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The Emmys Are Coming and These Shows Shouldn’t Slip Through the Cracks

Crazy Ex Girlfriend ExcerptNeil Turitz is taking a look at the long shots and outsides for the Emmys this year. He examines the shows that have no real chance to be nominated, even though they are doing things that no one else on TV is doing, and doing them exceedingly well.

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The Runway – Your 2017 Pilot Survival Guide: FOX Comedies

Fox CroppedFox has recently taken a cautious approach to comedy development, but now that New Girl is likely canceled, and Last Man on Earth may be winding down soon, Fox has to get a bit more aggressive.

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The Runway – Your 2017 Pilot Survival Guide: NBC Dramas

nbc-crop As the happy home of critical and Nielsen darling This is Us, NBC marches towards the upfronts with its head held high. Clearly happy about the show’s success, Bob Greenblatt has been quite forthcoming this past year about NBC’s emphasis on positivity on all fronts, be it in the office or on screen.

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Freeform Focuses on Fantasy and Comedy at Upfronts

cloak and daggerJust a day after the premiere of Freeform’s flagship show Pretty Little Liars‘ final season, the network presented to advertisers their plans for the future, with several comedy projects in the works to take their lineup beyond the young melodramas they’re known for.

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“Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger”, “Alone Together”, and More Unveil Trailers at Freeform Upfronts

cloak and dagger trailerFreeform has two exciting new shows with Mavel’s Cloak & Dagger and the comedy Alone Together from The Lonely Island, showing the young, fresh direction the millennial network is heading. Meanwhile, The Bold Type looks to fill the void left by Good Girls Revolt in a contemporary setting and Siren brings genre-fare with a twist.

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The Runway – Your 2017 Pilot Survival Guide: NBC Comedies

nbc cropA few years ago, NBC comedy was in a bad place. Though critically adored and beloved by many, flagship shows Parks & Rec and 30 Rock simply weren’t ratings juggernauts, so NBC had a choice to make: go broader with comedy development or continue to focus on smaller, quality projects. As with most things in television, the pursuit of money won out.

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“Girls” Stars Then and Now, from Lena Dunham to Adam Driver

Girls HBOThe HBO show ends its six-season run on Sunday and while it may not have been for everyone, we’ll miss it dearly. To pay tribute to this special show and its characters, let’s take a walk down memory lane to back when it all started in April 2012, and look at what the future has in store for this impressive ensemble.

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The Runway – Your 2017 Pilot Survival Guide: CW Dramas

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With last year’s pilots Frequency and No Tomorrow both unlikely to see renewals, The CW is looking for a big hit that isn’t attached to the DC universe and can add to the critical clout they’ve gained with Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Jane the Virgin. See what’s next for the CW in our preview of their 2017 drama pilots.

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The Runway: Tracking the 2017 Pilots, Trends, & Networks

the runway excerptThe Tracking Board presents the 4th annual edition of The Runway! The premise is simple: we read, review and prognosticate on the future of every single network show picked up to pilot. So fasten your seatbelts, because pilot season is about to take off.

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Things Are Getting Confusing with All This Streaming Stuff

YouTube TV ExcerptWith both YouTube and Hulu launching their own TV subscriptions, what are the pros and cons of various TV networks working with the subscriptions and are these streaming options really a good thing for viewers?

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You Want to Maximize Your TV Impact? Make a Miniseries

Feud 16 ExcerptIn recent years, we’ve seen more and more miniseries and anthologies on TV and many of them have been incredibly successful. Neil Turitz takes a look at the efficacy of these eight or six-hour stories and all their exploits that give them a leg up on the traditional 22 episode, season-to-season model.

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There’s a Reason Why Just About Everyone in Hollywood Wants to Be FX

Legion ExcerptOver the past five years FX has asserted itself as the network with the best programming lineup. In both comedy and drama, FX is consistently putting out the most successful shows that are enjoyed by fans and critics. Neil Turitz examines the network’s rise to prominence and how long he thinks they’ll stay at the top.

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PaleyFest Highlights: “American Horror Story: Roanoke”

roanoke excerptSarah Paulson and Kathy Bates deliver the laughs to a loud and loving Dolby Theatre crowd while Cuba Gooding Jr. reminds us why Angela Bassett might be immortal. Executive Producer Brad Falchuk promises cross over characters as story opportunities present and explains format was the key to cracking the Roanoke mystery.

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PaleyFest Highlights: “Scandal”

scandal excerptThe Scandal panel at PaleyFest was short on tidbits on upcoming episodes, apart from the 100th, but heavy on appreciation for the stars, writers, and above all the fans.

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PaleyFest Highlights: “Westworld”

westworld excerptJonathan Nolan is a veteran of fan events, well-practiced in only giving fans information that he wants them to know, and Westworld‘s PaleyFest event was no different… until a reveal regarding the season one finale caught the audience completely off-guard.

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PaleyFest Highlights: “Pretty Little Liars”

pretty little liars excerptWith Pretty Little Liars facing its final ten episodes, the creators and cast reflected on their time spent working together and how the series has impacted their lives, both on and off screen.

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PaleyFest Highlights: “Bob’s Burgers”

Untitled designComedy shows have been having a tough time the past year as they attempt to walk the line between commentary and an encouraging future, and this theme hung over PaleyFest and its Bob’s Burgers panel.

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PaleyFest Highlights: “Orphan Black”

orphan black excerpt The Orphan Black panel opened up with a huge surprise for the audience, followed by an hour of tears, hugs, and family. With Orphan Black officially wrapped on their final season, the executive producers and cast reflected on their time spent working together and how their own characters will influence them as people moving forward.

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PaleyFest Highlights: “Late Late Show with James Corden”

Untitled design (1)West Wing alum Bradley Whitford took a turn on the other side of the table as he moderated the Late Late Show panel at PaleyFest with host James Corden and executive producers Ben Winston and Rob Crabbe.

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PaleyFest Highlights: “NCIS: Los Angeles”

ncis los angelesCBS brought out the stars of NCIS: Los Angeles at this year’s PALEYFEST, but the fun procedural had a sadness hanging over it due to passing of Miguel Ferrer.

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“Iron Fist” Isn’t Bad Because It’s Whitewashed, It’s Bad Because It’s Awful

Marvel's Iron FistEven before Iron Fist dropped its first 13 episodes to continue the Marvel saga of street heroes, the show was getting scrutinized for using a white actor to play the lead role — but in the Marvel comic created by Roy Thomas and Gil Kane, he was white. That said, the problem with the series isn’t whitewashing — it’s poorly executed television.

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Why “Beauty and the Beast” and “Legion” Star Dan Stevens Is the Leading Man to Watch

Legion Dan Stevens ExcerptBetween the one-two punch of FX’s Legion and Disney’s juggernaut live-action Beauty and the Beast remake that just opened, British actor Dan Stevens is having a tremendous time of it. Look back on his career, however, and this sudden boom in both his career and the attention heaped onto him, is not much of a surprise.

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PaleyFest Highlights: “Grey’s Anatomy”

greys anatomy excerptGrey’s Anatomy has been famous since the beginning for its steamy relationships, but discussions at PaleyFest reminded us that it is female friendships at the the core of the series.

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PaleyFest Highlights: “This is Us”

this is us excerptWith the surprise guests, heartfelt moments, and an audience on the edge of their seats, the This is Us panel at PaleyFest felt akin to every episode of the hit series. Tearful ending included.

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PaleyFest Highlights: Heroes & Aliens

heroes excerptAndrew Kreisberg and Stephen Amell led the panel and showed just why powerless Oliver Queen is still the leader that the CW-DC universe need in the panel highlighting Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow.

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PaleyFest Highlights: “The Walking Dead”

walking dead excerptThe Walking Dead doesn’t need any monsters. It is a monster. Paley Fest’s feature of this iconic show proves that each actor is beloved by fans, and even the executive producers get a little bit of action, too.

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Ryan Murphy’s Master Plan

Ryan Murphy ExcerptDoes it seem like Ryan Murphy is coming out with a new show all the time? Well he is and Neil Turitz thinks that his interest in creating an increased number of shorter series is the brilliance behind his success.

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No Matter How Well He Does, Is Jimmy Kimmel Ultimately Doomed to Fail at the Oscars?

jimmy-kimmelThe Oscars might be the apex of hosting gigs for personalities, because it’s the biggest audience and the most publicity and the greatest prestige, and so everyone wants to do it, but almost every time, they are doomed to fail, because that’s how all this works. Neil Turitz examines past hosts to address his predictions for Jimmy Kimmel this Sunday.

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Writing the TV Pilot: Does Your Character Need to Change?

The Wire ExcerptGreat writing begins with getting your vulnerabilities out on the page — the parts of you that you don’t normally express, the truths that you don’t normally look at, the characters that exist inside you: both the beautiful ones that you want to share with the world, and also the ones that scare or disgust you, who often represent parts of you that you don’t want to believe are possible, or that you’d never express in the outside world.

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ARROW Review: “Spectre of the Gun”

Arrow ExcerptSeason 5, Episode 13 – On this week’s Arrow, after a mass shooting Oliver realizes he might have better luck saving the city this time as mayor, not the Green Arrow. Meanwhile, Dinah finally moves into a proper apartment.

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