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UPFRONTS: The CW Highlights Diversity and Power of Television

<> on May 18, 2017 in New York City.While ABC, NBC, and CBS delivered trailers depicting heartfelt stories with executives talking brand safety online, CW instead focused their upfront presentation on the heartfelt message that has been winning viewers for years.

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The Runway – The CW Upfronts: What Got Picked Up, What Didn’t, And Why

the cw 1CW had a pretty interesting pilot season this year. They ultimately decided to cast a wide net, picking up: a comic book show, a prime-time soap reboot, a military drama, and an hour-long comedy. Given the network’s inherent difficulties in drawing eyeballs, you have to wonder if such a broad approach is smart.

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The CW Unveils “Black Lightning”, “Life Sentence”, “Dynasty”, and More First Looks for Fall (Video)

black lightning first lookThis past television season, The CW premiered new series No Tomorrow, Frequency, Riverdale, and CBS series Supergirl joined the schedule for its second season. The network took a pretty similar approach with their choices this year with Life Sentence, Valor, Dynasty, and Black Lightning.

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The Runway – CBS Upfronts: What Got Picked Up, What Didn’t, And Why

cbs logo 1I’ll give this to CBS: they are completely unapologetic. People say their shows are too white, don’t have enough female leads, that their dramas are too procedural, that their comedies are hacky. If you go purely by Nielsen ratings, I guess they’ve done OK with that strategy to date.

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The Complete CW Fall 2017 Schedule

jane the virgin excerptThe CW is following a similar strategy as last year, shifting a critically acclaimed series to Friday night to make way for new series. Last year, they moved Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and this year it’s Jane the Virgin‘s turn.

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UPFRONTS: CBS Takes Jabs While Highlighting Successes at Carnegie Hall

stephen colbert excerptLike their network rivals NBC, CBS brought the star power to their upfront presentation as chairman and CEO Les Moonves and company presented their wares for fall to their advertiser audience. CBS performers Stephen Colbert, Young Sheldon‘s Iain Armitage, James Corden, David Boreanaz, Shemar Moore, and more took the stage.

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CBS Debuts “Star Trek: Discovery” First Look and 2017 Fall Trailers (Video)

star trek excerptCBS unveils their 2017 fall show trailers at their upfront presentation, along with Star Trek: Discovery which, after a few setbacks, is finally ready to bow in just a few months.

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UPFRONTS: TNT Moves into Documentaries & TBS Expands with Conan O’Brien

conan o'brienCabler TNT is hoping to make big waves in the next year as it made clear at the Turner upfronts presentation, where they unveiled a slate that refocuses the network’s brand on high-end drama series and unscripted projects that are documentary-centric. Meanwhile, TBS is continuing to evolve its brand of comedy with talk show host Conan O’Brien showing the network’s ability to grow.

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The Runway – ABC Upfronts: What Got Picked Up, What Didn’t, And Why

abc 1ABC probably had the most interesting pilot season among the networks. Unlike the competition, they filmed a pretty healthy number of pilots and picked up a pretty large percentage to series, granted many will be mid-season premieres.

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UPFRONTS: ABC Taps Jimmy Kimmel for Oscars, Sets “The Little Mermaid Live!”

marvel-inhumans-abc excerptWhile ABC was presenting its fall schedule at its upfront presentation, some of the biggest news at their event was regarding the lineup for 2018. Furthest out are the Academy Awards, which will again be hosted by late-night host Jimmy Kimmel.

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The Runway – FOX Upfronts: What Got Picked Up, What Didn’t, And Why

FOXlogo1Like NBC, Fox didn’t pick up as many pilots this year. They did, however, pick up a pretty large percentage of those pilots to series, particularly on the drama side. Does that mean they’re giving up on comedy? Not really.

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The Complete ABC Fall 2017 Schedule

once upon a time excerptABC is bringing back TGIF, but not with the kinds of multi-cam sitcoms that defined it in the 90s, but with family-friendly dramas. With Once Upon a Time resetting for its seventh season, where it will have a creative reset, and will move from Sundays to Friday where it will be the lead in for Marvel’s Inhumans.

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The Runway – NBC Upfronts: What Got Picked Up, What Didn’t, And Why

nbc-logo-32It was a weird pilot season. No network embodied that statement more than NBC. The craziness in a nutshell: the most coveted timeslot in all of television, between Will & Grace and This is Us, is going to sophomore series Great News, whose renewal was iffy as recently as two weeks ago.

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UPFRONTS: NBC Revels in “Will & Grace”, Megyn Kelly, and “This is Us” at Presentation

<> on May 15, 2017 in New York City.NBCUniversal put on a big show at their upfront presentation this morning as it paraded a stream of stars for advertisers including Seth Meyers, Megyn Kelly, Jennifer Hudson, the stars of Will & Grace, and more. Energy was high at the event as the network came off a big year with breakout hit This is Us and snagging Megyn Kelly from Fox News.

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The Complete Fox 2017 Fall Schedule

ben mckenzie excerptFox keeps Marvel and DC separate on the schedule and shifts Lethal Weapon to lead on Tuesdays as a lead in for The Mick and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Click here to see Fox’s full fall schedule.

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What Makes a Star a Star? (Or the Curious Case of Amy Schumer)

amy schumer excerptContributor Neil Turitz takes a look at what has made Amy Schumer a success but whether or not she is ultimately the box office draw execs believed after the success of Trainwreck.

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“Black-ish” Spinoff Heading to Sibling Network Freeform

shahidi excerptThe ABC Black-ish spinoff is nearing a series order but it won’t be on the alphabet’s schedule next fall. Instead, the single-camera comedy starring Yara Shahidi is set to land at sibling network Freeform where execs view the younger-skewing series as a better fit.

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Syfy Rebranding as it Focuses on Fandoms, Developing Series with George R.R. Martin

george martinAhead of its upfront presentation and 25th anniversary, Syfy has it is rebranding again and making big moves in the original programming department. The rebrand includes a new logo and look across all of Syfy’s linear, digital, social, and experimental platforms.

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THE RUNWAY – YOUR 2017 PILOT SURVIVAL GUIDE: CBS DRAMAS

CBSlogoLast year’s crop of CBS pilots were lackluster, and of those ordered to series, only Bull and MacGyver have been renewed so far. With Doubt already canceled, and Training Day and Pure Genius unlikely to be renewed, CBS has plenty of room on its fall schedule.

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Fox Gives Series Order to Matt Nix and Bryan Singer X-Men Pilot “Gifted”

gifted excerptMarvel series The Gifted has become the first series order for Fox. The project hails from writer Matt Nix and X-Men director Bryan Singer, and stars Stephen Moyer and Amy Acker. The network also released a teaser ahead of their upfront presentation.

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Zach McGowan Lands Starring Role in WWII Drama, Draws Controversy

zach mcgowan excerptThe 100 star Zach McGowan has signed on to headline and produce Ni’ihau with shooting set to begin later this month. Shortly after the announcement though, the project began criticism for McGowan’s casting as the real life Ben Kanahele, a Hawaiian island leader, with many citing the news as another example of “white-washing.”

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NI’IHAU (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMWWII story when Shigenori Nishikaichi, an Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service pilot, crash-landed his Zero on the eponymous Hawaiian island after the participating in the attack on Pearl Harbor.

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“Orange is the New Black” Inmates Unite for Season Five (Video)

orange is the new black excerptOrange is the New Black is gearing up to return for season five this summer and will attempt to do something the women of Litchfield have never done: unite.

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THE RUNWAY – YOUR 2017 PILOT SURVIVAL GUIDE: CBS COMEDIES

CBSlogoThis season has a lot of pilots shot, but not a lot of schedule room. How these pilots come in may determine the fate of 2 Broke Girls and The Great Indoors. Let’s see if the network will fare better than last season.

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The Complete List of Winners from the 26th MTV Movie Awards

mtv movie awards excerptThe 26th annual MTV Movie Awards was not its usual event this weekend as it was the first time it combined movie and television categories and removed gendered categories. Beauty and the Beast was the big winner of the night, taking home multiple statues and being the inspiration for the event’s opening number.

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“Wonder Woman” Rises for Final Trailer (Video)

wonder womanAfter taking heat recently for a lack of Wonder Woman marketing in comparison to other DC juggernauts, Warner Bros. released one finale, epic trailer for the film during the MTV Movie Awards.

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Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, & Candice Bergen Team Up for “Book Club”

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Bill Holderman’s directorial debut Book Club has added Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, and Candice Bergen to headline. Holderman penned the comedy with Erin Simms and the pair will produce with Andrew Duncan and Alex Saks from June Pictures.

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WORLD BREAKER (Sales)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMSet in a not-too-distant future where Earth is under attack from creatures from an alternate world, bent on humanity’s destruction. It centers on a father who hides his 14-year-old daughter on an island to avoid her conscription in the all-female army and escape the war, but nowhere is truly safe.

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HBO Developing Four “Game of Thrones” Spinoff Series

game of thrones excerptAs the war for the iron throne is entering the final act, and final seasons, HBO is not ready to say goodbye to Game of Thrones and has put four different series in development based on the Westeros universe.

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