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This is a — and possibly “the” — key question for Big Media investors coming out of the major broadcast and cable networks’ upfront programming presentations this week. As the sales pitches wore on it became clear that execs plan to spare no expense to recover from a year of dreary ratings. There’ll be 25 new programs on the Big Four networks, up from 18 planned this time last year. What’s more, “all of the broadcast networks are moving toward year-round original schedules, less re-runs [and] more frequent ‘mini-events’,” Bernstein Research’s Todd Juenger says. He adds that networks continue to depend on star power — for example CBS landed Robin Williams for its sitcom The Crazy Ones and Turner enlisted off-camera help from Michael Bay (Transformers), Dick Wolf (Law & Order), Howard Gordon (Homeland), Frank Darabont (The Walking Dead), and Jerry Bruckheimer (CSI). “These guys don’t come cheap, and we presume they must participate significantly in the back-end, »
- DAVID LIEBERMAN, Executive Editor
Update: The news is still of cast members being "near to deals" rather than actually signed on, but latest to circle Into The Woods is Emily Blunt. The role she's eyeing in the Disney/Sondheim fairytale musical is the Baker's Wife, who gets cursed by the Wicked Witch (likely to be Mery Streep). As Blunt arrives, her potential screen husband possibly departs however. Reports that James Corden was on board to play the Baker were apparently premature. In fairness, with the greatest of respect to Corden, he and Blunt don't make an obvious couple. Those negotiations, presumably, are still ongoing...We can almost hear the overture starting. Yes, with Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep now on board and Jerry Bruckheimer pulling the producer’s puppeteer strings, director Rob Marshall is gathering his likely cast for new movie musical project Into The Woods. The latest potential recruits? Jake Gyllenhaal and Chris Pine. »
The Big Four hear the footsteps of cable and have responded with an especially aggressive programming strategy for next season.
They’re trying to capture the buzz that pay-tv has generated with high-concept dramas and shorter-order series by investing in event television of their own. And they have loaded up on the one genre that cable has been unable to master: comedy.
The two-pronged approach was evident as each network — even traditional CBS — laid out their fall lineups last weeks.
ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox will air a whopping 13 new comedies in the fall, the most of any year in at least a decade. Of course, a big reason why is that only two of the 10 laffers to bow last fall are coming back — and neither Fox’s “The Mindy Project” nor ABC’s “The Neighbors” is what you’d call a hit.
But with projects starring Michael J. Fox, »
- Rick Kissell
Who says CBS doesn’t make bold programming moves? Oh, that’s right: Everyone. But everyone would be slightly wrong! At yesterday’s upfront presentation, the nation’s most-watched — if least-interesting — broadcast television network surprised reporters by revealing that it was not green-lighting two high-profile potential series: A small screen revival of Beverly Hills Cop from executive producer Shawn Ryan (The Shield) starring Brandon T. Jackson as the son of Axel Foley and a recurring Eddie Murphy; and NCIS: Red, starring John Corbett and Kim Raver. Beverly Hills Cop might find a home elsewhere, while NCIS: Red was deemed unworthy »
- Jeff Jensen
One of three new dramas coming to CBS is "Hostages," starring Toni Collette as a high-profile surgeon who is taken hostage and told she will kill the President of the United States or the hostage-takers will kill her family.
It's part political thriller, part family drama, starring Dylan McDermott as the lead hostage-taker -- who also happens to be an FBI agent. Tate Donovan plays Collette's husband. "Hostages" comes to us courtesy of Jerry Bruckheimer, the man behind such dramas as "CSI" and "Without a Trace."
Watch the trailer above and tell us what you think. "Hostages" will air on Monday nights at 10 p.m. Et/Pt on CBS in the fall. »
CBS has unveiled the first looks at its new fall series as its upfront presentation got underway today in NY, with Robin Williams of David E Kelley’s The Crazy Ones among the participants. The network announced its fall and midseason schedules earlier in the day. Still Awol: the Will Arnett comedy The Millers, so check back. (Update: The Millers has been posted.) Related: CBS Execs Take Shots At The Competition The Millers – Comedy Produced by CBS TV Studios. From executive producer Greg Garcia: The Crazy Ones — Comedy Produced by 20th Century Fox Television. From executive producers David E. Kelley, Bill D’Elia, Dean Lorey, John Montgomery and Mark Teitelbaum and director/executive producer Jason Winer: Hostages — Drama Produced by Warner Bros Television and Jerry Bruckheimer Television. From executive producers Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, Jeffrey Nachmanoff, Rick Eid, Omri Givon, Rotem Shamir and Chayim Sharir: Intelligence — Midseason »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Fresh off this morning’s announcement of its fall 2013-14 schedule, CBS has unveiled trailers for some of its new series. Briefly: We Are Men – An ensemble comedy starring Jerry O’Connell, Kal Penn, Tony Shalhoub, and Chris Smith as four single men living in a short-term apartment complex. Mom – The new multi-camera comedy series from executive producer Chuck Lorre starring Anna Faris as a newly sober single mom raising two children. Allison Janney plays her estranged mother. The Crazy Ones – A single-camera workplace comedy from executive producer David E. Kelley starring Robin Williams as an advertising genius. Sarah Michelle Gellar plays his daughter. The Millers - A single-camera comedy series starring Will Arnett as a news reporter whose mother (Margo Martindale) moves in with him after splitting from his father. Hostages – A new drama series from executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer starring Toni Collette as a surgeon who is thrust »
- Adam Chitwood
Following its upfront presentation to advertisers on Wednesday, CBS released first looks at its new series for the 2013-2014 season. Also read: CBS Fall Lineup: Greg Garcia, Robin Williams Comedies Join 'Big Bang' on Thursdays Watch the videos below. "Crazy Ones": A father-daughter (Robin Williams, Sarah Michelle Gellar) workplace comedy set in the world of advertising. Executive produced by David E. Kelley ("Boston Legal"), Dean Lorey, Bill D'Elia, John Montgomery, Mark Teitelbaum and Jason Winer. "Hostages": Billed as a "high-octane suspense drama" from executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer, the series stars Toni Collette as a »
- Jethro Nededog
CBS played mostly to expectations with its fall lineup, making necessary and aggressive moves in comedy by adding a quartet of new half-hours — including two of the single-camera variety — and expanding its block on Thursday to four shows.
From a marketing perspective, CBS will be able to zero in on two nights, as Monday and Thursday are home to all five of the net’s new programs for fall. Wednesday and Sunday, meanwhile, remain intact while Tuesday and Friday replace sagging timeslots with proven crime shows moving over from other nights.
See More: CBS Expands Thursday Comedy Block, Shuffles Dramas
The only real mystery heading into Wednesday’s announcement was the order of the laffers, and in particular how CBS might schedule those that are single-camera, a style of comedy the net has largely shunned over the years. In something of a surprise, the Eye kept “The Big Bang Theory »
- Rick Kissell
The Fall TV Season presentations for all the new network shows take place this week with the fourth announced today. Here's a full breakdown of which concepts have made the final list over on CBS.
The king of the networks easily remains in charge despite "Elementary" being their only fresh hit of last season's new shows. The network's line-up remains fairly stable with only a few key moves such as Thursday being expanded to include two hours of comedy programming, and "Hawaii Five-0" moving to Fridays.
Several other pilots didn't make the cut this week including the series sequel to the "Beverly Hills Cop" movies, a TV version of the comedy "Bad Teacher", the "NCIS" mobile spin-off "NCIS: Red," a procedural based on Leif G.W. Persson's literary homicide detective Everett Backstrom, the Frank Marshall-produced political thriller "The Ordained" about a priest turned lawyer trying to save his sister from assassination, »
- Garth Franklin
TBS and TNT announced on Wednesday that they are about to become the first national networks to live stream on-air content across multiple platforms 24/7.
The networks made the announcement during TNT and TBS's annual upfront presentation in New York, noting that their content will be streamed through their websites and a pair of newly created apps: Watch TNT and Watch TBS.
"Starting this summer, subscribers will be able to watch TBS and TNT live –- anytime, anywhere, on multiple devices," Steve Koonin, president of Turner Entertainment Networks, told the upfront audience. Additional platforms for TBS and TNT's live streaming will be added by the end of the year.
TNT's coverage of the NBA games, TBS's coverage of Major League Baseball and both network's coverage of the Ncaa will be available for live streaming as well.
Audiences will soon have the opportunity to watch some new content from some »
- Jaimie Etkin
Unlike its broadcasting cohorts, CBS doesn't typically use its upfronts as a time to frantically throw the everything and the kitchen sink out there in the hopes one sticks. CBS knows its audience, and it's steadily successful because of it. What is so interesting with this year's upfronts then is that they actually did shake things up a little: they didn't pick up another NCIS spinoff, and they overlooked Beverly Hills Cops. Instead, CBS is adding two single-camera comedies (The Crazy Ones with Robin Williams, and We Are Men with Kal Penn) and a limited series run of Hostages, a Jerry Bruckheimer production. Though most of the CBS schedule will look familiar (crime shows, canned laughter comedy), these new additions add a level of interest to CBS's schedule not usually seen. Hit the jump for the schedule details. Monday 8 p.m. "How I Met Your Mother" 8:30 p.m. "We Are Men" 9 p. »
- Allison Keene
CBS has announced that it is picking up five comedies and three dramas. The comedies include "The Crazy Ones," starring Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar, and "The Millers" with Will Arnett and Margo Martindale.
The dramas picked up include Jerry Bruckheimer's "Hostages," starring Toni Collette and Dylan McDermott, which will air its season finale in January. Taking up its Monday timeslot will then be "Intelligence," starring CBS vet Marg Helgenberger and Josh Holloway.
Pics: New shows for the 2013-14 season
Here is the night-by-night schedule for CBS:
7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30 Sun 60 Minutes The Amazing Race The Good Wife The Mentalist Mon How I Met Your Mother We Are Men 2 Broke Girls Mom Hostages Tue NCIS NCIS: Los Angeles Person of Interest Wed Survivor Criminal Minds CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Thu Big Bang Theory The Millers The Crazy Ones Two and Half Men »
Turner Broadcasting execs will talk up cable’s gains over the broadcast nets and efforts to court viewers on multiple screens at its upfront presentation at the Hammerstein Ballroom.
Turner entertainment chief Steve Koonin and TNT/TBS/TCM programming prexy Michael Wright (pictured left to right above) also are set to unveil a slew of development projects with high-profile creative auspices including Steven Spielberg, Dick Wolf, Steven Carell, Jamie Foxx, Nicholas Sparks, Sylvester Stallone and Diablo Cody. The duo are expected to emphasize the broad slate of fresh series, scripted and unscripted, that TNT and TBS have coming in the summer and fall as a sign that the channels are nearly at parity with broadcasters in terms of reach and the depth of original programming.
See Also: Pilot Scorecard: Track the Orders in Real-Time
Starting this summer, Turner will make the regular linear feeds of TNT and TBS available for »
- Cynthia Littleton
Chicago – When you’re the #1 network on TV, it must be tempting to stay the course. However, CBS always shakes things up a bit and this year is no different. The 2013-14 schedule, announced this morning, features four new comedies (including a new comedy block in one of their most successful time slots) and one drama, along with new time slots for big hits “Person of Interest,” “Two and a Half Men,” and “Hawaii Five-0.” The five new shows feature a stunning degree of star power with lead roles taken by Robin Williams, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Margo Martindale, Tony Shalhoub, Toni Collette, Will Arnett, Tate Donovan, Allison Janney, and more. It must be nice to be #1.
Full schedule below with new show descriptions under that. Come back for more news, reviews, and previews of the 2013-14 Fall schedule.
7pm “How I Met Your Mother”
7:30pm “We Are Men »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
CBS just announced its fall schedule, which includes two hours of Thursday comedies (which includes the new Robin Williams comedy The Crazy Ones), a new night for Hawaii 5-0, and back-to-back new dramas on Mondays at 10 to avoid airing repeats throughout the season.
Here is is:
Here are the descriptions of the new shows:
We Are Men is a single-camera comedy about four single guys living in a short-term apartment complex who unexpectedly find camaraderie over their many missteps in love. Carter (Chris Smith), the youngest and most recent addition to the group, moved in after being ditched at the altar mid-ceremony, »
- Lynette Rice
Disney has released a new banner for The Lone Ranger, and it seems like they managed to pack the whole movie into this thing! It looks like it's going to be a fun action-packed western.
The Gore Verbinski-directed western stars Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, Tom Wilkinson, William Fichtner, Barry Pepper, James Badge Dale, Ruth Wilson, and Helena Bonham Carter. The film rides into theaters on July 3rd, 2013.
From producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski, the filmmaking team behind the blockbuster “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, comes Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ “The Lone Ranger,” a thrilling adventure infused with action and humor, in which the famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes. Native American spirit warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice–taking the audience on a runaway train »
- Joey Paur
Cine 1 has an exclusive new poster for The Lone Ranger.
From producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski, the filmmaking team behind the blockbuster ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ franchise, comes Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ ‘The Lone Ranger,’ a thrilling adventure infused with action and humor, in which the famed masked hero is brought tolife through new eyes. Native American warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice-taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption.
The movie is out July 3rd, 2013.
Source: Cine 1 »
- Alex Corey
New posters have been released from The Lone Ranger, Red 2, Star Trek Into Darkness, and I, Frankenstein. Briefly, The Lone Ranger international poster has the Lone Ranger in danger of falling into Helena Bonham Carter's cleavage, the gang is all there in the Red 2 poster, the Enterprise is still seriously screwed in the latest poster for Star Trek Into Darkness, and then there's the first poster for I, Frankenstein. It's a "motion poster", but it will be holographic when you see it at your local theater. It doesn't have a close-up of Aaron Eckhart as the monster, but at a distance, he's the most handsome iteration of the creature to date. Hit the jump to check out the posters. The Lone Ranger opens in 3D on July 3rd. Red 2 opens July 19th. Star Trek Into Darkness opens in IMAX 3D on Wednesday and in 2D and 3D on Thursday. »
- Matt Goldberg
CBS is using the big guns of Hollywood: Jerry Bruckheimer, Chuck Lorre, Greg Garcia and David E. Kelley, to usher in more star power and hopefully continued ratings dominance for the 2013-14 series pickups. You can expect eight new series, including three dramas and five comedies that boast Robin Williams, Will Arnett and Marg Helgenberger to name a few. Dead on the vine: Say goodbye to CSI: NY, Rules of Engagement, Vegas and Golden Boy. New to look forward too: "Reckless" is a sexy legal show set in Charleston, S.C., where the classic northsouth opposites attract plot point is in play, as two lawyers have to deal with their intense attraction as they clash over a police sex »
- April Neale
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