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Things Are Flat at Fox, but Their Innovation Keeps Them Going (Network Series)

Dana Walden Gary Newman ExcerptThere’s no real easy way to climb the ladder, other than to keep trying to innovate. Yes, there is plenty of the familiar on the horizon, but one of the things that Fox has always been willing to do more than its competitors is take the big swing.

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It’s Been a While Since the Alphabet Network Came First, and It’ll Be a While Still (Network Series)

Channing Dungey ExcerptSince the start of the century, ABC has been the top-rated network only once (all the way back in the 2000-01 season) and since then, they’ve been losing millions of viewers as their shows and ratings have stagnated or dropped. Channing Dungey and her team have their work cut out for them, and a fairly difficult road to maneuver to get back on top.

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It Might Not Be Number One, But NBC Can Still Strut Like a Peacock (Network Series)

Robert Greenblatt ExcerptAll in all, things are pretty good at NBC. They could certainly be worse, and in fact were, quite recently. Under Greenblatt’s guidance, the network has steadily climbed the ladder over the past few years, the question is, can it overcome the strength of CBS? For that to happen, a lot has to go right, and that’s sort of a risky place to be.

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For CBS and Les Moonves, It’s Good To Be the King (Network Series)

moonves 2 excerptNot so long ago, CBS was a last place network. A bad joke that was hemorrhaging viewers, and giving the impression that those it kept were all senior citizens. But two things occurred that changed things. The first was the rise of Les Moonves, and the second was achieving an understanding of what its viewers really wanted.

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“Wild Style” To “The Get Down”: The Hip-Hop-ization Of Hollywood

get-down-hip-hop-excerptBaz Luhrmann should be applauded for creating the first form of scripted entertainment that follows the origin story of hip-hop, a culture that has always been present in Hollywood, but within the past two decades, has become a dominant force in the industry. From movies dedicated to breakdancing to biopics on rap legends, the genre, which was once seen as a trend, is a hot commodity in Hollywood.

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TCA Makes The Case For Genderless Awards

sarah-paulson-rebel-in-the-ryeThis week has been filled with news coming out of the Television Critics Association panels but the most interesting thing to happen wasn’t “news” — it was watching the nominees at the awards show last weekend. Unlike the other major awards events throughout the year, the TCA’s acting categories don’t separate gender, continuing a growing conversation of how the industry deals with gender and sexuality.

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Getting High On The New TV Trends

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It’s been four years since Weeds left the air, three since the end of Breaking Bad, which means there has definitely been a dearth of television shows dealing with controlled substances. Good thing, then, that there are so many on the horizon.

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Can Broadcast Networks Compete In A World Of Binge-Worthy TV?

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend ExcerptNow that viewers have been able to get themselves a taste of such privileges like binge-watching and having access to older episodes of TV shows, they’re demanding it across the board, and the networks are scrambling to find ways to cost-effectively deliver.

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Here’s What I Learned After Ditching My Cable For The Month Of July

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I experimented with cord cutting for the month of July, shutting down my cable account for 30 days so as to see what all the fuss is about and what I could both lose and gain by staying away. Both sides had their pros and cons, the question was, which choice was more worth doing?

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The Inevitable and Obligatory Emmy Roundup That’s Actually Different From All the Others

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Doing anything in Hollywood is like steering an aircraft carrier. It ain’t turning on a dime, but will, ideally, slowly but surely move into a different direction. This year’s Emmys show that the ATAS voting members are at least starting to evolve.

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Launch Pad Alum David Hoffman Joins Writers Room Of Upcoming Shawn Ryan Series “Timeless” (Exclusive)


2015 Launch Pad Pilot Competition winner David Hoffman has joined the writers’ room on the upcoming Shawn Ryan and Eric Kripke series Timeless premiering this fall on NBC.

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

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In the midst of this week’s network upfronts, The Runway contributors Andrew Woodberry and Ashish Mehta discuss what got picked up, what didn’t, and why. On Thursday, The CW delivered the last of the network upfront presentations, celebrating the arrival of Supergirl as well as a few new series to the fall schedule.

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THE CATCH Review: “The Happy Couple” / “The Wedding”

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Much like a parmigiana dish at Buca de Beppo, quantity does not always make up for lack of quality, and that was the problem with the finale of The Catch. The theme of this week’s episode is family: privilege’s own prison.

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Your Fall Television Schedule

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Now that the major five networks have released their new orders and schedules, it is time to begin planning our viewing calendars!

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

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In the midst of this week’s network upfronts, The Runway contributors Andrew Woodberry and Ashish Mehta discuss what got picked up, what didn’t, and why. On Wednesday, it was The Eye’s turn to present their upcoming schedule to Madison Avenue and present the latest trailers for the new series.

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CW Spreads Their DC Universe Across Four Nights This Fall

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CW excitedly pointed out during their upfront presentation that they have a clear audience and are aware of what that audience wants to watch.

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Issues Of Diversity Hang Over CBS Upfront Presentation

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ABC may have gotten some backlash over their cancellations, but CBS is taking serious heat for their pilot orders on the newly announced schedule – a lineup filled with male-led comedies and procedurals.

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

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In the midst of this week’s network upfronts, The Runway contributors Andrew Woodberry and Ashish Mehta discuss what got picked up, what didn’t, and why. On Tuesday, ABC revealed a few sneak peaks of some of the shows that will hit the Alphabet in the fall.

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

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In the midst of this week’s network upfronts, The Runway contributors Andrew Woodberry and Ashish Mehta discuss what got picked up, what didn’t, and why. On Monday, Fox followed up NBC with its upfront presentation, unveiling nearly a dozen new shows that will be joining the network’s schedule.

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ABC Breaks Up The Shondaland Primetime Party On Thursday Nights

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Jimmy Kimmel made a splash this morning with an opening monologue at ABC’s upfront presentation that may have been closer to a roast. With performances, light-hearted moments, and videos of new series all on full display.

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ABC Reveals Full Trailers For Their New Lineup At Upfronts

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After getting people excited a few days ago with the “first look” teasers for ABC’s new series, today at their upfront presentation they revealed full trailers for all the series.

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Amazon, Hulu & Netflix Load Up On Original Content

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Amazon, Hulu, and Netflix have forged their own paths to creating content in the digital subscription space and while the major networks show off their choices on Madison Ave. we wanted to look at what these three big online channels have in the works.

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

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In the midst of this week’s network upfronts, The Runway contributors Andrew Woodberry and Ashish Mehta discuss what got picked up, what didn’t, and why. On Monday, NBC held its upfront presentation, so how is The Peacock’s fall schedule shaping up?

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“The Grinder” Rests – When Bad Things Happen To Good Shows

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Great shows get killed off prematurely all the time. Still, it stings when a show you like doesn’t get the viewership it needs to be renewed, and you suddenly don’t get to spend any more time with these characters you’ve grown to like so much. That’s especially true with The Grinder, which was cancelled by Fox last week.

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ABC Gives A Taste Of Their New Series In First Looks

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Catch all the first look for ABC’s new series ahead of their upfront presentation in New York.

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Fox Releases Trailers For Their New Series At Upfronts

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Fox is ready to overload you with all-new programming! Check out trailers from their upfront presentation here!

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Watch All The NBCUniversal TV Trailers That Dropped During Upfronts

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You may have been distracted by the news coming out of Cannes, or all the fun concert feeds and late night comedy stars who’ve been making headlines all day, but some great TV trailers dropped today. Here are the ones from NBCUniversal!

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Fox Hands “24: Legacy” The Post-Superbowl Premiere Slot

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The highly anticipated 24 reboot, 24: Legacy, just landed itself the best premiere slot on television: right after the Super Bowl. Find out what else Fox announced at the 2016 Upfront here!

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HBO, Showtime & Starz Work To Steal Viewers With New Series Orders

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Premium cable networks like HBO, Showtime, and Starz have taken the battle for subscribers to another level this year as each channel has fully implemented an a la carte system in order to win over the cord-cutters.

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Cable Nets Place Their Series Orders

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Cable channels may not have the same level of presence as the major networks at upfronts, but that doesn’t mean we’re not curious about what they’re ordering throughout the year. See a breakdown of everything in the pipeline here!

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