CTV had a smash of a season last year with hits like Gotham, The Flash, CSI: Cyber, The Odd Couple and How to Get Away with Murder joining their schedule. They were also lucky enough to have existing hits like Castle, SHIELD and The Big Bang Theory remain strong, too.
However, upon looking at what CTV’s adding to their roster this fall, I really doubt lightning will strike twice. CTV had only four time-slots to fill, and they filled them with new shows that either range from merely unoriginal dribble to damn near carbon copies of what we’ve seen before. Yawn.
Nevertheless, don’t bet against CTV. It’s a ratings powerhouse (for whatever reason), and it would be hard to imagine any of these shows bombing outright. Then again, I said the same thing about Utopia last season, and we all know how that ended up.
|7:30||The Big Bang Theory||The Big Bang Theory|
|8||Gotham||The Flash||Arrow||The Big Bang Theory||The Amazing Race||Comedy Encores||Once Upon a Time|
|9||Blindspot||Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD||Criminal Minds||Saving Hope||Grimm||Blood & Oil|
|10||Castle||CSI: Cyber||Code Black||How to Get Away with Murder||Blue Bloods||Saving Hope||Quantico|
Blindspot — Mondays at 9 p.m.
Remember that show Forever from last season that also aired Mondays at 9 on CTV? It was about a guy named Henry Morgan who repeatedly dies and returns to life naked in a nearby body of water fresh as a daisy.
Well, CTV has picked up another show with a lead that’s naked for no good reason. Instead of getting a naked guy who inexplicably respawns in a nearby body of water, we’re getting a naked woman who inexplicably pops out of a bag in the middle of Times Square. While Henry Morgan on Forever is able to remember everything about his past lives, the main character on Blindspot can’t even remember who she is for whatever reason. That case of amnesia looks like it will be crucial to the show.
Blindspot’s crime procedural tie-in (because nearly every drama on network TV has to be a procedural of some sort) is that the tattoos on Jane Doe are linked to a crime the FBI has to solve. Yeesh. Is this thing even going to make it to season two?
Code Black — Wednesdays at 10 p.m.
This show is essentially the medical drama premiering this season that isn’t Chicago Med. I watched CBS’ promo, and unfortunately, Code Black doesn’t look all that inspired. From what I’ve seen, Code Black looks like every TV medical drama ever made cobbled together with everything that made those shows unique sucked out of them. So, yes, much like CTV’s other new offerings this season we’re looking at a lot of the same here, too.
Here’s hoping there’s much more to Code Black than meets the eye or else I’m afraid that viewers will get bored with it quickly. Both CBS and CTV are very strong networks, and they don’t have much time to wait around for duds to find their way and an audience. So even if Code Black does turn out to be somewhat good, it’s still going to be hard for it to hold its own against CBS/CTV staples like Criminal Minds and The Big Bang Theory and keep a slot on their schedules if the ratings aren’t there.
Quantico — Sundays at 10 p.m.
This ABC FBI Training Academy “thriller” is very, uh, ABC. If you didn’t sleep through the last season, you probably know that ABC has been pushing a lot of shows on the air with casts that aren’t predominately white (Black-ish, Fresh Off the Boat, Cristela, Dr. Ken, How to Get Away with Murder, etc.), and this show falls right in line with that. Actually, it seems like pretty much a clone of How to Get Away with Murder, but without the gruesome murders and the fact that it’s set in Quantico’s FBI Training Academy instead of a university.
Blood & Oil — Sundays at 9 p.m.
I don’t think a damn thing that made it onto CTV’s fall schedule is actually original, and this show is certainly no exception. Blood & Oil is eerily reminiscent of Dallas, and I’m pretty sure that was intentional. But if I wanted Dallas, I’d watch Dallas (or Knots Landing or Dynasty or The Colbys or some other gaudy ‘80s prime-time soap).
While I think Quantico can squeeze by with being a clone of How to Get Away with Murder, because How to Get Away with Murder is still fresh and rather uncharted territory, I think Blood & Oil and Code Black might have a harder time being clones of shows we’ve seen before. That’s because programs like Dallas and Dynasty in Blood & Oil’s case and literally every medical drama I can think of in Code Black’s case have covered so much ground already.