Here we go again. The 2016-2017 TV season kicks off on Monday, September 19th. That’s only a few weeks away so the networks are making every effort to educate viewers about their new and returning shows. In other words, it’s fall preview time.
Fall Preview Specials for 2016-2017
Last year, ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX all either aired a network fall preview special or offered one to their affiliates. Only The CW opted not to air any sort of fall preview special whatsoever.
So far it looks like history is repeating itself. I’ve dug up information on specials for ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX but nothing for The CW. Here’s everything I know:
ABC – “The ABC Fall Preview Special”
A slew of ABC stars will co-host this half-hour network special airing on Sunday, September 4th from 7-7:30PM EDT. Anthony Anderson from black-ish, Randal Park from Fresh Off the Boat, Katy Mixon from American Housewife, John Ross Bowie from Speechless, and finally Piper Perabo and Daniel Sunjata from Notorious.
CBS – “CBS Fall Preview”
Kevin James, star of the new sitcom Kevin Can Wait, hosts this half-hour network special airing Monday, September 12th from 8:30-9PM EDT. It will be streaming live on CBS All Access as well. The special will also be made available on various on demand platforms plus CBS station websites.
[September 14th, 2016 Update: Watch the special at the CBS website.]
NBC – “2016 NBC Primetime Preview Show
The cast of Superstore are hosting this half-hour special, which will not be airing nationally NBC. Instead, from August 27th through October 2nd it will be available on NBC stations, NBCUniversal cable channels, the NBC website, plus various on demand platforms.
Supposedly it is already available at NBC’s website but I haven’t been able to get it to load.
[September 6th, 2016 Update: NBC apparently decided to air the special from 1-1:30PM EDT yesterday (Monday, September 5th) prior to a PGA Tour Golf championship. It’s possible not all NBC affiliates aired the special; some may have aired it at a different time.]
[September 14th, 2016 Update: Watch the special at NBC’s website.]
FOX – “The FOX Fall Preview”
I’ve found listings in my area for a half-hour special airing on two different FOX stations on Sunday, September 4th outside of prime time. So it seems likely FOX isn’t airing a network special again this year. The description for the special doesn’t mention the host(s). The FOX publicity website isn’t any help.
September 6th, 2016 Update: FOX will air the special from 7-7:30PM EDT on Sunday, September 18th. Be sure to check your local listings.]
[September 14th, 2016 Update: It appears FOX has decided not to air its preview special on Sunday, September 18th. Listings for that date now show an episode of Bob’s Burgers airing at 7PM ET.]
Hit the comments if you have any additional information about this year’s crop of fall preview specials. And as always, be sure to check your local listings. Personally, I’ll probably record all of the specials but may not watch them all. I used to burn every fall preview special to DVD for my collection but I don’t get great reception over-the-air these days. That’s one of the drawbacks of living in the DVR age: making a copy of a TV show isn’t as easy as throwing a tape in the VCR.