Fall 2021 Network TV Schedule: 8 Changes You Should Know About

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We no longer live in an age where we have VCRs to program manually — DVRs automatically track TV schedules and airdates, thank the TV gods — but if you do watch television live, or if you wanna know when to expect the latest episodes of your favorite shows, you should know about the scheduling shifts for network TV’s fall 2021 season.

For example, this upcoming fall, The CW switched two of its Arrowverse shows to Wednesdays, while CBS is devoting a whole night to NCIS and its offshoots.

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Here are the changes coming to the primetime lineup…

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‘NCIS’ moves to Mondays

The long-running CBS procedural is moving from Tuesdays at 8/7c to Mondays at 9/8c, where it will lead into its latest franchise spinoff, NCIS: Hawai’i.

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‘FBI’ makes way for ‘FBI: International’

The CBS procedural FBI is moving up an hour to air at 8/7c on Tuesdays, followed by new spinoff FBI: International at 9/8c and returning spinoff FBI: Most Wanted at 10/9c.

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‘Riverdale’ moves to Tuesdays

Fans can catch the sudsy CW teen drama on Tuesdays at 9/8c this upcoming season, instead of its old berth of Wednesdays at 8/7c.

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‘Home Economics’ moves back an hour

ABC’s sophomore comedy is moving from 8:30/7:30c to 9:30/8:30c on Wednesdays, filling a spot vacated by black-ish, which will return at midseason.

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‘DC’s Legends of Tomorrow’ and ‘Batwoman’ move to Wednesday

These two CW superhero series are still airing back-to-back — at 8/7c and 9/8c, respectively — only on Wednesday nights instead of Sunday nights.

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‘Big Sky’ moves to Thursdays

ABC’s crime drama returns for a second season on Thursdays at 10/9c — following long-running medical drama Grey’s Anatomy — instead of its previous slot on Wednesdays at the same time.

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‘Nancy Drew’ moves to Fridays

The CW detective drama, starring Kennedy McMann as the eponymous teen sleuth, will air on Fridays at 9/8c, instead of Wednesday at the same time.

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The CW expands to Saturdays

Fifteen years after it first hit the airwaves, The CW has finally become a seven-night-a-week network, adding Saturday programming to the lineup with two episodes of Whose Line Is It Anyway? starting at 8/7c, followed by two episodes of World’s Funniest Animals starting at 9/8c.