Fall TV Schedule: What's on When? And What Does it All Mean?

Alex McCormick ’16 / Emertainment Monthly Editor
Below is the fall prime time television schedule.
(Blue = New Show, Red = New Timeslot)
Fall Schedule

  • Once Upon a Time‘s spinoff is airing on Thursdays, which is an interesting choice, especially for such a specific genre show.
  • Suburgatory being absent from the fall lineup does not bode well for the series.
  • Agents of SHIELD has a perfect timeslot and will absolutely annihilate any competition it may have.
  • Interesting choice pairing Rebel Wilson’s Super Fun Night with Modern Family.

Returning Shows – Fall: Castle, Dancing With the Stars, Grey’s Anatomy, Last Man Standing, The Middle, Modern Family, Nashville, The Neighbors, Once Upon a Time, Revenge, Scandal, Shark Tank
Returning Shows – Midseason: The Bachelor, Suburgatory
Returning Shows – New Timeslot: Last Man Standing, The Neighbors
New Shows – Fall: Agents of SHIELD, Back in the Game, Betrayal, The Goldbergs, Lucky 7, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, Super Fun Night, Trophy Wife
New Shows – Midseason: Killer Women, Mind Games, Mixology, Resurrection
Not Returning from 2012-2013 Season: Body of Proof, Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23, Family Tools, Happy Endings, How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life), Last Resort, Malibu Country, Private Practice, Red Widow, Zero Hour, 666 Park Avenue

  • No real surprises, nothing of note.

Returning Shows – Fall: The Amazing Race, The Big Bang Theory, Blue Bloods, Criminal Minds, CSI, Elementary, The Good Wife, Hawaii Five-0, How I Met Your Mother, The Mentalist, NCIS, NCIS: LA, Person of Interest, Survivor, Two and a Half Men, Two Broke Girls, Undercover Boss
Returning Shows – Midseason: Mike & Molly
Returning Shows – New Timeslot: Person of Interest, Shark Tank, Undercover Boss
New Shows – Fall: The Crazy Ones, Hostages, The Millers, Mom, We Are Men
New Shows – Midseason: Friends With Better Lives, Reckless
Not Returning from 2012-2013 Season: CSI: NY, Golden Boy, Made In Jersey, Vegas, Partners, Rules of Engagement

  • The most distressing part of FOX’s fall schedule? Raising Hope moving to Fridays; it is not a good sign for the show’s future.
  • The most confusing choice FOX execs made with the fall schedule? Putting the veteran, high-rated drama Bones squarely in the Friday night “death slot” to make room for what is essentially an offshot of Robocop.
  • I think the pairing of New Girl and The Mindy Project is perfect, but I don’t really see either show’s ratings increasing by much.

Returning Shows – Fall: American Dad, Bob’s Burgers, Bones, Family Guy, Glee, The Mindy Project, New Girl, Raising Hope, The Simpsons, The X-Factor
Returning Shows – Midseason: American Idol, The Following
Returning Shows – New Timeslot: Bones, Raising Hope
New Shows – Fall: Almost Human, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Dads, Enlisted, Rake, Sleepy Hollow
New Shows – Midseason: Gang Related, Murder Police, Surviving Jack, Us and Them
Not Returning from 2012-2013 Season: Ben and Kate, The Cleveland Show, Fringe, The Mob Doctor, Touch

  • Parenthood‘s move to Thursday is a great decision.
  • If Dracula performs well, I can totally see an NBC Friday Fright Night, creating a block of thrillers consisting of DraculaHannibal, and Grimm.
  • Chicago Fire is either going to gain viewers from The Voice, or lose viewers because it follows two reality shows, which CF is not.

Returning Shows – Fall: The Biggest Loser, Grimm, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Parenthood, Parks and Recreation, Revolution, The Voice
Returning Shows – Midseason: Community, Hannibal, The Sing-Off
Returning Shows – New Timeslot: The Biggest Loser, Chicago Fire, Parenthood, Parks and Recreation, Revolution, The Voice
New Shows – Fall: The Blacklist, Dracula, Ironside, The Michael J. Fox Show, Sean Saves the World, Welcome to the Family
New Shows – Midseason: About a Boy, Believe, Crisis, Crossbones, Chicago PD, The Family Guide, Food Fighters, The Million Second Quiz, The Night Shift, Undatable
Not Returning from 2012-2013 Season: Animal Practice, Deception, Do No Harm, Go On, Guys With Kids, The New Normal, The Office, Smash, Up All Night, Whitney, 30 Rock, 1600 Penn
The CW

  • Supernatural is back to its Tuesday timeslot for no reason other than the executive in charge of scheduling was bored.
  • The Vampire Diaries spinoff The Originals has MAJOR competition, but it’s a spinoff of The Vampire Diaries, so it’ll be renewed either way.
  • The network replaced two canceled, low-rated dramas (Gossip Girl, 90210) with two other low-rated dramas (Hart of Dixie, Beauty and the Beast).

Returning Shows – Fall: America’s Next Top Model, Arrow, Beauty and the Beast, The Carrie Diaries, Hart of Dixie, Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries
Returning Shows – Midseason: Nikita
Returning Shows – New Timeslot: America’s Next Top Model, Beauty and the Beast, Hart of Dixie, Supernatural
New Shows – Fall: The Originals, Reign, The Tomorrow People
New Shows – Midseason: Star-Crossed, The 100
Not Returning from 2012-2013 Season: Cult, Gossip Girl and Emily Owens, MD, 90210

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