Along with the Labor Day barbecue, start to the school year, and changing foliage, you know summer’s over when broadcast networks—as well as cable networks and streaming services—debut their fall TV season.
This fall, viewers can look forward to a number of new shows, including a handful headlined by established TV stars, but most platforms—particularly the broadcast networks—are choosing not to mess with successful formulas.
“What the broadcast networks have going for them is that they’re still the tradition. A lot of people know to tune into broadcast networks in September and they know they’re going to get new shows and new episodes of their favorite returning shows,” says Mike Schneider, senior editor at Variety.
The networks are relying on dependable hits to stand out amid growing competition. As we reported during the TV upfronts in May, across broadcast networks, cable networks, and streaming services, 487 scripted programs aired in 2017,