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TV Watchdog Group Calls On Fox To Resuscitate ‘Last Man Standing’ And Bury ‘The Mick’ In “Win-Win”

Parents TV Council says it is “recommending” Fox broadcast network cancel The Mick and replace it with Last Man Standing. Nellie Andreeva wrote on May 16 that Fox seriously considered rescuing the series, which is produced by 20th Century Fox TV, after ABC gave it the hook. She reported that Fox tried to fit Season 7 of Last Man Standing on its schedule but couldn't find a way to do it, what with Fox having been out of the multi-cam comedy business or a while, and these… Read

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Upfronts 2017: Networks Bet On Religious Themes For Next Season

The Gospel of Kevin

After the November presidential election, the broadcast networks — some publicly, some privately — had vowed to better reflect the lives and values of people in the Heartland. The two hottest themes this pilot season were military dramas — NBC’s The Brave (originally For God And Country), CBS’ SEAL Team, Fox’s Behind Enemy Lines and the CW’s Valor — and religious projects that tackle the Bible with the comedy By The Book (originally titled Living Biblically) and light… Read

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Upfronts 2017: Network Ownership Rises, License Fees Slide In Tough Negotiations

For years, broadcast networks’ ratings have trended down while costs have been going up. For a long time, profit margins were so big that it didn’t matter that much. Not anymore. A trend that started a couple of years ago came to the forefront this year, with the networks coming down hard on outside studios for more content ownership and lower license fees, turning negotiations on new and returning series into a battle. The Goldbergs, ABC's second-highest-rated comedy… Read

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2017-18 Primetime TV Grid: It’s ‘This Is Us’ Vs. ‘Scandal’, Marvel & DC Vs. Everyone, Comedy Sigalert Tuesday

Now that all the pieces are in place for the 2017-18 primetime broadcast TV season, it is clear that there are two traits that define the fall schedule for the Big 4 and the CW: stability and the fact that everyone is doubling down – with some butting heads. Besides the proliferation of comic book adaptations across multiple networks, the obvious two-fer is CBS, with Season 11 of blockbuster The Big Bang Theory unapologetically providing the launch pad to prequel Young She… Read

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‘Dynasty’ Trailer: First Look At The CW Reboot

The CW has released the first trailer for Dynasty, its anticipated reboot of the iconic 1980s primetime soap. Co-written by Josh Schwartz & Stephanie Savage and Sallie Patrick, the new Dynasty follows two of America's wealthiest families, the Carringtons and the Colbys, as they feud for control over their fortune and their children. The series will be told primarily through the perspectives of two women at odds: Fallon Carrington, daughter of billionaire Blake Carrington… Read

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‘Black Lightning’ Trailer: First Look At The CW’s DC Comics Drama

Black Lightning was a savior who kept our streets and our schools safe. He was hope personified, but he was also Jefferson Pierce, my father.” We’re getting the first look at Black Lightning, The CW’s DC drama from producer Greg Berlanti, Salim Akil and Mara Brock Akil. Based on the DC character created by Tony Isabella with Trevor Von Eeden, Black Lightning centers on Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams). He made his choice: He hung up the suit and his secret identity… Read

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‘Supernatural’: ‘Scooby-Doo’ Animated Episode Set For Next Season On The CW

Scooby-Doo is coming to Supernatural. The veteran CW fantasy drama will do a Scooby-focused animated episode in its upcoming Season 13, the network said today during its upfront presentation in New York City. Characters from the animated cartoon franchise –Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy and their talking brown Great Dane Scooby-Doo — solve mysteries involving supposedly supernatural creatures through a series of antics and missteps. Sounds like a good fit for the series. Supe… Read

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The CW Boss On Plans For New 4-Series DC Crossover & Peak Superhero TV

The now-traditional DC superhero crossover on the CW will be back next season with another big four-series event in the fourth quarter, more specifically November. Like the very successful four-night crossover last December, which delivered the CW’s most watched week in six years, the stunt will include the DC series on the fall schedule, Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow. On an upfront call Thursday, CW president Mark Pedowitz said that new DC… Read

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Original ‘Dynasty’ & ‘Everwood’ Series To Launch On CW Seed

The CW’s digital network CW Seed is adding the full series runs of the original Dynasty and Everwood this summer, along with a new installment of Machinima’s Chasing the Cup later this fall. The announcement was made this morning by Mark Pedowitz, President, The CW, at the network’s upfront presentation in New York City. The original primetime soap Dynasty will be available for streaming beginning August 1, ahead of the reboot’s premiere in the fall, and Everwood will be… Read

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The CW Fall 2017 Schedule: ‘Arrow’ Moves To Thursday, ‘Jane the Virgin’ To Friday

The CW is introducing two new series in the fall, its high-profile Dynasty reboot and military drama Valor, and is making two major scheduling moves, uprooting Arrow and Jane the Virgin to put them on new nights. Held for midseason are Black Lightning, which only shot a 15-minute presentation, and the Lucy Hale-starring hourlong comedy Life Sentence, as well as three series that aired in midseason this year, The 100, The Originals and iZombie. Here is the network's fall… Read

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Stephen Colbert Thanks Donald Trump For Ratings, Announces New ‘Criminal Minds’ Star James Comey At CBS Upfront

“Hello and welcome. I'm your host, Stephen Colbert,” the CBS late-night show, in top hat and tails, said at the top of CBS’s Upfront presentation, after executing one of those kitchy song-and-dance numbers that earned him rave reviews during election season political convention nights. “I want to welcome the whole CBS family,” Colbert said, especially naming the network’s “incredible affiliates and, of course, a special welcome to the hot new star of Criminal Minds, James… Read