Tater Takes on NBC’s Fall Schedule

Network upfronts start tomorrow. I was expecting this post to be tomorrow morning, but the new NBC schedule was actually revealed today.  I will post some thoughts on each network individually and then once all of the schedules are revealed I will discuss the schedule as a whole. If you don’t care about my TV posts, this week would be a good week to skip my blog.

On to NBC: The best thing that happened with NBC this week was that they saved Brooklyn 99. Brooklyn 99 is one of my favorite shows and was canceled by FOX this week, but will move to NBC next season. It will be a midseason show, as will most of the NBC shows I care about. So, here is the weekly schedule with some thoughts:

Monday – The Voice followed by the new show Manifest.

I like The Voice, but there’s too much. I can’t do it. Manifest has an interesting premise(a plane lands and the passengers discover they have been gone 5 years and presumed dead) so I might give it a try. It stars Josh Dallas from Once Upon a Time.

Tuesday: The Voice at 8, This is Us at 9, New Amsterdam(new show) at 10.

See above for The Voice. I never started watching This is Us. New Amsterdam is a medical show inspired by Bellevue starring Ryan Eggold.  I like Eggold and it also stars Tyler Labine. I’ve always been a fan of Labine and I like medical shows. Three good reasons I will likely give it a shot.

Wednesday: All Chicago, all the time. Med at 8, Fire at 9, PD at 10.

We watch Chicago Fire. I will admit that if I could catch up I would probably watch all of the Chicago shows. Interesting Fire new, A major character is not expected back next season. Click here

Thursday: Superstore, Good Place, Will and Grace, I Feel Bad(new show), Law and Order SVU.

Superstore and Good Place are very, very good. I don’t watch Will and Grace and I’m not sure about the new comedy(basically a working mom who feels bad about not being perfect, maybe? Not sure of the premise based on the write up. I guess I should watch the trailer). Maybe it will be OK. Maybe this is the space Brooklyn 99 takes midseason.

Friday: Blindspot at 8, Midnight Texas at 9, Dateline at 10.

Nothing for me here. People tell me Blindspot is good, but I’ve neer watched it.

Saturday:  Dateline Saturday Mystery, SNL encore SNL


Sunday: Football

Midseason shows: AP Bio, Brooklyn 99, Blacklist, Good Girls, World of Dance, Ellen”s Game of Games, America’s Got Talent: Champions Edition, The Titan Games, Abby’s(new show), The Enemy Within(new show), The Village(new show), The Inbetween(new show)

More exciting stuff midseason than the regular season. AP Bio is very good, Brooklyn 99 is one of the best comedies on TV, Good Girls is pretty good. Abby’s should be good(Natalie Morales plays Abby who runs a backyard bar. Neil Flynn from Scrubs and The Middle is a regular). The rest of the new shows are not exciting. Enemy Within is a spy show with Morris Chestnut, The Village is a drama about residents of a building in Brooklyn, Inbetween is pretty much a Ghost Whisperer copy.

So, for me, until midseason, I will only watch three shows on NBC. Once the better shows in midseason start, I will watch more. I’m still hoping they surprise me and renew Timeless.

Check back tomorrow for FOX.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.