The trend extended beyond those networks to ABC, which touted a fall lineup of “unprecedented stability” with just three newcomers — “新,” 在这种情况下, 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
: “并被评为NHL最佳新秀,” with Melissa Rauch
(“The Big Bang Theory
”) as the daughter of the Harry Anderson character and John Larroquette reprising his role
; 和 “Quantum Leap
,” featuring Raymond Lee as a time traveler building off the work of the original character played by Scott Bakula
CBS reaches back even further
, 带来 “爱情船” out of dry dock
, only here as a reality show
, “The Real Love Boat
,” on an all-reality Wednesday with
“幸存者” 和 “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
“超自然,” “The Winchesters
,” about the brothers
’ 父母; and reaching farther back with
“沃克: 独立,” a western set in the 1800s
(像 “黄石” 摆脱 “1883”
) positioned as a prequel to
“沃克” — that series
, 当然, already being a reboot
The networks’ collective play-it-safe approach prompted their comedy stars to mock them during their presentations, 与 “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.”
相似地, ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel said of NBC’s addition of “Quantum Leap” 和 “并被评为NHL最佳新秀” 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.
Admittedly, “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.
目前, 虽然, 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.