The official start of the 2015-2016 television season is still over a month away (it kicks off on Monday, September 21st) but it is never too early to start talking about network fall preview specials. As was the case last year, it looks like this year only CBS plans to air its 2015 special nationally while ABC and NBC will be offering affiliate specials. PBS also has a special this year previewing some of its fall programming.
I’ve yet to come across any information about a 2015 fall preview specials for The CW.
As always, check your local listings.
ABC: “The ABC Primetime Preview”
Ken Jeong, star of the new ABC sitcom Dr. Ken, will host this half-hour affiliate special. From the listings I’ve looked at, the special will start airing the weekend of August 22nd/23rd. Update: You can watch “The ABC Primetime Preview” at ABC’s website or at Hulu. Update 2: ABC will air the special nationally on Friday, September 18th from 8:30-9PM.
CBS: “CBS Fall Preview Show”
CBS will air its half-hour special nationally on Monday, September 7th at 8:30PM. Hosted by Jane Lynch (who stars in the network’s new sitcom Angel from Hell), the special will also be made available via a number of online and on demand platforms through September 30th. Here‘s the full press release. Update: The special can be viewed online.
NBC: “2015 NBC Primetime Preview Show”The cast of NBC’s sitcom Undateable will host this half-hour affiliate special. It will start airing NBC stations on Saturday, August 22nd as well as on select NBCUniversal cable channels. It will also be available online and on demand. NBC plans to keep the special available through October 4th. More information can be found here. Update: NBC also released a 60-minute version of this special, with the same previews but longer segments with the cast of Undateable.
FOX: Special Previews
FOX did not air a traditional fall preview special this year. Instead, it broadcast five-minute previews of its five new fall shows on two occasions. The first set of previews aired nationally on Saturday, August 15th, 2015 from 11:30PM-12AM ET. The second set aired nationally on Saturday, September 5th, 2015 from 11:30PM-12AM ET. Each preview consisted of behind-the-scenes interviews followed by a lengthy promotional trailer.
PBS: “PBS Previews — Best of the Fall”
I believe this half-hour special aired nationally on PBS on Tuesday, August 11th at 9:30PM. However, PBS stations are very localized so it may not have been seen throughout the country. Check your local listings because it looks like the special is airing multiple times on some stations throughout August and into September.
If you have any information about The CW airing a fall preview special this year, hit the comments.