Broadcasters Lean Into Franchise Extensions, Schedule Stability With 2019-2020 Offerings

  • Variety
The 2019-2020 broadcast season is all but set and with it, several clear trends have emerged among the Big 4 and The CW.

The name of the game this year is franchise extensions. There are currently five such shows lined up for next season: “Batwoman” (Arrow-verse) and “Katy Keene” (“Riverdale” spinoff) at The CW; “Mixed-ish” (“Black-ish” prequel) at ABC; “FBI: Most Wanted” at CBS; and “9-1-1: Lone Star” at Fox. NBC had given a straight-to-series order to “Law & Order: Hate Crimes,” but the release of that show has been delayed indefinitely. It remains in active development at the network.

Katz Media Group’s Stacey Schulman told Variety such programming is not surprising as the networks strive for stability in unstable times.

“There’s a lot of money that gets invested in developing shows and it’s certainly a better bet that already has a built-in audience,
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