Fall TV: When will 'Bachelorette, 'The Voice,' 'Amazing Race' premiere in pandemic-influenced fall?

Bill Keveney

As with so much of society, the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically affected the launch of the fall TV season.

Since so many shows, especially scripted comedies and dramas, still haven't returned to production, broadcast networks are putting off September's traditional robust rollouts until a later date. 

However, ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC are forging ahead, announcing a slew of fall premiere dates this week for such unscripted favorites as "The Bachelorette," "The Amazing Race," "The Masked Singer" and "The Voice."

The announcements are weighted toward reality shows; scripted dramas and comedies originally scheduled to run during the spring or summer; and programs that have already run on other networks or streaming services. However, NBC revealed premieres for some major scripted shows, including November launches for "This Is Us" and Dick Wolf's "Chicago" franchise.

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Kelly Clarkson, Carson Daly, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and John Legend will be back when NBC's 'The Voice' returns this fall.

Here are the premiere dates the networks have announced:


ABC revealed its unscripted schedule for fall, with "Dancing With the Stars" returning with new host Tyra Banks for a two-hour premiere on Sept. 14 (8 EDT/PDT) and "Saturday Night Live" alum Leslie Jones kicking off her new show, "Supermarket Sweep," on Oct. 18 (8 EDT/PDT).

Thursday, Sept. 24 – 8 (all times EDT/PDT), Celebrity Family Feud; 9, Press Your Luck; 10, Match Game

Tuesday, Oct. 13 – 8, The Bachelorette

Friday, Oct. 16 – 8, Shark Tank

Sunday, Oct. 18 – 7, America’s Funniest Home Videos; 8, Supermarket Sweep; 9, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire; 10, Card Sharks

Phil Keoghan hosts CBS' 'The Amazing Race,' which returns for its 32nd season in October.


Broadcast viewers will get a chance to see the first season of CBS All Access' "Star Trek: Discovery" starting Sept. 24 (10 EDT/PDT), a few weeks ahead of the Season 3 premiere on the streaming service (Oct. 15). The fourth season of "One Day at a Time," which originally aired on corporate cousin PopTV, makes its debut Oct 12 (9 EDT/PDT).

Saturday, Sept. 12 – 10, 48 Hours

Sunday, Sept. 20 – 7 (delayed on the East Coast due to NFL coverage), 60 Minutes

Monday, Sept. 21 – 10, Manhunt: Deadly Games     

Friday, Oct. 2 – 9, Undercover Boss

Tuesday, Oct. 13 – 10, The FBI Declassified 

Wednesday, Oct. 14 –  9, The Amazing Race

CBS also announced season finale dates for "Love Island" (Sept. 29, 8 EDT/PDT) and "Big Brother" (Oct. 28, 9 EDT/PDT).

The costume for Crocodile is revealed ahead of the Season 4 debut of Fox's "The Masked Singer."


Season 4 of "The Masked Singer" kicks off Sept. 23 (8 EDT/PDT), leading into the new guessing-game series "I Can See Your Voice" (9 EDT/PDT), hosted by "Masked Singer" panelist Ken Jeong. For "Masked Singer" fans who can't wait that long, Fox offers a sneak peek on Sept. 13 (8 EDT/5 PDT) after NFL football.

Monday, Sept. 21 – 8, L.A.’s Finest; 9, Filthy Rich

Tuesday, Sept. 22 – 8, Cosmos: Possible Worlds

Sunday, Sept. 27 – 8, The Simpsons; 8:30, Bless the Harts; 9, Bob's Burgers; 9:30, Family Guy

Tuesday, Oct. 6 – 9, Next


In addition to reality competitions and game shows, NBC has scheduled premieres for such scripted series as "Superstore" (Oct. 22, 8 EDT/PDT), "This Is Us" (Nov. 10, 9 EST/PST) and "Chicago Med," "Chicago Fire" and "Chicago P.D." back to back to back on Nov. 11 (starting at 8 EST/PST).

Tuesday, Sept. 1 – 10, Transplant

Monday, Sept. 7 – 8, American Ninja Warrior 

Friday, Sept. 25 – 10, Dateline NBC

Tuesday, Sept. 29 – 8, The Weakest Link

Thursday, Oct. 1 – 8:30, Connecting …

Tuesday, Oct. 6 – 9, Ellen's Game of Games

Monday, Oct. 19 – 8, The Voice

Thursday, Nov. 12 – 9, Law & Order: SVU

Friday, Nov. 13 – 8, The Blacklist