Squeezed by competitors from streaming companies (together with those owned by their mum or dad firms), the main broadcasters unveiled revised fall lineups this week largely constructed around the notion that sticking with the schedule you realize is safer than attempting an entire bunch of unproven sequence.

So after some high-profile cancellations, the networks will add comparatively few new packages in the fall, and in lots of situations will make what’s old new once more, counting on spinoffs and reboots with built-in title identification. As for genres, sitcoms have misplaced floor to drama and actuality exhibits, with CBS and ABC every dropping hours of comedy.

The clear embodiment of the comfort-food technique unveiled throughout this week’s upfront displays, designed to save billions of {dollars} in promoting commitments for the coming season, may be seen on CBS and NBC: The former will proceed to air three “FBI” exhibits on Tuesday, whereas NBC counters with a trio of “Chicago”-branded exhibits Wednesdays and “Law & Order” sequence Thursdays.

All 9 of this sequence, by the way, come from producer Dick Wolf, accounting for practically 200 hours of primetime programming.

'The Rookie: Feds' stars Niecy Nash-Betts in the ABC spinoff scheduled for the fall.

The pattern prolonged past these networks to ABC, which touted a fall lineup of “unprecedented stability” with simply three newcomers — “new,” in this case, the label is utilized to “Celebrity Jeopardy!” and a derivative of its cop drama “The Rookie.”

In one other signal of the instances, NBC seems to be decided to get together like its 1989, with a pair of its new exhibits constructed round titles from that period: “Night Court,” with Melissa Rauch (“The Big Bang Theory”) as the daughter of the Harry Anderson character and John Larroquette reprising his position; and “Quantum Leap,” that includes Raymond Lee as a time traveller constructing off the work of the authentic character performed by Scott Bakula.
CBS reaches again even additional, bringing “The Love Boat” out of the dry dock, solely right here as an actuality present, “The Real Love Boat,” on an all-reality Wednesday with “Survivor” and “The Amazing Race.” The community’s drama orders additionally embody a midseason sequence primarily based on the Arnold Schwarzenegger film “True Lies.”
Expanding to seven nights, the CW was additionally bitten by the spinoff bug, including a prequel to its since-departed drama “Supernatural,” “The Winchesters,” about the brothers’ mother and father; and reaching farther again with “Walker: Independence,” a western set in the 1800s (like the “Yellowstone” spinoff “1883”) positioned as a prequel to “Walker” — that sequence, of course, already being a reboot.

The networks’ collective play-it-safe strategy prompted their comedy stars to mock them throughout their displays, with an “SNL” spoof at NBCUniversal’s upfront joking about the community’s subsequent spinoff being “Chicago H.R.,” “a two-hour Zoom about respect in the office.”

Similarly, ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel stated of NBC’s addition of “Quantum Leap” and “Night Court” revivals, “That is not a fall schedule. Those are the tapes you discover in your useless uncle’s VCR.”

As the Hollywood Reporter is famous for crunching the numbers, the networks are following a sample that has entailed including fewer exhibits lately, recognizing the challenges of a TV panorama full of streaming choices.

Admittedly, “more of the same” is not the most fun gross sales pitch, and the networks’ lineups aren’t doing a lot to shake their dinosaur pictures, whereas streaming and premium channels gobble up a lot of the media oxygen.

For now, although, the networks seem content material to play the tortoise to these hares, plodding alongside as they hope that sluggish and regular will maintain them in the scores race.

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