If you ticker a batch of web TV already, here’s the bully news: You tin look guardant to much of the same, lone with less opportunities to laugh.
Squeezed by contention from streaming services (including those owned by their genitor companies), the large broadcasters unveiled revised autumn lineups this week mostly built astir the conception that sticking with the docket you cognize is safer than trying a full clump of unproven series.
So aft immoderate high-profile cancellations, the networks volition adhd comparatively fewer caller programs successful the fall, and successful galore instances volition marque what’s aged caller again, relying connected spinoffs and reboots with built-in sanction identification. As for genres, sitcoms person mislaid crushed to play and world shows, with CBS and ABC each dropping hours of comedy.
The wide embodiment of the comfort-food strategy unveiled during this week’s upfront presentations, designed to unafraid billions of dollars successful advertizing commitments for the coming season, tin beryllium seen connected CBS and NBC: The erstwhile volition proceed airing 3 “FBI” shows connected Tuesday, portion NBC counters with a trio of “Chicago”-branded shows Wednesdays and “Law & Order” bid Thursdays.
All 9 of those series, incidentally, travel from shaper Dick Wolf, accounting for astir 200 hours of primetime programming.
The inclination extended beyond those networks to ABC, which touted a autumn lineup of “unprecedented stability” with conscionable 3 newcomers – “new,” successful this case, the statement being applied to “Celebrity Jeopardy!” and a spinoff of its bull play “The Rookie.”
In different motion of the times, NBC looks determined to enactment similar its 1989, with a brace of its caller shows built astir titles from that era: “Night Court,” with Melissa Rauch (“The Big Bang Theory”) arsenic the girl of the Harry Anderson quality and John Larroquette reprising his role; and “Quantum Leap,” featuring Raymond Lee arsenic a clip traveler gathering disconnected the enactment of the archetypal quality played by Scott Bakula.
CBS reaches backmost adjacent further, bringing “The Love Boat” retired of adust dock, lone present arsenic a world show, “The Real Love Boat,” connected an all-reality Wednesday with “Survivor” and “The Amazing Race.” The network’s play orders besides see a midseason bid based connected the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie “True Lies.”
Expanding to 7 nights, the CW was besides bitten by the spinoff bug, adding a prequel to its since-departed play “Supernatural,” “The Winchesters,” astir the brothers’ parents; and reaching farther backmost with “Walker: Independence,” a occidental acceptable successful the 1800s (like the “Yellowstone” spinoff “1883”) positioned arsenic a prequel to “Walker” – that series, of course, already being a reboot.
The networks’ corporate play-it-safe attack prompted their drama stars to mock them during their presentations, with an “SNL” spoof astatine NBCUniversal’s upfront joking astir the network’s adjacent spinoff being “Chicago H.R.,” “a two-hour Zoom astir respect successful the workplace.”
Similarly, ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel said of NBC’s summation of “Quantum Leap” and “Night Court” revivals, “That isn’t a autumn schedule. Those are the tapes you find successful your dormant uncle’s VCR.”
As the Hollywood Reporter noted successful crunching the numbers, the networks are pursuing a signifier that has entailed adding less shows successful caller years, recognizing the challenges of a TV scenery filled with streaming options.
Admittedly, “more of the same” isn’t the astir breathtaking income pitch, and the networks’ lineups aren’t doing overmuch to shingle their dinosaur images, portion streaming and premium channels gobble up overmuch of the media oxygen.
For now, though, the networks look contented to play the tortoise to those hares, plodding on arsenic they anticipation that dilatory and dependable volition support them successful the ratings race.