Alibi V.26 No.33 • Aug 17-23, 2017 

Idiot Box

Regularly Scheduled

Networks lock new fall lineups

Earlier this month the broadcast networks announced their fall schedules. Now we know what new shows we’ll be watching (or not) come September/October and what new shows have been sidelined until midseasons (January/February).

ABC—Though it finished the 2016-17 season No. 1 in Nielsen’s “non-sports Adult 18-49” category, the Alphabet Net seems to be juggling its schedule around a lot, moving favorites and adding plenty of new content. “The Good Doctor” (Mondays at 9pm), for example, is basically “Doogie Howser, M.D.” but with autism. “The Mayor” (Tuesdays at 8:30pm) finds an aspiring young rapper unexpectedly winning the mayoral election in his small hometown. “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World” (Tuesdays at 9pm) features Jason Ritter (“Parenthood”) as a selfish guy who is given a mission from God to save the world. “Marvel’s Inhumans” (Fridays at 8pm) adds to the pileup of superhero-based action dramas. “Alex, Inc.,” “The Crossing,” “Deception,” “For the People,” “Splitting Up Together” and “Ten Days in the Valley,” wait until midseason (or until something gets canceled—whichever comes first).

NBC—Like seemingly every other broadcast network on TV, the Peacock Network is saving a slot for football, pushing a bunch of shows (“Rise,” “Reverie,” “Good Girls,” “The Awesome Show,” “Champions,” “Genius Junior,” “Ellen’s Game of Games,” “The Handmade Project”) to next year. A small handful of new stuff will hit the airwaves in September, though, including the Anne Heche-led military special ops drama “The Brave” (Mondays at 9pm). Unable to find any more fictional spinoffs for his unending fictional crime franchise, Dick Wolf is going true crime docudrama for “Law & Order: True Crime—The Menendez Murders” (Tuesdays at 9pm). Edie Falco (“The Sopranos”) stars as Kitty Menendez (supplanting Courtney Love, who played the murdered maven on Lifetime’s original movie Menendez: Blood Brothers earlier this year). It’s not precisely “new,” but sitcom fave “Will & Grace” (Thursdays at 7pm) will return to the airwaves a decade after its eight-season run. Unable to find any more fictional spinoffs for his unending fictional crime franchise, Dick Wolf is going true crime docudrama for “Law & Order: True Crime—The Menendez Murders” (Tuesdays at 8:30pm). Edie Falco (“The Sopranos”) stars as Kitty Menendez (supplanting Courtney Love, who played the murdered maven on Lifetime’s original movie Menendez: Blood Brothers earlier this year).

CBS—Starting at the tail end of September, the Eyeball Network adds the “grown man lives in the apartment between his parents and his brother” sitcom “9JKL” (Mondays at 7:30pm), followed by the buzz-worthy comedy “Me, Myself & I” (Mondays at 8:30pm) in which Jack Dylan Grazer, Bobby Moynihan and John Larroquette play one man in three very different time periods of his life. David Boreanaz (“Bones”) headlines the military drama “SEAL Team” (Wednesdays at 8pm). Once “Thursday Night Football” gets out of the way (Nov. 2), the easy money “Big Bang Theory” spinoff “Young Sheldon” (Thursday at 7:30pm) will follow its long-running inspiration. Thursdays will close out with a reboot of the old tactical cop drama “S.W.A.T.” (Thursdays at 9pm). Jeremy Piven ( “Entourage”) closes out CBS’ week as a high-tech genius who develops a magical, crime-solving “crowdsourcing” app in “Wisdom of the Crowd” (Sundays at 7pm).

FOX—Crowded up as always with sports in fall, FOX is keeping several of its new shows ( “9-1-1,” “LA to Vegas,” “The Resident”) on hold until midseason. Starting in fall, however, you can catch the Marvel Comics-based young-mutants-on-the-run series “The Gifted” (Mondays at 8pm), Seth MacFarlane’s “Star Trek” parody “The Orville” (Thursdays at 8pm) and the “X-Files”-esque supernatural action comedy “Ghosted” (Sundays at 7:30pm) starring Craig Robinson (“The Office”) and Adam Scott (“Parks and Recreation”).