Year after year, many highly anticipated shows don’t end up making the cut. Awake, A Gifted Man, Free Agents, I Hate My Teenage Daughter were just a few that didn’t make the grade last year. With moms in mind, here’s a preview of some of the shows that could catch their attention during premier season. These opinions are based on the write-ups and content for each show, and the day and time slot they are scheduled to air.
This fall, we have our eyes on: Partners, Go On/The New Normal, and Nashville.
Partners is a new comedy airing on CBS from the writers of Will & Grace. It is a contemporary take on The Odd Couple featuring two best friends who have known one another since childhood, one gay and one straight, who are also business partners in an architecture firm. The show details the mishaps and relationships that these two have through the perspective of one another and their relationship as friends and business associates. The show will be airing on Mondays at 8:30 p.m. after How I Met Your Mother and prior to Two Broke Girls. This show is likely to do well in the adult demographic ratings as it is situated in a strong comedy block on the network. We believe that the content and comedy will resonate particularly well with moms looking for a positive stress reliever at the end of the day. The show has a similar feel to Will & Grace, which did particularly well with women, and moms specifically.
Go On and The New Normal are two new sitcoms running back-to-back on NBC during the 9 p.m.-10 p.m. hour on Tuesdays this fall. These shows have a strong lead-in show, The Voice, and will hopefully be able to capture some of this audience. Go On stars Mathew Perry, as Ryan King, a sportscaster forced into counseling by his boss after his wife dies in a car accident. He reluctantly joins a support group to get in, get out, and get back on the air. By the end of the first session, he has taken over the meeting and has the group playing a game of, “who has the best sob story?”
The New Normal features Bryan and David, a successful Beverly Hills couple with just one problem- they can’t get a baby. They lose hope until they meet Goldie, a Midwestern waitress and single mother, looking to escape her dead end life and small minded grandmother. Goldie decides to move to LA to become the couple’s surrogate mother, and eventually, part of their family. Along with having a strong lead-in show, this show too appears to have strong female driven content and should be successful with moms.
Nashville is a new drama airing Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on ABC. Connie Britton stars as music legend Rayna James, who has been one of country music’s top singers for two decades. She is forced to reinvent herself to stay relevant and compete with the new generation of country stars. Rayna is given an offer she can’t refuse to partner with Juliette Barnes, played by Hayden Panettiere, to stay on top. Juliette is facing her own circumstances that threaten to ruin her girl-next-door image. Nashville is airing after ABC’s strongest comedy block (The Middle/Modern Family) on Wednesday nights. These shows have strong female viewership that Nashville can benefit from. Other shows airing in this time same time period on opposing networks include CSI and Chicago Fire which will likely draw male audiences. The popularity of country music and the strong story line are likely to appeal to female viewers on this night and time slot.
Honorary mentions for the season include The Mob Doctor (FOX- Mondays at 9p.m.), The Mindy Project (FOX- Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m.), Chicago Fire (NBC- Wednesdays at 10p.m.), and Ben & Kate (FOX- Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m.). Stay tuned to the new network primetime shows this fall to see how our predictions stack up!