Fall 2014 TV Lineup

Fall is coming. Not that you could tell from this hot and humid Tennessee weather. But I know it’s on its way because I bought mums to put outside my front door. I’ve changed my toenail polish from “coral silk” to “lingering spices.” There are sundresses that I probably won’t wear again until the spring. They’re airing football games now where the score actually matters. I also keep wanting to make soup and chili- that is until I remember it’s eighty-five degrees outside.

The arrival of fall brings changing leaves, cooler temperatures, sweaters, lazy Saturdays, and everything pumpkin. It also ushers in the new season of TV shows. After a summer of Netflixing and watching reruns, I am more than ready for new episodes of Scandal, which always has me glued to the screen, and Parenthood, which always makes me cry. They air in fourteen days. Not that I’m counting. . . And while I look forward to my favorites returning, I’m always intrigued by what’s new.

Late August is when a lot of people start drafting their Fantasy Football teams. I like football but I don’t follow it with much fervor. I if I did attempt to draft a team, I would basically just pick whatever players I thought were cute. Honestly, this is how I decide who to cheer for in any game when my team is neither playing nor affected by the outcome (much to the dismay of my brother, Zack). I may not be good guessing who will rack up fantasy points in a game, but I am pretty good at guessing whether a TV show will make it or not. So when people were drafting their teams, I was doing something a little different. I was organizing my fall TV bets

Two years ago, my dad and I decided to take bets on whether or not we thought a show would get picked up for a second season or not. Last year I posted how we do this here. The basic gist is we watch the trailers for the new shows and try to decide if we think the show will get a second season. Then, we watch the pilot and get a second chance to make our bet. Sometimes the trailer is a great reflection of the show and other times you need the second take. We try to base our decision solely on gut reaction and not what critics are saying. Finally, we wait and see what makes it and what doesn’t. Some shows are quickly canned after only a few episodes and others we have to wait until sweeps to find out how they fair. Whether we guessed the shows correctly or they cancel the one show we really liked (Studio 60 we still haven’t gotten over your premature execution), we have a lot of fun doing it.

Last year I predicted the outcomes after watching the pilots with 84% accuracy and won.

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I highly doubt I’ll better this score, but I’m up for the challenge. Although, having watched the trailers for the new shows, I think this year will be hard to call.

So, if you’d like to place your own bets here’s how we do it:

Watch the extended tailors of the new broadcast network TV shows. I’ve compiled a them all on this playlist for your viewing pleasure:

Place your bets. You can use this pdf if you want: Fall 2014 TV Bets.

We usually like to know what airs against what because while there’s a lot more options now and you don’t have to watch a show when it airs, knowing its time-slot can be very helpful. TV Guide is my go to place for the Day-By-Day Schedule.  You can also find out when your favorites from last year air using their Premiere Calendar.

I definitely do not have millions of dollars to give away like they do for the winner of Fantasy Football, but if you’d like to play along, feel free to send me your picks. You can at least win bragging rights.

Fall 2013 TV Lineup

Fall 2013 Shows

Time Slot

Network

Premieres

Betrayal

Sunday 9:00

ABC

September 29

We Are Men

Monday 7:30

CBS

September 30

Sleepy Hollow

Monday 8:00

FOX

September 16

Mom

Monday 8:30

CBS

September 23

Hostages

Monday 9:00

CBS

September 23

Blacklist

Monday 9:00

NBC

September 23

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Tuesday 7:00

ABC

September 24

The Originals

Tuesday 7:00

CW

October 3

Dads

Tuesday 7:00

FOX

September 17

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Tuesday 7:30

FOX

September 17

The Goldbergs

Tuesday 8:00

ABC

September 24

Trophy Wife

Tuesday 8:30

ABC

September 24

Lucky 7

Tuesday 9:00

ABC

September 24

Back in the Game

Wednesday 7:30

ABC

September 25

The Tomorrow People

Wednesday 8:00

CW

October 9

Super Fun Night

Wednesday 8:30

ABC

October 2

Ironside

Wednesday 9:00

NBC

October 2

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland

Thursday 7:00

ABC

October 10

The Millers

Thursday 7:30

CBS

September 26

Welcome to the Family

Thursday 7:30

NBC

October 3

The Crazy Ones

Thursday 8:00

CBS

September 26

Reign

Thursday 8:00

CW

October 17

Sean Saves the World

Thursday 8:00

NBC

October 3

The Michael J. Fox Show

Thursday 8:30

NBC

September 26

Dracula

Friday 9:00

NBC

October 25

Two summers ago I found myself lamenting that there was nothing on TV. You know when you get to that place where there’s not a game you want to watch, everything’s in reruns or a “reality” show/competition? So, I looked up all the new shows that would be on that fall.

My dad and I have always liked guessing whether or not we think a show will make it. I decided we should make it official and take bets. I gathered all the trailers for the Fall 2011 shows. We watched each preview and then tried to decide whether or not the show would get picked up for a second season. We weren’t allowed to research what critics were saying, this round was all about gut reaction. Then, we’d watch the pilot and get a second chance to decide if it’d be renewed- again, no researching. It’s like March Madness for TV (only I’m much better at picking shows than I am a basketball teams).

Surprisingly we were fairly accurate. Naturally we don’t include reality shows, that’s too complicated. And there are always curve balls. Who’d have thought a show like Two Broke Girls or The Neighbors would get picked up for a second season? Certainly not us.

The CW is also incredibly hard to gauge. I’m still not over the fact that they cancelled Emily Owens, M.D. I think the writers hacked into my brain at times because her thoughts were so very much my own. Like this one:

“The thing about being an adult that no one tells you growing up is that you don’t feel like an adult. All your stupid insecurities and anxieties are still there, only you feel more stupid and insecure about being stupid and insecure because you’re not supposed be stupid and insecure anymore. You’re supposed to have the answers. You’re supposed to know. But we don’t always know. And those answers? They’re not always easy to come by. Well you know what? I’m done feeling stupid and insecure about feeling stupid and insecure. The truth is, I think part of being an adult is that you stop waiting for yourself to change and you start to accept who you are.”

No matter the outcome, be it it gratitude for a renewal or outrage at a cancellation, we’ve always had fun. So, this year, I’m sharing the fun. I’ve organized everything you need to start a competition with your family, friends, or coworkers. If you’re friends with me, feel free to send me your picks. I’ve already made mine!

Here is a PDF of the document* I use to determine what’s on when and keep track of who bets what: Fall 2013 TV

This is a youtube playlist including all trailers for the new shows coming to a television set near you:

And finally, if you, like my dad need to see what a particular show is up against to determine your pick here is a great link from TV Guide: http://www.tvguide.com/special/fall-preview/fall-schedule.aspx?wcid=14

To the winner goes the bragging rights!

*Note this does not include reality or cable shows and is also for the start of the fall season -not the mid-season mix up.