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Handicapping the New Broadcast Network Series (Part 2)

The Official Start of the 2018-19 TV Season is This Monday

From Campaign US: Mark your calendars…the start of the new broadcast television season is Monday, September 24.

In the conclusion of my two-part fall 2018 new network series handicapping, this time I tackle the upcoming newbies on CBS, Fox and The CW. CBS sitcom “Murphy Brown” does not meet my definition of “new” because it is returning after a 20-year absence with four of the original castmembers. Nor does former ABC comedy “Last Man Standing,” which Fox revived after a one year absence. But I do consider the reboots of “Magnum, PI” on CBS and “Charmed” on The CW as new, which both feature all-new casts.

Again, I take the same benchmarks into consideration: a) the show’s premise, b) the network it airs on (and what the traditional demographic skew for that platform is), c) the network competition, d) the lead-in (if not an 8 p.m. ET show), e) the recent time period history, f) the potential interest in social media, and g) the critical acclaim (or lack of). It never hurts to have the critics on your side.

For the odds of survival based on 1-1, the best, to 10-1, the worst, click here

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US ( Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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