All through ‘upfronts’ week, TMINE will be revealing the new shows that are going to be hitting US TV screens from September 2019
It’s that time of year again – the ‘upfronts’. What’s that, I hear you ask?
What are the upfronts, TMINE?
It’s when all the US networks reveal to advertisers the new shows that are going to be hitting the TV screens some time from September 2019 through to nowish 2020. However, this isn’t the same as the international screenings, where buyers from TV networks around the world turn up to see what they’d like to acquire, so we won’t know what will be heading our way for quite some time.
This weekend, US TV networks killed off a whole bunch of existing shows (prompting howls of protest from their fans) and are about to commission a whole bunch of new shows (prompting howls of ‘you cancelled x for this rubbish?’ from said-same fans).
3. ABC’s upfronts
NBC and Fox have come and gone – now it’s the turn of ABC. ‘The alphabet network’ traditionally ends each year’s schedules with mass cancellations of all its new shows from the previous year, pick-ups of numerous identikit replacements of dubious quality and continuing renewals of its tired out regulars.
Last year, we got:
- A Million Little Things (renewed)
- The Fix (cancelled)
- Grand Hotel (will air next month)
- Reef Break (will air next month)
- The Kids Are Alright (cancelled)
- Whiskey Cavalier (cancelled)
- The Rookie (renewed)
- Single Parents (renewed)
- Schooled (renewed)
Which is actually better than both NBC and Fox in terms of longevity and a lot better than ABC has done for the past few years. As a result, for a change, ABC isn’t actually commissioning that many new shows. Just three for the Fall:
And for mid-season:
- The Baker and the Beauty
- For Life
- United We Fall
Can you spot the spin-off and the identikit replacement of dubious quality?
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