Here it is, my annual look at the “new obscurities” that came and went on network television during the past year. My definition of a “new obscurity” is scripted television series that aired on network television for 13 episodes or fewer. By my count, 2020 produced 13 of these short-lived TV shows, down from 19 in 2019. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most of the networks delayed launching their new and returning shows for the 2020-2021 TV season. Last September, just three new scripted TV shows debuted on network television and all three were soon cancelled.
Two other new shows premiered last fall: B Positive on CBS and Big Sky on ABC. Both have received back orders for additional episodes and remain on the air.
Network TV’s New Obscurities, 2008 – Present
January 2nd, 2020 – March 26th, 2020
Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector (NBC)
January 10th, 2020 – March 13th, 2020
January 23rd, 2020 – March 26th, 2020
Katy Keene (The CW)
February 6th, 2020 – May 14th, 2020
February 6th, 2020 – April 16th, 2020
February 6th, 2020 – May 7th, 2020
Council of Dads (NBC)
March 24th, 2020 – July 2nd, 2020
April 2nd, 2020 – June 25th, 2020
The Baker and the Beauty (ABC)
April 13th, 2020 – June 1st, 2020
United We Fall (ABC)
July 15th, 2020 – August 26th, 2020
Filthy Rich (FOX)
September 21st, 2020 – November 30th, 2020
October 6th, 2020 – December 22nd, 2020
8 episodes (4 Unaired)
October 8th, 2020 – October 29th, 2020
Were you a fan of any of the short-lived TV shows listed above? How many have you never heard of? Hit the comments with your thoughts.