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Just Four of the New Fall Broadcast TV Series Are Women-Created

26 minutes ago | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

The Gospel of Kevin,” created by Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters

Now that the May upfronts are over, the Big Five networks (ABC, CBS, The CW, Fox, and NBC) have solidified their fall 2017–18 TV lineups. And CBS isn’t the only one failing women. Women and Hollywood crunched the numbers and found that 21 percent — just four of the 19 new fall series — are created or co-created by women. The picture is even more horrifying when you break down the numbers network-by-network: Women created 50 percent of The CW’s new fall shows, 40 percent of ABC’s, and 17 percent of CBS’. Neither Fox nor NBC have any new women-created series on their fall schedules.

Both CBS and The CW greenlit one new woman-created show each. Co-created by Dana Klein, CBS’s “9Jkl” centers, unsurprisingly, on a man living in an apartment that’s sandwiched between his parents’ and brother’s apartments. The sitcom is based on star co-creator and star Mark Feuerstein’s real life. The CW’s rebooted “Dynasty” is co-created by Sallie Patrick and Stephanie Savage. It follows the rivalry between two one percent families, the Carringtons and the Colbys. Most of the action will be seen through billionaire’s daughter (Grant Show), and her soon-to-be stepmother, Cristal’s (Nathalie Kelley) perspectives. And their relationship is anything but familial.

ABC fared slightly better and put two women-created series on its schedule. Starring “Parenthood’s” Jason Ritter, “The Gospel of Kevin” is a dramedy about a man who, according to a possible-angel (Cristela Alonzo, “Cristela”), is destined to save the world. The series is created by Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters. Tassie Cameron’s drama “Ten Days in the Valley” tells the story of TV producer and single mother (Kyra Sedgwick) whose daughter goes missing. As the woman searches for her daughter, her life begins to parallel the storylines on her crime series.

So, obviously, these numbers are not ideal — or even close. They are even lower than the findings of “Boxed In 2015–16: Women On Screen and Behind the Scenes in Television,” Dr. Martha Lauzen’s annual study. She found that 76 percent of all TV series in the 2015–16 season featured no female creators.

For the record, there are a number of female-created series expected to debut midseason. NBC will broadcast Mindy Kaling’s comedy “Champions” and Jenna Bans’ suburban moms-turned-robbers drama “Good Girls.” The CW’s DC comic adaptation “Black Lightning,” co-created by Mara Brock Akil (“Being Mary Jane”) will air as will the cancer dramedy “Life Sentence,” co-created by Erin Cardillo. A “Grey’s Anatomy” spinoff from Stacy McKee, the “Roseanne” revival, and Emily Kapnek sitcom “Splitting Up Together” are all set at ABC. And Fox’s medical drama “The Resident,” co-created by Amy Holden Jones and Hayley Schore, will debut midseason.

But, right now, putting just four series from women on the fall 2017 schedule is simply unacceptable.

Check out our detailed network-by-network breakdown of the new fall 2017 TV series below, as well as the midseason series announced so far. Synopses are from press materials unless otherwise noted.

Fall

ABC — 40% women-created (2/5 new shows)

The Gospel of Kevin” — Created by Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters

Kevin Finn (Jason Ritter, “Parenthood”), a cluelessly self-serving person, is on a dangerous path to despair. In a downward spiral, Kevin returns home to stay with his widowed twin sister (JoAnna Garcia Swisher, “Once Upon a Time”) and niece. On his first night there, an unlikely celestial being named Yvette (Cristela Alonzo, “Cristela”) appears to him and presents him with a mission — to save the world.

“Ten Days in the Valley” — Created by Tassie Cameron

“Ten Days in the Valley” stars Kyra Sedgwick as Jane Sadler, an overworked television producer and single mother in the middle of a separation whose life is turned upside down when her young daughter goes missing in the middle of the night. Just like her controversial police TV show, everything is a mystery, everyone has a secret and no one can be trusted.

CBS — 17% women-created (1/6 new shows)

“9Jkl” — Co-Created by Dana Klein

Based on the real-life experiences of executive producer and star Mark Feuerstein, “9Jkl” is an engaging and relatable comedy about family, family… and more family. Josh is a new divorcé and actor between projects who moves home to New York to regroup — and into an apartment sandwiched between his parents and his brother’s family. As he gets back on his feet, he’s faced with his most challenging role yet: being a good son and brother while keeping his relatives at bay. As they literally come at him from both sides, he realizes he desperately needs to establish some ground rules, because his loving family is always going to be there for him. Always.

The CW — 50% women-created (1/2 new shows)

“Dynasty” — Co-Created by Sallie Patrick and Stephanie Savage

The CW’s “Dynasty” is described as a modern take that follows two of America’s wealthiest families, the Carringtons and the Colbys, as they feud for control over their fortune and their children. The drama will be told primarily through the perspectives of two women at odds: Fallon Carrington, daughter of billionaire Blake Carrington (Grant Show), and her soon-to-be stepmother, Cristal (Nathalie Kelley), a Hispanic woman marrying into this Wasp family and America’s most powerful class. In an age where dynasties appear everywhere — from reality TV to the polling booths — this epic drama features the one percent in all its glitz and gloss, while exposing the dark underbelly: a corrupt world built on backroom deals, betrayal, and, in some cases, murder. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Fox — Zero women-created (0/3 new shows)

NBC—Zero women-created (0/3 new shows)

Midseason

ABC

Splitting Up Together” — Created by Emily Kapnek

Based on the Danish series, “Splitting Up Together” is the story of a couple (Jenna Fischer, “The Office” and Oliver Hudson, “Scream Queens”) whose marriage is reignited by their divorce.

Untitled “Grey’s Anatomy” firefighter spinoff — Created by Stacy McKee

Set in a Seattle firehouse, the spinoff follows a group of heroic firefighters. From the captain to the newest recruit, the show revolves around these brave men and women as they risk their lives and their hearts both in the line of duty and off the clock. (Deadline)

Roseanne” Revival — Created by Roseanne Barr

This eight-episode “Roseanne” reboot is coming in 2018 and reunites the entire original Roseanne cast: Roseanne Barr (Roseanne), John Goodman (Dan), Sara Gilbert (Darlene), Laurie Metcalf (Jackie), Michael Fishman (D.J.), and Lecy Goranson (Becky). Sarah Chalke, who played the character Becky in later seasons, will also appear in another role.

The CW

Black Lightning” — Co-Created by Mara Brock Akil

Cress Williams takes on the role of Jefferson Pierce, the hero who hung up his suit and his secret identity years ago. But with a daughter hell-bent on justice and a star student being recruited by a local gang, he’ll be pulled back into the fight as the wanted vigilante and DC legend Black Lightning. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Life Sentence” — Co-Created by Erin Cardillo

Life Sentence” revolves around a young woman (“Pretty Little Liars’” Lucy Hale) who, after being diagnosed with terminal cancer, finds out that she’s not dying after all and has to learn to live with the choices she made when she decided to “live like she was dying.” (The Hollywood Reporter)

Fox

The Resident” — Co-Created by Amy Holden Jones and Hayley Schore

Focusing on three doctors at different stages of their careers and a dedicated young nurse, “The Resident” is a provocative new medical drama that rips back the curtain to reveal the truth of what really happens, both good and bad, in hospitals across the country.

NBC

Champions” — Created by Mindy Kaling

Vince is living every bachelor’s dream. He owns the fifth largest gym in Brooklyn, dates an endless string of beautiful women and lives with his dumb, lovable brother Matthew. But Vince’s simple life gets complicated fast when his high school fling Priya unexpectedly drops off their 15-year-old son Michael so he can attend a city school for super-talented kids. How will Vince handle this wildly ambitious and hilariously witty teenager? Well, somehow he’ll have to work it out.

Good Girls” — Created by Jenna Bans

When three suburban moms get tired of trying to make ends meet, they decide it’s time to stick up for themselves by robbing the local supermarket at (toy) gunpoint. But when the manager catches a glimpse of one of them and the loot is far more than they expected, it doesn’t take long for the three best friends to realize the perfect getaway will be harder than they think.

Just Four of the New Fall Broadcast TV Series Are Women-Created was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Rachel Montpelier

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NBC’s ‘The Brave’ Taps ‘Covert Affairs’ Creators as Co-Showrunners

24 May 2017 10:20 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

NBC’s upcoming drama series “The Brave” has added Matt Corman and Chris Ord as co-showrunners and executive producers.

Corman and Ord previously created the USA series “Covert Affairs,” which they also wrote and executive produced, in addition to serving as executive producers on The CW show “Containment.” They will work on “The Brave” alongside series creator and executive producer Dean Georgaris.

The pair is repped by CAA and attorney Michael Schenkman.

The Brave,” formerly known as “For God and Country,” revolves around an elite team of military operatives who use advance surveillance techniques to help execute dangerous missions around the world to save innocent people from harm. The series is produced by Keshet Studios and Universal Television. Brad Anderson directed and is an exec producer along with Georgaris, Corman, Ord, Keshet’s Avi Nir, Alon Shtruzman, Peter Traugott and Rachel Kaplan.

The ensemble cast includes Anne Heche, Mike Vogel, Sofia Pernas »

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Exclusive: Rihanna Reacts to Rumors That She and Lupita Nyong'o Are Co-Starring in Tweet-Based Movie

23 May 2017 10:42 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

If a picture is worth a thousand words, a picture of Rihanna and Lupita Nyong'o has to be worth a movie.

Last month, a meme of the Grammy winner and Oscar winner from Paris Fashion Week in 2014 went viral, leading many fans to insist that these two co-star in a film together. "They look like they’re in a heist movie, with Rihanna as the tough-as-nails leader-master thief and Lupita as the genius computer hacker," one Tumblr subscriber wrote.

Watch: Rihanna Gets a Complete Punk Rock Makeover -- See Her Shocking New Style

"Rihanna looks like she scams rich white men and Lupita is the computer smart best friend that helps plan the scans," another Twitter user wrote.

On Monday night, Rihanna was the honoree at the 69th Annual Parsons Benefit in New York City, and played coy with Et's Nischelle Turner as to whether she and Lupita would one day be co-stars. "Well, you never »

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Cannes Update: Rihanna, Lupita Nyong’o, Ava DuVernay, and Issa Rae Team Up for Buddy Film

23 May 2017 8:01 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Rihanna in “Bates Motel”: A&E

This is not a drill: Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o are starring in a buddy movie together. “Insecure” co-creator Issa Rae is writing the script. “Selma” helmer Ava DuVernay is directing. If this project sounds like the stuff of dreams, it’s because it is. The as-yet untitled film has unconventional origins. A Twitter user posted a photo of Rihanna and Nyong’o sitting together at a fashion show and suggested plot for a movie starring the pair, and the post went viral. Other users chipped in ideas, and eventually a dream team — including DuVernay and Rae — was assembled. And now that dream team has signed on to make the film a reality. Entertainment Weekly broke the news.

When the meme generated so much attention, each individual woman confirmed that she’d like to be involved via social media. But it all seemed too good to be true. Now EW is reporting that “after a dramatic negotiation session at the Cannes Film Festival,” Netflix nabbed the rights to the project. This movie is being made — and you’ll be able to watch it in the comfort of your living room while wearing pajamas.

It was reportedly a “very aggressive bid” that won the streaming service the project. With a cast and crew this good — and the fact that this is literal fan fiction come true, which means there’s a built-in audience — Netflix’s confidence about the project makes sense. The movie is guaranteed to generate lots of buzz.

Rae is said to be working on the script now. Production is expected to kick off at the beginning of 2018. No word on how true the script will be to the viral meme. “Rihanna looks like she scams rich white men and Lupita is the computer smart best friend that helps plan the scans [sic],” the original tweet read. Rae’s reps assured Vanity Fair that the Twitter users “who imagined the concept for this film will be credited and included in some form.”

Rihanna recently appeared in “Psycho” prequel “Bates Motel.” She played Marion Crane. She’s part of the ensemble cast for the highly anticipated all-female “Ocean’s Eight,” currently in post-production. Her co-stars on the project include Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Anne Hathaway, and Mindy Kaling.

N’yongo won an Oscar in 2014 for “12 Years a Slave.” She was last seen in Mira Nair’s chess underdog story “Queen of Katwe” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Her upcoming projects include “Black Panther” and more “Star Wars” movies.

DuVernay, who recently worked with Netflix for the Oscar-nominated doc “13th,” is currently in post-production on Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time.” Based on Madeleine L’Engle’s beloved 1963 novel, the fantasy film hits theaters March 9, 2018.

The sophomore season of Rae’s “Insecure” will premiere on HBO July 23.

Cannes Update: Rihanna, Lupita Nyong’o, Ava DuVernay, and Issa Rae Team Up for Buddy Film was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Laura Berger

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Rihanna, Nyong'o and DuVeray Team for Netflix Movie Based on a Meme

22 May 2017 6:52 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Last month, a 2014 photo of Rihanna and Lupita Nyong'o, who were both sitting in the front row of a Miu Miu fashion show, went viral, with several social media users crafting a movie idea around this image alone. It all started with one Twitter user dubbed "@1800Sadgal" calling for a heist movie where Rihanna would play the "tough-as-nails leader/master thief", with Lupita Nyong'o portraying "the genius computer hacker." During the Cannes Film Festival, Netflix actually picked up this project, which will star both actresses with Ava DuVernay set to direct from a script by Insecure creator Issa Rae.

Entertainment Weekly reports that Netflix closed a deal for the concept of this Meme Movie, which still doesn't have a title, during a "dramatic negotiation session." There were several other buyers bidding for the project, but Netflix won with an "aggressive bid" that secured the rights. Another report from Vanity Fair »

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‘SNL’ Parties So Hard They Break Tables — The Week in Showrunner Tweets

20 May 2017 4:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Last Week’S Tweets: Is The World Going to Hell Because ‘Hannibal’ Got Canceled?

One fascinating aspect of today’s media landscape is that many creators and executive producers enjoy using Twitter to engage with their audiences, share behind-the-scenes information about their shows, chat about politics, and otherwise communicate about what matters to them. So, each week, we’ll compile some of our favorite exchanges representing the wide variety of discourse seen on social media.

This week, we get unique insight into the relationships between two showrunners and their mothers, Loren Bouchard shares an unreleased “Bob’s Burgers” song, and more.

Oh My God, Read All the Replies on These Tweets

If you do, you will get just a taste of how insane the parties at “Saturday Night Live” can apparently be.

@shoemakermike @MrHoratioSanz @DavidHMandel @sethmeyers @LateNightSeth Is that from the infamous 17th floor party? And if yes, when will »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘SNL’ Parties So Hard They Break Tables — The Week in Showrunner Tweets

20 May 2017 4:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Last Week’S Tweets: Is The World Going to Hell Because ‘Hannibal’ Got Canceled?

One fascinating aspect of today’s media landscape is that many creators and executive producers enjoy using Twitter to engage with their audiences, share behind-the-scenes information about their shows, chat about politics, and otherwise communicate about what matters to them. So, each week, we’ll compile some of our favorite exchanges representing the wide variety of discourse seen on social media.

This week, we get unique insight into the relationships between two showrunners and their mothers, Loren Bouchard shares an unreleased “Bob’s Burgers” song, and more.

Oh My God, Read All the Replies on These Tweets

If you do, you will get just a taste of how insane the parties at “Saturday Night Live” can apparently be.

@shoemakermike @MrHoratioSanz @DavidHMandel @sethmeyers @LateNightSeth Is that from the infamous 17th floor party? And if yes, when will »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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Hulu’s Best TV Shows About Women Beyond ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ That You Can Stream Right Now

19 May 2017 4:46 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

If you haven’t taken advantage of all that Hulu has to offer lately besides “The Handmaid’s Tale” – which everybody should really, really watch right now – then you’re missing out.

“The Handmaid’s Tale’ has been a groundbreaking series for the streaming service, thanks to its foreboding story about a near future in which a portion of the United States has been turned into a theocracy. This new world of Gilead subjugates women and makes the fertile ones become breeders for high-ranking officials. Moving performances by Elisabeth Moss, Samira Wiley, Yvonne Strahovski, O-t Fagbenle and Alexis Bledel have made this series a must-watch.

Not only does Hulu have strong original programming like “The Handmaid’s Tale,” but it is one of the best places to watch shows that are currently on TV now, which makes cord-cutting that much easier. It also has an impressive catalog of past shows that are well worth revisiting. »

- Hanh Nguyen

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Hulu’s Best TV Shows About Women Beyond ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ That You Can Stream Right Now

19 May 2017 4:46 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

If you haven’t taken advantage of all that Hulu has to offer lately besides “The Handmaid’s Tale” – which everybody should really, really watch right now – then you’re missing out.

“The Handmaid’s Tale’ has been a groundbreaking series for the streaming service, thanks to its foreboding story about a near future in which a portion of the United States has been turned into a theocracy. This new world of Gilead subjugates women and makes the fertile ones become breeders for high-ranking officials. Moving performances by Elisabeth Moss, Samira Wiley, Yvonne Strahovski, O-t Fagbenle and Alexis Bledel have made this series a must-watch.

Not only does Hulu have strong original programming like “The Handmaid’s Tale,” but it is one of the best places to watch shows that are currently on TV now, which makes cord-cutting that much easier. It also has an impressive catalog of past shows that are well worth revisiting. »

- Hanh Nguyen

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New 2017-18 TV Shows Are Mostly White and Male

19 May 2017 12:33 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The new crop of scripted broadcast series for 2017-18 season features low representation for women and people of color in the topmost roles both in front of and behind the camera. According to an analysis by Variety, white men make up a the majority of showrunners and lead actors on the new series ordered for the upcoming season.

Working with industry sources, Variety identified 46 lead and co-lead actor roles, and 42 showrunners and co-showrunners on the 39 new series ordered by the Big Five broadcasters for next season. Of the lead actors, only 20% were Hispanic or non-white, and only 35% were female. Of the showrunners, 10% were non-white or Hispanic and 29% were female.

“It’s not a very encouraging analysis,” said Darnell Hunt, director of UCLA’s Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies. “Given the fact that things currently have a long way to go, if what you’re looking forward to for the next season in many of »

- Daniel Holloway

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Sandra Bullock set for action thriller Cash Truck

18 May 2017 8:40 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

In more news coming out of Cannes, Deadline is reporting that Oscar-winner Sandra Bullock has signed on to star in Cash Truck, which is being directed by Jose Wladyka (Manos Sucias, Narcos) from a script by Ethan Erwin, Albert Hughes, and John Hodge.

Inspired by the 2004 French film Le Convoyeur, Cash Truck will see Bullock as Alexa, “an American who has fallen on hard times, and starts a job at a London armored car company that was the recent target of a deadly heist. She works her way into the confidence of the tight-knit crew and we discover that there is much more to Alex than it seems. As she goes to dangerous and morally complicated lengths to pursue her own mysterious agenda, an explosive secret from Alex’s past surfaces propelling the story in shocking, thrilling new directions.”

Bullock will next be seen in 2018’s Ocean’s Eight, where she stars alongside Cate Blanchett, »

- Gary Collinson

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Quote of the Day: Ava DuVernay on the Privilege of Being Able to Say No

17 May 2017 12:31 PM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Ava DuVernay: Essence/ YouTube

Ava DuVernay is dropping truth bombs yet again. The Hollywood Reporter recently brought together some of the top showrunners and producers in the business, and the resulting feature is full of interesting insights and anecdotes. The roundtable includes contributions from “Queen Sugar’s” DuVerney, “Orange Is the New Black’s” Jenji Kohan, “Westworld’s” Lisa Joy, and more. While the piece is well worth reading in full, something DuVernay discussed really stands out.

When the participants were asked if they have the confidence to say no, the “Selma” director had an especially great answer. “Embedded in that very question is the idea that privilege does not apply. For me to say no, in my mind, there may not be another chance,” she explained. “There’s a natural tension with anyone to keep the chance for the open door. When you add to that issues of representation and marginalization that go on top of the artist’s feeling of ‘Can I get my thing made?’ it becomes challenging for me to say no.”

The “13th” helmer went on to share specific examples from her own career. She said, “I get an opportunity from Netflix. ‘Do you want to make a doc?’ ‘Yes, I want to make a doc.’ Apple: ‘Would you like to make a commercial?’ ‘Yes, I will make that commercial.’”

“I’m running around doing everything because I love it but also because there is the fear that any artist has that there won’t be another question asked to say no to,” DuVernay revealed. “And on top of that, the fear that the industry might shift in terms of its attention to women right now or the current renaissance regarding people of color, specifically black folk on TV, and then you’re left with nothing.”

Joy added, “There is that pressure not only to be prolific but to not fuck up. And especially when you feel the added burden of being a woman who is doing this now.” She said, “I represent opportunities for other women and other people of color, and I’m trying to start my own kind of movement.”

Both DuVernay and Joy are pointing to the fact that the stakes are higher for women in the industry, and particularly women of color. If they fail, their failure will be used as an example why it’s in Hollywood’s best interest to favor material by and about white men.

DuVernay has previously described Hollywood as “a patriarchy, headed by men and built for men. To pretend like Hollywood is anything other than that is disingenuous,” she observed. “#OscarsSoWhite is trendy, but for women filmmakers and filmmakers of color, it’s not a trend. This is our reality, and it’s important that we do something to change it. We have to find new ways to work without permission, new ways to turn corners and go through doors that are closed off to us to create our own audiences and our own material independently.”

The second season of “Queen Sugar” will premiere on Own June 2. Just like the first season, every episode of the family drama’s new season will be helmed by women. Her next feature, a live-action adaptation of the beloved fantasy novel “A Wrinkle in Time,” is set to hit theaters March 9, 2018. The film’s cast includes Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, and Mindy Kaling.

Quote of the Day: Ava DuVernay on the Privilege of Being Able to Say No was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Laura Berger

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NBC Trailers: Our Knee-Jerk Reactions to Law & Order True Crime, Rise From Jason Katims and More New Shows

15 May 2017 10:17 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

NBC has unveiled its fall 2017 schedule, along with previews for its upcoming series, including the highly anticipated Will & Grace revival and the Edie Falco-fronted Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders.

RelatedNBC Fall Schedule: This Is Us Relocates to Will & Grace-Led Thursday, Blindspot and The Blacklist Also on the Move

Here at TVLine, we immediately jumped at the chance to screen each trailer — some of which are available here; others were only shown to members of the press at the NBC Upfront on Monday — and we’re ready to divulge our totally unfiltered, brutally honest snap judgments. (Fwiw: Trailers »

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NBCUniversal Upfront 2017: Red Carpet Arrivals

15 May 2017 7:25 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

The biggest stars in Hollywood hit the blue carpet at the NBCUniversal 2017 Upfront in New York City Monday. E! News' Jason Kennedy and Sibley Scoles interviewed the hottest stars on television, including Kristen Bell, Jessica Biel, John Cena, Andy Cohen, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Mindy Kaling, Jennifer Lopez, Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia. The actors won't just be appearing in front of the camera in the 2017-2018 season, as stars like Biel and Kaling are producing their shows, too. In addition to starring in the police drama Shades of Blue, Lopez has a new competition series premiering May 30 on NBC: World of Dance. "It was the perfect fit for me," she told Kennedy. "I started as a »

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Watch Trailers for NBC’s New Shows ‘The Brave’ and ‘Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders’

14 May 2017 10:15 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

NBC revealed the first looks at its new fall shows on Sunday, with dramas “The Brave” and “Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders” dropping their first trailers.

The Brave” is a military drama that has landed the coveted Monday post-“The Voice” timeslot on NBC’s 2017-2018 schedule. “The Menendez Murders,” from superproducer Dick Wolf, is the first installment of a new anthology series that will detail the shocking case of the infamous brothers who killed their parents in 1989. It will air Thursdays after “This Is Us.”

Most of NBC’s other new series orders for the 2017-18 season are being held for midseason debuts. Among the other shows ordered by the network this season are: comedies “Champions” from Mindy Kaling and Charlie Grandy and “AP Bio” from Lorne Michaels and Seth Meyers, as well as the drama “Rise” from Jason Katims, and virtual reality thriller “Reverie.”The Brave

The series from Keshet Studios revolves around »

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Fall TV: Trailers for NBC's The Brave, Law & Order True Crime and More

14 May 2017 9:53 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

In addition to announcing its fall 2017 schedule, NBC kicked off Upfronts Week on Sunday by releasing trailers for its new series, including Anne Heche’s military drama The Brave  and the newest Law & Order iteration, True Crime.

RelatedNBC Fall Schedule: This Is Us Relocates to Will & Grace-Led Thursday, Blindspot and The Blacklist Also on the Move

Sneak peeks of other shows, including the long-awaited Will & Grace revival and midseason fare like Mindy Kaling’s lovable loser comedy Champions and the Josh Radnor-led Rise will be updated as they’re released, so bookmark this page and refresh often.

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Champions: NBC Orders Mindy Kaling/Charlie Grandy Comedy Series

13 May 2017 5:29 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Although The Mindy Project TV show was recently renewed for a sixth and final season on Hulu, creator and star Mindy Kaling isn't coasting to the finish line. NBC has ordered a new comedy, Champions, from Kaling and Charlie Grandy. Kaline and Grandy are writing and executive producing the Champions TV series, which stars Anders Holm and Andy Favreau. J.J. Totah, Mouzam Makkar, and Nina Wadia will co-star, with Kaling guest starring. Read More… »

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NBC Orders ‘Champions’ From Mindy Kaling, Charlie Grandy to Series

13 May 2017 10:15 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

NBC has ordered the single-camera comedy “Champions” from executive producers Mindy Kaling and Charlie Grandy to series.

The series follows Vince (Anders Holm), a charismatic gym owner with no ambition, lives with his younger brother Michael (Andy Favreau), a gorgeous idiot. Their simple life of women and working out is put on hold when the teenage son of Vince is dropped off on their doorstep by Priya (Kaling), one of his old high school flings.

The cast also includes J.J. Totah, Mouzam Makkar, and Nina Wadia, with Kaling appearing in a guest role. In addition to Kaling and Grandy, Michael Alan Spiller will direct and executive produce. Howard Klein also executive produces. Universal Television, 3 Arts Entertainment, Eyes Up Productions and Kaling International produce the series.

Champions” joins previously announced NBC series orders “A.P. Bio” from Lorne Michaels and Seth Meyers, “Rise” from Jason Katims, virtual reality thriller “Reverie,” and military drama “The Brave” (formerly “For God and »

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‘Champions’ Charlie Grandy/Mindy Kaling Sibling Comedy Gets NBC Series Order

13 May 2017 10:15 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

As Mindy Kaling is preparing the final chapter of The Mindy Project, she also will be working on the opening one for her follow-up series, Champions. NBC has given a series order to the single-camera pilot, from The Mindy Project creator, executive producer and star Kaling and the series' executive producer Charlie Grandy, which features Kaling in a guest starring/recurring role. Champions joins the sole new comedy series picked up by NBC this season, Mike O’Brien/Seth… »

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NBC Orders Mindy Kaling Comedy ‘Champions’ to Series

13 May 2017 10:15 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

NBC has ordered “Champions” to series. The show hails from Mindy Kaling and Charlie Grandy, who will write and executive produce. Kaling will also guest star on the 2017-18 show as Priya, an old high school fling of charismatic but lazy gym owner Vince (Anders Holm). Vince lives with his younger brother Michael, a gorgeous idiot, per NBC’s official description. Their simple life of women and working out is put on hold when Vince’s teenage son is dropped off on their doorstep by Priya. The cast also includes Andy Favreau, J.J. Totah, Mouzam Makkar and Nina Wadia. Michael Alan Spiller will. »

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