Which New Fall Broadcast TV Show Will Get A Full Season Order First? (Poll)

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September 16th, 2013

10/3 Update: While technically the renewal of Sleepy Hollow for a second season isn't a "full season order" it's the equivalent for a show that's limited to 12 episodes this season.

Which new Fall broadcast TV show will get an order for a full season first?

New broadcast primetime TV shows are usually given an order for 13 episodes as an initial commitment, and after a certain level of early success, are typically given an order for an additional 9 episodes to complete a "full" season of 22 episodes (although slight variations from 22 are not uncommon).

These full season orders typically happen anytime from the start of the broadcast season until about Thanksgiving, but could conceivably go even later than that, particularly for shows that don't premiere at the beginning of the season. The busiest period for these announcements is typically mid to late October.

What's your guess for this season?

While I've included all new broadcast primetime shows in the poll (in randomized order) expected to premiere before Christmas, the ones premiering "late" are obviously very highly unlikely to be given a full season order first, but the adventuresome are more than welcome to take a shot.

Like they say in Chicago, vote early, vote often.

Update: Readers with better memories than I, have pointed out that The Michael J. Fox Show already has a 22 episode commitment from NBC. I have removed it from the poll.

 
  • Ron

    Doesn’t Michael J. Fox already have a 22-episode commitment?

  • James

    Hasn’t The Michael J Fox Show already got a 22 episode order?

  • pj_campbell

    I want to believe the first series orders are going to be ‘The Michael J. Fox Show’ and ‘Agents of SHIELD’, they’re the two shows I’m looking forward to this season. I want both to have a long run.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Doesn’t Michael J. Fox already have a 22-episode commitment?”

    You are correct sir! I will remove it from the poll. Although our caching process may make it linger for awhile.

  • SJ

    I’m guessing, Agents of Shield and The Goldbergs in one fell swoop. Likely by episode 4 of each.

  • CraveRecords

    Disney has gone all in on the marketing for SHEILD. I think they may jump the gun and announce a renewal after 3-4 episodes. It looks pretty good, too.

    I have a feeling The CW and FOX will hold off on announcing anything until November.

    NBC always stupidly renews something that has late-season BOMB all over it.

  • Tevin

    Isn’t Sleepy Hallows a limited series of 13 Episodes?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Disney has gone all in on the marketing for SHEILD. I think they may jump the gun and announce a renewal after 3-4 episodes”

    Do not confuse full season orders with renewals. They are not the same thing.

    Full Season order, as noted, means an extra 9ish episodes to make 22ish this season.

    A renewal means the show’s coming back NEXT season.

    The Cancellation Bear will dine on many shows that get full season orders.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Isn’t Sleepy Hallows a limited series of 13 Episodes?”

    Limited Series is PR speak for “If it bombs, we can just say, “Hey it was just a limited series””

    But if it does well, like, for example the “limited series” Under the Dome, it will be renewed for another season.

  • Oliver

    @Bill Gorman

    But if it does well, like, for example the “limited series” Under the Dome, it will be renewed for another season.

    But, much like Under The Dome, if it does well then Fox might not give it a full 22. This is about full season orders, not renewals.

  • Hubert R

    Hostages is a “limited” story, no back 9 ;)

    I think NBC will order more episodes of The Blacklist, hoping to buzz it around for some longer.

  • rob60990

    Betrayal is definitely a limited series. ABC already announced its replacement with Resurrection.

    Blacklist is my pick.

  • Hubert R

    I mean The Blacklist will get the full season /first/.

  • Dan S

    It’s a no brainer that Shield will be the 1st show to get a full season order. The rest of ABC’s new Tuesday lineup will need to be retooled although I did enjoy Trophy Wife. It would be a good fit after Modern Family instead of Super Fun Night which looks terrible.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “But, much like Under The Dome, if it does well then Fox might not give it a full 22. This is about full season orders, not renewals.”

    Good point.

    It will be interesting to see what Fox (or anybody else) does with their successful “limited series” that premiere in the Fall.

    A 13 episode summer show like UTD effectively fills the entire summer, so there is no opportunity to extend it *until* next summer. Will Fox let a successful Sleepy Hollow (for example) wait until next Fall for it’s 14th and further episodes?

  • Oliver

    I’d go with Mom, Agents of SHIELD or The Blacklist.

    Sleepy Hollow is an option but Fox might want to hold off on renewing a high-concept show, plus it’s rumoured they might not give it a full season either way.

    I’ll go with The Blacklist. NBC tends to be quick at renewing shows, and it’s in a great timeslot.

    Agents of SHIELD is a close second because ABC is probably making the production costs back through international sales and they have a ton of open timeslots.

  • Oliver

    It’s worth pointing out that Fox hasn’t even confirmed Sleepy Hollow has a short order, they’ve just hinted at doing so. ABC has basically backtracked on OUATiW having a short order. I imagine both, if successful, will have their orders extended and air as split seasons, particularly with Fox eying a year-round schedule.

    I think Hostages really is a 13-episode limited series, though.

  • Babar Suhail

    Isn’t Dracula a 10-episode series?

  • Oliver

    @Babar Suhail

    Yes, it’s an international co-production like Hannibal. NBC can’t give it a full season even if they want to. I’m pretty sure production has finished too.

  • scifi

    Sleepy Hollow and Wonderland are limited this season, they will not get 22 episodes. At least in a case with Wonderland. Its season finale is already announced for winter via press release.

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