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Robin Williams’ biggest commitment to series television since the days of “Mork & Mindy” highlights a 20th TV slate that is deep, even if not necessarily brimming with international star appeal.
Williams is teaming with another recognizable face, Sarah Michelle Gellar, in the single-cam, father-daughter workplace comedy “The Crazy Ones,” from the pen of a scribe with no small amount of global cachet himself: David E. Kelley.
Kelley’s star Stateside hasn’t shined quite as brightly of late — “Harry’s Law” (NBC) lasted only two seasons, while “Monday Mornings” (TNT) didn’t make it past one, and half-hour isn’t exactly where the “Picket Fences” and “Ally McBeal” creator made his bones, but a series starring Williams in an accessible setting is filled with worldwide potential.
A slam dunk for interest is the limited-series return of Kiefer Sutherland in “24: Live Another Day.” The condensed format »
- Cynthia Littleton
Pilot season was good for the major studios, which emerged from upfront week with orders for 50 new scripted comedy and drama series, up by more than 20% from last year.
Production of new scripted primetime programming for the Big Four and CW is more concentrated than ever before among six suppliers: Warner Bros. TV, 20th Century Fox TV, CBS TV Studios, ABC Studios, Universal TV and Sony Pictures TV.
Execs report a burst of last-minute wrangling this year over network efforts to force their way into co-production pacts as a condition of series greenlights. CBS and NBC in particular were said to be more heavy-handed in negotiations this time around than in the recent past.
But generally speaking, the mood was upbeat after the parade of schedule presentations. The five nets ordered 22 new comedies, up from 16 last year, and 28 drama series, up from 22.
See also: Development Season MVPs Land Multiple Series »
- Cynthia Littleton
This week’s upfront presentations in Manhattan weren’t purely about TV; broadcast and cable made plenty of digital waves as well.
ABC Adapts to Apps
ABC became the first broadcaster to make itself available on smartphones and tablets via livestream. The Watch ABC app will be available gratis in select markets at launch for a brief period, but is intended for pay-tv subscribers.
Mobile figures to be enormously important to the future of TV but getting a read on smartphone and tablet viewing has been as gnarly as gazing into a cloudy crystal ball. In a critical component of its Watch ABC launch, the Alphabet net will participate in Nielsen’s first trial to incorporate mobile video apps into the ratings firm’s online measurement metrics.
Pilot Scorecard: Track TV Orders in Real-Time
If the duo can show the pilot works—and accurately measures ads and audience makeup across mobile, »
- Todd Spangler
NBC is bringing the 2002 film "About A Boy" to TV.
The movie, which starred Toni Collette, Hugh Grant, and Nicholas Hoult and was based on the Nick Hornby novel of the same name, is getting remade with a new series, starring Minnie Driver, David Walton and Benjamin Stockham.
Collette, who is starring in CBS's new drama "Hostages," said she recently ran into Grant and the two discussed the pilot. "You know, I ran into Hugh Grant and he was like, 'I don't like that they're doing that! Why are they making a show of our fabulous movie?'" she told The Huffington Post at the CBS 2013 upfront. "I suppose it's a story that they could continue. I mean, why not? I mean, I don't like someone else playing my character. [Laughs.]"
- The Huffington Post
Josh Friedman is setting sail with Universal Television. The executive producer behind Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles has inked a two-year overall with the studio and joined upcoming pirate drama Crossbones, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Photos: NBC's 2013-14 Season: 'About a Boy,' 'Ironside,' 'Believe,' 'Crisis' Under the pact, Friedman will develop and supervise projects for the studio and will serve as a co-executive producer on the drama starring John Malkovich. "Josh Friedman puts a distinct, unique spin on everything he writes. He taps into interesting worlds and is a very talented writer," Universal
- Lesley Goldberg
Update 5/16: With everyone's schedules announced, only a handful of shows are still in limbo.
Update 5/13: A few more shows, including "The Cleveland Show" but not "Hannibal" (at least not yet), have their futures decided.
Update 5/10: More pilot pickups and CBS and NBC cancellations, plus ABC's massive wave of announcements, now reflected below.
Update 5/9: Now includes "Parks and Recreation" renewal, NBC cancellations and more pilot pickups.
Update 5/8: Latest news reflected below.
In just two weeks, the broadcast networks (and a few cable channels) will announce their lineups for the 2013-14 season. We'll get our first looks at new shows for next season then, along with schedules for the fall and beyond.
Before the upfronts start, though, it's helpful to know -- which series the networks have already picked up for next season. In some cases -- particularly at CBS and at Fox -- there won't be »
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: July 9, 2013
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In the movie, Fey plays Portia Nathan, a Princeton admissions officer who lives her life by the book. During her annual recruiting trip, however, she reconnects with a former classmate, free-spirited teacher John Pressman (Rudd).
As she bends the entrance rules for one of his unconventional students, she puts everything she thought she wanted at risk but also find a surprising and exhilarating life she never dreamed of.
Look at all that yellow.
In this final 2013 fall TV schedule, we highlighted the new broadcast dramas and comedies (below). And as you might expect, after a challenging TV season that claimed the lives of so many programs, there’s a lot of yellow on the new board. In fact, nearly one third of shows airing Sunday through Friday this fall (31 percent) will be freshman titles. ABC alone is launching eight new series. Plus, there’s plenty of new and returning shows being held in reserve for midseason (list of midseason shows below chart).
Stand-out new projects generating early buzz »
- James Hibberd
Latest updates: New shows have been added; About a Boy, American Dream Builders, Believe, The Blacklist, Chicago Pd, Crisis, The Family Guide, Ironside, The Michael J. Fox Show, The Night Shift, Sean Saves the World, Undateable, and Welcome to the Family. The Biggest Loser and Saturday Night Live have been renewed while Take It All and Love in the Wild were cancelled. Smash has been officially cancelled now. The New Normal has been cancelled while Community has been renewed. Rock Center with Brian Williams has been cancelled as well. Go On has been dropped after one season. Guys with Kids has been cancelled after one season. Up All Night has (finally) been canned. Whitney has been cancelled after two seasons. 1600 Penn has been cancelled after one season of 13 episodes. Parks and Recreation has been renewed for season six. Deception has been cancelled after one season and 11 episodes. »
Here we go again. Last May, Fox, NBC and ABC all scheduled single-camera comedies from 9-10 Pm on Tuesday, a move CBS’ scheduling czar Kelly Kahl called a “comedy sigalert.” Of the comedies scheduled in the hour last year, only Fox’s New Girl and The Mindy Project survived and continue in the slot. Meanwhile, ABC and NBC are both back at it, with ABC scheduling new comedies The Goldbergs and Trophy Wife in the fall and NBC slating Welcome To The Family and About A Boy in midseason. “Last year, we had very similar comedies airing against each other,” ABC president Paul Lee said today about the scheduling move. “Now we have a blockbuster show at 8 Pm (Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.), we will be promoting The Goldbergs, and we’re playing from strength as (ABC comedies are tackling) areas nobody is.” It is true that last year, most »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
After giving us our first look at Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Bram Stoker's legendary creation, NBC and Sky Living have now released a trailer for the upcoming Gothic romance Dracula; watch the trailer after the official synopsis for the 10-part series...
"Golden Globe winner Jonathan Rhys Meyers (The Tudors) stars in this provocative new drama as one of the world’s most iconic characters. It’s the late 19th century and the mysterious Dracula (Rhys Meyers) has arrived in London, posing as an American entrepreneur who wants to bring modern science to Victorian society. He’s especially interested in the new technology of electricity, which promises to brighten the night — useful for someone who avoids the sun. But he has another reason for his travels: He hopes to take revenge on those who cursed him with immortality centuries earlier. Everything seems to be going according to plan… until he »
- Flickering Myth
The networks are revealing their upcoming schedules this week and with it comes first looks at their new shows. One of the shows I am most looking forward to this fall is NBC's telling of Dracula. Starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers as the titular vampire, NBC's version looks opulent and cinematic, the kind of show that would be more at home on HBO than a broadcast network. That could be because the head of NBC, Bob Greenblatt - who ordered Dracula straight to series without the traditional "let's start with a pilot" step - came from Showtime. With Dracula and Hannibal and midseason's pirate show Crossbones, maybe he is trying to bring a pay-cable aesthetic to a broadcast network.
Anyway, check out the official trailer and synopsis below. Dracula premieres this fall on Fridays at 10pm, following Grimm (which returns to its original 9pm slot).
Dracula Official Trailer - NBC
- Alyse Wax
NBC has put out its lineup of primetime shows for the upcoming 2013-14 season, including returning series, and eight new dramas and six new comedies. NBC hopes its schedule this upcoming year will be bolstered by its coverage of the Winter Games in February 2014. New NBC 2013-14 Series About a Boy – Based on the Nick Hornby novel (which was also made into a Hugh Grant film), this midseason comedy stars David Walton as Will Freeman, the ultimate man-child whose life is changed by a needy single mom (Minnie Driver) and her oddly charming 11-year-old son (Benjamin Stockham). The [...]
The post NBC primetime schedule 2013-14 appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Jeff Pfeiffer
It's out with the old and in with the new when it comes to NBC comedy next season. The network renewed only two comedies this year -- "Parks and Recreation," which will be back in the fall with a full season, and "Community," which returns for another 13 episode arc at some point Tbd.
Here's a rundown of the six new comedies NBC presented to advertisers today (May 13) at its 2013 upfront at Radio City Music Hall in New York City:
"The Michael J. Fox Show" (Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. Et)
One of the most anticipated fall comedies on any network, "The Michael J. Fox Show" brings Emmy-winning TV comedy legend Fox back to television as a stay-at-home dad who »
It’s here! One of the busiest times of the year for those of us who follow news about TV, if not TV news. It’s the annual Upfronts, when networks announce who is staying, who is going, and when we’ll be seeing what. First up, NBC, home of Grimm and Revolution, and now home as well to Dracula and J.J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuaron‘s Believe.
We have the new NBC synopsis for Dracula today, along with the first, quite lovely, trailer. We also have the new synopsis for Believe, which features just a few little tweaks compared to the version we posted last week, And the schedule for our four favorite NBC shows. Ready?
- Erin Willard
The Fall TV Season presentations for all the new network shows take place this week with the first announced today. Here's a full breakdown of which concepts have made the final list over on NBC.
The Peacock did not have a good year. Only one of its new shows, "Revolution," was a true hit. Another, "Chicago Fire," got renewed by the skin of its teeth whilst the fate of a third, "Hannibal," remains uncertain.
None of last year's new comedies survived, neither did two mid-season dramas, which leaves the network with some big holes to fill. Three dramas and three comedies will debut in the Fall ahead of three more dramas and two comedies mid-season. Two further dramas and a comedy are presently unscheduled.
Several other pilots didn't make the final cut and won't become series including the high-profile Charlize Theron-produced drama about the Hatfields and McCoys, the Bruckheimer-produced »
- Garth Franklin
Take a look at a complete preview of the shows coming your way, and mark your calendars. It looks good for NBC this year, and while I’m not sure all of these look like winners, I think you’ll find at least a couple that you’re really going to like.
Blacklist – Fall
The Blacklist — (Photo by: NBC)
For decades, ex-government agent Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader) has been one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives. Brokering shadowy deals for criminals across the globe, Red was known by many as “The Concierge of Crime.”
Now, he’s mysteriously surrendered to the FBI with an explosive offer: he will help catch a long-thought-dead terrorist, Ranko Zamani, »
- Marc Eastman
Yesterday, NBC revealed their line-up for the 2013-2014 season. Today, they've released trailers for six of their upcoming series: The Blacklist, The Michael J. Fox Show, Dracula, Ironside, Sean Saves the World, and Welcome to the Family. The Blacklist has promise partially because of James Spader and partially because it appears to be a cross between Hannibal and Homeland. I love Michael J. Fox, but his show appears to be, "I have Parkinson's, but it's okay because we're going to laugh about it!" As for Dracula, Welcome to the Family, Ironside, and Sean Saves the World, they all look like they will be swiftly canceled (Ironside comes off as a parody of a TV trailer while Sean Saves the World looks like a CBS comedy that wandered onto another network). Hit the jump to check out the trailers, and click on the corresponding links for NBC's other new series, About a Boy, »
- Matt Goldberg
Here are the clips for the new NBC comedies, all of which will air on Thursday nights, after Parks and Rec leads off at 8 p.m. At 8:30, it's Welcome to the Family. When two recent high-school graduates decide to get married, their families struggle to get along. Teen pregnancy for fun and profit!At 9 p.m., there's Sean Hayes's gay-dad sitcom Sean Saves the World. And at 9:30, The Michael J. Fox Show, which NBC really hopes everyone likes, given that they've already ordered 22 episodes of it. At mid-season, About a Boy and The Family Guide will join the Tuesday lineup, and somewhere along the line Undateable will air, too. Sadly, there are no clips of those just yet. »
- Margaret Lyons
We previously reported on casting news for NBC’s Dracula TV series, which stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers in a new take on the classic vampire story. NBC has officially announced that the show will be part of their fall lineup and released a 2-minute trailer for the series:
“Golden Globe winner Jonathan Rhys Meyers (“The Tudors”) stars in this provocative new drama as one of the world’s most iconic characters. It’s the late 19th century and the mysterious Dracula (Rhys Meyers) has arrived in London, posing as an American entrepreneur who wants to bring modern science to Victorian society. He’s especially interested in the new technology of electricity, which promises to brighten the night — useful for someone who avoids the sun. But he has another reason for his travels: He hopes to take revenge on those who cursed him with immortality centuries earlier. Everything seems to be going according to plan… »
- Jonathan James
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