Boilerplate: The Upfronts that I write about are for the five main broadcast networks- NBC and FOX (Monday), ABC (Tuesday), CBS (Wednesday), and The CW (Thursday). I don’t bother tracking the cable network Upfronts because I would never be able to stop writing. TBS, USA, HBO, and so forth all have wildly different schedules and more new programming than you can shake a stick at.
FOX has a long-standing tradition of killing off genre shows, but they also give more genre shows a chance than almost any other network, save perhaps The CW. This year, they really haven't added much new to the fall schedule.
In the gone club: Almost Human, Raising Hope, Enlisted, Surviving Jack, Dads, The X-Factor, and Rake. American Dad is moving to TBS.
FOX has renewed: Bob's Burgers, Bones, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Following, Glee, The Mindy Project, New Girl, The Simpsons, Sleepy Hollow.
Here's the fall line-up, not including midseason shows. As always, new shows are in caps.
8 pm GOTHAM
9 pm Sleepy Hollow
8 pm UTOPIA
9 pm New Girl
9:30 pm The Mindy Project
8 pm Hell’s Kitchen
9 pm RED BAND SOCIETY
8 pm Bones
9 pm GRACEPOINT
8 pm Masterchef Junior
9 pm UTOPIA
Fox Sports Saturday
7 pm NFL
7:30 pm Bob’s Burgers
8 pm The Simpsons
8:30 pm Brooklyn Nine-Nine
9 pm Family Guy
9:30 pm MULANEY
Gracepoint: This is based on “Broadchurch,” the U.K.'
Mulaney: Comedian John Mulaney's half hour comedy show is about a stand-up comedian (Mulaney) trying to take his career to the next level. It features Martin Short (who plays his boss) and Elliott Gould (his neighbor).
Utopia: A reality show that moves 15 everyday Americans to an isolated, undeveloped location – for an entire year – and challenges them to create their own civilization.
Empire: (for midseason) A family drama set amidst a hip-hop empire will feature both original and current music. Steven says: Nashville for the hip-hop set? I'll pass.
Gotham: Based on DC Comics characters, this drama explores the origin stories of eventual Batman ally James Gordon, a detective with the Gotham City Police Department, and his battle with the villains who made the city famous. Steven Says: Bruce Wayne is eleven years old in this show's time-line, so this is very pre-Bats. This could be very, very good, but it could also make comic book purists very, very angry. I'll give it a chance.
Red Band Society: A group of teenagers meet as patients in the children's wing of a hospital and become unlikely friends and allies in this comedic young soap. Steven Spielberg will executive-produce. will star. Steven says: I'll pass, thanks.
So here's what I'll be watching in the Fall...
8 pm Gotham [FOX]
10 pm The Blacklist [NBC]
9:30 pm A to Z [NBC]
9 pm Grimm [NBC]
10 pm Constantine [NBC]
8 pm The Simpsons [FOX]
9 pm Family Guy [FOX]
More of this tomorrow. Here's the remaining Upfront schedule again-
Thursday: The CW