The bluster and bravado of the upfronts are over for the Big 4 and the CW, and as usual everyone got in a few jabs at the competition this week in New York City. Now the programming pieces are all on the board, and the real game is set to begin.

TV Schedule 2016-2017Of course, with all the planning, scheming and positioning required of the networks’ fall primetime schedule there will be more than a few carcasses on the ratings funeral pyre by the end of the year. But in many ways everybody played it pretty safe this time round, with lots of familiar names (hello Kevin James, Kiefer Sutherland and the blink-and-you-never-knew-they-were-gone Hayley Atwell and Michael Weatherly), old faves (MacGyver), and big-screen repurposings (Lethal Weapon and The Exorcist).

Add to that game some shifting around as NBC rolls the dice and moves this season’s breakout Blindspot from its primo post-The Voice spot for newbie Timeless to Wednesdays at 8 PM, and TGIT getting a non-Shondaland addition with Notorious at 9 PM, and NCIS: Los Angles moving to Sundays at 8 PM. There’s also (no surprise) a lot of NFL, with the NFL On Fox, NBC’s Sunday Night Football, and CBS and NBC divvying up Thursday Night Football with simulcasts on the NFL Network and Twitter.

Somewhere in all that, potentially tackling the best-laid Sunday plans, looms AMC’s demo blockbuster The Walking Dead, which is back for its seventh season in October.

Check out Deadline’s interactive 2016-2017 primetime broadcast schedule below, followed by analysis of key matchups to watch this fall in primetime:

Fall TV Grid 2016-2017

New series in green, returning shows in white, new times in italic.
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  • MON
  • 7:00
  • 7:30
  • 8:00
  • 8:30
  • 9:00
  • 9:30
  • 10:00
  • 10:30
  • TUE
  • 7:00
  • 7:30
  • 8:00
  • 8:30
  • 9:00
  • 9:30
  • 10:00
  • 10:30
  • WED
  • 7:00
  • 7:30
  • 8:00
  • 8:30
  • 9:00
  • 9:30
  • 10:00
  • 10:30
  • THUR
  • 7:00
  • 7:30
  • 8:00
  • 8:30
  • 9:00
  • 9:30
  • 10:00
  • 10:30
  • FRI
  • 7:00
  • 7:30
  • 8:00
  • 8:30
  • 9:00
  • 9:30
  • 10:00
  • 10:30
  • SAT
  • 7:00
  • 7:30
  • 8:00
  • 8:30
  • 9:00
  • 9:30
  • 10:00
  • 10:30
  • CW
  • SUN
  • 7:00
  • 7:30
  • 8:00
  • 8:30
  • 9:00
  • 9:30
  • 10:00
  • 10:30
  • CW

KEY PRIMETIME MATCHUPS

GEEKS MÉNAGE À TROIS: Things look like they could get heavy on Monday nights if you are part of the Comic-Con crowd – at least for the first part of the season. With CBS broadcasting Thursday Night Football for the opening seven weeks of the NFL season, The Big Bang Theory is again taking that 8 PM slot. That will put the Warner Bros TV-produced science geek blockbuster full of superhero references, T-shirts and cluttered merchandise up against Season 3 of Batman backstory Gotham on Fox and Supergirl, which moves from CBS to the CW for its second season. Now, no doubt BBT will remain on top, but to make it even more incestuous, both Gotham and Supergirl — who faced off this season to mixed results — are also WBTV productions.

Timeless - Season PilotYOUNG BLOOD: It’s now veteran Scorpion vs. newbie Timeless on Monday nights at 10 PM, and some young blood will end up on the ratings floor. Sure, a time-traveling trio trying to stop the past from being changed maybe feels a little too 11.22.63 or even the CW’s DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, but I suggest just getting over that and focus on the demo action at play here. Like Scorpion, which proved a double-digit success for CBS in 18-49s, Timeless features a young team of exceptional misfits learning to work together for a greater good gig and saving lives. So, if that’s your thing, will the effects-heavy and action-rich Timeless grab some of Scorpion’s vigor as the latter Nick Santora-developed show goes into its third season? With the juice of The Voice as a lead-in for Timeless (as it was for Blindspot this year), it’s not hard to guess what NBC’s bet is.

PilotTITLE FIGHT FRESHMAN TUESDAYS: Every year there is one night of the week that sees a crush of new shows. The 2015-2016 season saw that on Tuesdays at 10 PM with Limitless and Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris plus Quantico encores. Now, the CBS drama and NBC variety show are nowhere to be found this coming season but there is a lot of new action on Tuesdays at 9 PM with Bull, This Is Us and No Tomorrow.

Yes, there is Scream Queens back on Fox and now ABC’s Fresh Off The Boat and The Real O’Neals in that slot too, but the new kids on the block dominate the game. Focus that in a bit (and with no disrespect to CW rom-com No Tomorrow) and the real battle looks to be between the Michael Weatherly-led Dr. Phil-inspired drama with NCIS as a lead-in and the Dan Fogelman-created dramedy whose trailer blew up online earlier this week when it was released. Both have powerhouse help at the front end with Weatherly’s old show coming in before his new one on CBS and The Voice leading in to the ensemble featuring Mandy Moore, Sterling K Brown and Milo Ventimiglia. This one is all going to be in the drop-off.

LETHAL WEAPONWILD WEDNESDAYS: The hump day belongs to Empire, we all know that, but the 8 PM slot will see some explosive moves of its own – literally with Lethal Weapon and Blindspot facing off. Fox has given the hour to its small-screen version of the mismatched 1980s cop franchise starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover. Now with Rectify alum Clayne Crawford in the Gibson role and Damon Wayans suiting up as Glover’s Roger Murtaugh, the series from Dan Lin, McG, Jennifer Gwartz and Matt Miller will see car crashes, shootouts, explosions and high jinks galore.

Having taken off in its first season on Mondays after The Voice, the thrill-packed FBI drama Blindspot starring Jaimie Alexander and Sullivan Stapleton is now taking its own buddy action to a new night and a new slot. Staying put, CBS’ Survivor will be there too, as will Arrow, but the test will be who will have their finger on the button between the new but name-recognition rich Lethal Weapon or the tested but now unprotected Blindspot. Before you make a call, let me say two words: Rush Hour. Yeah, it could go like that.

The Exorcist (Fox)FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: The end of the week looks like it will be getting a little creepy to say the least in the fall. There’s no Sleepy Hollow on Fox as of yet, but there will be The Exorcist going up again NBC’s Grimm in that 9 PM slot. Now, NBC once tried to turn the sometimes ratings graveyard Fridays into a genre night – that didn’t work out so well as Constantine can tell you. But, with the small-screen adaptation of the classic 1973 William Friedkin horror pic now on Fox’s Friday schedule against the fourth season of occult procedural Sleepy Hollow, which lost some ratings ground this year, a new bloodbath of sorts could ensue. Of course, if the perils of relationships are more what make the hair on the back of your neck stand up, the CW has your back so to speak with Crazy Ex-Girlfriend now occupying the 9 PM slot. And there is what could be the final season of The Vampire Diaries at 8 PM if you want to get a bite in early.