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Greg Berlanti’s “Supergirl”, “Riverdale” & Two More Pilots Ordered By CW

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Supergirl is making a big move to CW and Vancouver for season two and CW picks up three pilots to series: Riverdale, Frequency, and No Tomorrow.

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UPFRONTS: National Geographic Launching New Series On Instagram

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Who knew that National Geographic was a social media juggernaut? Well, the 50 million people who follow them did and now the channel is launching new programming for their ever expanding young audience.

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UPFRONTS: YouTube, Machinima And Vice Make Their Cases To Advertisers At NewFronts

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YouTube and Machinima focused on Preferred Advertisers while Vice is seriously proud of their new TV channel in today’s NewFronts recap.

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UPFRONTS: Hearst, Time Inc. & CNN Promote Their Latest Offerings At NewFronts

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Hearst, Time Inc., and CNN make their presentations at NewFronts with more unscripted, talk series, and VR content.

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Upfronts: Hulu And YouTube Announce Plans For New Channel Bundles

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Hulu announces a new “skinny bundle” in the works, but not to be outdone, YouTube makes a similar announcement ahead of their NewFronts tomorrow.

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UPFRONTS: Digital Platforms’ NewFronts Get The Ball Rolling In New York

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Where Upfronts used to be comprised of the big five television networks and a few cable channels, the events now span months with dozens of channels and platforms presenting their wares. Here’s a rundown of the biggest news to come out of this year’s Newfronts.

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Choosing The TV Spec Script That’s Best For Your Brand

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It used to be simple: Drama or Comedy. Hour or half-hour. But time, technology, and tastes have changed everything. So when you’re preparing for this year’s fellowships and building your portfolio, how do you choose the spec that best pairs with your original pilot? We’re here to help.

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The Runway: Recapping The 2016 Network Drama Pilots

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Drama trends have been pretty consistent across the development and pilot seasons: remakes, soaps, and vertical integration. Underlying these, is the most consistent trend of them all: safety. Let’s get into our recap of the 2016 network drama pilots.

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The Runway: Recapping The 2016 Network Comedy Pilots

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The end of pilot season is always a little bittersweet. On the one hand, we’ll get to see the visions of the writers come to life, with a select few making it to series. On the other hand, we have to wait another nine months for a new crop of pilot scripts to be released to the world. It’s time to recap this year’s 2016 network pilot season.

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LUCIFER Review: “Take Me Back to Hell”

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Lucifer packs it’s last episode with gun fights, fights between brothers, new alliances, a princess rescue, and a trip to hell and back. A season finale could not have been presented better.

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The Runway – Your 2016 Pilot Survival Guide: FOX Dramas

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Fox has boosted development to cover American Idol’s exit and fill nearly 40 hours or programming. So this year’s order of 11 pilots is up from last year’s 6. That said, Fox isn’t really looking to take risks. Let’s take a look at what’s in the works in our preview of Fox’s Drama Pilots.

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The Runway – Your 2016 Pilot Survival Guide: FOX Comedies

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After approximately 148 years on air, the fat lady has finally sung for American Idol, leaving a giant gaping 2-hour hole in Fox’s weekly schedule. This could be a boon for comedy showrunners, drama showrunners, or both. Let’s find out what’s in the pipeline with our preview of Fox’s 2016 Comedy Pilots.

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LIVE + 5: THE BEST SHOWS OF THE WEEK (4.15.16)

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Kimmy Schmidt and Orphan Black are back while Sleepy Hollow and Blacklist say goodbye to major characters in some of this week’s best episodes of television!

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The Runway – Your 2016 Pilot Survival Guide: CW Dramas

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Arrow and The Flash are the CW’s biggest ratings successes, with the latter being the most-watched show in the CW’s history. Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend have won the network some well-deserved critical attention. See what’s next for the CW in our preview of their 2016 Drama pilots.

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The Runway – Your 2016 Pilot Survival Guide: CW Comedies

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The CW is simply not a network that hosts “comedies” in the traditional, half-hour sense, which is why we’re not providing a breakdown of their 2016 pilots in the same way we’ve been doing for the rest of the networks. That said, a lack of sitcoms doesn’t mean that The CW is without comedy.

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LIVE + 5: THE BEST SHOWS OF THE WEEK – SEESO EDITION (4.8.16)

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This week in Live + 5, we’re bringing you a special Seeso edition, reviewing NBC’s recently launched comedy app and some of its flagship programming, including Bajillion Dollar Properties, Comedy Show Show, and a fantastic library of classic sitcoms.

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“The Walking Dead” Season Finale And Why The Cliffhanger Deserves To Die


I’m not saying cliffhangers don’t have their uses. When employed properly, they can be quite effective. But what they shouldn’t do, and what The Walking Dead has done to betray its audience, is to hold off on finishing a story for artificial reasons.

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The Runway – Your 2016 Pilot Survival Guide: NBC Dramas

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Apart from NBC’s discernible desire for a primetime soap, it’s difficult to figure out what the network is looking for. Is there a method to The Peacock’s madness? Let’s find out in our complete preview of the 2016 NBC Drama pilots.

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The Runway – Your 2016 Pilot Survival Guide: NBC Comedies

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NBC Comedy in the early 2010’s was like The Titanic. Plenty of people were yelling “Iceberg right ahead!” It takes time to turn a boat around, as it took some time for NBC to finally admit that they should be going mainly after broad comedies. Let’s see where the Peacock stands in our preview of NBC Comedy pilots.

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THE RUNWAY – YOUR 2016 PILOT SURVIVAL GUIDE: CBS DRAMAS

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CBS feels like it’s still in transition. Considering the overall grim landscape of year-on-year ratings decline, Les Moonves seems relatively happy with his picks last season, leaving room for maybe 3 more fall dramas this time around.Get the complete breakdown in our CBS Drama pilots preview.

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THE RUNWAY – YOUR 2016 PILOT SURVIVAL GUIDE: CBS COMEDIES

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CBS took the unusual step last week of renewing 11 returning series, without addressing the fate of any freshman series. What does that tell us? It might indicate they’re waiting to get a feel for this year’s crop of pilots. Get the complete breakdown in our CBS Comedy pilots preview.

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THE RUNWAY – YOUR 2016 PILOT SURVIVAL GUIDE: ABC DRAMAS

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ABC has eleven dramas in contention, with another one already picked up to series. That’s a lot. Get the complete breakdown in our ABC Drama pilots preview.

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THE RUNWAY – YOUR 2016 PILOT SURVIVAL GUIDE: ABC COMEDIES

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With Paul Lee out at ABC, you’d expect their comedy lineup to be in shambles. That’s actually not the case though. See why in our ABC Comedy pilot season preview.

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PALEYFEST 2016 – The Complete Wrap-Up, Recap And Analysis

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Last week, The Dolby Theater was infiltrated by a slew of popular television shows, their stars, and their fans for a series of panels. Here’s the complete recap and analysis from this year’s Paleyfest.

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THE RUNWAY: TRACKING THE 2016 PILOTS, TRENDS & NETWORKS

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The Tracking Board presents the 3rd 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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PALEYFEST HIGHLIGHTS: “Supergirl”

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The first weekend of PaleyFest ends with the executive producers and cast of Supergirl as they deal with the most important questions, like which cast would win in a sing-off: The Flash or Supergirl?

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PALEYFEST HIGHLIGHTS: “Black-ish”

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As the cast and creators of Black-ish took to the stage at PaleyFest, conversations varied from writing process, to Norman Lear, to that time Tracy Ellis Ross supposedly punched co-star, Anthony Anderson. See all the top moments here!

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PALEYFEST HIGHLIGHTS: “Scream Queens”

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The cast of Scream Queens hit the stage of PaleyFest for an audience filled with pink faux furs and ear muffs for an hour filled laughs and thrills, and we have all the top moments for you here!

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PALEYFEST HIGHLIGHTS: “Better Call Saul”

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PaleyFest takes over the Dolby Theater in Hollywood this weekend and we’ve got all your highlights! Saturday afternoon’s panel brought the upcoming episode of the much beloved Better Call Saul along with creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, and series stars Bod Odenkird, Michael McKean, Rhea Seehorn and more!

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The Ides Of March And The First Season Of HBO’s “Rome”

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