Well, the wait is over.
In light of its upfront presentation yesterday, USA has announced that it has picked up its first ever half-hour comedies with “Sirens” and “Playing House”. The cable network also ordered comedy “Love Is Dead” to pilot.
The move comes over the fact that USA will begin to air reruns of “Modern Family” on September 24.
In addition to announcing its fall schedule a few minutes ago, FOX has buried something else in that press release that should not be overlooked.
The network has picked up “Wayward Pines” to series, from M. Night Shyamalan (“The Sixth Sense”) and starring Matt Dillon.
Formerly known as “Blake Crouch Pines”, the show sounds a bit like a mix between “Twin Peaks” and short-lived ABC series “Happy Town”, thematically.
But read for yourself.
CBS keeps on adding to its new lineup.
The latest pilot to earn a pickup is comedy project “Friends With Better Lives”, staring James Van Der Beek (“Dawson’s Creek”)
I had to postpone this one a little due to all the cancellations and renewals flying in seconds.
But between all that craziness, ABC also managed to order a flurry of new shows for the fall.
Aside from “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”, here are 11 other shows that will see the light of TV screen sometime next season.
In a quite unexpected turn, CBS has decided not to go forward with the TV version of feature film trilogy “Beverly Hills Cop” from Shawn Ryan and Eddie Murphy.
But it is likely that the expensive pilot will now be shopped elsewhere.
NBC is still not done.
After negotiations with Sony have closed, the Peacock has now issued a few more series orders.
The network has picked up James Spader starrer “Blacklist”, medical drama “Night Shift” and single-camera half-hour comedy “Welcome To The Family”.
It’s time for CBS.
The Eye has picked up six series for fall. They are:
EP/W/D: Jeffrey Nachmanoff
EP: Rick Eid
EP: Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, Omri Givon, Rotem Shamir, Chayim Sharir
Based on the Israeli format created by Alon Aranya, Omri Givon and Rotem Shamir
Studio: Jerry Bruckheimer Television i/a/w Warner Bros. Television
Cast includes:Toni Collette, Dylan McDermott
Logline: A family is caught in the middle of a grand political conspiracy that will change their lives forever.
EP/ Writer: Michael Seitzman
EP/Dir: David Semel
EP: Tripp Vinson
EP: Rene Echevarria
Studio: CBS Television Studios/ABC Studios
Cast includes: Josh Holloway, Marg Helgenberger, Meghan Ory
Logline: INTELLIGENCE is centered at US Cyber Command, and focuses on a unit that has been created around one agent with a very special gift, a microchip that has been implanted in his brain that allows him to access the entire electromagnetic spectrum.
“We Are Men” (formerly Untitled Rob Greenberg comedy)
Half-hour, single camera
Creator: Rob Greenberg
EP: Rob Greenberg, Eric and Kim Tannenbaum
Writer: Rob Greenberg
Studio: CBS Television Studios
Director: Rob Greenberg
Cast includes: Chris Smith, Kal Penn, Tony Shalhoub, Jerry O’Connell
Logline: A young guy finds camaraderie living among the more experienced guys he meets in a short-term rental complex.
Half hour, multi-camera
EP: Chuck Lorre, Eddie Gorodetsky
Producer: Gemma Baker
W: Chuck Lorre & Eddie Gorodetsky & Gemma Baker
D: Pamela Fryman
Studio: Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television
Cast includes: Anna Faris, Allison Janney
Logline: A newly sober single mom tries to pull her life together in Napa Valley.
“The Millers” (Formerly known as the Unauthorized Greg Garcia Project)
Half- hour, multi-camera
EP/W: Greg Garcia
D: James Burrows
Studio: CBS Television Studios
Cast includes: Will Arnett, Margo Martindale, J.B. Smoove, Beau Bridges
Logline: a recently divorced guy’s life gets more complicated when his parents have marital problems of their own.
Half-hour, single camera
EP/W: David E. Kelley
EP/W: Dean Lorey
EP: Bill D’Elia, John R. Montgomery, Mark Teitelbaum
EP/Director: Jason Winer
Studio: 20th Century Fox Television
Cast includes: Robin Williams, Sarah Michelle Gellar
NBC is slowly growing into the Dick Wolf channel.
The Peacock has given a green light to the “Chicago Fire” spinoff, “Chicago PD”, bringing the number of shows Wolf has on NBC to three.
It seems like NBC still has a few slots to fill on its upcoming fall schedule.
The network has picked up comedy “Undateable”, starring Chris D’Elia, to series, as well as “Ironside”, the reboot of the 1967 series and starring Blair Underwood.
This is probably the frontrunner for least surprising news of this year’s up fronts.
ABC has picked up Joss Whedon’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.LD.” to series. The show is looked at as a continuation of Marvel’s “Avengers” universe, and has been a lock for a pickup pretty much since it was announced.
Four dramas have made the cut so far - “Tomorrow People”, starring Robbie Amell, Medeleine Mantock, Mark Pellegrino and Peyton List, which tells the story of several young people from around the world who represent the next stage in human evolution, possessing special powers, including the ability to teleport and communicate with each other telepathically. Together, they work to defeat the forces of evil. And “The 100”, starring Isaiah Washington and Henry Ian Cusick, which is set 97 years after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization. A spaceship housing the lone human survivors sends 100 juvenile delinquents back to Earth to investigate the possibility of re-colonizing the planet.
NBC has made its pickups today, and has decided to order two dramas and three comedies for next season.
J.J. Abrams lands yet another pickup with “Believe”, starring Kyle MacLachlan, and Dermot Mulroney stars in “Crisis”. On the comedy front, “About A Boy”, based on Nick Hornby’s bestselling novel and subsequent feature film, and starring David Walton and Minnie Driver, earned a series order, as well as Sean Hayes’ comedy “Sean Saves the World” and “The Family Guy” from producer DJ Nash.
FOX has made its pickups for next season.
The network has ordered drama projects “Sleepy Hollow”, starring British actor Tom Mison, as well as “Almost Human” from “Fringe” creators J.H Wyman and J.J. Abrams and starring Karl Urban, Michael Ealy and Lilly Taylor. Then there’s “Gang Related”, starring Ramon Rodriguez and Terry O’Quinn, and “Rake”, starring Greg Kinnear, which is eyed for midseason.
Additionally, four comedies got their pickups, them being “Surviving Jack”, starring Chris Meloni, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”, toplined by Andy Samberg, “Enlisted” with “The Finder”’s Geoff Stults, and “Us & Them”, starring Jason Ritter and Alexis Bledel. The fifth new comedy for fall is previously ordered “Dads”.
The other drama pilots, including “Delirium”, starring Emma Roberts, “Boomerang”, starring Felicity Huffman and Anthony LaPaglia, as well as “The List” with Michael Pena are officially dead, as well as comedies “Assistant”, “Two Wrongs” and “The Gabriels”.
And more good news of today, this time for fans of two shows on The CW.
The network has granted its dramas “Hart of Dixie” and “Beauty & The Beast” another season.
And more casting news have appeared.
- Vanessa Marcil and Tom Arnold have both scored guest parts on CBS’ “Hawaii Five-O”, per TVLine’s Vlada Gelman and TVGuide’s WIlliam Keck. Marcil will appear in a November episode as a therapist Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) suspect of messing with his mind upon her involvement in a murder case. Arnold will guest star in the current season’s ninth episode as the main villain, in a case about a Girl Scout outing that Steve and Danny (Scott Caan) visit.
After an intense news day which was pretty much all about Emmy night, here are some other things that transpired.
- ABC Family has announced that Teri Polo (“The West Wing”) and Sherri Saum (“In Treatment”) have been cast in ABC Family’s drama pilot “The Fosters”, which is executive produced by Jennifer Lopez. It tells the story of Stef and Lena Foster, a mixed race couple who are raising a biological son, along with several adopted children. When Lena decides to take in Callie, a troubled teen with an abusive past, Callie’s disruptive ways threaten to turn the Fosters lives upside down.
Polo will portray Stef Foster, a tough but kind police officer who is not eager to add to their already large brood, but soon realizes her family may be Callie’s best hope for a better life. Saum will portray Lena Foster, an altruistic school principal, who is determined to save as many kids as she can and agrees to take in Callie without Stef’s knowledge.