The broadcast networks reveal their schedules for 2017-18 the week of May 15. TV by the Numbers offers help to harried scheduling execs with some suggestions of our own.
The ground rules, once again:
- The schedule presented here and in future posts is an attempt to be as realistic as possible about what the network needs. It’s less a fantasy lineup and more an educated-guess lineup.
- Whenever possible, we’ll try to stick to our colleague the Masked Scheduler‘s mantra that putting more than 2 1/2 hours of new material on the schedule invites diminishing returns.
- Any new shows are based on what, as of posting time, has already been ordered to series or seems most likely to be. Similarly, returning shows are based on what’s already renewed and The Cancel Bear’s predictions for what will come back.
In all honesty, the speculative FOX schedule below involves more guesswork than the previous ones. There aren’t necessarily a ton of moving parts, but what ones are there make for a lot of possible combinations. Here it is:
|7 p.m.||7:30 p.m.||8 p.m.||8:30 p.m.||9 p.m.||9:30 p.m.|
|Monday||Lethal Weapon (new night)||The Resident|
|Tuesday||The Mick (new time)||LA to Vegas||New Girl (new time)||Brooklyn Nine-Nine (new time)|
|Thursday||Gotham (new night)||Lucifer (new night)|
|Friday||Hell’s Kitchen||Showtime at the Apollo|
|Saturday||FOX College Football|
|Sunday||Repeats/NFL overruns||Bob’s Burgers/The OT||The Simpsons||Ghosted||Family Guy||The Last Man on Earth|
What stays: “Empire” isn’t going anywhere on Wednesday nights, and the Sunday schedule is pretty much intact too. “Hell’s Kitchen” puts up reliably decent ratings on Fridays.
What’s new: FOX has ordered four pilots to series, and they’re all on the fall schedule. Marvel’s X-Men-ish drama “The Gifted” gets the pre-“Empire” spot on Wednesday nights, while medical drama “The Resident” goes on Mondays, where “House” once thrived (that show ended less than a decade ago, but what a different era it was).
Comedy “LA to Vegas” goes on Tuesdays, and “Ghosted,” starring Adam Scott and Craig Robinson, gets sandwiched between “The Simpsons” and “Family Guy” on Sundays. “Showtime at the Apollo’s” transition to weekly series takes up residence on Friday.
What moves: Here’s the tricky part. This schedule involves more shuffling than the network may be comfortable doing. “Lethal Weapon” moves to Monday nights to lead into “The Resident” after showing it could work independent of “Empire” this season. “The Mick,” “New Girl” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” stay on Tuesdays, but in different time periods. That in turns mean the salvage job on Tuesdays is put off for a while.
Thursdays were a problem for FOX, and moving “Gotham” and “Lucifer” isn’t the ultimate solution. But it allows for both an upgrade on Mondays and stability on Thursdays opposite football and big shows on ABC and CBS.
What else: Seth MacFarlane’s outer-space show “Orville” has a straight-to series order and could come in at midseason, along with a second season of “24: Legacy.” The network might also pick up another new show or two, as the bench is pretty thin.