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NBC and CBS were the season’s ratings winners in key demo categories, and Fox had the hottest new show in years, but the best story of the 2014-15 television season just might have belonged to ABC.
The Alphabet emerged as the only major network to draw a larger young-adult audience this season than last, thanks in large part to a strong rookie class that included hits “How to Get Away With Murder” and “Black-ish” as well as other solid newcomers like “Fresh Off the Boat” and “Secrets and Lies.” “The Goldbergs” blossomed in in its second year, while veterans like “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal,” “Modern Family” and “Shark Tank” also continued to produce.
CBS introduced new drama hit “Scorpion” and renewed four other first-year shows, while Fox launched megahit “Empire” and solid newcomer “Gotham” and the CW discovered its biggest hit to date, “The Flash.” NBC, on the other hand, »
- Rick Kissell
Content is indeed king.
The transformation of the “TV business” into the “content business” has accelerated to a gallop, forcing the industry to face the harsh realities of trying to run a traditional network in an on-demand world.
The signs of upheaval were impossible to miss last week as the major networks closed out upfront season with 2015-16 schedule presentations that emphasized how much they recognize that there’s no such thing as a status quo anymore.
“The erratic schedules of the past just don’t work anymore,” Fox TV Group chair Dana Walden told the crowd in her first upfront presentation as head of programming. Her partner atop Fox, Gary Newman, vowed that Fox would redouble its efforts to “market (shows) relentlessly and create events that break through and captivate viewers across every platform.”
The sense of urgency emphasized onstage comes at a time when the traditional economic model »
- Cynthia Littleton
Dick Wolf has a new formidable competition in the series crossover department. On the heels of the highly rated Arrow-Flash crossover this season, the CW has decided to do it every year. “The crossover was so successful, we will be making it a special event in fourth quarter every year,” the CW President Mark Pedowitz announced at the network’s upfront presentation this… »
The TV upfronts kicked off this week with NBC and Fox unveiling their fall lineups to advertisers. Their presentations included the usual cancellation announcements, though this year's was particularly newsworthy as Fox revealed that the next season of "American Idol" will be its last. The network also announced that its smash hit "Empire" would return in the fall and run for 18 episodes.
Midseason: "Chicago Med," "Coach," "Crowded," "Hot and Bothered," "Shades of Blue," "Superstore," "You, Me, and the »
- Kelly Woo
Many feel that 3 am is the devil’s hour or the witching hour, a demonic moment in the day when paranormal activity can be reported more often. 3 am is a time when demonic activity is purportedly at its strongest. The reason is that it is believed Christ died at 3 pm, thus being tormented at 3 am is a mockery of the Holy Trinity. Whatever your beliefs, waking at 3 am is an unsettling feeling. Yet some people party right through the hour.Now Dick Wolf and company take us to that time in New York City with Showtime, described […] »
- April Neale
As it closes in on its second consecutive season-long victory in the key adult 18-49 demographic, NBC unveils a new 2015-16 primetime schedule that combines popular returning series, edge-of-your-seat new dramas, inventive new comedies and season nine of the Emmy Award-winning musical competition series The Voice. NBC is on track to win the traditional September-to-May primetime season in adults 18-49 for the second year in a row after having gone the prior 10 years without an 18-49 win. Through 32 completed weeks of the season, NBC also ranks #1 or tied for #1 among the Big 4 networks in adults and men 18-34 and men and women 18-49.
In total viewers, NBC is running #2 for the season and within 7% of its year-ago Olympics-boosted average (8.8 million vs. 9.5 million), making this season and last NBC's two top-scoring seasons in total viewers since 2006-07. NBC has won the last three November sweeps in adults 18-49, as well as »
This story first appeared in the May 22 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. "You've got to see this," says Dick Wolf, swiping through the photos on his iPhone. He finds what he's hunting for: a snapshot of a tattoo on a fan's calf made up of the four words that appear at the conclusion of every one of his television shows: Executive Producer Dick Wolf. Adds the 68-year-old producer: "Somebody's got one on their tricep, too. I suppose it's an insane compliment?" He's gotten plenty of sane ones,
- Lacey Rose
On the hells of yesterday's renewal announcements, NBC has unveiled its full primetime schedule for the upcoming 2014-15 TV season. Here are the highlights: Greg Berlanti's mysterious drama Blindspot starring Jaimie Alexander (Thor) lands the coveted post-voice spot on Monday Night's at 10 pm. This makes six series for Berlanti in the 2015-16 season, Blindspot and the renewed The Mysteries of Laura on NBC, Arrow, The Flash, and DC's Legends of Tomorrow on The CW and Supergirl on CBS. Heroes Reborn kicks off a new "strengthened" programming bloc on Thursdays and will lead into NBC's top-rated show, the James Spader-led The Blacklist. Heartbreaker, starring Melissa George, will fill the Tuesday 9 pm slot, followed by Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris at 10 pm. The return of Craig T. Nelson as Hayden Fox in Coach receives a midseason order alongside Eva Longoria's Hot & Bothered and the newest installment in Dick Wolf's "Chicago" franchise, »
- Haleigh Foutch
Live from New York, Los Angeles, and, perhaps, several other places, it’s NBC’s fall schedule.
The Comcast-owned network said it would start to rely more heavily on live and live-to-tape programming in the fall, a reflection, perhaps, of the troubles the outlet has had in attaining hit status for much of its scripted fare in past seasons. NBC is set to run a live variety show featuring Neil Patrick Harris on Tuesday nights; run episodes of the sitcom “Undateable” on Friday nights that are performed live; and continue to lean on two of its most durable franchises, “The Voice” on Mondays and Tuesdays, and “Sunday Night Football” on Sunday nights in the first half of the season. The network will also mount the third in a series of live broadcasts of popular Broadway fare, setting a take of “The Wiz” for the holiday season.
“Live programming is one »
- Brian Steinberg
It has never been harder to predict the network schedules, as the number of series (including many shorter-flight ones) has increased exponentially in recent years and networks seem more willing to stick with lower-rated shows for a variety of reasons. So while it’s admittedly a futile exercise, it doesn’t keep us from trying to spitball once again. So, here’s a look at one way things could play out:
After strengthening the Thursday 10 p.m. hour last fall with “How to Get Away With Murder,” a priority for ABC this fall is to bolster the final hour of primetime on other nights. “Quantico” and “Wicked City,” both of which should have some male appeal, would be good fits to close Tuesday and Wednesday. And though “Castle” is heading into the homestretch of its run, it’s more important that ABC establish stronger Tuesday and Wednesday 10 p.m. »
- Rick Kissell
Dick Wolf and Magical Elves Productions have sold a new legal show titled “You the Jury” (working title) to NBC. The live, one-hour primetime show will allow viewers to vote on the verdict in real-life civil cases. Wolf will serve as executive producer along with Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz and Tom Thayer. Wolf has a long, storied history with NBC. He famously created the “Law & Order” franchise for the network, which has inspired four spinoffs to date. The original show ran from 1990 to 2010, making it one of the longest-running dramas in television history. See photos: The Faces of Pilot Season 2015 NBC. »
- Joe Otterson
Dick Wolf likes being in business with NBC. His Wolf Reality and Magical Elves have sold a new legal show, You The Jury (working title) to the network. This will be Wolf’s fifth project at NBC for next season, joining his Law & Order: Svu, Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D. and new spinoff Chicago Med. You The Jury is a one-hour primetime show that will give viewers a chance to decide the verdict in real-life civil cases. Wolf, Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz and Tom Thayer executive… »
Dick Wolf’s one-hour reality court show with the working title “You the Jury” will join the NBC slate, the network announced Friday.
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.” It’s also the latest in a trend for NBC, which has been focusing on live TV in recent years with musicals like December’s “Peter Pan Live!” and, as Variety reported this week, is in discussions for a variety show starring Maya Rudolph that would accompany the upcoming one starring Neil Patrick Harris.
Wolf will exec produce the show with Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz and Tom Thayer. The show is co-produced by Wolf’s Wolf Reality and Magical Elves. The shingles previously worked together on the TNT nonfiction series “Cold Justice, »
- Seth Kelley
ABC won Wednesday in the key 18-49 ratings demographic, marking the first time it topped the first two of the May sweep in 15 years. CBS topped primetime in total viewers. For NBC, “Law & Order: Svu” fell to a new demo low — down 43 percent — one week removed from the network’s mega-crossover of Dick Wolf procedurals, which offered Nielsen bumps. “Chicago P.D.” tied a ratings low last night; the show dipped 22 percent. That said, “P.D.” won its 10 p.m. timeslot in the main demo. There was no competition from Fox or CW during the hour. Also Read: 'Survivor' Next »
- Tony Maglio
Within a week ahead of the annual TV Upfronts, NBC has come right out of the gate ready to announce three new series that they will be ordering for the upcoming 2015 Fall season. According to The Futon Critic, NBC has given series orders to three new drama pilots: Chicago Med (a direct spinoff from Chicago Fire), a new Greg Berlanti mystery thriller series called Blindspot and an additional medical drama titled Heartbreaker starring Melissa George. NBC has already granted series orders for Jennifer Lopez cop drama Shades of Blue, a sequel series for Coach, Eva Longoria’s comedy Telenovela, and an untitled Jerrod Carmichael comedy.
Chicago Med is an obvious pick up for NBC as it expands the brand of Dick Wolf Chicago television universe that began with Chicago Fire in 2012, followed by Chicago Pd in 2014 and now solidifies connections to Wolf’s other ongoing series Law & Order Svu as »
- Jean Pierre Diez
As broadcast television heads toward upfront week, NBC has announced the addition of three brand new dramas to its slate. Having commissioned 19 pilots, the network already sent Shades Of Blue, Coach and Telenovela straight to series. These projects have now been joined by series commitments for Heartbreaker, Blindspot and Dick Wolf’s Chicago Med.
Chicago Med promises to take audiences into the daily chaos of Chicago’s busiest hospital – focusing on the doctors working within. It fits into Dick Wolf’s successful Chicago franchise, with characters from Chicago P.D and Chicago Fire planned to pass through the sterile hallways of the hospital. Oliver Platt, S. Epatha Merkerson, Laurie Holden, Nick Gehlfuss, and Yaya Dacosta are among the cast of this show that is written by Matt Olmstead, Michael Brandt and Derek Haas. The synopsis clearly sounds like a version of ER made to fit with Wolf’s existing shows, »
- Sarah Myles
NBC has announced three new dramatic TV shows for the 2015-16 season -- Chicago Med, Heartbreaker, and Blindspot.
Chicago Med, a spin-off of Dick Wolf's Chicago Fire series, will revolve around the city's most explosive hospital and the brave staff that run it. The show's cast will include Oliver Platt, S. Epatha Merkerson, Laurie Holden, Nick Gehlfuss and Yaya Dacosta. This will bring prolific producer Wolf's number of NBC shows back to four, joining Chicago Fire, Chicago Pd, and Law & Order Special Victims Unit.
Pilot order season is now mostly behind us, as TV networks will now begin announcing which pilots will become series that you'll be watching next TV season. NBC has stepped up with early series orders for 3 new series that feature black actors in either starring or supporting roles - all of which made my list of 70+ pilots commissioned this pilot season. Here are all 3, along with synopsis and cast: 1. "Chicago Med" - From executive producer Dick Wolf comes the newest installment of his “Chicago” drama franchise, which is described as "an emotional thrill ride through the day-to-day chaos of the city’s most explosive hospital and the courageous team of doctors who hold it together. They will tackle unique new cases inspired by topical events, forging fiery relationships in the pulse-pounding pandemonium of the emergency room, and through it all, familiar faces from the Chicago police and fire departments will »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Pilot order season is now mostly behind us, as TV networks will now begin announcing which pilots will become series that you'll be watching next TV season. NBC has stepped up with early series orders for 3 new series that feature black actors in either starring or supporting roles - all of which made my list of 70+ pilots commissioned this pilot season. Here are all 3, along with synopsis and cast: 1. "Chicago Med" - From executive producer Dick Wolf comes the newest installment of his “Chicago” drama franchise, which is described as "an emotional thrill ride through the day-to-day chaos of the city’s most explosive hospital and the courageous team of doctors who »
- Tambay A. Obenson
NBC isn’t wasting any time putting together the pieces of its lineup for next season: The network has just green-lit three drama series, including Dick Wolf’s Chicago Med and a conspiracy thriller from producer Greg Berlanti. The pickups come a full ten days before Peacock executives are set to unveil their new schedule to advertisers and the media as part of the annual TV upfronts process. NBC is confirming its orders a bit earlier than most networks, in part so producers can lock in top writers and also, perhaps, to give NBC’s marketing machine a head start on promoting the shows to viewers already overwhelmed with programming options. Here are the three shows NBC has ordered to series so far:Chicago Med: A spinoff from Wolf’s established hits Chicago Fire and Chicago Pd set in what NBC calls the “pulse-pounding pandemonium of the emergency room.” So, basically: ER, »
- Josef Adalian
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