The upfronts are done and the major networks have informed everyone about their plans for the upcoming 2014-15 fall TV season, including news of their cancellations, renewals and new show orders. If you look closely, you will see that there are 25 new shows in the schedule below.
If you’re wondering about the new shows, I’ve included descriptions after the schedule.
This list is pertinent to the front part of the 2014-2015 season. If there are shows you know were renewed or ordered, but you don’t see them here, that’s because they’ll be showing up in the latter half of the season.
I do have lists of what’s been renewed and cancelled over on Cinema Static… See those links below this content.
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Dancing With the Stars (ABC)
Jane the Virgin (The CW)
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)
Sleepy Hollow (FOX)
State of Affairs (begins Nov. 17) (NBC)
The Big Bang Theory/2 Broke Girls (CBS)
The Blacklist (NBC)
The Originals (The CW)
The Voice (NBC)
About a Boy (NBC)
Chicago Fire (NBC)
Manhattan Love Story (ABC)
Marry Me (NBC)
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC)
NCIS: New Orleans (CBS)
New Girl (FOX)
Person of Interest (CBS)
Supernatural (The CW)
The Flash (The CW)
The Mindy Project (FOX)
The Voice (NBC)
Arrow (The CW)
Chicago P.D. (NBC)
Criminal Minds (CBS)
Hell’s Kitchen (FOX)
Law & Order: SVU (NBC)
Modern Family (ABC)
Red Band Society (FOX)
The 100 (The CW)
The Goldbergs (ABC)
The Middle (ABC)
The Mysteries of Laura (NBC)
A to Z (NBC)
Bad Judge (NBC)
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
How to Get Away with Murder (ABC)
NFL Thursday Night Football (CBS)
Parenthood (NBC) <- FINAL SEASON
Reign (The CW)
The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
The Biggest Loser (NBC)
The Blacklist (beginning Feb. 5) (NBC)
The McCarthys (CBS)
The Millers (CBS)
The Vampire Diaries (The CW)
Two and A Half Men (CBS) <- FINAL SEASON
America’s Next Top Model (The CW)
Blue Bloods (CBS)
Dateline NBC (Do I need to indicate the network on this one?)
Hawaii 5-0 (CBS)
Last Man Standing (ABC)
Masterchef Junior (FOX)
Shark Tank (ABC)
The Amazing Race (CBS)
Whose Line Is It Anyway? (The CW)
ABC Saturday Night Football
CBS Crimetime Saturday
Fox Sports Saturday
NBC Encore programming
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX)
CSI: Cyber (CBS)
Family Guy (FOX)
Madam Secretary (CBS)
NBC Sunday Night Football (8:20-11:30 p.m.)
Once Upon a Time (ABC)
The Good Wife (CBS)
The Simpsons (FOX)
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2014-15 New Show Descriptions
Starring: Elyes Gabel, Robert Patrick, Katharine McPhee
Inspired by the true story of an eccentric genius and his team of misfits working to protect the U.S. from high-tech threats
State of Affairs
Starring: Katherine Heigl, Alfre Woodard
CIA analyst Charleston Tucker assembles the President’s Daily Briefing (PDB) while trying to get to the bottom of her fiancé’s murder.
(If Heigl can make me become a fan of hers again, I’d be impressed. I gave up on her when she threw that snit some years back about about money, awards, etc.. -Bruce)
Starring:Ben McKenzie, Jada Pinkett Smith, Robin Lord Taylor, Erin Richards, Sean Pertwee
Before there was Batman, there was GOTHAM. Everyone knows the name Commissioner Gordon. But what is known of Gordon’s story and his rise from rookie detective to Police Commissioner?
(Despite being a comic fan, I have zero draw to the pre-teen prequel, Gotham. Yes, it’s about the characters as they were kids. I just am not feeling it. But since I’m a genre fan, I may check it out. But no promises. -Bruce)
Jane the Virgin
Starring: Gina Rodriguez, Justin Baldoni, Brett Dier
Jane Villanueva (Rodriguez) is a driven young woman when suddenly all of Jane’s life plans are turned upside down when she sees her doctor for a routine check-up and is accidentally artificially inseminated with a specimen meant for the patient in the next room.
(It’s called huge lawsuit, living happily ever after. Should be a short series. Right? -Bruce)
Starring: Karen Gillan, John Cho
Loosely based on “My Fair Lady,” “Selfie” explores the modern struggles of Eliza and Henry, as he tries to teach her how to live life offline—whether she ‘likes’ it or not.
Manhattan Love Story
Starring: Analeigh Tipton, Jake McDorman
This romantic comedy exposes the differences between men and women through the unfiltered thoughts, and often contradictory actions, of a new couple who have just begun dating.
Starring: Ioan Gruffudd, Alana De La Garza
Doctor Henry Morgan (Ioan Gruffudd), New York City’s star medical examiner, has a secret. He doesn’t just study the dead to solve criminal cases, he does it to solve the mystery that has eluded him for 200 years—the answer to his own inexplicable immortality.
(Hmm, this tag-line has caught my curiosity. -Bruce)
NCIS: New Orleans
Starring: Scott Bakula, Lucas Black, Zoe McLellan
A drama about the local field office that investigates criminal cases affecting military personnel in the Big Easy, a city known for its music, entertainment and decadence. Leading the team is Special Agent Dwayne Pride (Bakula), a native of NOLA who is driven by his need to do what is right.
(And here’s another try and another spin-off! But could Bakula pull off a Gibbs-like persona? -Bruce)
Starring: Casey Wilson, Ken Marino
The only thing we know for sure is these two are destined to be together whether they can get it together or not.
(Ah, the sexual tension is in the show description. Most excellent -Bruce)
Based on the hit Dutch television series, fifteen pioneering Americans move to an isolated, undeveloped location — for an entire year — where they are challenged to create their own civilization from scratch.
Starring: Grant Gustin
After a freak accident with a cutting edge particle accelerator, Barry Allen (Gustin) awakens to find the accident has given him the power of super speed and becomes The Flash.
Starring: Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Yara Shahidi, Marcus Scribner, Miles Brown, Marsai Martin, Laurence Fishburne
Andre ‘Dre’ Johnson (Anthony Anderson) has a great job, a beautiful wife, Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross), four kids, and a colonial home in the ‘burbs. But has success brought too much assimilation for this black family? With a little help from his dad (Laurence Fishburne), Dre sets out to establish a sense of cultural identity for his family that honors their past while embracing the future.
Starring: Maggie Q, Dylan McDermott
A psychological thriller about detectives who investigate stalking incidents — including voyeurism, cyber harassment and romantic fixation — for the Threat Assessment Unit of the LAPD.
The Mysteries of Laura
Starring: Debra Messing, Josh Lucas
A NYPD homicide detective balances her Columbo day job with a crazy family life that includes two unruly twin boys and a soon-to-be ex-husband
Red Band Society
Starring: Octavia Spencer, Dave Annable, Charlie Rowe, Zoe Levin
What if a hospital was the place where you fell in love for the first time and made friendships that lasted a lifetime? And what if it was all weirdly hilarious and the most fun you ever had in your entire life?
(Now where have we seen thie premise before? Think back many several years! -Bruce)
How to Get Away with Murder
Starring: Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch, Jack Falahee, Katie Findlay, Aja Naomi King, Matt McGorry, Karla Souza, Charlie Weber, Liza Weil
They are calling this a masterful, sexy, suspense-driven legal thriller from Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers.
Starring: Tyler Ritter, Laurie Metcalf, Jack McGee
A comedy about a loud, sports-crazed Boston family whose somewhat athletically challenged son, Ronny (Ritter), is chosen by his father to be his assistant high school basketball coach, much to the surprise of his more qualified siblings.
Starring: Kate Walsh
Wild child Rebecca Wright knows how to have a good time, but she also happens to be one of L.A.’s toughest and most respected criminal court judges.
(Oh brother! But for older folk, she’s HOT enough to pull it off. -Bruce)
A to Z
Starring: Ben Feldman, Cristin Milioti
This is the A-to-Z story of Andrew and Zelda — a pair that almost wasn’t — and all that happened from the day they met.
Starring: David Tennant, Anna Gunn, Josh Hamilton
When a young boy is found dead on an idyllic beach, a major police investigation gets underway in the small California seaside town where the tragedy occurred.
(Sounds like The Killing, but maybe, done better? -Bruce)
Starring: Cristela Alonzo, Carlos Ponce, Terri Hoyos, Andrew Leeds, Sam McMurray
Cristela (Cristela Alonzo) is finally on the brink of landing her first big (unpaid) internship at a prestigious law firm. The only problem is that her pursuit of success is more ambitious than her traditional Mexican-American family thinks is appropriate.
Starring: Matt Ryan, Lucy Griffiths
Based on the DC Comics series Hellblazer, (Yes, like the movie of the same name) seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult John Constantine specializes in giving hell… hell.
(The movie can be fun, in the right moment when it comes on TV. Not to mention we get to see a young Shia LaBeouf. I’ll be checking this new show out, out of curiosity, and who knows! -Bruce)
Based on the hit Dutch television series, fifteen pioneering Americans move to an isolated, undeveloped location — for an entire year — where they are challenged to create their own civilization from scratch. (And it’s on twice a week!)
Starring: Téa Leoni, Bebe Neuwirth, Geoffrey Arend, Patina Miller
Elizabeth McCord (Leoni) is the newly appointed Secretary of State who drives international diplomacy, battles office politics and circumvents protocol as she negotiates global and domestic issues, both at the White House and at home.
Starring: Patricia Arquette
Inspired by the advanced technological work of real-life CyberPsychologist Mary Aiken. Special Agent Avery Ryan (Arquette) heads the Cyber Crime Division of the FBI.
Starring: John Mulaney, Martin Short, Nasim Pedrad, Elliott Gould
Comedy about a rising stand-up comic trying to take his career to the next level.