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First-Time Showrunners Share Challenges of Being the Boss

1 April 2016 1:24 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Running a TV show comes with plenty of challenges — especially when it’s your first time doing it on a freshman show.

Showrunners Jack Orman (NBC’s “Shades of Blue”), Jessica Goldberg (Hulu’s “The Path”), Alan Yang (Netflix’s “Master of None”) and Justin Spitzer (NBC’s “Superstore”) participated in a panel on Friday morning at NBC’s Summer Press Day in Thousand Oaks, Calif., to share what they’ve learned from running a television series in its first season.

The foursome (who are all showrunners on Universal TV projects) said that balancing many roles is the toughest task. All agreed the challenges make their day-to-day extremely rewarding, though.

“You have to balance keeping an overall strategic vision and also paying attention to a lot of details,” Orman said, being the only panelist to have been a showrunner previously. “Essentially, you’re a storyteller and you have to have »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Jennifer Lopez Police Thriller ‘Shades of Blue’ Picked Up by Sky in U.K.

15 March 2016 4:27 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — Pay TV network Sky has nabbed U.K. rights to police thriller “Shades of Blue,” starring Jennifer Lopez, and season four of musical drama series “Nashville.” The shows will play on the platform’s channel Sky Living.

“Nashville” will appear for the first time on Sky Living, with previous seasons having aired in the U.K. on Channel 4 niche channels More 4 and E4. Seasons one to three will be available to Sky customers via Sky Box Sets and streaming service Now TV.

The acquisitions add to Sky Living’s strong lineup of U.S. drama. The channel is already home to “Scandal,” “Elementary,” “The Blacklist,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Criminal Minds” and “Bones,” and most recently the U.K. premiere of “Blindspot.”

“Blindspot” consolidated from 384,000 to 1.19 million, making it the best launch of a brand new U.S. drama on Sky Living ever. Also coming soon to Sky Living »

- Leo Barraclough

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NBC Renews Jennifer Lopez’s ‘Shades of Blue’ for Season 2

5 February 2016 2:45 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

NBC has picked up a second season of Jennifer Lopez’s cop drama “Shades of Blue,” Variety has learned.

Though the early renewal comes right after the show’s lowest ratings came in for its fifth episode last night, the pickup comes as no surprise, given Lopez’s star power and “Shades of Blue” still-strong performance as one of NBC’s biggest debuts in recent years.

In its first three telecasts, “Shades of Blue” averaged a 2.5 rating in 18-49 and 11.2 million viewers overall, according to Nielsen’s “live+3” estimates, standing as one of the most time-shifted programs on television during this time. Thanks in part to no competition from ABC’s “How to Get Away With Murder,” “Shades” gave NBC its first Thursday-at-10 wins with in-season regular programming over original competition on ABC and CBS since March 2010 in the demo and since March 2008 in total viewers.

“We want to thank Jennifer, »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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