2 hour finale.  16 different agents served with the BAU over that time, with Matthew Gray Gubler’s Spencer Reid being the only constant for all 15 seasons.  The show somehow also managed to outlast both of its spinoffs.

The show had obviously run its course, but I’m still kind of sad to see it go.  15 years is a long time and I’m not sure there will be much coming to replace it on my schedule.

Post Mortem – Homeland

In August of 2019, Showtime announced that, after 8 seasons, Homeland would be coming to an end.  Starring Claire Danes as a CIA operative, the show jumped back and forth between the US and the middle east, as Danes’ Carrie Mathison worked to make the world more secure for the United States.  After struggling to find its way after a successful first season, which led to keeping the engaging Damian Lewis’ Nicholas Brody for far too long, the show found its footing by turning its focus back overseas.

 

Post Mortem – Modern Family

After 11 seasons, Modern Family wrapped up its run in April, having won 22 Primetime Emmy Awards and 6 Writers Guild of America Awards.  Conceived by creators Christopher Lloyd and Steven Levitan while sharing stories of their own “modern families,” the show was presented in the mockumentary style that was all the rage in the late 2000s/early 2010s.

The ensemble cast, headed by television veteran Ed O’Neill, powered the show, with breakout performances by Sofia Vergara and Ty Burrell.  I’m sure we will be seeing this cast in numerous other projects for years to come.

Post Mortem – Arrow

Say what you will about Arrow, but it certainly did not fail this network.  Premiering on The CW on October 10, 2012, the show ran for 8 seasons and spawned what would become known as the Arrowverse, which includes fellow DC-based programs The Flash, Supergirl, Legends Of Tomorrow, and Batwoman.  As of today, the Arrowverse has been responsible for 25 seasons of programming on The CW.

The abbreviated 8th, and final, season was a precursor to the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover, which not only brought together the heroes from all of the Arrowverse series, but changed the footing underneath them moving forward.  Whatever the actors move on to next, they will always be able to say that, after years of floundering, they gave an identity to The CW.