Upfront Week is finally over. The fall broadcast schedules are set, new shows have been announced, and now all can remain calm — at least until TV critics start getting copies of the new pilots in a few weeks and the judging can begin.
Still, there was a lot to keep track of this week, as all five broadcast networks shared their plans for the upcoming 2014-2015 season. Here are the highlights from each network and the most important news to come out of Upfront Week, including the biggest changes, trends and what shows will say goodbye after next season.
* It’s the last season for critically-beloved comedy “Parks and Recreation” (Season 7) and drama “Parenthood” (Season 6). “Parks” will return midseason for an unspecified number of episodes; “Parenthood” will return for 13 episodes this fall on Thursdays at 10 p.m.
* “The Blacklist” will only be on Monday nights for half the season; the creepy James Spader drama lands the post-Super Bowl spot in February, and after that, moves to Thursdays at 10 p.m.
* New comedies (3):“Marry Me,” starring Casey Wilson and Ken Marino as a dysfunctional couple that has been together for six years; “A to Z” follows will-they-won’t-they couple Andrew (Ben Feldman) and Zelda (Cristin Milioti) through the wacky world of dating; “Bad Judge,” produced by Will Ferrell/Adam McKay and starring Kate Walsh as a respected but unorthodox Los Angeles criminal court judge.
* New dramas (3): “State of Affairs” with Katherine Heigl as a top CIA analyst; “The Mysteries of Laura” starring Debra Messing as an NYPD detective; “Constantine” is based on the DC Comics series about a demon hunter.
* Midseason comedies (4): “Mission Control,” another Will Ferrell/Adam McKay-produced show, starring Krysten Ritter as an aerospace engineer; “Mr. Robinson,” featuring Craig Robinson (“The Office”) as a struggling singer who takes a job as a substitute teacher; “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” produced by Tina Fey, in which Ellie Kemper stars as a small-town girl from Indiana who moves to New York City; and “One Big Happy,” about best friends Lizzy (gay and a bit type-A) and Luke (straight and more laidback).
* Midseason dramas (5): “A.D.,” a follow-up to History Channel’s “The Bible” miniseries; “Allegiance,” about a young CIA agent specializing in Russian affairs who discovers that his parents are former Russian spies; “Aquarius,” a detective drama starring David Duchovny set in the 1960s; “Emerald City,” a seemingly dark spin on “Wizard of Oz”; and that 13-episode “Heroes” reboot.
* Canceled shows from last season: “Believe,” “Community,” “Crisis,” “Dracula,” “Growing Up Fisher,” “Ironside,” “The Michael J. Fox Show,” “Revolution,” “Sean Saves the World,” “Welcome to the Family.”
* Sunday nights aren’t just for cartoons anymore: Animation domination will be invaded by two live-action shows: Golden Globe-winning comedy “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” after “The Simpsons,” and new sitcom “Mulaney” airing after “Family Guy.”
* No midseason scheduling news yet for Fox, as veteran “American Idol” will likely shift to once a week, which will force some moves.
* “Bones” moves to Thursdays (has this show literally aired every day of the week?) and the sixth and final season of “Glee” will be held until midseason.
* New comedies (1): “Mulaney,” a show developed for last year’s fall schedule, starring John Mulaney about his life as a stand-up comic.
* New dramas (3): “Gotham” tells the story of Batman from Gotham Police Commissioner James Gordon’s perspective; “Red Band Society,” a teen drama set in a hospital; “Gracepoint,” an “event series” and remake of the BBC series “Broadchurch.”
* New reality shows (1): “Utopia,” sending 15 people into a desolate, underdeveloped location for a year where they must create their own civilization from scratch.
* Midseason comedies (3): “Weird Loners” about 30-somethings in New York; “The Last Man on Earth,” starring Will Forte as, well, the last man on earth; and a new Seth McFarlane animated series, “Bordertown,” set in a fictional town on the U.S.-Mexico border.
* Midseason dramas (4): “Empire,” about the complicated life of a music executive starring Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson; “Hieroglyph,” centered around ancient Egypt; “Backstrom,” the Rainn Wilson-as-an-obnoxious-detective show; event series “Wayward Pines,” starring Matt Dillon as a Secret Service agent wrapped up in a mystery about two federal agents who disappeared.
* Canceled shows from last season: “Almost Human,” “Dads,” “Enlisted,” “Rake,” “Surviving Jack” and “Raising Hope,” which ended in April.
* Shonda Rhimes owns Thursday nights next year with “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal” (both shifted an hour earlier to 8 p.m. and 9 p.m., respectively) and “How to Get Away With Murder,” a new legal thriller.
* Lone freshman comedy survivor “The Goldbergs” moves to Wednesdays, safely between “The Middle” and ”Modern Family.”
* The network is also ramping up prime-time diversity with various comedies such as “Black-ish,” starring Anthony Anderson as a wealthy dad who wonders: “Has success brought too much assimilation for this black family?” Plus, “Cristela,” about a woman balancing law school, work and the expectations of her traditional Mexican-American family. Coming in midseason is “Fresh Off the Boat,” about an immigrant family that just moved from D.C.’s Chinatown to Orlando.
* New comedies (4): “Selfie,” about a social-media-obsessed woman who must learn to connect with the outside world; “Manhattan Love Story,” looking at the differences between men and women through the eyes of a couple that just started dating; and the aforementioned “Black-ish” and “Cristela.”
* New dramas (2): “Forever,” about a medical examiner in New York who can solve any mystery except for the one of his own immortality; “How to Get Away With Murder,” starring Viola Davis as a brilliant and charismatic law professor who gets entangled in a mystery with her students.
* Midseason comedies (2): “Fresh Off the Boat” (see above); “Galavant,” a fairytale musical comedy.
* Midseason dramas (4): “American Crime” is a grisly tale of a young couple attacked in their home and the search for the culprits; “Marvel’s Agent Carter” spin-off from “Captain America”; “Secrets and Lies,” starring Ryan Phillippe as a guy whose life is about to get a lot more complicated when he discovers the dead body of his neighbor’s son; and “The Whispers,” about aliens who invade Earth.
* Canceled shows from last season: “Back in the Game,” “Betrayal,” “Killer Women,” “Lucky 7,” “Mind Games,” “Mixology,” “The Neighbors,” “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland,” “Suburgatory,” “Super Fun Night,” “Trophy Wife.”
* The network has the biggest schedule changes of any, thanks to Thursday night football coming to CBS from Sept. 11 to Oct. 23. As a result, the regular comedy line-up (“The Big Bang Theory,” “The Millers,” “Two and a Half Men” and new sitcom “The McCarthys”) won’t be in place until Thursday, Oct. 30.
* Of course, hugely popular “The Big Bang Theory” can’t wait until Oct. 30 — that one will start the season on Mondays at 8 p.m. When it moves back to Thursdays in October, “2 Broke Girls” will take that spot. Meanwhile, “Mike & Molly,” “The Mentalist” and “Undercover Boss” will debut later in the season. “NCIS: Los Angeles” moves to Monday nights at 10 p.m.; “Amazing Race” goes from Sunday to Friday nights at 8 p.m.
* It’s the last season of “Two and a Half Men.” No one knows if Charlie Sheen will be back though Chuck Lorre promises surprises in store.
* New comedies (1): “The McCarthys,” about a loud, sports-crazed Boston family with a dad who’s a high school basketball coach.
* New dramas (4): “Madam Secretary” starring Tea Leoni as a female secretary of state, loosely inspired by the real-life examples (Hillary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, Madeline Albright); “NCIS: New Orleans” starring Scott Bakula; “Stalker,” in which Maggie Q and Dylan McDermott star as a crime-fighting team; “Scorpion,” about an eccentric genius who works in homeland security.
* Midseason comedies (1): A remake of “The Odd Couple,” with Matthew Perry as Oscar and Thomas Lennon as Felix.
* Midseason dramas (2): “CSI: Cyber,” another spin-off of the franchise; “Battle Creek” stars Josh Duhamel and Dean Winters as cops in small town Michigan.
* Canceled shows from last season: “Bad Teacher,” “The Crazy Ones,” “Hostages,” “Intelligence,” “We Are Men.”
* The biggest news from the CW is that there is no news! Well, sort of: But the schedule is staying pretty solid, with just two new additions to the line-up. And only “The Originals” gets a new timeslot, Mondays at 8 p.m. to start the week.
* New comedies (1): Try to follow along: Gina Rodriguez stars as Jane, a 23-year-old aspiring writer raised by her mother, grandmother and telenovelas, all of which have given her a warped view of romance and convinced her to save herself for marriage. But during a routine trip to the doctor, she’s accidentally artificially inseminated (the specimen was meant for another patient — oops!) and is now pregnant with her boss’s baby.
* New dramas (1): “The Flash,” in which Grant Guskin plays Barry Allen, a guy haunted by the murder of his mother and father’s wrongful conviction for the crime. That all inspires him to become a CSI investigator, until the day he’s struck by lightning and wakes up from a coma nine months later with the ability to run at super-human speed.
* Midseason dramas (2): “iZombie” (just what it sounds like); “The Messengers,” about an impending apocalypse.
* Canceled shows from last season: “The Carrie Diaries,” “Star-Crossed” and “The Tomorrow People.”