The first new series canceled this fall is ABC's "Lucky 7," an unlucky drama about lottery winners. It's gone after just two episodes.
Reruns of "Scandal" will air at 10 p.m. Tuesdays, starting this week. New episodes about Washington fixer Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) continue at 10 p.m. Thursdays. The new episode this week will provide insight into Olivia's relationship with her father, Rowan (Joe Morton). Eatonville's Norm Lewis will play Sen. Edison Davis, and Kate Burton portrays the vice president. The White House and Pope & Associates will be kept busy with a public-relations disaster.
The fall season has not been a disaster, because it has produced a few new hits.
Even more encouraging, Fox has renewed the sci-fi thriller "Sleepy Hollow" for next season. Fox is very happy about the young audience that "MasterChef Junior" is serving on Fridays. (Fox has another strong contender in "Almost Human," a futuristic cop drama arriving Nov. 4.)
As for the rest, it's awfully early to tell which series will be around. ABC has been trumpeting the virtues of "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD," but it's not a blockbuster. Yet. Didn't you expect more from this Joss Whedon series?
Robin Williams and "The Crazy Ones" debuted to big ratings on CBS, but that sitcom was following a one-hour "Big Bang Theory." The show has the Williams charm and a great cast; it needs sharper writing.
"The Millers" performed well last week after following "Big Bang." The CBS show has a must-see performer in Margo Martindale, who has inherited the difficult-mother territory that Doris Roberts used to dominate.
"The Originals," a "Vampire Diaries" spinoff, debuted to good ratings (for The CW) after the original. But how will the spinoff do when it moves to Tuesdays, away from the mother ship?
ABC has reason to hope that two sitcoms, "The Goldbergs" and "Super Fun Night," will connect with larger audiences. "Trophy Wife" and "Back in the Game" have had more modest receptions.
CBS has sprung a leak on Monday, where "Mom" and "Hostages" are faring poorly. It's too bad, because both series have strong performers: Anna Faris and Allison Janney on "Mom"; Toni Collette and Dylan McDermott on "Hostages."
Beyond "The Blacklist," NBC has problems with its sitcoms. "Sean Saves the World" and "Welcome to the Family" premiered to weak numbers last week. "The Michael J. Fox Show" hasn't made a splash despite affection for the star. The dramatic "Ironside," NBC's nasty remake of the old Raymond Burr series, wastes Blair Underwood and the audience's time.
"Betrayal," another ABC drama, could be the next cancellation. It's just so tepid when it should be sizzling.
Or maybe it will be CBS' "We Are Men," a struggling-to-be-racy sitcom.
Or perhaps Fox's "Dads" will get the hook. It is among the worst new entries, and it isn't helping the show after it: "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," the Andre Braugher-Andy Samberg comedy that is one of the fall's best.
Still to arrive are "The Tomorrow People" at 9 p.m. Wednesday on The CW, "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" at 8 p.m. Thursday on ABC, "Reign" at 9 p.m. Oct. 17 on The CW and "Dracula at 10 p.m. Oct 25.