Fall is Right Around the Corner –

2019-2020 TV Season

Fall is right around the corner and so is the 2019-20 TV Season.  Although the much-publicized Dancing with the Stars premiered last Monday, the majority of the premieres are this week, and old favorites will likely draw the largest audiences. Only thirteen new shows from last year that were picked up for a second season.  This fall will bring us SIXTEEN new shows, seven dramas and nine comedies.  But our team just doesn’t see any with huge breakout potential.  And though new programming releases throughout the year, the Fall still brings more households to TV as families settle into their new routines.  Even the streaming giants recognize the importance of building momentum in the Fall.  Amazon’s Undone and Netflix’s Unbelievable released with significant push for delivery by the platforms.

NCIS, New Amsterdam, A Million Little Things and This is Us are likely to maintain their lead among dramas.   Especially with Ziva’s (Cote de Pablos) return on NCIS.  CBS is also welcoming Emmy Award winner Patricia Heaton back to Primetime in Carol’s Second Act, a comedy about 50-year-old woman that pursues a career change after retiring from teaching, getting divorced, and raising her children. And both NBC and CBS are bringing us back into the courtroom with Bluff City Law and All Rise.

ABC is capitalizing on the success of their comedies of Black-ish and Grown-ish with “Mixed-ish, a mixed-race family that moves from a hippie commune to a traditional suburb in the 1980s.  And with the exit of Adam Levine and addition of Gwen Stefani coaching on the Voice, expect ratings to remain strong.

ABC is also still on the re-vamp bandwagon with Kids Say the Darndest Things as a reiteration of the classic variety show with the same name. This reimagination is hosted by Tiffany Haddish and showcases the comedian interacting with children that discuss their points of view on various hilarious topics.

FOX could not wait for the TV launch of their new drama The Prodigal Son, so they dropped the pilot on YouTube on Friday September 13, leaving us wondering if this is their desperate attempt to ensure they build audiences before hit shows launch.  And as FOX continues to reinvent themselves, they are giving WWE Smackdown a new name and home.  Friday Night Smackdown can be found on FOX starting October 4.

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