Sunday night has big changes for FOX as they break up their animated lineup with live action sitcoms for the first time in years. CBS is also making changes, bringing a new high profile drama and a transplanted veteran to the night. ABC and NBC have more of the same.
Past Sunday Previews: 2013 2012 2011 2010
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos (25th season)
8:00 Once Upon a Time (4th season)
9:00 Resurrection (2nd season)
10:00 Revenge (4th season)
7:00 60 Minutes (47th season)
8:00 MADAM SECRETARY
9:00 The Good Wife (6th season)
10:00 CSI (15th season)
7:00 Football Night in America (9th season)
8:30 Sunday Night Football
7:00 NFL Overrun/The OT/Animated Encores
7:30 Bob's Burgers (5th season)
8:00 The Simpsons (26th season)
8:30 Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2nd season)
9:00 Family Guy (13th season)
FOX has had some type of animated lineup for several years, but they will now bring live action sitcoms to the night for the first time since 2009-10. Bob's Burgers will sometimes air in the 7pm hour, but not when there's a late NFL game. It basically seems like FOX has stopped caring about this show. The Simpsons and Family Guy continue to be the 8pm and 9pm anchors, but the :30 slots are now new sitcoms. FOX is betting big that critical darling Brooklyn Nine-Nine can become a big player as they are sandwiching it between their two animated hits that do well during football season. Either it's going to grow or it's not going to have the same audience and be a glaring weakness like Arrested Development was. I think the nature of the show gives it a better chance to appeal to the Simpsons crowd. At 9:30pm is the new sitcom Mulaney. Branded as a modern day Seinfeld, the multi-camera sitcom hasn't gotten great reviews but has a chance to appeal to the male-skewing Family Guy. However, it also seems like it may just be too bland and Family Guy fans will switch over to football at 9:30pm.
New Friday Show Survival Chances
Madam Secretary (CBS) - Fair. If it can have the acclaim of The Good Wife, it stands a chance even if its old-skewing (which it most certainly will be). But early reviews are not as strong and if the quality isn't there, this show doesn't stand a chance.
Mulaney (FOX) - Poor. I just don't see a bland sitcom being able to hold enough of the Family Guy audience. If FOX really wanted this one to have a chance, they would have put it on at the 8:30pm slot instead.