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ABC 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.
While 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.
Like 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.
It 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.
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.
If we’re going to bring something back from the dead, shouldn’t we be given a chance to actually miss it first? One has to genuinely wonder what it is about this new American Idol series that will draw viewers in a way that the original one simply was no longer capable of doing.
Last night the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills in conjunction with GLAAD hosted an early screening of American Gods episode three along with a discussion and Q&A with various cast and crew, which highlighted how the show depicts its diversity as well as it does.
Last 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.
This 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.
Jennifer 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.
Jimmy 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.
ABC’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.
With 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.
New 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.
Recent 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.
New 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.
The 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.
Last 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.
Neil 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.
Fox 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.
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.
Just 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.
Freeform 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.
A 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.
The 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.
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.
The 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.
With 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?
In 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.
Over 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.