A new network television season will soon be upon us, one impacted by the ongoing WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. As far as I can tell, no fall preview specials have been produced for this season. CBS, which for years has broadcast a fall preview special in prime time, doesn’t have one scheduled this month. I’ve checked national TV listings, my local listings, plus listings for a variety of other parts of the country.
Last fall, both ABC and CBS aired fall preview specials in prime time. The “ABC Fall Preview Special,” hosted by the cast of Home Economics, aired Wednesday, September 14th, 2022. The “CBS Fall Preview” special aired Friday, September 16th, 2022.
Perhaps it shouldn’t be surprising if in fact none of the network decided to produce a fall preview special this year. The dual strikes underway have significantly impacted the 2023-2024 schedules announced by the broadcast networks back in May. Very few new scripted programs will debut this fall. Exceptions include The Irrational and Found on NBC.
CBS plans to offer streaming series SEAL Team (which originated on CBS before moving to Paramount+) and Yellowstone. It will also import NCIS: Sydney from Australia and the original Ghosts from the United Kingdom. The CW has several Canadian, German, and British shows on its schedule, including Everyone Else Burns, The Spencer Sisters, and The Swarm. There will be plenty of repeats, sports, and reality programs on all the networks.
If you have any information about fall preview specials for 2023, hit the comments and let everyone know.