When Will We Get This Fall’s Full TV Schedule? (Hint: Not This Week, as Previously Planned)

Tim Baysinger

Normally, this would be the week that the press and advertisers alike would be treated to the unveiling of the broadcast network’s fall TV lineup. But this is not a normal year. The coronavirus pandemic has caused netowrks to scrap the annual four-day ad sales pitch known as the TV Upfronts, where executives try to sell the majority of their ad time for the coming year. But not only as the global health crisis made large in-person gatherings impossible, it effectively shut down production, and pilot season with it. That’s made building out a fall lineup a much more delicate process, with many networks deciding to delay finalizing plnas until they can better understand when production might be able to safely resume. But some networks are going forward anyway in an effort to calm advertisers’ nerves. Also Read: TV Upfronts in the Coronavirus Era: Industry Braces for a Sluggish Ad Market Fox, as it has done every year, put out its fall lineup on the Monday morning of Upfront Week. The broadcaster filled its schedule with two shows — “Filthy Rich” and “Next” — that were initially earmarked for this season. Those two are already shot and completed. Animated series...

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