As many TV shows come to a close, networks shift their focus to fall. Will your favorite show stay to entertain another year, or was this season’s finale its last? And what new shows did the networks pick up in the hopes that they will become your next favorites?
The answers to these questions are near: Next week, it’s upfront week, when networks unveil their 2012-13 line-ups. As far as the major networks, on Monday, Fox and NBC will announce their schedules; on Tuesday, it’s ABC; Wednesday, CBS; and on Thursday, The CW. (Many other networks will be unveiling their schedules, too, but these are the biggest.)
Not all news must wait until next week, of course. So here’s a quick recap of some things we found out this week:
Fox canceled “Bones” spinoff “The Finder” and “Alcatraz” and renewed the Kiefer Sutherland drama “Touch.” Networks love crime and doctors, and Fox is no exception. Three of its five new shows feature one or the other, with one combining both genres. That would be new drama “Mob Doctor.” Also picked up: Drama “The Following” with Kevin Bacon as a former FBI agent pursuing a killer, and three comedies (“Ben & Kate”, “Goodwin Games” and “It’s Messy,” with Mindy Kaling from “The Office” as, you guessed it, a doctor.)
NBC melds the doctor show with another favorite: firefighters. Dick Wolf’s “Chicago Fire” takes place in a firehouse ER. Other new shows: White House comedy “1600 Penn,” “Animal Practice” (a veterinarian comedy), “Go On” (starring Matthew Perry as a sportscaster in group therapy), “Save Me” (with Anne Heche), thriller “Revolution” (by J.J. Abrams and Eric Kripke) and “The New Normal” (A Ryan Murphy comedy about a gay couple and their surrogate). This week, the network also renewed “Law and Order: SVU.”
The future of ABC’s Courtney Cox-helmed comedy “Cougar Town” also has been decided: It will be leaving the network… but fans needn’t worry (at least for now). TBS will be picking up the show.