Fall TV

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For most of my 35 years covering television, I'd write a story for the day after the Emmy Awards about TV's biggest week filled with dozens of new fall TV series and your returning favorites.

Not this year. 

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Welcome to a fall TV season unlike any other. Most of your favorite shows – This Is Us, Bull, NCIS, The Good Doctors – won't return until November or sometime next year because of production delays due to COVID-19.

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Fans of This Is Us, Law & Order: SVU, The Blacklist, Chicago Med, Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. must wait until November for new episodes while NBC fills the next two months mostly with The Voice, game shows and reruns during the pandemic.

As I reported last week, ABC and CBS are doing the same.

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One Day At A Time. That's the name of Netflix's revival of a 1975 sitcom which CBS will broadcast this fall, since its own shows haven't resumed production due to the coronavirus pandemic.

One day at a time also explains how the TV networks are dealing with the annual fall TV season launch when unable to air the lineups they announced in May.

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A drama from Emmy-winner David E. Kelley (Picket Fences, Big Little Lies, The Practice) and a Kyra Sedgwick comedy will join 19 returning series on ABC's 2020-21 fall TV roster.

The ABC announcement did not include a fall lineup.

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Tim Allen's Last Man Standing and The Resident medical drama were renewed by Fox for the 2020-2021 TV season. They join three new series and a dozen renewals announced last week.

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A psychological thriller called Next; a southern family soap starring Kim Cattrall and Gerald McRaney; and Jerry Bruckheimer's L.A. Finest police drama, developed for Spectrum cable, will premiere this fall on Fox Broadcasting.

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UPDATE 11:30 A.M. WEDNESDAY, MAY 20:  Only two new series – the B Positive sitcom and The Equalizer revival with Queen Latifah – will premiere in CBS' 2020-21 fall lineup.

Clarice, a spinoff from The Silence Of The Lambs, will be held for midseason along with S.W.A.T. and Undercover Boss.

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A dozen new primetime TV series – 66% of the 18 new shows – arrive this week as broadcasters cling to the arcane notion of a "premiere week" immediately following the Emmy Awards.

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Here's my annual Fall TV guide, as the season kicks off today with the new Kelly Clarkson, Tamron Hall and Judge Jerry daytime shows; HGTV's A Very Brady Renovation at 8 p.m.; and a Monday Night Football doubleheader.

The CW will team up Supergirl with Batwoman on Monday nights, and bring young sleuth Nancy Drew back to TV in its two new fall dramas.

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Everybody loves Patricia? Emmy-winning actress Patricia Heaton, who starred nine years on ABC's The Middle after nine years on Everybody Loves Raymond, returns to CBS this fall in Carol's Second Act as a 50-year-old rookie doctor.

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Welcome to the Minimalist Fall TV season. ABC will add just three new fall scripted series – the same as NBC and Fox announced Monday – and a reality show.

So instead of about 20 new fall broadcast series, as in past years, viewers should expect to see only about a dozen, as Hollywood grapples with increased competition from streaming services.

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Only three new shows will debut this fall in NBC's new "year-round lineup," as the network saves The Good Place, Manifest, Will & Grace, Blindspot and a new sitcom starring Saturday Night Live veteran Kenan Thompson for later in the 2019-2020 TV season.

Expect to see a lot of familiar faces on NBC in the next 12 months.

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Only three new scripted shows – two dramas and a comedy -- will premiere on Fox this fall, as the network adds The Masked Singer competition and WWE's Smackdown Live.

Tim Allen's Last Man Standing, rescued from ABC a year ago, and The Orville, Seth MacFarlane's sci-fi drama, will be held for midseason along with a couple new animated series, Amy Poehler's Duncanville, and The Great North with voices by Nick Offerman, Will Forte and Megan Mullally.

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Updated 4 p.m. Friday May 10: It's one and done for ABC's The Kids Are Alright, the ensemble comedy with Anderson Township native Sam Straley, Variety reports.

ABC also canceled The Fix, ABC's legal drama from Marcia Clark, former Los Angeles district attorney, as networks finalize their fall TV lineups to be announced next week.

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Update Monday Dec. 2: Here's a link to my Sam Straley interview from Around Cincinnati Sunday night. 

Original post Thursday, Nov. 29: Thanks to his Guardian Angels School education, actor Sam Straley is sort of an assistant director for church scenes on ABC's The Kids Are Alright.

"We do a lot of church stuff," says Straley, the Anderson Township native who plays oldest son Lawrence Cleary in the new fall sitcom about a blue collar Irish Catholic family with eight boys in the 1970s.

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Sam Straley was walking around the Los Angeles studio for his ABC sitcom, The Kids Are Alright, when he saw a poster for Milk Money, the 1994 Melanie Griffith film shot in Cincinnati.

He smiled and looked heavenward.

"That's my grandpa saying 'Hey!' " Straley says.

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Teases for the new Magnum P.I., The Cool Kids and other new fall TV shows are filling the air, so it's not too early to be thinking about the fall TV season.

Here's the latest information about premieres for new and returning series on all the major broadcast networks: ABC, CBS, Fox, PBS, NBC and CW. 

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Add "Charmed" to the growing list of rebooted TV series. The CW will revive the old WB series (1998-2006) about sisters with magical powers when the network expands to six nights a week in October by adding Sunday night programming.

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