Upfronts week is over, which means all the networks have announced their fall TV schedules. No one knows how long the new pilots will last—two episodes? nine years?—but there are definitely some trends afoot. Here are the numbers for next season!
2… New political dramas headlined by women.
Thanks to the success of Scandal, you’ve got State of Affairs starring Katherine Heigl, and Tea Leoni in Madam Secretary.
3… New shows starring Oscar nominees.
Roll out of the red carpet for Octavia Spencer, Viola Davis, and Gabourey Sidibe.
3… Number of shows on air next fall that were created by Shonda Rhimes.
Shondaland will air Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and her new pilot How to Get Away with Murder. Intrigue! Terrorist attacks! And loads of sex.
3… New spin-offs.
That’s it! That’s not too bad! Right?
3… Spin-offs that didn’t make it.
Sorry to How I Met Your Dad, but you will not be torturing viewers for nine years and then giving a finale that makes everyone mad.
4… New romantic-comedy shows.
It’s tough to imagine where these shows can go, narratively, since the couples are already together in the pilot episodes.
5… Big shows that are ending in the next year.
Get ready to say good bye to Two and a Half Men, Parks and Rec, Glee, Mad Men, and Cougar Town.
5… New shows based on comic-book characters.
No, that trend is never ending. And that’s just the new shows, never mind the ones already on the air (like Agents of SHIELD).
5… Shows about government agencies.
Thanks to the success of Homeland, Scandal, and House of Cards, the schedule is chock full of CIA-ish shows.
6… New shows with a non-white lead character.
It’s the most diverse TV season in memory, with shows about black, Latino, and Asian characters.
8… New shows adapted from foreign versions of series.
Homeland is based on an Israeli show, so it’s no surprise that the schedule is full of telenovelas and other adaptations.
Which shows are you the most excited to watch next year? Do you like these trends? Are you sick of any of them? Tell us in the comments below or tweet us @OKMagazine.