Monday, September 23, 2019

The 2019-2020 Pilots

by Amy K. Bredemeyer

The last time I posted was about last year's pilots, so it seems fitting that I'm doing it again. At first I was really surprised at how few shows were on my list, but then I did some digging and found that there are just fewer scripted series being developed for the broadcast networks at this time. I'd love to dive deeper about why that is, but that's a story for another day.

First, a quick review on what I was looking forward to a year ago and how that went...
- on ABC, I liked and stuck with Single Parents, A Million Little Things, The Conners, and The Kids are Alright (which failed). I dropped The Rookie midway through the season, and still haven't gotten into Schooled.
- on FOX, I watched three or four episodes of Rel before I gave up, and even now I had to think a moment before I remembered what it was.
- on NBC, New Amsterdam was king, and I enjoyed Manifest as well. I liked I Feel Bad but nobody else did, and I never bothered with Gilded Age, Abby's, or The Village
- on CBS, I never did try Million Dollar Mile or Murphy Brown, I'm half a season behind in God Friended Me, got tired of Blood & Treasure by the time it actually began, was ho-hum about Happy Together, but did enjoy the mindless The Neighborhood.
- old shows from last year that are still kicking... Fresh off the Boat, American Housewife, The Goldbergs, Black-ish, The Good Doctor, Bob's Burgers, The Resident, Last Man Standing, This is Us, Superstore, Will & Grace, The Good Place, Young Sheldon, and Dynasty.
- I have dropped A.P. Bio, How to Get Away with Murder, Jane the Virgin, and Man with a Plan. I never got around to checking out The Mick or Good Girls in greater detail.

- Other Networks: South Park is still a guilty pleasure, Grown-ish was terrible and I gave it up shortly, completely forgot about Good Trouble (I'll try to remedy that...).

Now, on to the new things I'm going to give a whirl...
- For CW, I'll try just Katy Keene (mid-season), and for CBS, only Carol's Second Act.
- Over on ABC, I'll give the newest spin-off of Black-ish, Mixed-ish, a go, plus United We Fall just to see what that's like.
- It's over on FOX and NBC where I'm slightly more intrigued this season with the latter drawing me in for Council of Dads, Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist, Perfect Harmony, and the untitled Tina Fey show with Ted Danson. The former will bring me to watch Bless the Harts, Filthy Rich, Outmatched, and the already-premiered BH90210. At this stage in my life, many of the plots of these are not overly intriguing, but I have favorite actors I want to see succeed, so that drives me for several of these selections.

What are you going to be watching this fall?
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