TV Upfronts: NBC and FOX Kick Things Off
It’s that magical time of the year known as Upfronts when the major U.S. television networks prepare next season’s schedules. Even though the official presentations do not officially start until Monday, NBC and FOX have jumped the gun by picking up new shows, renewing some old ones and axing those that couldn’t make the cut. It can be a stressful couple of days for fans of shows that find themselves on the bubble, but we’ve already had some nice surprises (Fringe being renewed for a final season), so hopefully things will not be too painful this time around. Since Upfronts are essentially TV’s version of the NFL Draft (i.e. they’re kind of a big deal), I’ve decided to cover the major announcements for Screen Invasion, so make sure that you check back over the next couple of days. OK, that’s enough chit-chat. Let’s get down to business.
Yesterday was a busy one for NBC as it picked up five new shows to join Matthew Perry’s Go On, the straight-to-series Hannibal and the already renewed Grimm and Smash. According to the web, the Peacock added Save Me (starring Anne Heche), Ryan Murphy and Allison Adler’s The New Normal, the J.J. Abrams produced and Eric Kripke (Supernatural) created Revolution, the Presidential family comedy 1600 Penn and Animal Practice (described as House but with pets). Earlier today, NBC announced that it also gave series orders to the Jimmy Fallon produced Guys with Kids and Chicago Fire while bringing back Law & Order: Special Victims Unit to the 2012-2013 line-up.
As for FOX, it got into the game by making its first moves since renewing Bones, Glee, New Girl, Raising Hope, Fringe and the entire Animation Domination line-up (sans Napoleon Dynamite and Allen Gregory). On the comedy side of things, the network picked up Mindy Kaling’s It’s Messy, Ben & Kate, and The Goodwin Games (from the How I Met Your Mother guys). As for dramas, the Kevin Williamson serial killer show was added to the roster along with The Mob Doctor starring Jordana Spiro (My Boys) and Touch. Unfortunately, the news was not so good for Alcatraz and The Finder because both were officially canceled.
The fun is just starting, and we’re obviously in for some good times over the next couple of days as we find out the fate of some of favorite (or not so favorite) television programs. For now, I’m going to keep things pretty straight forward as news trickles out, but I’m planning on doing some more in-depth analysis once the schedules are officially announced, and you won’t want to miss it. Until then, what are your thoughts on NBC and FOX’s new shows? Any surprises? Are you going to miss Alcatraz and/or The Finder?