After the euphoria of upfront presentations, where network executives touted their new shows with short trailers, those shows are getting their first real test at the L.A. Screenings, where international buyers watch the full pilots of all new shows. It has been a strong development season for drama, not so much for comedy, and that has made for solid screenings as high-end drama series is U.S. top TV export.
“This could be one of the best years we’ve had in 10 years,” said Jeffrey Schlesinger, President of Warner Bros Worldwide Television Distribution. “Big shows, big producers, big stars and strong concepts.” That is the case across the board this year. Warner Bros, which saw all seven of its regular hourlong pilots picked up to series, has been getting buzz for the Batman origin series Gotham, from Bruno Heller and Danny Cannon; another series based on a popular DC Comics superhero franchise, The Flash, from Greg Berlanti; and procedurals The Mysteries of Laura, also from Berlanti and directed by McG, and Forever.
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