Let’s Not Predict the First Cancellation of the 2020-2021 Season

Every September since 2009, I’ve posted a list of new network TV shows and asked readers to predict which will be the first cancellation of the season. I’m not doing that this year. The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown the 2020-2021 network television season into disarray. Many new and returning scripted shows won’t debut until October or November. Both FOX and The CW plan to hold most of their new and returning hits until January 2021.

Last night marked the start of the new season. FOX premiered its new scripted drama Filthy Rich and also offered viewers the broadcast premiere of L.A.’s Finest, a Spectrum Originals series. Over on CBS, another Spectrum Originals series called Manhunt: Deadly Games had its broadcast debut. Preliminary Nielsen ratings don’t look good for any of these shows.

Feel free to share your thoughts about the new season in the comments.

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5 Replies to “Let’s Not Predict the First Cancellation of the 2020-2021 Season”

  1. The Antiques Roadshow 2020 tour has been canceled, so no new episodes until next year. That’s the only show I’m interested in during the upcoming season, and I’m disappointed, but willing to watch old episodes.

    I’m not investigating new shows, for I no longer watch much television. I am watching some 1950s and 60s series on my portable DVD player.

  2. I wonder how many reality based shows such as American Pickers, Pawn Stars and documentary shows are going to be affected. Right now many are airing shows filmed before the shutdown. Some will surivive, but I think we could see some ending.

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