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‘Supergirl’: Will The CW Create Female Empowerment Night With New Addition?

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With transplant Supergirl, which drew nearly 10 million viewers on sister network CBS in Season 1, the CW is getting a potential key scheduling piece that can anchor a night. With its strong female empowerment message, Supergirl — whose CBS promo was cut to Rachel Platten’s girl-power anthem “Fight Song” — could help build a night around that theme. Of the existing CW series, Jane the Virgin appears the most compatible, as it too has a strong empowerment message and a… Read

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TBS: Behind Network’s Plan To Air Two Seasons Of Comedy Series A Year

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TBS renewed two of its new comedies, Angie Tribeca and Detour, for a second season before they had premiered. As a result of the early pickups, both will air two 10-episode seasons in 2016. For Angie Tribeca, it will be less than six months between the premieres of Season 1 (January 17) and Season 2 (June 6). During the Turner upfront presentation, TNT and TBS president Kevin Reilly noted plans to have two season launches in the same calendar year for TBS comedy series as… Read

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‘Limitless’ Update: CBS Series In Talks With Other Networks

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CBSLimitless is in a peculiar position, a broadcast series, which has neither been renewed nor canceled by its network as it is presenting its schedule for next season. The freshman series had been quietly shopped by CBS TV Studios since it started to become clear next week that the show was likely not going to be renewed at CBS. Because of Limitless‘ demo skew, I hear streaming platforms were primary targets. Netflix had been speculated as a possible home, though I… Read

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The ‘CSI’ Franchise May Return To CBS

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This year CBS is introducing its first schedule in 16 years without a CSI series as the venerable procedural franchise ended with the cancellation of the latest offshoot CSI: Cyber. But that may change. “We are incredibly proud of all CSI shows, CBS Entertainment president Glenn Geller said during CBS’ upfront press breakfast. “It may come back in another incarnation.” I hear the producers of the billion-dollar drama franchise also have been open to revisiting it and… Read

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‘Supergirl’ Could’ve Continued At CBS If Not Picked Up By The CW

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One of the headlines of this upfront was the move of Supergirl from CBS to the CW, which is co-owned by CBS and Warner Bros., the studio that produces the superhero drama. Before CBS’ press breakfast, I asked CBS Corp. boss Leslie Moonves about the decision to move the show. “It’s great to own two networks,” he said. “Supergirl fits better on the CW.” Moonves praised CBS’ partnership with Warner Bros. and his relationship with CEO Kevin Tsujihara. He said that talks about Read

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TNT Orders Modern-Day Civil War Pilot

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TNT has given a pilot order to Civil, a political and social drama that sounds ominously close to real-life current events. Written and executive produced by A Simple Plan scribe Scott Smith and directed by Allen Coulter (Ray Donovan), Civil takes place in the wake of a hotly contested Presidential election, as America finds itself plunging uncontrollably into a modern day Civil War. The series weaves together the personal stories of citizens from all walks of life, whose… Read

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Niecy Nash Joins TNT’s ‘Claws’ Pilot

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Niecy Nash has joined the cast of TNT’s Claws pilot, an hour-long scripted dramedy set in a Southern Florida nail salon, from Rashida Jones and Will McCormack’s Le Train Train. Written and co-executive produced by Eliot Laurence (Welcome to Me), Claws follows the lives of five diverse and treacherous Florida manicurists. It soon becomes clear there is a lot more going on at the Nail Artisan of Manatee County salon than silk wraps and pedicures. Nash will play Desna Simms… Read

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‘Will’ Drama About Young William Shakespeare Picked Up To Series By TNT – Watch Trailer

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UPDATED with trailer: TNT has picked up drama pilot Will, chronicling the wild 20s of William Shakespeare, to series with a 10-episode order for a 2017 premiere. The project, which comes from Craig Pearce, the longtime writing partner of auteur filmmaker Baz Luhrmann, stars British newcomer Laurie Davidson in the title role. Elizabeth helmer Shekhar Kapur directed the pilot. Will tells the wild story of young William Shakespeare's (Davidson) arrival onto the punk-rock… Read

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New Drama Series 2016: Katherine Heigl & Laverne Cox In ‘Doubt’, Michael Weatherly In ‘Bull’ & More — Photo Gallery

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UPDATED with the CW series photos: The broadcast networks have made a slew of series orders for the 2016-17 season, which are being presented this week at the annual Upfronts confab in New York. After making room with a wave of cancellations, the list of newly greenlighted series is growing. Have a look at Deadline's gallery of next season’s new drama series, which we’ve updated with CBS’ Training Day, Doubt, Bull and more. Click on the photo above to launch… Read

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New Comedy Series 2016: Kevin James’ ‘Kevin Can Wait’, Matt LeBlanc’s ‘Man With A Plan’ & More — Photo Gallery

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The broadcast networks have made a slew of series orders for the 2016-17 season, which are being presented to buyers this week at the annual Upfronts confab in New York. After making room with a wave of cancellations, the list of newly greenlighted series is growing. Have a look at Deadline’s gallery of next season’s new comedy series, which we’ve updated with CBS’ Kevin Can Wait starring Kevin James, Matt LeBlanc’s Man With A Plan and more. Click on the photo… Read

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‘Designated Survivor’ Trailer: Kiefer Sutherland As Unprecedented President In ABC Drama

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One day after the first trailer dropped for Fox’s reboot of 24, 24: Legacy, ABC has unveiled the first look at that series’ original star Kiefer Sutherland in Designated Survivor, the network’s new drama. It will premiere this fall in the 10 PM Wednesday time slot and was introduced during ABC’s upfronts presentation in New York. In the new series, Sutherland plays Tom Kirkman, a lower-level White House cabinet member who is appointed the “designated survivor” — the… Read

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‘Castle’ & ‘Nashville’: ABC President On The Decision To Cancel The Two Series

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Fans of Castle said goodbye to their show last night, with the Season 8 finale of the veteran drama procedural serving as a series finale. Castle was one of two surprising cancellations at ABC, along with Nashville, which was axed after four seasons. During ABC’s upfronts call just hours after the Castle finale aired, the network’s new entertainment president Channing Dungey was asked about the decision to end both shows. She indicated that the efforts made by the studios… Read