Ben Sherwood makes his debut as head of the Disney-ABC Television Group, Paul Lee shows off new and returning fare, and everybody praises Shondra Rhimes.
The network brought in former President Clinton for a 15-minute question-and-answer session with Alicia Menendez, reporter for the Fusion network. The presentation also featured singer Ricky Martin for entertainment.
Day one of upfronts week began Monday with Bob Greenblatt acknowledging NBC’s “ups and downs” during the past season and ended with Gary Newman and Dana Walden promising to end the vicious cycle of “erratic scheduling” by splitting Fox’s dramas into two half-seasons every year.
CBS just made its final renewals for next season, picking up 10 scripted series; reality staples Survivor, The Amazing Race and Undercover Boss; and newsmagazine stalwarts 60 Minutes and 48 Hours. No major surprises (and bloodletting) on the list.
The network announced Monday that American Idol will go off the air after its 15th season next spring. The cast from the past seasons, with Ryan Seacrest as host and Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. as judges, will return for a season-long celebration of the show’s history.
Gotham-Minority Report and Empire-Rosewood pairings and all new Tuesday lineup with New Girl held until midseason highlight Fox’s fall schedule, which features five new series, dramas Minority Report and Rosewood, hourlong horror comedy Scream Queens and two new half-hour comedy series, the Rob Lowe starrer The Grinder and the John Stamos comedy Grandfathered.
Gone are the quaint days when TV viewers had to worry about that one night of the week when a favorite show on NBC airs at the same time as another favorite on ABC. Now fans of TV drama have full plates that continue to get fuller.
The major television networks are showcasing their pitches for the the coming fall season. Here’s a look at the new shows they’re trumpeting this week.
Traditional television, once seen as the best way to reach a broad audience, is splintering with the rise of digital services like Netflix, YouTube, Snapchat and Vine.
Before the upfront frenzy began, TV Insider asked the entertainment chiefs of each network to fill us in on what their development goals were for the coming TV season. They also talked about what they’re bingeing on, what they were most proud of this past TV season and what they’d like to change about the TV industry. Here’s how they answered.
The network has renewed most of its shows, and it’s loading up with another Flash-Arrow spinoff. Expect minimal tweaks after a season in which viewership rose.
Fall’s primetime schedules may wind up being light on laughs as networks opt to wait out the crunch for the tricky business of launching new comedies.
Pilot season was on a fixed course by the time Empire‘s unprecedented rise astonished network execs. It was too late for broadcast to ready a pack of copycats, but the Fox drama did prove that traditional TV viewers still can be courted in droves. That is sure to weigh heavily on ad buyers as they prepare to dole out up to an estimated $9 billion in advertising — likely off 6% or 7% from 2014-15 — when the broadcast upfront market kicks off today in New York.
NBC on Sunday became the first of the major broadcast networks to release their schedule for next season. NBC and Fox present their schedule to advertisers on Monday.
The Hart Hanson comedy-drama premiered in January but was pulled by the network on Friday.
Battle Creek is no more. CBS has canceled the cop drama, from Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan and House boss David Shore after one season punctuated by disappointing ratings. The network has also decided to pass on the pilot Sneaky Pete, which counts Breaking Bad alum Bryan Cranston as a co-writer and executive producer.
Out of sight, out of mind. Three months after freshman comedy Marry Me and sophomore About a Boy were pulled off the schedule, they has been officially canceled by NBC. There are still four unaired episodes of both relationship comedy, their fate is unclear.
NBC has canceled the drama after just one season, an individual familiar with the move said Friday. The writing had been on the wall for the series, based on a DC Comics character, for some time. In November, news broke that the series would halt production after its initial 13-episode order wrapped. However, a second-season renewal was still being considered at that time.
It’s the end of the road for Fox drama The Following after two seasons. There had been talk of a possible run on a digital platform but that may be a long shot.
CBS sprung into upfront action today, picking up four new dramas, Limitless, Rush Hour, Code Black and the Criminal Minds spinoff — now officially titled Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders — and two comedies, the single-camera Life In Pieces, starring James Brolin and Colin Hanks, and the Jane Lynch starrer Angel From Hell.
The network has picked up drama The Frankenstein Code to series, which hails from sister studio Twentieth Century. The show follows Jimmy Pritchard (Rob Kazinsky), a morally corrupt retired cop, is given a second chance at life when he is brought back from the dead. Now younger and stronger, Pritchard will have to choose between his old temptations and his new sense of purpose.
Everyone will still turn out next week to catch the major broadcast and cable networks’ upfront presentations. Advertisers and analysts alike enjoy taking a first look at the new prime time shows, gawking at the stars, and downing the after-party drinks and shrimp. But many realize that all the sound and fury signify, well, not quite nothing — but a lot less than they did in years past.
Booth and Brennan will still be on the case next season, yet there’s a big shakeup behind the scenes on Fox’s Bones. First, the great news: Fox has indeed renewed Bones for an 11th season. The crime procedural becomes one of the very few dramas in recent years to survive over a decade on the air. But showrunner Stephen Nathan — who has been the showrunner of the series since the very first episode — is stepping down to work on other projects at Fox.
Dick Wolf’s one-hour reality court show with the working title You the Jury will join the NBC slate, the network announced today. The show, which will be live and will let viewers decide the verdict in real-life civil cases, joins Wolf’s other NBC programs that include Law and Order: SVU and the recently greenlit Chicago Med.
Based on John Hughes’ 1989 movie, the African-American-led comedy centers on Uncle Buck (Mike Epps) a fun-loving but irresponsible guy who needs a job and place to stay. By happy coincidence, his nieces and nephew’s nanny has just quit, and his brother and sister-in-law need his help. His unconventional personality just may make him the right fit for the family, and they may be the answer to his problems, too.
As the longtime No. 1 Spanish-language broadcaster, targeting a demographic that’s expected to double over the next 40 years, it’s making a case for competing against the English-language networks as well. In particular, Univision is pushing the network’s strength with millennials, its strongest demographic.
Placemedia, a supply-side platform (SSP) for linear television, on Thursday announced it will offer programmatically sold inventory at the the TV upfront. The “programmatic upfront” inventory will be available through ad tech platforms The Trade Desk, Tremor Video and Collective.
It’s set to win its second straight season, but credit that entirely to sports. It has just one viable comedy. Moving Blacklist to Thursday backfired. Plus Voice is fading.
After picking up six new dramas and three comedies — and as it’s poised to renew the bulk of its returning fare and freshman breakouts — ABC lowered the ax on rookie drama Forever, comedy Cristela, sophomore entry Resurrection as well as returning alternative series The Taste.
African American-focused diginet Bounce TV today unveiled its programming plans for the 2015-16 upfront season, announcing a renewal of its hit comedy series Mann & Wife for a second season. The network also ordered a third season of popular sitcom Family Time and re-upped its stand-up comedy series Off The Chain for season 4.
The network has problems on nearly every night. Its older shows are fading, and many new ones were huge flops. Most importantly, it needs to figure out how to leverage Empire, the highest rated new show in a decade, to help launch other strong new programs.
The network is competing for No. 1 in 18-49s and 25-54s, so its programming needs are minimal. It does have some bubble shows, including the original CSI.
Marketers want the freedom to change the way they deploy their messages, sometimes with just a few days’ notice. Thanks to rich new veins of consumer data — information gleaned from big-box retailer loyalty cards, or viewership-pattern data lifted from TV set-top boxes — marketers have a better understanding of their real customer.
The network must shore up Tuesday and Sunday nights. But it has a lot to build on with several strong new shows and veterans like Modern Family and Scandal.
Adam Buckman: If TV is no longer compartmentalized into “seasons,” then the concept of “upfront” ad sales would seem to have lost its meaning. Or maybe not. Perhaps it’s still possible to commit money in advance to TV shows (whether actually on TV, or online) without exactly knowing when or how (or even if) they will air.
Networks are high on them following the success of Empire and How to Get Away with Murder. There will be fewer comedies, with a focus on family. Reality shows will be warm-fuzzies.