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U.S. Network Upfronts


World Screen highlights what’s coming to screens this fall on broadcast networks in the U.S.

International buyers have been busy screening the new series from the Hollywood studios picked up by the broadcast networks. For a full recap of what’s coming to screens this fall, visit World Screen’s 2017-18 Fall Season Grid, featuring schedules for ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX and The CW; pop-up trailers; descriptions and credits for each new and returning show; and a listing of series by studio. Go here to see it.

Thursdays will be the anchor of the new NBC schedule this fall, in a revival of its “Must-See TV” franchise, leading off with the return of Will & Grace. This will be followed by the sophomore season of the comedy Great News, and This Is Us moves into the 9 p.m. slot on its new night. Dick Wolf’s true-crime event series Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders will cap off the evening. Monday nights will see The Voice leading into the freshman drama The Brave. On Tuesdays, The Voice will provide a lead-in for the returning comedies Superstore and The Good Place. The night wraps with Chicago Fire returning to its 10 p.m. time slot. The Blacklist moves to the 8 p.m. slot on Wednesdays, a night packed with returning dramas: Law & Order: SVU and Chicago P.D. Blindspot moves to Fridays at 8 p.m., followed by the returning drama Taken.

At FOX, the new Marvel drama The Gifted lands on Mondays at 9 p.m., paired with returning drama Lucifer. Lethal Weapon is on the move to Tuesdays at 8 p.m., leading into the returning comedies The Mick and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Empire moves into a new slot on Wednesdays at 8 p.m., with Star taking over at 9 p.m. Gotham also gets a new night, set for Thursdays at 8 p.m. The returning series will provide a lead-in for The Orville, which comes from executive producer and creator Seth MacFarlane. Fridays see the returning pairing of Hell’s Kitchen and The Exorcist. Sundays will feature newcomer Ghosted, starring Craig Robinson (The Office, This Is the End) and Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation, Big Little Lies), airing alongside returning staples The Simpsons, Family Guy and The Last Man on Earth.

Dancing with the Stars will continue to hold down Monday nights on ABC this fall, giving a lead-in to the new David Shore (House) medical drama The Good Doctor. Tuesdays again see the comedy The Middle leading off the night, paired with Fresh Off the Boat in its new 8:30 p.m. time slot. The returning comedy black-ish moves to a new day and time, taking over Tuesdays at 9 p.m. The night will close out with newcomers The Mayor and The Gospel of Kevin. The Goldbergs, Speechless and Modern Family remain in their Wednesday evening slots, with American Housewife moving to 9:30 p.m. on its new night. Designated Survivor will return for a second season in the 10 p.m. hour. Thursdays keep the Shondaland trio of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder intact for one more season. Fridays will now be led by Once Upon a Time, which is being paired with freshman series Marvel’s Inhumans. Sundays will see To Tell the Truth and Shark Tank moving to a new night and time period, at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m., respectively. The new Kyra Sedgwick drama Ten Days in the Valley will cap off the evening.

Over on CBS, The Big Bang Theory will once again open Monday evenings while the network broadcasts NFL Thursday Night Football, followed by newcomer 9JKL. The returning comedy Kevin Can Wait will be airing at 9 p.m., giving a lead-in for the new comedy Me, Myself & I, starring Bobby Moynihan, at 9:30 p.m. Scorpion, Monday’s most-watched scripted broadcast, returns at 10 p.m. to wrap up the evening. After NFL Thursday Night Football ends, The Big Bang Theory will move to its regular Thursday time period; Kevin Can Wait will shift to 8 p.m., paired with 9JKL. Me, Myself & I will move to its regular 9 p.m. time period, followed by the return of Superior Donuts at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday’s schedule remains intact: NCIS returns at 8 p.m., followed by Bull. NCIS: New Orleans caps the night at 10 p.m. Wednesday nights see two returning brands sandwich a new drama. Survivor leads the night at 8 p.m. and Criminal Minds shifts to 10 p.m. In between, in the 9 p.m. slot, is the new military drama SEAL Team, starring Bones’ David Boreanaz. CBS’s Thursday entertainment schedule returns November 2 with The Big Bang Theory in its regular 8 p.m. slot, followed by the buzzy new spin-off Young Sheldon. Mom returns at 9 p.m., with Life in Pieces right after. At 10 p.m., Shemar Moore returns to CBS in the new action drama S.W.A.T. CBS’s Friday begins with time period winner MacGyver at 8 p.m., followed by Hawaii Five-0. Blue Bloods finishes the evening in the 10 p.m. slot. The Saturday lineup features the new drama Wisdom of the Crowd, starring Jeremy Piven, at 8 p.m. NCIS: Los Angeles shifts to 9 p.m., followed by Madam Secretary to close out the weekend.

Supergirl returns for its third season on The CW Mondays at 8 p.m., followed by the new military drama Valor. Tuesdays once again see the pairing of The Flash and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. Riverdale moves to Wednesdays at 8 p.m. for its sophomore season, followed by Dynasty, a reimagining of the classic prime-time soap from executive producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage (The O.C., Gossip Girl) and Sallie Patrick (Revenge). Supernatural leads off Thursdays, which will now see Arrow in the 9 p.m. slot. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend returns to Friday nights, though now at 8 p.m. The returning series will be paired with Jane the Virgin on its new night.



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