Alibi V.24 No.21 • May 21-27, 2015 

Idiot Box

Fall Windfall

Nets announce their upfront shows for 2015-16

“The Frankenstein Code”

Last week the broadcast networks held their “upfront” presentations, letting viewers know what to DVR and what to ignore for the upcoming fall season. So what do the networks have lined up for us in fall of 2015? Let’s peruse.

ABC—Ken Jeong (“Community,” The Hangover) headlines his own sitcom with “Dr. Ken.” “The Muppets” return to weekly TV for the first time in almost 20 years with a more adult, “Office”-esque sitcom. The alphabet net jumps on the biblical bandwagon with “Of Kings and Prophets.” Nighttime soaps give it another try with “OIL.” FBI agents get more representation on TV with “Quantico.” Midseason (January or so) will bring with it the ’80s neo-noir “Wicked City,” Shonda Rhimes’ female fraud investigator drama The Catch,” the Joan Allen political drama “The Family” and a TV reboot of the John Candy movie “Uncle Buck” starring Omar Epps.

NBC—Neil Patrick Harris becomes the latest person to attempt a revival of the old variety show format with “Best Time Ever.” Greg Berlanti (“The Mysteries of Laura”) produces the FBI conspiracy thriller “Blind Spot.” Comedian Jerrod Carmichael stars in the family sitcom “The Carmichael Show.” “Crowded” is a family sitcom with Patrick Warburton (“Seinfeld”). David Lyons (“The Cape,” “ER”) is a lawyer trying to right some wrongs from his youth in “Game of Silence.” Medical dramas get their continued due with “Heartbreaker.” Superhero drama “Heroes” returns as “Heroes Reborn.” “The Office” alum Craig Robinson heads “Mr. Robinson.” “People Are Talking” is a neighborhood sitcom with Mark-Paul Gosselaar (“Franklin & Bash”). Wesley Snipes is a “former military operative turned security expert” trying to stop crimes before they happen in “The Player.” “Superstore” is a workplace sitcom with America Ferrera (“Ugly Betty”). And for midseason NBC is planning on reviving “Coach” with Craig T. Nelson—which has been off the air for 18 years!

CBS—Jane Lynch plays a drunken guardian angel in “Angel From Hell.” “Code Black” is yet another medical drama. Dianne Wiest and James Brolin top the cast list of the family sitcom “Life in Pieces.” The sci-fi movie “Limitless” with Bradley Cooper becomes a weekly police procedural with Bradley Cooper. The comic book onslaught continues with “Supergirl” starring Melissa Benoist (“Glee”). Midseason brings with it “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” and a spinoff of the Chris Tucker/Jackie Chan movie “Rush Hour.”

FOX—John Stamos is a confirmed bachelor who discovers he’s not only a father, but a grandfather in “Grandfathered.” The suddenly hilarious Rob Lowe stars in “The Grinder” as a TV lawyer whose brother (Fred Savage) is a real lawyer. The Steven Spielberg sci-fi movie “Minority Report” gets a weekly spin-off. “Rosewood” is another crime drama about a forensic pathologist (but, for hire). “Scream Queens” is a satirical slasher series from the folks behind “American Horror Story.” Waiting until midseason are the relaunch of “The X-Files,” the DC Comics-based supernatural drama “Lucifer” (which, like all TV shows has been redesigned as a police procedural), “The Frankenstein Code” (also police procedural—with Frankenstein) and Seth MacFarlane’s new cartoon “Bordertown.”

The CW—The sole addition here is “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” a sitcom starring comedienne Rachel Bloom as a raucous girl who moves from New York to West Covina, Calif. It was supposed to air on Showtime—but it’s obviously not.