We have made it through the Upfront week, when the networks presented their upcoming schedules to the advertisers, and we have a first look at the shows which will be premiering or returning in Fall 2019. At the moment, Fall looks pretty lite on sci fi and fantasy shows, though I expect more additions to this over the next few months. Currently there are only 19 shows on the schedule that will air on the broadcast networks and cable channels vs. 29 for this past Fall. And I only have three confirmed premieres on the streaming channels vs. 20 for last season. But I expect that list to grow as more premieres / returns are announced.
Among the new shows, we are seeing a continuing trend of fewer genre entries from the Big Four broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC). Across those four channels, there are only two new shows of interest to sci fi and fantasy fans (Emergence on ABC and Evil on CBS) debuting in the Fall with one waiting in the wings for Mid-Season (neXt from FOX). The CW has two new shows, the same as last year, with Nancy Drew joining the schedule on Wednesdays and Batwoman leading off Sundays. Apart from HBO’s Watchmen, I have not heard of any confirmed new series from the cable channels, though I do expect updates over the next few months.
As for the actual scheduling of shows, there are a few timeslots that do not look too favorable for the shows landing there. ABC’s Emergence lands on Tuesdays at 10 PM EST which is an hour that network has struggled with for years. Evil arrives on CBS on Thursdays at 10 PM EST and that dark procedural may not mesh well with the comedies that precede it on that night. The CW obviously has a lot of confidence in Batwoman, and they appear to be making a statement by having it lead on Sundays. But that’s a tough night with football and plenty of other competition. And moving Charmed to Fridays will do nothing to help that sophomore show. But those two shows will likely make up slack with digital viewing which The CW pays close attention to (unlike the Big Four broadcast nets).
Below is the preliminary schedule for Fall, but expect changes to this by the time that September rolls around. For our tracking of all the sci fi and fantasy TV news coming from the Upfronts, go to r/SciFiTV. And be sure to stay tuned to this site and the Cancelled Sci Fi Twitter Site for schedule updates and other breaking news.
Fall 2019 Preliminary Schedule of Sci Fi and Fantasy Shows:
9-10 PM Black Lightning (CW) Returning for 3rd Season
No Genre Entries
Not Scheduled or Mid-Season Start
His Dark Materials (HBO) NEW SERIES Premieres in Fall
Legends of Tomorrow (NBC) Returning for 5th Season in 2020
MacGyver (CBS) Returning for 4th Season in 2020
Manifest (NBC) Returning for 2nd Season in 2020
neXT (FOX) NEW SERIES Premieres in 2020
Primal (ADSW) NEW SERIES Premieres in Fall
The Orville (FOX) Returning for 3rd Season in 2020
Star Trek Discovery (CBSAA) Returning for 3rd Season
Watchmen (HBO) NEW SERIES Premieres in Fall
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