Monday, September 11th, 2017 Update: The ABC, CBS, and NBC fall preview specials can all be viewed online. See below for details.
Sunday, August 27th, 2017 Update: Both NBC and FOX appear to have produced half-hour fall preview specials this season. So far, national network broadcasts are not scheduled, suggesting these are for affiliate use only. See below for details.
The 2017-2018 starts in just over a month, which means it’s time for fall preview specials. The networks want viewers to know about their new and returning fall fare. But fall preview specials seem to have fallen out of favor this season. So far, I only have information on ABC and CBS fall preview specials. Both will air nationally.
Although I’ve yet to find any information about an NBC fall preview special, I do see previews or sneak peeks of four returning shows (Superstore, The Good Place, Chicago Fire, and This Is Us) airing on my local NBC affiliate at 1AM on Saturday, August 25th. Check your local listings to see if similiar previews are airing in your area.
For the record, ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX all released fall preview specials last season. However, only the ABC and CBS specials were network specials; NBC and FOX offered specials to affiliates, online, and On Demand. The CW sat out the 2016-2017 season and will likely sit this year out as well.
ABC – “The ABC Fall Preview Special”
I haven’t found an official press release for this half-hour special. Cedric Yarbrough of Speechless and Diedrich Bader of American Housewife co-host. It airs nationally on ABC on Sunday, September 3rd from 7-7:30PM ET. Be sure to check local listings to see if it’s also airing on your local ABC affiliate. If you have cable, you may be able to watch it On Demand as well.
CBS – “CBS Fall Preview”
CBS will air this half-hour special on Monday, September 4th from 8:30-9PM ET. It will also air on CBS All Access and be available On Demand, online, and on cable channels through the middle of October. The stars of six new CBS shows will co-host the special: Ian Armitage of Young Sheldon, David Boreanaz of Seal Team, Mark Feuerstein of 9JKL, Shemar Moore of S.W.A.T. Bobby Moynihan of Me, Myself & I, and Jeremy Piven of Widsom of the Crowd). A full press release can be found here.
Update: You can watch “CBS Fall Preview” at CBS.com.
NBC – “NBC Primetime Preview”
I know nothing about this half-hour special. It is scheduled to air on cable channel Oxygen (owned by NBCUniversal Cable) from 7:30-8AM ET on Monday, September 4th.
Update: The cast of NBC sitcom Great News host this half-hour special–in character. It is not scheduled to air nationally on NBC but is airing locally on NBC affiliates and on NBCUniversal cable properties. A full press release can be found here.
You can watch the “NBC Primetime Preview” at NBC.com.
FOX – “FOX Fall Preview Special”
I don’t know anything about this special, either. It’s also a half-hour in length and seems to have started airing on certain FOX affiliates the weekend of August 26th/27th.
As always, be sure to check your local listings. Hit the comments if you see any other fall preview specials airing. I used to record as many specials as possible using a standalone DVR (and then burn them to DVD) but these days my over-the-air reception isn’t great. It’s the price I pay for relying so heavily on my Comcast DVR: recording and making copies of a TV show isn’t an easy task.