Fall TV: Returns, Moves and Other News

Tons of TV news to discuss! There’s so much of it that it’s overwhelming, so I’m just going to limit it to the shows that I recap heavily on this site, EmpireSleepy Hollow and Fresh Off the Boat. I do recap black-ish for Entertainment Weekly; since I do recap it, let me just state upfront that black-ish has been renewed for a second season. Okay, onto the stuff that COLOR recaps. 

Empire is coming back, and after the insane freakout everyone had over it last season, how could it not? But not only is Empire coming back, but it’s going to have Ne-Yo join Timbaland in the song department! We all thought the first season’s songs were tight, but this season, it’s really going to be out of control!

Also, Empire will have 18 episodes instead of 12 and will be split in half, complete with midseason finales, I’m sure.

Empire is keeping its Wednesday night airing (“We’d be crazy to move it,” said Fox chairman and CEO Gary Newman said to TV reporters, states Entertainment Weekly). Sleepy Hollow, however, has been moved from Monday to Thursday, with its former spot taken by Minority Report.

The Monday pimp slot going to a new show seems like a demotion for Sleepy Hollow, or more like punishment for having such a sucky second season. But really, it’s probably more like a show having to earn its goodwill back since Fox has probably lost some of it’s trust in the show. It’s going to have to work hard, since not only is it on Thursday, but it’s on after Bones, a show that couldn’t be more opposite of it in terms of procedurals. (Speaking of Bones, I thought that show had it’s final season three seasons ago. Why is this show still on?)

Entertainment Weekly seems to think the Thursday move is a good thing, since they seem to be of the mindset that Fox still thinks its got a rabid enough fanbase to go up against ABC’s TGIT lineup. I guess. It could be. It could not be. To me, it just seems like Fox has let Sleepy Hollow loose in the wilderness to find its way back, like Hansel and Gretel (or, for the Dragonball Z fans, when Gohan was left alone in the wild by Piccolo). Only the strong (i.e. the shows who pull in beaucoup ratings) survive on Fox, and Sleepy Hollow’s got to show it can still pull its weight. If we thought Season 2 was the gauntlet, Season 3 will certainly be one that will make or break the show’s chances of coming back for that all-important and syndication-worthy Season 4.

I could have sworn somewhere on this site, I wrote about the possibility of Sleepy Hollow possibly moving to Friday; at this point in time, I can’t find it, but I believe I wrote about it on Twitter a lot of months ago. In any case, those of us who felt a move in the winds were right.

Let’s not even mention the fact that Orlando Jones is gone from the show! But he’s  not gone far, thank goodness. 

You can read more about Fox’s new schedule here.

Fresh Off the Boat is back, including other shows that I watch but might not recap, like Marvel’s Agent CarterThere’s no word on a elongation of its season ala Empire, but whether it gets 18 episodes or just sticks to 13, I’m glad its back. There are some recommendations I would make to Fresh Off the Boat in order for the second season to be even better than the first, but that’s coming up later today as well.

Interestingly enough, there wasn’t any new news on How to Get Away with Murder, another show that is recapped on COLOR, except that it’s coming back. But that was announced during the season finale so, there you go.

There are tons of post out there giving you even more information than this, but hopefully, this will clue you in as to what COLOR will be focusing on next season. I’m in the middle of  making my first ever editorial schedule (I usually just do week-by-week things, but this time, I’m being official!) so I’ll make sure to update COLOR with the full recapping schedule.

What do you think of all the TV news? Give your opinions in the comments section below!

Photo credit: Chuck Hodes/FOX

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5 thoughts on “Fall TV: Returns, Moves and Other News”

  1. I’m concerned with how Sleepy Hollow will hold up against Thursdays stiff competition, esp. since Fox doesn’t promo it well. All of this anxiety can be laid at the feet of Goffman/Metzner/Kim for the bait and switch affair of Season 2. I hope Sleepy Hollow’s ratings don’t dip below 1.0. If it holds its spring ratings – or improves – we can probably breathe. Re: Syndication – if renewed, will S4 make SH a syndicated program?

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    1. If we go by the Cancellation Bear’s standards, then most shows that make it to Season 4 have a greater chance of being syndicated, which also makes it that much harder to cancel because it’s a proven bet (generally speaking-“The Mindy Project” was expected to get a fourth season, but Fox let it go, leaving to possibly come back for a fourth season online somewhere). It’s like when a teacher gets tenured in my view. Of course, it’s not a hard and fast rule. In general, the show has to prove it’s a money-maker. Since Sleepy Hollow already has a comic book series and a magazine, I’d say it’s probably proving it in passive income. The challenge is making sure it’s a justifiable show for Fox brass to keep spending money on, i.e. decent-to-high ratings.

      QUICK EDIT: I just read this at Vulture: “Fox owns Sleepy Hollow, which means the network has lots of incentive to keep it on the air for at least four seasons.” So the S4 seed has been planted.

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  2. Admittedly, I rolled my eyes so hard at the new timeslot and night for Sleepy Hollow. I read the news over lunch and I swear, it took my appetite. But then, I thought – if Fox didn’t have faith in Sleepy Hollow, they would have axed it after last season. Also, I don’t believe they’d do through the trouble of hiring Clifton Campbell to steer the post-Goffman era just to fire him after the season’s over. I think they will judge the ratings accordingly, given the day while considering DVR #s and see if moderate portions of lost viewers are reclaimed. Sure, most of us never thought they’d put in on Thursday with the ratings decline but I’m thinking it *kinda* makes sense because 1) The SH/Bones combo pair worked before, 2) Dana Walden said at TCAs the show got over serialized (I think she was talking about the Katrina’s unwanted presence/sham of an “arc”) and wants it to have a more procedural tone (which I hope isn’t a permanent arrangement).

    I understand the concern over crossover audience with Scandal, but do the two really overlap that much? Fantasy/sci-fi drama vs. melo-/poilitical drama. Moreover, the show was getting creamed vs. Scorpion/Voice/DWTS. Scandal and Blacklist are tough, but not as brutal. Fox should know they can’t win Thursdays, though. Bones has been on since Al Green got scorched by grits …. but we can’t get Sleepy Hollow to S4?! Fox is using Monday to launch MR, Tues. is comedy night, Wed…well, it wouldn’t pair well with Empire, Friday is tv graveyard for this network. If Fox was like NBC, however, they would put Sleepy on Friday before/after Grimm…but NBC’s a different breed (intelligent). Thursdays was the only option, really….as much as I still hate it. Bones is a veteran show and Sleepy Hollow is owned and produced by Fox. It makes no sense to throw this show to the proverbial wolves. They’re trying to get it syndicated, I believe. But I do REALLY, REALLY wish they would PROMOTE IT.

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