Filming in the entertainment industry has largely ground to a halt due to COVID-19, but the broadcast TV networks are starting to announce their fall lineups for later this year.
Fox was the first network to lay out its fall schedule, leaning on animated shows, reality programming, sports, already-completed dramas, and acquired series from other cable and streaming partners to beef up its roster while the ability to film scripted series is still uncertain.
Now The CW has revealed its fall 2020 and midseason schedule, announcing that it will “officially launch its new season in January 2021 with its regularly scheduled series line-up, while loading up Fall 2020 with fresh original and acquired scripted series and alternative programming,” in an attempt to safeguard against further coronavirus-related filming delays. Like Fox, The CW will be relying on acquired series, reality, and unscripted shows to carry it through to 2021, with the back half of Supernatural’s final season the only returning series slated for a fall premiere date.
We’ll update this post with ABC, NBC, and CBS’s fall schedules as they’re announced.
The networks aren’t expected to announce exact premiere dates until later this summer, but these early announcements help give us a sense of how each network plans to program every weeknight, and which shows will be held until midseason.
Get a first look at the new shows and their plot summaries in the gallery below:
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The CW Fall 2020 TV Schedule
Renewed and New TV Shows on The CW
The CW is benching all of its biggest returning series – including The Flash, Riverdale, and Batwoman – until 2021, along with its four new shows, Superman & Lois, The Republic of Sarah, and reboots of Kung Fu and Walker, Texas Ranger. The only returning drama on The CW’s fall 2020 schedule is the back half of Supernatural’s final season, which has seven remaining episodes still to air, two of which have yet to be filmed. Supergirl will also be delayed until after star Melissa Benoist returns from maternity leave, with a return date yet to be determined.
CW boss Mark Pedowitz told reporters that he hopes filming will start in September for the majority of the network’s scripted shows to get them ready for a midseason launch, while Supernatural will need to resume production on its final two episodes in late summer or early fall – although if that doesn’t prove possible, the final seven episodes will be rescheduled. “Everybody … wants to end 15 years the right way,” he said. “We’ll wait it out. We are very much attached to this.”
Instead, The CW will be filling its fall lineup with series acquired from (and cancelled by) other networks, including DC Universe’s Swamp Thing, and CBS All Access’ Tell Me a Story, as well as unscripted series like Whose Line Is It Anyway and Penn & Teller: Fool Us.
Here are all the CW shows that will premiere in January 2021:
- All American
- Black Lightning
- The Flash
- Superman & Lois
- Nancy Drew
And here’s the list of shows that will premiere in “midseason 2021,” whenever that ends up being (technically fall 2021, maybe?):
- Kung Fu
- The Republic of Sarah
- DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
- In the Dark
- Roswell, New Mexico
The fate of Katy Keene is yet to be determined.
Fox Fall 2020 TV Schedule
Renewed and New TV Shows on Fox
Fox has renewed reality shows The Masked Singer and Masterchef Junior, along with animated comedies The Simpsons, Family Guy, Bob’s Burgers, and Bless the Harts. With animated shows able to continue production and reality shows more easily able to be filmed without audiences and with social distancing precautions on set, this makes the lineup a little more secure from coronavirus-related delays.
New series premiering on Fox this fall include Next, “a propulsive, fact-based thriller about the emergence of a deadly, rogue artificial intelligence that combines pulse-pounding action with a layered examination of how technology is invading our lives,” starring John Slattery, and Filthy Rich, “a southern Gothic family soap in which wealth, power and religion collide – with outrageously soapy results. When the patriarch (Gerald McRaney) of a mega-rich Southern family, famed for creating a wildly successful Christian television network, dies in a plane crash, his wife (Kim Cattrall) and family are stunned to learn that he fathered three illegitimate children, all of whom are written into his will, threatening their family name and fortune.” Both shows have already been filmed and were initially planned to debut as part of the 2019-2020 season.
Fox will also be the broadcast home of Bad Boys spinoff LA’s Finest, which follows Syd Burnett (Gabrielle Union), “last seen in Miami taking down a drug cartel, who has seemingly left her complicated past behind to become an LAPD detective. Paired with a new partner, Nancy McKenna (Jessica Alba), a working mom with an equally complex history, Syd is forced to confront how her unapologetic lifestyle may be masking a greater personal secret.” The series previously aired on Spectrum last year. And Fox will offer the broadcast debut of Cosmos: Possible Worlds, the third installment of the science docuseries produced by Seth MacFarlane and hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson, which aired on National Geographic earlier this year.
At midseason, Fox will air drama series 911 and spinoff 911: Lonestar, animated series Duncanville, and reality series Hell’s Kitchen, along with new comedy series Call Me Kat, starring and executive produced by Mayim Bialik, and animated shows The Great North and Housebroken.
Fox shows that have yet to be renewed or cancelled include Prodigal Son, The Resident, Last Man Standing, Outmatched, Almost Family, and Deputy, while Empire already aired its final season.
Here are all the Fox and CW shows coming out in Fall 2020. (All times ET/PT unless otherwise noted.)
New and Returning Shows on Monday Night
8:00 PM LA’s Finest (Fox), Whose Line Is It Anyway? (The CW)
9:00 PM Next (Fox), Penn & Teller: Fool Us (The CW)
New and Returning Shows on Tuesday Night
8:00 PM Cosmos: Possible Worlds (Fox), Swamp Thing (The CW)
9:00 PM Filthy Rich (Fox), Tell Me a Story (The CW)
New and Returning Shows on Wednesday Night
8:00 PM The Masked Singer (Fox), Two Sentence Horror Stories (The CW)
8:30 PM Dead Pixels (The CW)
9:00 PM Masterchef Junior (Fox), Coroner (The CW)
New and Returning Shows on Thursday Night
7:30 PM ET/4:30 PM PT Fox NFL Thursday (Fox)
8 PM ET/5 PM PT GMC Kickoff Show (Fox), Supernatural (The CW)
8:20 PM ET/5:20 PM PT Thursday Night Football (Fox)
9 PM The Outpost (The CW)
New and Returning Shows on Friday Night
8:00 PM WWE’s Friday Night Smackdown (Fox), World’s Funniest Animals (The CW)
9:00 PM Penn & Teller: Fool Us (The CW)
New and Returning Shows on Saturday Night
7:00 PM Fox Sports Saturday (Fox)
New and Returning Shows on Sunday Night
7:00 PM NFL on Fox (Fox)
7:30 PM The OT / Fox Encores (Fox)
8:00 PM The Simpsons (Fox)
8:30 PM Bless the Harts (Fox)
9:00 PM Bob’s Burgers (Fox)
9:30 PM Family Guy (Fox)
Midseason 2020-2021 TV Schedule (January)
8:00 PM All American (The CW)
9:00 PM Black Lightning (The CW)
8:00 PM The Flash (The CW)
9:00 PM Superman & Lois (The CW)
8:00 PM Riverdale (The CW)
9:00 PM Nancy Drew (The CW)
8:00 PM Walker (The CW)
9:00 PM Legacies (The CW)
8:00 PM Penn & Teller: Fool Us (The CW)
9:00 PM Whose Line Is It Anyway? (The CW)
8:00 PM Batwoman (The CW)
9:00 PM Charmed (The CW)
We’ll update this post with more network schedules as they’re announced.