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TV winners and losers of the 2012-13 season


There were many obvious failures this TV season (the judging panels on American Idol and The X-Factor, NBC’s “categorial denial” of Jay Leno’s departure, one too many shows with monkeys) but here are the five losers — and five winners — that truly captured our attention this season.


Scandal. Though the ratings don’t suggest a mega-hit (the ABC drama finished the season tied in 35th place with a 2.8 rating/8 share in adults 18-49), the show’s status in the zeitgeist hit a 50 share as Olivia and Fitz got closer, and then didn’t, but then they did … and then they didn’t. Damn you, Cy and Mellie!

Fall TV poll: Which new show looks best?

Sound off, EW readers! You’ve seen the 2013 fall TV schedule. You’ve seen the new show trailers (or “cut downs,” in industry-speak) for NBC here, Fox here, ABC here, and The CW here. Unlike the other broadcasters, the CBS previews are behind-the-scenes clips for their first round of fall video instead of regular trailers (so CBS shows may have a disadvantage in the poll).

So let us know which fall shows you’re most excited about. New shows scheduled for midseason are not included. You can choose up to THREE titles as your favorites. And after you vote, check out some of our choices in the Upfronts Best & Worst post: READ FULL STORY

Best and Worst Decisions of 2013 Upfronts


Done. The fates of pilots and returning shows are sealed. The new fall schedule has been revealed. And the week of network sales presentations to advertisers is over. Here’s some of the best and worst of the past week and what it means for this fall.

Highest concept (figuratively): Mixology — a sitcom where the entire series takes place during one night in a bar. Cheers only felt like that.

Highest concept (literally): Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. You see that trippy trailer? Might as well call it the Bong Hit Fairy Tale Hour.

Most-deserved cancellation: Where to start? Animal Practice, Guys with Kids, Partners, Do No Harm, The Mob Doctor, Golden Boy, and a bunch of others that are already fading from memory.

Least-deserved cancellation: Probably Happy Endings — not because ratings were good enough to continue (they weren’t), just because of the passion fans feel for the show. Also:Go On? Only because we feel sorry for Matthew Perry.

Luckiest show: Nikita. With only 1.4 million viewers (including DVR), fans are fortunate that The CW continues to give its showrunners a chance to craft an ending (and sister-studio Warner Bros. a chance to make a six-episode order worthwhile). In contrast, CBS wouldn’t even let CSI: NY shoot a one-episode finale for a drama that’s been on for nine seasons and averaged 11.2 million viewers. Have a nice life, Gary Sinise!

Luckiest show runner-up: NBC’s Community.

Luckiest actor: Zooey Deschanel. New Girl may be down in the ratings, but it’s getting Fox’s post-Super Bowl slot.

Smug mother-f—ers: CBS.

Desperate motherf—ers: ABC.

Pouty motherf—-ers: NBC.

Manly motherf—-ers: Fox.

Repetitive motherf—-ers: The CW.

Biggest Trend (industry): Shorter seasons. The nets are finally catching up to what cable nets have done for years by ordering fewer episodes and stacking them in clusters to avoid repeats. Examples include CBS’ decision to air back-to-back runs of the new drama Hostages (pictured above) followed by the Josh Holloway-starrer Intelligence, and ABC clustering serialized shows like Grey’s Anatomy into 12-episode batches.

Biggest Trends (content): CBS-style cop dramas (two with robots!), and comedies about boomerang kids.

Biggest stealth cancellation: The Dancing With the Stars results show, which got merged into the performance show.

Show we’re glad got cancelled but wish one of its stars would stay: The New Normal, and Ellen Barkin.

Pilots the interwebs were most surprised didn’t make it: Beverly Hills Cop, Delirium, Backstrom, The Sixth Gun, Mulaney.

Most offensive trailer: Fox’s Dads, which comes courtesy of Family Guy creator (and professional misogynist) Seth MacFarlane.

Best original show title: Mom. (Shocking that such a simple but effective moniker has never been used before). Also: Intelligence and Almost Human.

NEXT: Worst new show title, best/worst scheduling moves and presentations


ABC's new fall shows get trailers: Watch them here

The trailers for ABC’s new shows have arrived!

To see them all, scroll down. And to see ABC’s new fall schedule, click here. READ FULL STORY

Fox trailers: Get a first look at 'Almost Human,' 'Sleepy Hollow' and more

Trailer-palooza continues!

Just hours after NBC gave us a first look at their new batch of shows, FOX has released the trailers for their upcoming fall slate, which includes a show from J.J. Abrams, a modern-day take on Sleepy Hollow, and a slew of new comedies.

Take a look:


ABC renews 'Nashville,' 'Scandal, 'Grey's Anatomy' and more

Great news from ABC: The network has ordered additional seasons of its soapy dramas Nashville, Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy, as well as another year of Castle.

The network also rounded out its drama orders by renewing Revenge and Once Upon A Time. On the comedy side, it’s bringing back Modern Family (no duh), The Middle, Suburgatory, Last Man Standing, and The Neighbors.

As for new shows, ABC announced the pickup of comedy Super Fun Night, a Rebel Wilson starrer about a junior attorney and her two best friends, who have a standing date every Friday night for the last 13 years. The comedy was written and produced by Wilson and is executive produced by Conan O’Brien and David Kissinger.

ABC also went with The Goldbergs, a new comedy starring Wendi McClendon-Covey. Here’s the logline: Before there were parenting blogs, trophies for showing up, and peanut allergies, there was a simpler time called the ‘80s. For geeky 11-year old Adam (Sean Giambrone) these were his wonder years and he faced them armed with a video camera to capture all the crazy. The Goldbergs are a loving family like any other, just with a lot more yelling. Mom Beverly (Wendi McClendon-Covey) is a classic “smother,” an overbearing, overprotective matriarch who rules this brood with 100% authority and zero sense of boundaries. Dad Murray (Jeff Garlin) is gruff, hot-tempered and trying to parent without screaming. READ FULL STORY

CBS cancels 'CSI: NY,' 'Vegas' and 'Golden Boy'

As expected, CBS decided to make this year the last for CSI: New York, the third spinoff of the CSI mothership that stars Gary Sinise. The drama only averaged a 1.9 rating/6 share in adults 18-49 this season, and 11.27 million viewers.

CBS also shot down a second year of Vegas, the period drama starring Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis about the mob-infested Sin City, and Golden Boy, a drama about the youngest police commissioner who …. eh, who cares? READ FULL STORY

Fox orders 'Masterchef' spinoff, more 'Hell's Kitchen'

Gordon Ramsay’s fiefdom is about to get even bigger. Fox ordered 13 episode of Junior Masterchef, a new cooking competition series for youths between the ages of eight and 13.

The spinoff is part of a new multi-year deal between Fox and Ramsay that includes an order for a 13th season of Hell’s Kitchen and a fifth and sixth year of Masterchef. With Junior Masterchef on the roster, Ramsay now has five shows on Fox, including Hotel Hell and Kitchen Nightmares.

“Gordon brings an incredible level of energy and passion to each of his series that our viewers absolutely love, so we are thrilled that he will continue building his brand here on FOX,” said Fox’s head of reality Mike Darnell. “He’s a global superstar, and the success and longevity of his unprecedented five series on our network proves that America just can’t get enough of Gordon.”

“We have such great teams and partners on these shows, and I’m really excited we’re able to offer this new opportunity to young budding chefs across the country with Junior Masterchef,” added Ramsay in a statement.  “Having my own children who love to cook, I know firsthand the skill and passion these kids can have at such a young age, and what they can do with it. It’s just extraordinary to watch them in action.”

Junior Masterchef is based on a successful U.K. format. Ramsay will be joined on the show by restaurateur and winemaker Joe Bastianich (Del Posto, Eataly) and chef Graham Elliot (Graham Elliot, Graham Elliot Bistro) on the judging panel.

'Pretty Little Liars' spin-off 'Ravenswood' casts Brett Dier, Elizabeth Whitson as series regulars

It looks like Pretty Little Liars‘ Caleb is going to get some company when he relocates to Ravenswood next year.

ABC Family has announced that the Pretty Little Liars spin-off series Ravenswood has cast two of its series regulars, in addition to PLL favorite Tyler Blackburn. L.A. Complex‘s Brett Dier joins the new series along with model Elizabeth Whitson. The duo will play twins Abel and Olivia, whom we will first meet during the Pretty Little Liars Halloween episode, which will air just before the Ravenswood pilot. Perhaps they’re part of the reason Caleb leaves Rosewood behind? READ FULL STORY

'Million Second Quiz': An NBC exec explains the net's Orwellian reality experiment


When word broke last week that NBC had ordered a new reality game show featuring 24/7 competition, a possible $10 million dollar cash prize, and — oh yeah — live broadcasts for 12 consecutive days from “a gigantic hourglass shaped structure in the heart of Manhattan,” where the game’s champions will also live for the duration of the contest, the news was greeted with a collective “Huh?” The Million Second Quiz, frankly, sounded more like a ludicrous, Truman Show-inspired reality show parody than an actual event that will air on network TV this fall.

But according to Paul Telegdy, NBC’s president of alternative and late night programming, the show is actually “mind-blowingly simple when you really lay it out.” And perhaps more importantly, Telegdy swears that The Million Second Quiz will feel more current than the vast majority of today’s popular reality shows — nearly all of which were created before online video and social media had come into wide use. (The exception to that rule? The Voice, “which, lucky enough, is on NBC.”)


CW orders 'Vampire Diaries' spinoff, renews two dramas


Though last night’s preview was less than impressive, The Vampire Diaries spinoff dubbed The Originals was ordered to series by the CW.

The network today also picked up a second season of Beauty and the Beast and a third year of Hart of Dixie.

On Thursday, the Diaries’ spinoff averaged 2.2 million viewers and a 0.9 among adults 18-49 — down 31 percent from The Vampire Diaries‘ average this season. But the CW gives equal attention to a show’s impact in social media and online streaming, which is why CW topper Mark Pedowitz released this statement: “As soon as we saw last night’s episode of The Vampire Diaries, we knew we wanted more of The Originals. Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson have done a fantastic job with The Vampire Diaries, which is as fast-paced and well-written as ever, and Julie has created an equally compelling world for The Originals.”

The CW says Beauty and Hart get big boosts from live-plus-7 day viewership. Hart averages a 53% increase among adults 18-34 and a 61% gain among women 18-34, while Beauty enjoys a 43% jump in adults 18-34 and a 45% bump in women 18-34.

The CW already picked up Arrow, The Vampire Diaries and Supernatural for next season. No word yet on the futures of Nikita and The Carrie Diaries, however.

Death Watch: Final TV survival predictions



NBC orders 'genre-redefining' 'Million Second Quiz' reality show

The Voice is hitting notes, Ready for Love is out, and NBC has ordered its next reality show: The Million Second Quiz.

The Quiz is a 12-day, 24/7 live competition “where contestants test the limits of their knowledge, endurance and will to win as they battle each other in intense bouts of trivia,” according to a press release. The show will air in primetime from an hourglass-shaped structure in which contestants will also live.

NBC is calling it “the first fully convergent television experience,” both because local station affiliates will be able to interact live throughout the day and because viewers at home will be able to play the game — and so maybe earn a spot on the show.


Did 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' get a new title?

shotJoss Whedon fans found something intriguing buried in ABC’s website for advertisers: A page touting its heavily buzzed pilot S.H.I.E.L.D. revealing a new title and a more detailed description (below).

The title: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. A network representative tells EW that this title is not yet official. Keep in mind that titles often change during the development process (remember how Fox’s The Mindy Project was originally called It’s Messy?). At the very least, however, this title made it through enough layers of network approval to get previewed to Madison Avenue, and we hear this is what Marvel and the producers are currently calling the project as well.

Personally, I prefer S.H.I.E.L.D. It’s one of the simplest and strongest pilot titles in contention for fall. Sure it has six periods — us TV bloggers haven’t been so burdened since CBS unleashed $#*! My Dad Says. But as a title, S.H.I.E.L.D. has a clean M*A*S*H-like impact.

The issue could be the title’s similarity to FX’s former cop series The Shield. Perhaps all those periods aren’t enough to distinguish S.H.I.E.L.D. from The Shield, either from a legal or marketing perspective.

If this is the new title, I hope ABC considers ditching the Marvel shout-out. Last year, The Avengers was officially called Marvel’s The Avengers (most media outlets simply opted to call it The Avengers). In that case, too, there was the possibility for confusion with another TV show — the 1961 series The Avengers. But if ABC goes with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., there’s no need for the intrusive studio branding of “Marvel,” too. You don’t see Sony’s Justified and Warner Bros.’ Big Bang Theory on the schedule. The play is the thing.

If greenlit to series — and we’re pretty confident M.A.O.S. will be greenlit — the official title will be unveiled in May when ABC presents its fall schedule to advertisers. Frankly, ABC can call this project The Joss Whedon Superhero Action Variety Hour and we’ll still watch.

Here’s the new description. This is also not “official” but…


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