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Jennifer Morrison to Depart “Once Upon a Time” After Season 6, Leaving the Show’s Future Unclear

Jennifer Morrison Once Upon a Time ExcerptJennifer Morrison, the star of ABC’s fairytale family show Once Upon a Time, took to social media Monday morning to announce that she will not be returning for a seventh season if the show gets renewed, leaving the future of the show up in the air in multiple ways.

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Jimmy Kimmel Got Political in a Very Personal Way the Other Night, and That’s Okay

Jimmy Kimmel ExcerptJimmy Kimmel’s recent monologue gave us all something to think about and gave us a personal prism through which to view it, thus allowing us to truly feel something genuine and true, while also forcing us to ponder how it is we react to such a thing. There’s something refreshing about that,
when entertainment can do more than just entertain.

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THE RUNWAY – YOUR 2017 PILOT SURVIVAL GUIDE: ABC DRAMAS

abc-logoABC’s three major drama pickups last year — Notorious, Conviction, and Time After Time — failed to connect with audiences and critics alike. Channing Dungey must really be feeling the pressure to deliver.

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UPFRONTS: Hulu Highlights Critical Success of “The Handmaid’s Tale” and SVOD Wins

hulu excerptWith the instant critical and viewer praise for The Handmaid’s Tale, the attitude was upbeat at the Hulu presentation at Upfronts. In addition to Handmaid’s Tale, the streaming network announced the big acquisition of the SVOD rights of This is Us and Atlanta, two of the biggest hits of the last year.

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NEWFRONTS: Smosh Continues to Drive the Future of Defy Media

newfrontsNew media company Defy Media is continuing to expand with its in-house brands as it announced three new titles from flagship brand Smosh. Defy’s other most popular brands include Clevver and ScreenJunkies, who both presented new series for 2017.

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NEWFRONTS: Disney Unveils Digital Rebranding for Maker Studios

newfrontsRecent boycott calls for YouTube marketers hang over Disney and Maker Studios New Front presentation, which sought to bring a positive future through re-branding as the Disney Digital Network.

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THE RUNWAY – YOUR 2017 PILOT SURVIVAL GUIDE: ABC COMEDIES

abc-logoNew ABC Network president Channing Dungey had an important decision last year: greenlight more family comedies or add other types of comedy to their strong lineup. She went with a bit of both and now they are bursting at the seams with half-hours.

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Netflix Likes to Say It’s Different from Everyone Else, But Is It?

13 Reasons Why ExcerptThe possibility of a second season for the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why shows a possibly larger and more alarming trend at the streaming giant: that it’s not as creator-friendly as it seems and has the same greed as other networks.

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The Runway – Your 2017 Pilot Survival Guide: FOX Dramas

Fox CroppedLast year, Fox was all about IP and filling a gaping, American Idol-sized hole. Its development was all over the place. This year, much like NBC, Fox seems to have found its groove as well.

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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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