Last week was upfronts week. What does that mean: well a TV addict like me gets to check out all the potential shows for next year – and find out which ones to get very exited for! so to summarize everything that happened in the week, here is some general information on the upfront and fall 2013 TV, as well as all the new shows in the 5 main US networks: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC and the CW.
- What am I most exited for: Reign, Star Crossed, Us & Them, The Crazy Ones, Betrayal, Back in the Game, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, About a Boy
- Things I would be willing to check out: Super fun Night, Mixology, Welcome to the Family, Trophy wife, The 100, Dracula, SHIELD, Rake
- What the USA FAll TV Grid will look like
- Daily Beast Upfront Coverage as well as Vulture
- 10 shocking pilot season rejects
- 2013 Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Cancelled?
- The Fall Schedule
- Snap Judgements from Ew, NYTimes, TVline, Vulture and The 9 Things We Learned at the Upfront
The New Shows:
Back in the Game- Centers on Terry Gannon, a recently divorced single mother who temporarily moves in with her estranged father, a beer-swilling former baseball player. She reluctantly starts coaching her son’s underdog Little League team and is drawn back into the world of sports she vowed to leave behind.
Betrayal – A beautiful but unhappily married female photographer begins a torrid affair with a lawyer for a powerful family. When he turns out to be defending a murder suspect who is being prosecuted by her husband, the relationship and the case begin a spiraling series of betrayals with cataclysmic results for everyone involved.
Lucky 7 – A show about seven employees of a service station in Queens whose lives are changed in many unexpected ways when they win a lottery jackpot.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D – The adventures of the agents of a covert, quasi-military peace-keeping organization, S.H.I.E.L.D. (or the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division), which was featured in last summer’s Avengers movie.
Mind Games – A workplace ensemble centered on the relationship between two brothers — a bipolar genius in human psychology and a slick ex-con — who head a unique agency designed to solve problems using the real science of human motivation and manipulation.
Mixology – Set in the world of a sexy Manhattan bar, the high-concept single-cam comedy chronicles the exploits of singles in search of love — all over the course of one night.
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland – Alice in Wonderland-themed spinoff of Once Upon A Time.
Super Fun Night – Three nerdy female friends embark on a quest to have super fun every Friday night in the single-cam project . Starring Rebel Wilson
The Goldbergs – The ’80s-set series revolves around an overbearing, hyper-emotional shopaholic with no sense of boundaries and a big mouth. Nonetheless, she’s a very dedicated mom.
Trophy Wife – A reformed party girl finds herself an insta-family after falling in love with a man with 3 manipulative children and two judgmental ex-wives.
Killer Women – Based on the Argentine series Mujeres Asesinas, it centers on the only woman in the notoriously male Texas Rangers — a ballsy, beautiful badass who knows how to get to the truth and isn’t afraid to ruffle a few feathers.
- NBC Fall Schedule
- Reviews from Vulture and breakdown of new season, and snap judgements on the new shows
New Shows being picked up:
Welcome to The Family -In the single-cam comedy, cultures collide when a white family and a Latino family are bonded together by their children who fall in love followed quickly by an unplanned pregnancy.
Sean Saves the World – A multi-cam sitcom about a man attempting to both parent the teenage daughter who just moved in and appease a temperamental new boss.
The Michael J. Fox Show – Inspired by Fox’s real life and stars him as Mike Burnaby, a husband and father of three in New York City juggling the challenges of family and career while dealing with Parkinson’s disease.
The Ironside – Based on the ’60s cop drama, a tough, sexy and acerbic police detective is relegated to a wheelchair after a shooting, but is hardly limited by his disability as he pushes and prods his hand-picked team to solve the most difficult cases in the city.
Blacklist – The world’s most wanted criminal suddenly turns himself in and offers to give up anyone he’s ever worked with. The catch: He’ll only work with a new FBI agent, one with whom he has no known connection.
Dracula – Based on Bram Stoker’s novel of the same name, the 10-episode series finds Dracula preparing to unleash hell on the Victorian society responsible for ruining his life. But he’s thrown when he falls for a woman who’s a dead ringer for his beloved, long-deceased wife.
Shows coming later in the season:
About a Boy – Based on the book and subsequent 2002 film starring Hugh Grant and Nicholas Hoult, the single-cam comedy centers on the relationship between a man-child and the young boy who moves in next door
The Family Guide – The single-camera sitcom centers on a son who idolizes his blind father and enjoys his mom’s newfound adolescence after his folks divorce and ultimately grow closer.
Undateable – The multi-cam project centers on a group of young friends dubbed the “Undateables” whose lives are altered when a more confident character enters their world.
Believe- Follows an unlikely relationship between a gifted young girl and a man sprung from prison who has been tasked with protecting her from the evil elements that hunt her power.
Chicago PD – The Chicago Fire spin-off follows two distinctly different groups inside District 21 of the Chicago Police Department: the uniformed cops who patrol the beat and go head to head with the city’s street crimes, and the Intelligence Unit that combats the city’s major offenses – organized crime, drug trafficking and high profile murders.
Crisis– Examines what happens when an unlikely puppeteer pulls Washington’s elite — including the President of the United States — into an international conspiracy.
Crossbones – 10-episode action-adventure series takes place in 1715 and promises to deliver “the true legend” of “the most notorious pirate to ever sail the earth.
Almost Human – An action-packed buddy cop show set 35 years in the future when all LAPD officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids.
Sleepy Hollow – A modern-day supernatural thriller based on the legend of the titular Westchester Country, N.Y. Town.
Rake – Based on the Australian series of the same name, the legal drama centers around Keegan Joye, a brilliant but self-destructive criminal defense lawyer.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine – A diverse group of detectives in a precinct at the very edge of New York City.
Dads – Two successful guys in their 30s who find their lives turned upside-down when their nightmare fathers unexpectedly move in with them.
Enlisted – Based on creator Kevin Biegel’s (Cougar Town) relationship with his siblings, this comedy follows three very different brothers working together in the Army at a small base in Florida.
Gang Related – summer show – follows a rising star in Los Angeles’ elite Gang Task Force who teams up with longtime Task Force member to take on the city’s most dangerous gangs, including one he has an allegiance to.
Surviving Jack – An adaptation of Justin Halpern’s book I Suck at Girls, the single-cam comedy tells the story of “a boy becoming a man and a man becoming a father, in a time before ‘coming of age’ was something you could Google.”
Us & Them – adaptation of the UK series Gavin & Stacey, about two very different lovers who try to make a long-distance relationship work. Starring Alexis Blendel
- CBS Fall Schedule
- From Vulture Comedies and Dramas, Snap Judgments on CBS’s New Shows and 7 things we learnt from the CBS Upfronts
- TVline CBS Fall Preview
- Snap Judgements from EW
The New Shows:
Crazy Ones – A father/daughter workplace comedy set in the world of advertising. Starring Robin Williams & Sarah Michelle Gellar
Hostages – Based upon the Israeli format, the project centers on a family caught in the middle of a grand political conspiracy and a righteous FBI agent at the center of said conspiracy whose role will come as a surprise. With Dylan McDermott
Intelligence – 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.
The Millers – The multi-cam project revolves around a recently divorced man living with his parents.
Mom – newly sober single mom tries to pull her life together in Napa Valley in the multi-cam sitcom. With Anna Faris
Reckless – sultry legal show set in Charleston, South Carolina, where a gorgeous Yankee litigator and a Southern City Attorney struggle to hide their intense attraction while clashing over a police sex scandal.
We Are Men – A ditched groom moves into a short-term housing complex and makes friends with some older, divorced dudes in the single-cam sitcom.
Reign – The previously unknown and untold story of Mary Queen of Scots rise to power when she arrives in France as a 15-year-old, betrothed to Prince Francis, and with her three best friends as ladies-in-waiting. The secret history of survival at French Court amidst fierce foes, dark forces, and a world of sexual intrigue.
Star-Crossed – Passion and politics threaten the peace and an epic romance ignites between a human girl and an alien boy when he and eight others of his kind (The Orion 9) are integrated into a suburban high school ten years after they and hundreds of others landed on Earth and were immediately consigned to an internment camp where they’ve been imprisoned ever since.
The Originals Series will focus on The Original family of vampires from Vampire Diaries.
The Tomorrow People – Adapted from the 1970s UK series, it follows several young people from around the world who represent the next stage in human evolution, all possessing special powers including the ability to teleport and communicate with each other telepathically. Together they work to defeat the forces of evil.
The 100 – | Based on upcoming Alloy books written by Kass Morgan, the project 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.
TNT & TBS new shows