For the past few years I’ve run a Television Draft / Pool. It’s like a football or hockey pool but with new television shows.
How It Works
- Get a bunch of friends over to your house and watch all the trailers for this year’s new network television shows. (List below)
- Everyone Pays $5. (You can use pretend money or no money at all)
- Divide the amount of shows by the amount of people. (There are 53 this year)
- Put everyone’s name in a hat, chip bowl, or other receptor.
- Pick a name from the receptor and that person gets first pick. Record what that person chooses and have them pick the next name.
- Reverse the order of people who picked. (First goes last, last goes first)
- Repeat steps 5-6 until everyone has an equal number of shows picked.
- Give updates monthly for how well the shows are doing. I recommend TV Line, TV By The Numbers, and Is My Show Cancelled for checking what is and what isn’t cancelled.
- At next year’s Draft give this year’s First place 50% of the money collected, Second place 30%, and Third place 20%.
Points are awarded by how many episodes air and if it’s renewed. All points are tied to the category of the show.
|Categories||Points Per Episode Aired||Renewal Bonus|
|Traditional American (18-24 Episodes)||1||10|
|Mini-Series (6-14 Episodes)||2||10|
|Mid-Season Traditional (6-12 Episodes)||2||15|
|Unknown /Summer (4+ Episodes)||2||20|
There are enough shows this season that you could easily play 3-17 people. More if you let 2 people choose the same shows.
|Show||Network||Estimated Premiere Date||Category||Trailer link|
|24: Legacy||Fox||February 5, 2017||Traditional American||Trailer|
|American Housewife||ABC||October 11, 2016||Traditional American||Trailer|
|Bull||CBS||September 20, 2016||Traditional American||Trailer|
|Chicago Justice||NBC||Unknown||Traditional American||Trailer|
|Conviction||ABC||October 3, 2016||Traditional American||Trailer|
|Designated Survivor||ABC||September 21, 2016||Traditional American||Trailer|
|Downward Dog||ABC||2017-Winter||Mid-Season Traditional||Trailer|
|Emerald City||NBC||2017-Winter||Mini-Series (10)||Description|
|Frequency||CW||October 5, 2016||Traditional American||Trailer|
|Great News||NBC||2017-Winter||Traditional American||Description|
|Imaginary Mary||ABC||2017-Winter||Mid-Season Traditional||Trailer|
|Kevin Can Wait||CBS||September 19, 2016||Traditional American||Trailer|
|Kim’s Convenience||CBC||2016-Fall||Mini-Series (13)||Teaser|
|Law & Order: True Crime||NBC||Unknown||Mini-Series (??)||N/A|
|Lethal Weapon||Fox||September 21, 2016||Traditional American||Trailer|
|MacGyver||CBS||September 23, 2016||Traditional American||Trailer|
|Making History||Fox||2017-Winter||Traditional American||Trailer|
|Man with a Plan||CBS||October 24, 2016||Traditional American||Trailer|
|Midnight, Texas||NBC||2017-Winter||Traditional American||Trailer|
|No Tomorrow||CW||October 4, 2016||Traditional American||Trailer|
|Notorious||ABC||October 22, 2016||Traditional American||Trailer|
|Pitch||Fox||September 22, 2016||Traditional American||Trailer|
|Pure Genius||CBS||October 27, 2016||Traditional American||Trailer|
|Shoot the Messenger||CBC||2016-Fall||Mini-Series (8)||Description|
|Shots Fired||Fox||Unknown||Mini-Series (10)||Trailer|
|Son of Zorn||Fox||September 11, 2016||Mini-Series (13)||Trailer|
|Speechless||ABC||September 21, 2016||Traditional American||Trailer|
|Star Trek: Discovery||CBS/CBS Streaming||2017-Winter||Mini-Series (13)||Teaser|
|Ten Days In The Valley||ABC||Unknown||Unknown||Description|
|The Blacklist: Redemption||NBC||Unknown||Traditional American||Trailer|
|The Exorcist||Fox||September 23, 2016||Traditional American||Trailer|
|The Good Place||NBC||September 19, 2016||Traditional American||Trailer|
|The Great Indoors||CBS||October 27, 2016||Traditional American||Trailer|
|The Mick||Fox||2017-Winter||Traditional American||Trailer|
|The North Calling||CBC||2017-Winter||Mini-Series (7)||Description|
|This is High School||CBC||2016-Fall||Mini-Series (6)||Description|
|This Is Us||NBC||September 20, 2016||Traditional American||Trailer|
|Time After Time||ABC||Unknown||Unknown||Trailer|
|Timeless||NBC||October 3, 2016||Traditional American||Trailer|
|Training Day||CBS||2017-Winter||Traditional American||Trailer|
|Trial & Error||NBC||Unknown||Traditional American||Trailer|
|When We Rise||ABC||Unknown||Mini-Series (7)||Description|
|Workin’ Moms||CBC||2017-Winter||Mini-Series (13)||Description|