What To Watch: Global (Winter 2015)

Global (screenshot via Global GO)

Global (screenshot via Global GO)

Global’s schedule is quite a mess. I’m not sure if anyone really knows what they’re airing and when.

Part of the problem is that Global has a lot of shows that air against each other on American networks. That means the network has to choose one to simulcast and find a home for the others somewhere else. For example, on Sunday nights, Global typically chooses to simulcast Mulaney, Madam Secretary and The Good Wife, while airing Bob’s Burgers, The Simpsons and Family Guy out of simulcast.

Also, The Celebrity Apprentice, a show NBC typically airs on Mondays, pops up randomly on Global’s schedule. The network lists the show as airing at 8 p.m. on January 8, 10 and 12.

Global has a habit of putting something called Border Security in random places on the schedule as well. It took Mulaney’s time-slot on January 4, and the network’s schedule lists it as taking Bob’s Burgers’ time-slot on January 18 and Survivor’s time-slot on January 14.

If that wasn’t bad enough, Global sometimes pulls switcheroos. On Sundays, you might expect to see Mulaney, Bob’s Burgers, Madam Secretary, The Good Wife, The Simpsons and Family Guy in that order (as I have below), but Global’s schedule says that it will air Mulaney, Border Security, The Simpsons, another episode of The Simpsons, Family Guy, Bob’s Burgers and the pilot of State of Affairs on Sunday, January 18 instead.

Thankfully, there aren’t many new mid-season shows to make Global’s schedule even more of a mess than it already is. I’ve only come across one: Battle Creek. The detective drama from Vince Gilligan and David Shore is set to bow all the way in March.

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
7 p.m. Entertainment Tonight TBD Mulaney
7:30 p.m. Entertainment Tonight Canada Bob’s Burgers (January 4)
8 p.m. State of Affairs (January 5)/The Night Shift (February 23) NCIS (January 6) Survivor (February 25) Celebrity Apprentice (January 8) About A Boy (January 9) TBD Madam Secretary (January 4)
8:30 p.m. Marry Me (January 9)
9 p.m. Sleepy Hollow (January 5) NCIS: New Orleans (January 6) Chicago PD The Blacklist (February 5) Hawaii Five-0 (January 2) The Good Wife (January 4)
10 p.m. NCIS: Los Angeles (January 5) Chicago Fire (January 6) Stalker (January 14) Elementary (January 8) Constantine (January 16) Parenthood (January 10) The Simpsons (January 4)/Battle Creek (March 1)
10:30 p.m. Family Guy (January 4)/Battle Creek (March 1)

Note: New series are in bold

New Series:

Battle Creek (Sunday 10 p.m.)

There isn’t much on the web about Battle Creek, and from this clip it looks like just your ordinary cop show, unfortunately.