The CW Network once again is giving an early renewal for next season to the bulk of its lineup with pickups for 7 fall series, the four DC shows, Arrow (Season 6), The Flash (Season 4), DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (Season 3) and transplant Supergirl (Season 3); as well as veteran Supernatural, which just keeps going with a Season 13 renewal. Also picked up for next season are praised comedies Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (Season 3) and Jane the Virgin(Season 4), which have brought the CW its first major awards recognition. (The show’s Golden Globe-winning stars There are no episode order sizes set for any of the shows. Those calls will be made in May when the CW brass set the network’s fall schedule. During the CW executive session, the CW president Mark Pedowitz said that “certain shows are better suited to be 13, 16 or 18 episodes,” adding that most DC Comics series are designed to go full seasons. As expected, missing from the list are new CW fall series No Tomorrow and Frequency, whose fate was pretty much sealed when they did not get a back order. It was the first time in the network’s 11-year history that no new fall series received a full-season order. The network will not make a final decision on the two shows until May, so there is a small chance for renewal in case any of them get big traction on Netflix where they will start airing shortly as part of the CW’s deal with the streaming service. (While the linear ratings for both have been underwhelming, Frequency has gotten a decent digital play.)
With the exception of The Vampire Diaries, whose current eighth season is its last, this represents a renewal of all CW returning fall series. Last year, the network made the renewals in March, extending it to a whopping 11 CW series.
Reba McEntire Soap From 'Desperate Housewives' Creator Scores ABC Pilot Pickup The drama revolves around Ruby Adair (McEntire), the sheriff of colorful small town Oxblood, Ky., who finds her Red State outlook challenged when a young FBI agent of Middle Eastern descent is sent to help her solve a horrific crime. Together they form an uneasy alliance as Ruby takes the agent behind the lace curtains of this Southern gothic community to meet an assortment of bizarre characters, each with a secret of their own. Delays Show Returns For '20/20' Special The network announced on Monday that the premieres of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder — previously slated for Thursday, Jan. 19 — will now air on Jan. 26, because of a special pre-inauguration installment of 20/20.
America’s First Family:The Trumps Go to Washingtonwill air at 10/9c, following repeats of Grey’s (8 pm) and Scandal (9 pm). The decision was made to ensure that the long-awaited return of #TGIT would feature three new episodes.
The deal, which is expected to close next Tuesday, would make Nexstar one of the giants of broadcasting. Upon closing, it will have 171 full-power stations in 100 markets covering 39% of TV homes, the maximum allowed under FCC rules.
WIVB-DT Buffalo is expected to ad sub-channels! Look for changes in their news department and logo.
Season four will consist of 18 episodes. Empire is currently in the midst of a three-month hiatus, with Lee Daniels' other music drama, Star, taking over its time slot until March. For Fox, Empire is the first live-action series to receive a pickup for the 2017-18 season. The series will join animated hits The Simpsons and Bob's Burgers, which have been renewed through season 30 and season eight, respectively.
has ordered 15 episodes of a reboot of dating showLove Connection hosted by Andy Cohen. Each hour of Love Connection will feature single men and/or women in search of romance. The reboot will feature "all versions of couples," including same-sex pairings. It will debut this summer.
has ordered four more episodes of freshman comedy “The Mick,” bringing the series’ first season order up to 17. “The Mick” stars Olson as a degenerate who suddenly finds herself stuck raising her spoiled niece and nephews in affluent Greenwich, CT after her sister flees the country to avoid being locked away in prison. Produced by 20th Century Fox TV.
Funny You Should Ask is a comedy game hosted by Jon Kelley show featuring a panel of comedians who interact with contestants for cash. In each episode, the stakes increase as the contestants ask the comedians questions. The comedians appearing in the premiere week episodes include: Howie Mandel, Tom Arnold, Louie Anderson, Sheryl Underwood, Cedric the Entertainer, Jon Lovitz, Sherri Shepherd, Jackee, Maria Bamford, Dave Coulier, Pauly Shore, and Caroline Rhea. Where and if it will air in Buffalo is to be determined.
► Lee Daniels Confirms There Will Be an 'Empire' Spinoff
If Lee Daniels has his way, there will be two versions of Empire on television. The co-creator of the Fox hip-hop drama told The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday that there would be a second show stemming from the ratings hit. "We're in talks," Daniels told THR. "We're finally figuring it out. It takes a minute, you know? We just really had to build the foundation of Empire, so we then try to figure out what that B-chorus is." Pressed for details, Daniels remained mum on whether the spinoff could be for this current pilot season or if it would be a planted episode that serves as a back-door pilot. Also unclear is the firm premise, though there had been talk in August 2015 that a spinoff could serve as a prequel revolving around Taraji P. Henson's character Cookie. "It could be," Daniels told THR about a prequel series. "We really are in deep talks about it, and we're having all these ideas thrown around to figure it out. But I can officially say that we will be having a spinoff."
A new court show from Orion Television will premiere next fall following clearances on stations representing 73% of the U.S., Orion announced today. The announcement comes just days before the start of this year's annual NATPE conference next week in Miami Beach. The show, Couples Court, is a half-hour strip developed by producer David Armour of 79th & York Entertainment, producer of Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court, also distributed by Orion. The pair of judges who will preside over Couples Court — Dana and Keith Cutler, who have been married for 30 years and also share a family-law practice.Orion is billing them as “the first-ever married couple to preside over a television courtroom.” On the show, they’ll “serve as passionate advocates, providing guidance to couples facing dysfunction and distrust,” Orion said. “In the search for truth, the Cutlers will use technology including GPS, DNA, deleted emails, video surveillance, cell phone forensics and surprise witnesses to confirm or dispel accusations of cheating and deception.”
Seals Entertainment Co. (Sealsco) is launching a new digitnet channel called MOTOWORLD NETWORK, based on its television series debuting in 1984. The motorsports and lifestyle multicast network will include live motorsports racing competition.
No mention of any Buffalo vicinity stations picking up MOTOWORLD but it may appear on stations that already carry its sister channel TUFF TV (WBXZ-LP- 56).
From this day forward, Nexstar Broadcasting Group will be known as Nexstar Media Group, now the owner of WIVB-DT 4 BUFFALO.The name change coincides with Nexstar closing on its acquisition of Media General for $4.6 billion in cash and stock just six days after winning FCC approval.The deal swells Nexstar’s portfolio to 171 full-power stations in 100 markers covering nearly 39% of TV homes. The new stations include 15 in the top 50 markets.Those numbers would be higher, except that Nexstar had to spin off 13 stations for $548 million to comply with FCC ownership limits.“The focus of our corporate, station-level and digital teams on local leadership, local vision and local targeting is the foundation of our positive near- and long-term financial outlook.” -Nexstar CEO Perry Sook
By Harry A. Jessell / TVNewsCheck, January 17, 2017 5:51 PM EST
NBC has renewed This Is Usfor a second and third season, NBC announced Wednesday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. Each season will consist of 18 episodes. This Is Us stands as TV’s No. 2-rated drama overall, trailing only Fox’s Empire.
NBC said Wednesday that 10 new episodes are set to air during the 2017-18 season. The series will feature original stars Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally.
Orders Pilots for Mark Feuerstein Comedy, Andy Weir NASA Drama Multi-camera comedy “9J, 9K, and 9L” is based on a time in Mark Feuerstein’s adult life when he lived in apartment 9K in the building he grew up in, sandwiched between his parents’ apartment, 9J, and his brother and sister-in-law’s apartment, 9L. It follows Feuerstein as he his attempts to set boundaries with his intrusive but well-meaning family. “Mission Control,” an hour-long drama, follows the next generation of NASA astronauts and scientists as they juggle both their personal and professional lives during a critical mission with no margin for error. The two pilots are the first ordered by CBS in the current development cycle.
Has Ordered Up A Pilot For A Shondaland Legal Drama From “Scandal” scribe Paul Davies The untitled project is set in the Southern District of New York (SDNY) Federal Court, a.k.a. “The Mother Court,” and follows brand new lawyers working on opposite sides — both defense and the prosecution — as they handle the most high-profile and high-stakes cases in the country, all as their personal lives intersect.
ABC has ordered two drama pilots — “Deception” from Greg Berlanti” and “The Crossing” from Dan Dworkin and Jay Beattie. “Deception,” tells the story of superstar magician Cameron Black, who, when his career is ruined by scandal, has only one place to turn to practice his art of deception, illusion, and influence — the FBI. Black becomes the world’s first consulting illusionist, helping the government solve crimes that defy explanation and trap criminals and spies by using deception. Berlanti, Martin Gero, and Sarah Schechter also serve as executive producers. In “The Crossing,” refugees from a war-torn country start showing up to seek asylum in an American town. Only the country these people are from is America and the war they are fleeing is 250 years in the future. The local sheriff with a past, a federal agent, and a mother in search of her missing refugee daughter drive the conspiracy-centered story.
NBC has ordered its second drama pilot this season, giving a green light to For God And Country. Written by Dean Georgaris, For God And Country is described as a heart pounding look into the complex world of our bravest military heroes who make personal sacrifices while executing the most challenging and dangerous missions behind enemy lines.
NBC Orders Interactive Game Show Pilot NBC has ordered a pilot for a new game show called “5 Gold Rings,” In the series, based on a U.K. format from “Possessed,” the game is played on a huge interactive LED floor where every pixel counts.
Players get five rings to answer questions over five levels, and while they endeavor to answer questions correctly — matching rings and responses — the rings get progressively smaller, making the game even more challenging.The show also allows viewers to connect to the game via smartphone, with a mini-version of the LED floor and the questions, so they can play along from anywhere and be part of the experience. “5 Gold Rings” recently launched in the Netherlands on SBS6 and will air in the U.K. on ITV early this year. Co-created by Possessed and Talpa, it is the first format jointly developed by the two companies. The series will be produced by ITV Entertainment.
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