A Night by Night Breakdown of the Fall 2010 Schedule for ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and The CW

     May 22, 2010

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Upfront week is over, and ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, and The CW have all announced their schedules for next fall (barring any changes over the summer).  Discounting the barren wasteland that is Saturday, from 8:00-11:00 PM Sunday-Friday, we have:

  • 81 shows across the five networks, totalling 87 hours of broadcast television
  • 20 comedies, 51 dramas, 16 unscripted hours (reality, sports, news, etc.)
  • 26 new series, with 23  total hours of new programming
  • 17 timeslot changes
  • 12 procedural dramas on CBS

For a more qualitative breakdown of each night of broadcast television — including the full schedule, what will be successful, and what I’ll be watching — hit the jump.

New shows are bolded with a blue background.  Shows with new timeslots have a yellow background.

SUNDAY

8:00
8:30
9:00
9:30
10:00
abc_logo_small Extreme Makeover Desperate Housewives Brothers & Sisters
cbs_logo_small The Amazing Race Undercover Boss CSI: Miami

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Sunday Night Football
fox_logo_small The Simpsons The Cleveland Show Family Guy American Dad Local Programming

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david_caruso_csi_miami_image__2_You’ll notice that the Sunday table is much less colorful than the rest. No new programming, and only CSI: Miami made the move.  Football on NBC and Fox’s animated shows will do about what it did last year, while ABC’s soaps are likely in store for another season-to-season decline.  Sundays at 10:00 have been a problem area for CBS over the past couple seasons, but CSI: Miami should put an end to that, especially if Undercover Boss remains a strong lead-in.

I’ll be watching:
The Simpsons
The Amazing Race
HBO/AMC

MONDAY

8:00
8:30
9:00
9:30
10:00
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Dancing with the Stars
Castle
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How I Met Your Mother
Rules of Engagement
Two and a Half Men
Mike & Molly
Hawaii Five-0
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Chuck
The Event
Chase
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House
Lonestar
Local Programming
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90210
Gossip Girl
Local Programming

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Alex-OLoughlin-and-Scott-Caan-of-Hawaii-Five-0Told you things got more colorful.  CBS and NBC rival for the splashiest programming of the night (and perhaps the whole week) with Hawaii Five-0 and The Event, respectively. The smart money favors Hawaii Five-0 for success, but there’s always that chance that The Event strikes a chord in the viewing public looking for replacements for Lost and 24Mike & Molly looks like it will fit in just fine the rest of the CBS comedies, and I’m rooting for Lonestar, so I’m glad to see it get the House lead-in.

I’ll be watching:
How I Met Your Mother
Chuck
House
The Event
Lonestar
Mike & Molly
Hawaii Five-0

TUESDAY

8:00
8:30
9:00
9:30
10:00
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No Ordinary Family
Dancing with the Stars
Detroit 1-8-7
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NCIS
NCIS: Los Angeles
The Good Wife
nbc_logo_small The Biggest Loser
Parenthood
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Glee
Raising Hope
Running Wilde
Local Programming
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One Tree Hill
Life Unexpected
Local Programming

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no_ordinary_family_cast_abc_tv_showI think No Ordinary Family has a good shot: with a great hook (a family of superheroes) it should get solid critical notice, and may satisfy a need out there for family-friendly entertainment.  Plus, Michael Chiklis!  As for Detroit 1-8-7, I’m not so sure, though fellow ABC police procedural Castle has grown a respectable audience after Dancing with the Stars on Monday.  Fox’s 9:00 comedy block (or “Gerund Night“) is promising, particularly in conjunction with Glee.  Still in love with Parenthood; happy it continues to be the recipient of NBC’s biggest non-football lead-in.

I’ll be watching:
No Ordinary Family
Glee
Raising Hope
Running Wilde
Detroit 1-8-7
Parenthood

WEDNESDAY

8:00
8:30
9:00
9:30
10:00
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The Middle
Better Together
Modern Family
Cougar Town
The Whole Truth
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Survivor
Criminal Minds
The Defenders
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Undercovers
Law & Order: SVU
LOLA
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Lie to Me
Hell’s Kitchen
Local Programming
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America’s Next Top Model
Hellcats
Local Programming

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undercovers_nbc_tv_show_logoABC’s 2-hour comedy block makes me happy.  The plan is to check in on The Middle occasionally, give Better Together a long leash on account of my adoration for JoAnna Garcia, and keep Modern Family and Cougar Town the regular rotation.  I think The Whole Truth will be this year’s The Good Wife for me: a legal drama I respect and wish all the best, but ultimately won’t watch.  That 10:00 hour is a fun faceoff between new legal dramas, though I give The Defenders the best odds of success.  It has the strongest lead-in, and this kind of procedural is a specialty at CBS.

I’m excited for Undercovers due to the J.J. Abrams pedigree and how fun the clips were — it should be good for #2 in the hour once the CBS moved Survivor there.  Just because it could.

I’ll be watching:
The Middle
Better Together
Undercovers
Modern Family
Cougar Town
Hellcats

THURSDAY

8:00
8:30
9:00
9:30
10:00
abc_logo_small My Generation Grey’s Anatomy Private Practice
cbs_logo_small The Big Bang Theory $#*! My Dad Says CSI The Mentalist
nbc_logo_small Community 30 Rock The Office Outsourced Love Bites
fox_logo_small Bones Fringe Local Programming
the_cw_logo_small The Vampire Diaries Nikita Local Programming

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nikita_cw_tv_show_02If it looked like CBS was mocking NBC with its move of Survivor opposite potential savior-of-NBC Undercovers, their Thursday shuffle was downright Machiavellian: The Big Bang Theory will crush Community at 8:00, and things don’t look good for 30 Rock with the high-profile S#*! at 8:30.  Things aren’t all bad at NBC; Outsourced should do just fine at 9:30, even if it doesn’t look that great.  With a complex central concept and a tough time slot, My Generation faces an uphill battle. Nikita should find success on the heels of the The CW’s top-rated The Vampire Diaries, if the fun of the preview clip is any indication.

I’ll be watching:
My Generation
The Big Bang Theory
Community
30 Rock
Grey’s Anatomy
The Office
Nikita

FRIDAY

8:00
8:30
9:00
9:30
10:00
abc_logo_small Secret Millionaire Body of Proof 20/20
cbs_logo_small Medium CSI: New York Blue Bloods
nbc_logo_small School Pride Dateline NBC Outlaw
fox_logo_small Human Target The Good Guys Local Programming
the_cw_logo_small Smallville Supernatural Local Programming

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blue_bloods_cbs_tv_show_tom_selleckOnly three hours remain unchanged from this season — the most new programming/new timeslots of the week.  CBS won virtually every Friday night this season, but should increase on the night based on the strength of new Friday show CSI: NY and Tom Selleck’s mustache Blue Bloods.  Fans may bemoan Supernatural‘s move to Friday, but reuniting it with former Thursday companion Smallville puts The CW in a good position on the night.  Human Target and The Good Guys are very compatible — doesn’t mean they won’t flounder, but it makes for a fun pairing.

I’ll be watching:
The Good Guys
Supernatural (assuming I can catch up this summer)

Here are the full schedules for ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, and The CW

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