So, we’ve finally made it to the fall, and now we’ve got a bunch of shiny new TV shows to look forward to. However, if you take a close look at the networks’ schedules and what we know about the new shows, you might notice that we’re barely getting anything that’s truly new and original.
CBC is giving us what is essentially a clone of Showtime’s The Big C, a Canadianized version of BBC Two’s Keeping Britain Alive and a sitcom import from the UK’s Channel 4.
Global has the revival of Heroes and two TV shows based on movies — Limitless and Minority Report.
City is bringing The Muppets back to TV, a show that looks like an odd mishmash of Modern Family, Better with You and Arrested Development and another series that looks like a weird blend of How to Get Away with Murder, Glee and American Horror Story.
CTV has another show that looks like How to Get Away with Murder called Quantico, a clone of Dallas called Blood and Oil and a medical drama so generic that I’m not even sure it’s worth mentioning because you’ll probably forget it in a minute or two anyway.
Outside of snagging Sleepy Hollow from Global, CTV Two has only added one new show to their schedule. And that show, Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris, is based on ITV’s Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.
Heck, if you thought all those remakes and knockoffs were bad, CBC and City are trying to pass off old shows as new shows. CBC is airing Young Drunk Punk, which premiered on City last season, and City is airing what I could only assume to be reruns of CBC’s Mr. D.
Not that it should surprise anyone, but the new shows on network TV this fall aren’t really that new. To be fair, however, some of cable TV’s buzziest shows, like Fear the Walking Dead, Last Week Tonight and The Nightly Show, look a lot like what we’ve seen before.
Anyway, unoriginality aside, check out what the networks have to offer below. I’ve pieced together the schedules for CBC, CTV, CTV Two and Global and gathered some trailers and first impressions for their “new” series.
I’ve noticed some inconsistent information out there and that some shows have already been shuffled around on the networks’ schedules. I’ll try to keep up with the changes and update what I have accordingly.
Well, here’s to the new TV season and hoping that the best new shows make it out alive!
Logo Credits: CBC (logo via CBC), City (logo via Wikimedia), CTV (logo via CTV.ca), CTV Two (logo via accesstv.ca) and Global (screenshot via YouTube)
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