Tuesday 8 PM: This is shaping out to be the biggest fall battleground, especially for male viewers. The Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC are going against the agents of NCIS on CBS. Also joining the fray is another younger-skewing new genre drama series, the CW’s Vampire Diaries spinoff The Originals. Fox has new male-centered comedies Dads and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. All these shows (or those who survive) will have to go against the biggest broadcast reality show at the moment, NBC’s The Voice, in midseason. Will anyone blink?
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Thursday 9 PM: Robin Williams vs. Sean Hayes. The comedy vets are returning with new series (Williams in CBS’ The Crazy Ones, Hayes in NBC’s Sean Saves The World) and will face off in one of TV’s highest-profile slots. In another male comedy star showdown, Michael J Fox will take on Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryer at 9:30 PM.
Monday 10 PM: The slot will pit against each other two of the highest-profile new drama series next fall, NBC’s The Blacklist starring James Spader and CBS’ Jerry Bruckheimer-produced Hostages starring Toni Collette. As the top new dramas from NBC and CBS, respectively, both are expected to get big promotional pushes. Taking them on is ABC incumbent Castle.
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Wednesday 8 PM: It’s reality vs. scripted survival as two shows about a group of people in the wilderness trying to survive and win go at each other: CBS’ Survivor and NBC’s Revolution.
Tuesday 10 PM: Two of this season’s rising stars, CBS’ sophomore Person Of Interest, which posted year-to-year gains and NBC’s freshman Chicago Fire, which grew throughout the season, will face off in a time slot that is new for both. Whose momentum will be stemmed? It is all for grabs in the hour with no incumbent, and ABC’s Lucky 7 seems at a disadvantage against two established shows.
Friday 10 PM: NBC’s Dracula against Blue Bloods‘ 68-year-old Tom Selleck who never seems to age. I’m just sayin’…
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