The trend extended beyond those networks to ABC, which touted a fall lineup of “unprecedented stability” with just three newcomers — “nuevo,” en este caso, the label being applied to “Celebrity Jeopardy!” and a spinoff of its cop drama “The Rookie.”
In another sign of the times
, NBC looks determined to party like its
1989, with a pair of its new shows built around titles from that era
: “Corte nocturna,” with Melissa Rauch
(“La teoría del Big Bang”) as the daughter of the Harry Anderson character and John Larroquette reprising his role
; y “Salto cuántico,” featuring Raymond Lee as a time traveler building off the work of the original character played by Scott Bakula
CBS reaches back even further
, bringing “El barco del amor” out of dry dock
, only here as a reality show
, “The Real Love Boat
,” on an all-reality Wednesday with
” y “The Amazing Race.
” The network’s drama orders also include a midseason series based on the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie
Expanding to seven nights
, the CW was also bitten by the spinoff bug
, adding a prequel to its since-departed drama
,” “The Winchesters
,” about the brothers
’ padres; and reaching farther back with
“Caminante: Independencia,” a western set in the 1800s
“El jugador estrella de segundo año podría convertirse en el primer mariscal de campo en ganar el ..” spinoff “1883”
) positioned as a prequel to
“Caminante” — that series
, por supuesto, already being a reboot
The networks’ collective play-it-safe approach prompted their comedy stars to mock them during their presentations, con un “SNL” spoof at NBCUniversal’s upfront joking about the network’s next spinoff being “Chicago H.R.,” “a two-hour Zoom about respect in the workplace.”
similar, ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel said of NBC’s addition of “Salto cuántico” y “Corte nocturna” revivals, “That isn’t a fall schedule. Those are the tapes you find in your dead uncle’s VCR.”
As the Hollywood Reporter noted in crunching the numbers, the networks are following a pattern that has entailed adding fewer shows in recent years, recognizing the challenges of a TV landscape filled with streaming options.
Cierto es que, “more of the same” isn’t the most exciting sales pitch, and the networks’ lineups aren’t doing much to shake their dinosaur images, while streaming and premium channels gobble up much of the media oxygen.
Por ahora, aunque, the networks appear content to play the tortoise to those hares, plodding along as they hope that slow and steady will keep them in the ratings race.