Tater Takes on the FOX Fall Schedule

FOX schedule broke after I left for work so I had to do this on my break:

With the cancellation of Lucifer and Brooklyn 99, my FOX viewing is getting a little slim.  As with NBC, some of the better stuff is held to mid-season(The Orville and The Passage). Here are my night to night thoughts:

MONDAY
8 pm The Resident  9 pm 9-1-1

I really like The Resident. It is one of my favorite new shows, but it will make you scared to go to a hospital. We like the one episode of 9-1-1 we watched, but had DVR space issues and didn’t watch more. Maybe I will try to catch up over the summer.

TUESDAY
8 pm The Gifted  9 pm Lethal Weapon

I liked the Gifted OK, but got tired of it toward the end. I will give season 2 a shot, but it might be one I quit. It is the X-Men universe show. Lethal Weapon was one of my favorite shows, but they’ve fired Clayne Crawford who played Riggs and replaced him with Seann William Scott. I will watch it to see how the new character fits, but I’m afraid I will hate it.

WEDNESDAY
8 pm Empire 9 pm Star

I don’t watch either one of these shows, but they are apparently very popular.

THURSDAY
8 pm Thursday Night Football

Depends on the teams…

FRIDAY
8 pm Last Man Standing 8: 30 pm THE COOL KIDS 9 pm Hell’s Kitchen

I will admit that I liked Last Man Standing and will probably watch it again. I’m not sure how it will work if they don’t re-sign the two younger daughters. I do wonder if Brooklyn 99 was canceled for this and makes me less excited about watching it. I really like the stars of The Cool Kids(Vicki Lawrence , David Alan Grier  Leslie Jordan , Martin Mull) about residents of a retirement community, so I will give it a try.

 

SATURDAY
8 pm College Football

If it’s not Kentucky. I don’t care

SUNDAY
8 pm The Simpsons
8: 30 pm Bob’s Burgers (new time slot)
9 pm Family Guy
9: 30 pm REL

I don’t watch any of the animated shows. I like Lil Rel Howery and Sinbad, so I might give Rel a try(newly single father in Chicago).

Mid-season shows I will watch – The Orville(surprisingly good Seth McFarlane Star Trek type show), The Passage(based on Justin Cronin’s vampire trilogy and starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar) and Beat Shazaam(music guessing game hosted by Jamie Foxx). Nothing else exciting.

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Tater Takes on the Fall TV Schedule

The four broadcast networks have revealed their fall schedules. I will go night by night and discuss the offerings and tell you what I will watch. This is only for the big 4 (ABC,CBS,FOX,NBC and CW) any cable shows will be highlighted in my much anticipated(by no one) fall “What’s on TV Tonight” series.

Sunday:

ABC: Once Upon a Time, Secrets and Lies, Quantico

CBS: NCIS: Los Angeles, Madam Secretary, Elementary

FOX: The Simpsons, Son of Zorn, Family Guy, Last Man on Earth

NBC: Sunday Night Football

Nothing great here. We do like Madam Secretary, but that’s about it. Luckily, Walking Dead will start in October and Game of Thrones and Fear the Walking Dead in spring. Otherwise, football is the only real choice for the night.I used to watch Elementary, but got bored with it pretty quick.

Monday:

ABC:  Dancing with the Has-Beens, Conviction

CBS: Big Bang, Kevin Can Wait, 2 Broke Girls, Odd Couple, Scorpion(Big Bang to Thursdays after football. Kevin moves to 8 Man with a Plan premieres at 8:30)

FOX: Gotham, Lucifer

NBC: The Voice, Timeless

CW: Supergirl, Jane the Virgin

A little better than Sunday night. We like Supergirl and hopefully the move to CW will help it. We love Lucifer a lot more than expected. It’s a fun show. Conviction has Hayley Atwell, so I will definitely watch it. I will admit that I like Kevin James and Matt LeBlanc, so since there are no DVR conflict issues I will give Kevin and Man with a Plan a try. I’ve always had a soft spot for sitcoms.

Tuesday:

ABC: The Middle, American Housewife, Fresh off the Boat, Real O’Neals, SHIELD

CBS: NCIS, Bull, NCIS: New Orleans

FOX: Brooklyn 99, New Girl, Scream Queens

NBC: The Voice, This is Us, Chicago Fire

CW: Flash, No Tomorrow

Really good comedy night. The Middle, Fresh off the Boat, The Real O’Neals and Brooklyn 99 are all very good. I also love the Flash. It’s the best superhero show on TV right now. My wife watches the NCIS’s o that take TV/DVR space and makes me watch The Middle on demand. New shows don’t interest me at all. Do we really want a Michael Weatherly headlining show based on Dt Phil? I think not.

Wednesday:

ABC: The Goldbergs, Speechless, Modern Family, Black-ish, Designated Survivor

CBS: Survivor, Criminal Minds, Code Black

FOX: Lethal Weapon, Empire

NBC: Blindspot, Law and Order SVU, Chicago PD

CW: Arrow, Frequency

I still love Survivor and it is the only show I insist on watching live(I live tweet it). Modern Family is still consistently good. I’ve heard good things about the other comedies, but have never actually watched them. Not sure about Speechless. I think Code Black might be the best medical show since ER. Arrow is another very good superhero show. DC does TV well. I liked the Lethal Weapon and Frequency movies enough to watch at least one episode of the series. Also, Damon Wayans as Murtagh could be really good.

Thursday:

ABC: Grey’s Anatomy, Notorious, How to Get Away With Murder

CBS: Football and then Big Bang, The Great Indoors, Mom, Life in Pieces, Pure Genius

FOX: Rosewood, Bones

NBC: football and then Superstore, The Good Place, Chicago Med, The Blacklist

CW: Legends of Tomorrow, Supernatural

I still love Grey’s so I will be watching it. I’ve stuck with Bones all these years, so I will watch the final season. We love Superstore and I’m very happy it was renewed. Legends of Tomorrow season 1 was a mess and I still haven’t watched a lot of it, but I read about the ending and I am hopeful about season 2. We still watch Blacklist, but I’m getting a little bored with it. I might try The Good Place because I like Kristen Bell and Ted Danson.

Friday:

ABC: Last Man Standing, Dr Ken, Shark Tank, 20/20

CBS: Macgyver, Hawaii 50, Blue Bloods

FOX: Hell’s Kitchen, The Exorcist

NBC: Caught on Camera, Grimm, Dateline

CW: Vampire Diaries, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Because I am old and boring I am home to watch TV on Friday nights. I’m sad that Amazing Race is only  midseason show this year. I still like watching it. We do like Last Man Standing and Grimm. My wife watched 5-0 and I watch Blue Bloods. My daughter watched Vampire Diaries. I will probably give the new Macgyver a shot, but I am not hopeful.

Saturday:

Football and a collection of “encore” showings. Nothing to see here.

Overall, it is not an exciting schedule. None of the new shows sound like must sees. Good shows like Agent Carter, Galavant and Limitless are gone. Amazing Race, The 100 and iZombie are held until midseason. I’m hoping I will be pleasantly surprised by some new stuff or that the new midseason shows will be good. I will have review of new shows with the “What’s on TV” series in the fall.

 

My Take on FOX’s 2009/2010 Schedule

Fall:   Monday: House/Lie To Me – A good combination that should be a rating’s success.

Tuesday: So You Think You Can Dance – A guarantee I won’t tune into FOX that night, but will get some viewers.

Wednesday: SYTYCD/Glee – I am really looking forward to Glee, but have a feeling it will be a very good show no one will watch

Thursday:  Bones/Fringe – Another good combination but Fringe will get crushed in the ratings against CSI and Grey’s.

Friday:  Brothers/Til’ Death/Dollhouse – An odd combo that will likely result in even lower ratings for Dollhouse.

Saturday – Cops/AMW – Same old same old.  Nothing to see here

Sunday: – Animation night – Should hold it’s own against the others.  Can’t imagine any of them will be as good as The Simpsons

Spring:  Monday – House/24 – Even better ratings than the Fall

Tuesday – Amercian Idol/Past Life –  AI will dip and Past Life will not last the year

Wednesday – American Idol/Human Target/Glee – FOX should have waited to pair the premiere of Glee with AI. I can’t imagine Human Target and AI will have the same audience

Thursday – Sunday remain the same except for Sons of Tuscon on Sunday nights

What I will watch:  I will continue to watch House, Bones, Fringe and Dollhouse.  I think Glee looks great and will watch until it’s inevitable cancellation.  I will try Human Target because I try any show with Chi McBride.  I will try Sons of Tuscon because I love Tyler Labine on Reaper.  I expect I will like Glee and Human Target, but will hate Sons of Tuscon.s