NBC, Fox, CBS reveal new shows, cancelations at TV upfronts this week
NBC on Monday was the first network to kick off what the TV biz calls Upfronts Week, during which the major networks present their fall seasons to advertisers in New York. Despite that official start, we already have an idea of what’s on each networks’ plate; ABC, NBC, Fox and CBS all announced show cancelations and season orders this past weekend. Here are some of the highlights so far, but keep an eye out all this week for more news:
• Fox is shaking up its schedule, moving second-year sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine to Sundays alongside animated stalwarts The Simpsons and Family Guy, plus new sitcom Mulaney, from former SNL writer John Mulaney. The network also picked up the drama Gotham, about Batman’s origins, which it’ll pair with second-year drama Sleepy Hollow on Mondays. Red Band Society, starring Octavia Spencer (The Help) will air on Wednesdays with a new reality show called Utopia. The 10-episode series Gracepoint, a remake of BBC America’s acclaimed Broadchurch, is also on the fall schedule.
• Changes are coming to American Idol’s 14th season. Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly said Monday that the show will be “streamlined.” “Next year, the format will be different. There will be less hours, around 37 hours,” Reilly said.
• The network canceled Monday night dramas Intelligence and Hostages, as well as Bad Teacher, Friends with Better Lives, and, somewhat surprisingly, freshman comedy The Crazy Ones, which you might know as the one that starred Robin Williams.
• New shows include an NCIS spin-off set in New Orleans, The Odd Couple reboot starring Matthew Perry (in his fourth network show since Friends ended in 2004), and the drama Battle Creek, from Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan.
• NBC picked up a few shows worth noting, including the comedy Marry Me, from Happy Endings (we miss you!) creator David Caspe; the very strange-looking Debra Messing dramedy The Mysteries of Laura; a comedy starring Private Practice’s Kate Walsh called Bad Judge; and A to Z, a romantic comedy starring Cristin Milioti (the Mother on How I Met Your Mother!) and Ben Feldman (Ginsberg from Mad Men!). You can watch the trailers for all of those shows here; we posted A to Z above because we love it the most. Milioti and Feldman are so insanely appealing as the main couple we can hardly stand it.
• Parenthood and Parks and Recreation’s next seasons will be their last, at which point we'll have to say goodbye to two of the warmest shows on TV. They both got 13-episode orders.
• It’s the end of an era (well, it’s been over for a while now): NBC is ending its Thursday night comedy block this fall. James Spader’s The Blacklist and new drama Allegiance (which sounds suspiciously like FX's The Americans) will take over the night.