2022 New Fall Season – Thursdays

Thursday night may once again be the busiest night of the week for my television viewing habits, due more to the drop-off across the board than the night’s offerings.  Here’s what’s on the slate for this season.

7:30

Ghosts – I never ended up watching any of the first season of this adaptation of a BBC show, but I remain interested.

8:00

Grey’s Anatomy – With Ellen Pompeo slated to appear in only eight episodes this season and a whole new crew of interns, it will be quite the shakeup for the medical drama’s 19th season.

9:00

Big Sky – I still haven’t watched the second story of season one, let alone any of season two, but I still do have a vague interest.

ABC Upfronts

After a cautious year following the pandemic shut down of 2020, ABC is mixing things up with their fall schedule.  The week gets off to an unfamiliar start, as long-time stalwart Dancing With The Stars is being shunted off to Disney+.  Instead, Monday nights will start with the former summer staple Bachelor In Paradise followed by The Good Doctor.  Tuesday night brings another installment of Bachelor In Paradise followed by The Rookie: Feds, a spinoff of The Rookie starring Niecy Nash.

Wednesday’s comedy block switches things around a bit, with The Conners starting things off, followed by The GoldbergsAbbott Elementary, and Home Economics.  Big Sky moves over from Thursday to finish off the night.  Thursdays start the same, with Station 19 and Grey’s Anatomy followed by Alaska,  starring Hilary Swank as a disgraced journalist who leaves New York for Alaska.  Friday remains the same, with Shark Tank followed by two hours of 20/20.  Sunday stays mostly all reality, with America’s Funniest Home Videos, Celebrity Jeopardy!, and Celebrity Wheel of Fortune, followed by The Rookie.

On the bench for mid-season are Not Dead Yet, a comedy starring Gina Rodriguez, and the returning The Wonder Years, A Million Little Things, American Idol, The Bachelor, and Judge Steve Harvey.

Shows never to be seen again are Black-ish, Queens, and Promised Land.

Midseason Review – Thursdays

We are on the back half of our look back at the offerings for the new fall season. Thursday night is traditionally the busiest night of the week for my television viewing habits, but not this year. Here’s what was on the slate for this season.

7:00

The Blacklist – The show continues on for a ninth season 9 without Megan Boone’s Elizabeth Keene for some reason.

After the initial effort needed to bring the team back together following the end of last season, we’ve gotten basically the same show without the weight of the mythology weighing it down.  Though at some point, it will all come crashing back when they decide to wrap up the show.

8:00

Ghosts – Rose McIver stars in this adaptation of a BBC show about a couple who think they are getting a beautiful country house but instead find it is falling apart and haunted.

I’ve heard good things and have some episodes recorded, but haven’t watched any of it as of yet.

Grey’s Anatomy – Old friends are supposed to return for the medical drama’s 18th season, with Kate Walsh and Abigail Spencer announced to show up.

Is there anything left to say about the show, other than it has been renewed for a 19th season?

9:00

Big Sky – I still haven’t watched the second story of season one, so season two may need to wait.

I still need to catch up on the end of season one.

It doesn’t look like there is anything exciting premiering in the near future.

2021 New Fall Season – Thursdays

old-tv-set1Thursday night was traditionally the busiest night of the week for my television viewing habits, but has fallen off over the past couple of years.  This year is no exception.  Here’s what’s on the slate for this season.

7:30

The Blacklist – The show continues on for a ninth season 9 without Megan Boone’s Elizabeth Keene for some reason.

8:00

Ghosts – Rose McIver stars in this adaptation of a BBC show about a couple who think they are getting a beautiful country house but instead find it is falling apart and haunted.

Grey’s Anatomy – Old friends are supposed to return for the medical drama’s 18th season, with Kate Walsh and Abigail Spencer announced to show up.

9:00

Big Sky – I still haven’t watched the second story of season one, so season two may need to wait.

ABC Upfronts

After a year dominated by the corona virus, ABC is taking a cautious approach this fall, with only two new series on the schedule.  The week gets off to a familiar start, with Dancing With The Stars followed by The Good Doctor on Monday nights.  Tuesday night starts with the latest version of The Bachelorette and then Queens, about four estranged women in their 40s who reunite for a chance to recapture the fame they had as a ’90s hip hop group.

Wednesday’s comedy block stays pretty much the same, with The GoldbergsThe Conners, and Home Economics returning and a new version of The Wonder Years, taking a nostalgic look at a Black middle-class family in late 60s Montgomery, Alabama.  A Million Little Things finishes of the night.  Thursdays look pretty much the same, with Station 19Grey’s Anatomy, and then the moved-over Big Sky.  Friday kicks off with Shark Tank, followed by two hours of 20/20.  Sunday stays mostly all reality, with America’s Funniest Home VideosCelebrity Wheel of Fortune, and Supermarket Sweep, followed by The Rookie.

On the bench for mid-season are Abbott Elementary, a comedy about dedicated teachers in a failing school, Maggie, starring Rebecca Rittenhouse as a young woman trying to cope with life as a psychic, and Women of the Movement, a limited series telling the story of Mamie Till-Mobley, who, in 1955, risks her life to find justice after her son Emmett is brutally murdered in the Jim Crow South.  Returning shows for mid-season include the final installment of Black-ish.

Cancelled shows never to be seen again are American HousewifeCall Your MotherFor LifeMixed-ish, and Rebel.

Midseason Review – Tuesdays

old-tv-set1Continuing our look back at my thoughts on the new fall season, with the offerings that I found myself interested in for Tuesdays.

7:00

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

I’ve watched one episode when there was nothing else on.  It has the same issues as the original, where playing the game means the best players don’t win.

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

Yeah, that’s 0 for 3 now for me actually watching repurposed programming filling the COVID void.

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.

Hey, a show I actually watched.  A few unexpected twists and turns along the way, though I’m kind of glad that it’s meant to be a limited series rather than an ongoing.

Now, let’s see what interesting tidbits are coming this spring:

The Flash – The seventh season kicks off in late February.

Superman & Lois – Spun off from Supergirl, the latest entry in the Superman mythos takes flight in February.

Mixed-ish – After a decent enough first season, the show kicks off its second go around tonight.

 

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.