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Upfront TV: More “Iron Men” | CBS Bieber Special | SB XLLVII Selling Out | Grammys Date Set

Published 1 year, 10 months ago

 

  • The Weather Channel Companies has ordered a full season of “Iron Men,” a docu-series profiling the iron workers who spend their days battling weather conditions hundreds of feet above New York City to build skyscrapers, bridges, arenas and other major structures. In addition to the four episodes currently airing, nine new episodes have been ordered that will premiere later this year. New episodes will take place at the 4 World Trade Center site in addition to the Barclays Center, the new home of the Brooklyn Nets, and the Alexander Hamilton Bridge. “Iron Men” is produced by Pipeline39 (formerly known as KPI), the producers of “The Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero,” “MonsterQuest” and “MegaStructures.” “Iron Men” first premiered on May 8, 2012, as part of “Braving the Elements,” a new docu-series anthology revealing the work, subculture and characters of professions exposed to theelements and impacted by the weather. The series will now be a standalone series outside of “Braving the Elements,” moving into its own timeslot on Thursday, Aug. 30, at 9 P.M. ET.

  • CBS has already sold more than 50% of its ad inventory the 2013 Super Bowl XLVII broadcast, and expects to reach 80% in the next few weeks, reports Ad Age. John Bogusz, exec VP for sports sales and marketing at CBS, told Ad Age that the pace of sales is being pushed by automotive marketers. So CBS is feeling no pinch from GM, which announced that it will not advertise. GM complained about the $3.8 million-per-thirty-second pricetag and put its ad dollars elsewhere—like the UK. Citing its global marketing thrust, GM has signed a five-year sponsorship deal with the UK’s champion Manchester United football club.

  • NBC has announced “Justin Bieber: All Around the World,” a one-hour special featuring the teen idol, to air Thursday, June 21st from 8-9 P.M. ET. Bieber’s first-ever network special will be a combination documentary/performance show, following his tour around the globe as he showcases his new album “Believe,” including #1 single “Boyfriend.” CBS is promising viewers “an all access pass to his life over a 12-day period, something rarely seen on TV today.” A “Justin-cam” will allow viewers to experience “what life is like through the eyes of Justin Bieber.” In addition to worldwide sales in excess of 15 million units, Bieber has more than 43 million Facebook fans, more than 22 million Twitter followers, and over 2.9 billion YouTube views.

  • Next year’s 55th Annual Grammy Awards will take place on Sunday, February 10 at Los Angeles’ Staples Center, reports Deadline Hollywood. CBS will air the Awards from 8-11:30 PM (live ET/delayed PT). CBS will also air “The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!” on December 5. This year’s 54th Grammy Awards, which followed Whitney Houston’s death, drew 39.9 million viewers, which was the largest Grammy audience since 1984 and the second-largest in history.
  • Grammy -winning rock group No Doubt, with lead singer Gwen Stefani, will perform together live for the first time in a year-and-a-half July 22 at the TEEN CHOICE 2012 Awards on FOX. The California-based band last shared the stage in 2010 when they performed for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, at the annual Kennedy Center Honors. No Doubt bassist Tony Kanal reports being “so stoked.” TEEN CHOICE 2012 will celebrate “the hottest teen icons” in television, music, film, sports, fashion, comedy and the web in “the choicest”  two-hour event airing live Sunday, July 22 (8:00-10:00 P.M. ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX.

Upfront TV: TV Twitter Stars | Chiklis, Hudson’s “Pops” | Lifetime’s Lecter Series

Published 1 year, 10 months ago
  • This matters, if “social TV” takes wing. Ad Age has identified new TV shows with “top Twitter stars,” using data from social-media analytics company Networked Insights. The five most-followed actors on Twitter include Dane Cook who will star in NBC’s “Next Caller,” Matthew Perry (?!) on NBC’s “Go On,” with Anthony Anderson (“Guys With Kids,” NBC), Robert Buckley (“666 Park Ave,” ABC) and Max Adler (“Last Resort,” ABC) rounding out the five. The five most-followed women include Mindy Kaling (“The Mindy Project,” FOX), Ashley Greene (“Infamous,” NBC), Sophia Bush (“Partners,” CBS), Reba McIntire (“Malibu Country,” ABC) and Meagan Good (“Infamous,” NBC). Dane Cook, star of NBC's "Next Caller," has by far the most Twitter followers (more than 2.8 million) of anyone carrying a new series.
  • There will be two “Silence of the Lambs”-inspired shows on TV, according to Indie Wire. Lifetime is developing “Clarice,” based on the character portrayed by Jodie Foster in “Lambs,” which will cover her early career (before meeting Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lecter). No announcement as to air dates, but “Lambs” fans can watch “Hannibal” on NBC this fall, which follows the yet-to-be-caught Lecter as he dines on strangers and helps FBI profiler Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) solve crimes.
  • Actor Michael Chiklis (“The Shield”) will host, and singer Jennifer Hudson will perform when CBS covers the “Boston Pops Firework Spectacular” on July 4 10:00-11:00 P.M., live ET/delayed PT. This is the second year for Boston-area native Chiklis to host the broadcast, now in its 39th year. Hudson will perform some of her biggest hits with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra under the direction of conductor Keith Lockhart. The entire concert will be broadcast in HD (high definition), courtesy of Liberty Mutual Insurance. In addition, the final 20 minutes of the broadcast, featuring the spectacular fireworks display, will be presented commercial-free by Liberty Mutual Insurance.

  • ABC will debut its true-crime limited series “Final Witness” beginning Wednesday, June 27 at 10:00—11:00 P.M. ET. Each episode examine one case from start to finish, taking viewers inside the murder from the victim’s point of view. A hybrid of documentary and drama, “Final Witness” features interviews with real-life witnesses, prosecutors, law enforcement, family and friends, along with riveting dramatization that thrusts viewers into the heart of each crime. Shot around the world at the actual locations with cinematic style and infused with an indie-band soundtrack, ABC promises that “Final Witness” creates an Unforgettable look at the human psyche at its darkest. In the series premiere, “The Kids Aren’t Alright,” the program revisits the cold-blooded murders of almost every member of the Caffey family in rural East Texas.

  • A French court has dismissed a copyright lawsuit against Google and YouTube, a case that “has parallels with the long-running struggle between YouTube and Viacom in the United States,” reports the New York Times. France’s Tribunal de Grande Instance declared that YouTube has made adequate efforts to remove programming like “Heroes” and “Grey’s Anatomy” from YouTube, for which France’s TF1 owns French broadcast rights. TF1 sought $176 million in damages and (humiliatingly) must pay Google’s $100,000+ legal expenses. Google lost a similar suit in Germany and Italy, while in the US, an appeals court has revived a copyright suit brought by Viacom.

TV Land Summer Upfront: Original Comedies, Cedric The Entertainer, Shirlay MacLaine and “‘70s Show”

Published 1 year, 10 months ago

TV Land gave Bette White her career re-launch with "Hot In Cleveland," which premiered in Summer 2010. So when this channel that was once devoted solely to reruns announces its summer slate, advertisers take note.

The TV Land summer slate launches on June 1 with two nights of original sitcoms including “The Soul Man,” starring Cedric “The Entertainer” and Niecy Nash, the returning series “The Exes” starring Donald Faison, Wayne Knight, David Alan Basche, Kelly Stables and Kristen Johnston, and “Retired At 35” starring George Segal, Jessica Walter, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Johnathan McClain and Josh McDermitt. TV Land also plans to air the “AFI Life Achievement Award Honoring Shirley MacLaine” and syndicated reruns of “That ‘70s Show.”

TV Land’s original scripted sitcoms – “Hot In Cleveland,” “Happily Divorced,” “The Exes” and “Retired At 35” – have each posted double and triple-digit gains over the network’s primetime average. “Hot In Cleveland,” the network’s first original sitcom starring Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick and Betty White, won two consecutive Screen Actors Guild Awards for White for her role as “Elka,” a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for the cast, and an Emmy Award nomination for White for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Additionally, “Retired At 35” was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2011 for Outstanding Cinematography for a Multi-Camera Series.

Below is a detailed look at TV Land’s summer programming:

ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING

“The Soul Man”

SERIES PREMIERE: Wednesday, June 20 at 10 P.M. ET/PT
“The Soul Man” stars Cedric “The Entertainer” and Niecy Nash and revolves around R&B superstar-turned-minister Reverend Boyce “The Voice” Ballentine (played by Cedric). Though he’s used to living in Las Vegas at the top of the music charts, he gets “the calling” and decides to relocate to St. Louis with his wife, Lolli (Nash) and his daughter, Lyric (Jazz Raycole), to take over the preaching duties in his father’s church. However, his family is not exactly eager to give up the fabulous superstar life for their new humble one. The comedy also stars John Beasley (“Everwood”) as Boyce’s father, Barton, and Wesley Jonathan (“What I Like About You”) as his brother, Stamps.

“The Exes”

SEASON 2 PREMIERE: Wednesday, June 20 at 10:30 P.M. ET/PT
In season one of “The Exes,” Phil (Faison, “Scrubs”) and Haskell (Knight, “Seinfeld”) were shocked to learn that their landlord and divorce attorney, Holly (Johnston, “3rd Rock From The Sun”), was forcing a new roommate on them – the clingy and recently-divorced Stuart (Basche, “The Starter Wife”). In season two, they’re still attempting to adjust to one another’s quirks and annoying habits, but Holly is there to help avert any disasters – or in some cases, cause them. Meanwhile, Holly’s assistant, Eden (Stables, “Two and a Half Men”), doesn’t exactly let professionalism get in the way of prying into her boss’s dating life – or lack thereof.

“Retired At 35”

SEASON 2 PREMIERE: Tuesday, June 26 at 10 P.M. ET/PT
The new season brings a new cast member as Marissa Jaret Winokur (Broadway’s “Hairpsray”) joins the show! In “Retired At 35,” after 37 years of marriage, Alan Robbins (Segal, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”) and his wife Elaine (Walter, “Arrested Development”) are expected to cruise into retirement and live out their days happily ever after. However, they get an unexpected surprise when their uptight and overworked son David (McClain, “24”), sick of the NYC rat race, decides to move in with them in their active-adult community. David finds himself dealing with his overzealous parents as well as his sister Amy (Winokur), who, while successful in business, has made less than impressive choices in her love life.

SPECIALS

“TV Land Presents: The AFI Life Achievement Award Honoring Shirley MacLaine”

AIRS: Sunday, June 24 at 9 P.M. ET/PT
The annual “TV Land Presents: AFI Life Achievement Award,” will be presented to Academy Award-winner Shirley MacLaine by fellow Academy Award-winner Meryl Streep, her co-star in “Postcards From The Edge.” The event will celebrate MacLaine’s extraordinary life and all her endeavors, from movies and television to Broadway, writing books and beyond. The ceremony tapes Thursday, June 7 in Los Angeles. To apply for press credentials to the red carpet, please visit the TV Land / AFI Life Achievement Awards Credentials Site.

ACQUISITIONS

“That ‘70s Show”

PREMIERES: Friday, June 1 at 9pm ET/PT
Hit sitcom “That ‘70s Show” will join the TV Land line-up with a weekend-long marathon on June 1, 2 and 3 from 9 P.M.  ET/PT to 12 A.M. ET/PT. The series, which starred Topher Grace (“Valentine’s Day”), Ashton Kutcher (“Two and a Half Men”), Mila Kunis (“Black Swan”), Laura Prepon (“Are You There, Chelsea?”), Wilmer Valderrama (“Awake”), Danny Masterson (“Men at Work”), Kurtwood Smith (“24”) and Debra Jo Rupp (“Better With You”), revolves around a group of teenagers as they come of age in 1970s Wisconsin.

Upfront TV: MTV Delivers Batman | “Mad Men” Teeters | CNN’s Royal Coverage | Gumbel’s Back

Published 1 year, 10 months ago
  • Batman news: MTV has announced that the "2012 MTV Movie Awards" will feature exclusive footage from Warner Bros. Pictures' and Legendary Pictures' “The Dark Night Rises,” with director, writer, producer Christopher Nolan and actors Christian Bale, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Gary Oldman on hand to celebrate the "Dark Knight" trilogy. Hosted by comedian, actor and TV personality Russell Brand, the "2012 MTV Movie Awards" will air live on Sunday, June 3, at 9:00 P.M. ET/PT from the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, California.

  • Critical darling “Mad Men” is suffering in the ratings, reports Business Insider. Sunday’s episode drew just under two million viewers, about one-third fewer than the show did on March 25, and a 45% drop-off from the 3.54 million viewers AMC claimed for the show’s two-hour premiere in March.) AMC moved its ad-themed reality show “The Pitch” from Monday to follow “Mad Men” on Sunday at 11 P.M., which has doubled the ratings for “The Pitch” to a still 0.1 or less.

  • Struggling CNN has announced aggressive multi-platform coverage of “the spectacular pageantry of the Diamond Jubilee,” which marks Queen Elizabeth’s 60 year reign over the UK and Commonwealth. CNN’s special live coverage will be anchored by Piers Morgan and Brooke Baldwin, across CNN/U.S. and CNN International. Users will be able to watch the simulcast live online at CNN.com/live or on the CNN App for iPad and iPhone by authenticating through their cable, satellite or telco providers. CNN’s live simulcast coverage begins on Sunday, June 3, from 11 A.M. at 1 p.m. ET on location at the Tower Bridge for the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant. On Tuesday, June 5, from 9 to 11 A.M. ET, CNN will broadcast the Royal Carriage Procession, in which the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry of Wales will depart the Palace of Westminster for Buckingham Palace, travelling along a processional route by horse-drawn carriage. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh and members of the Royal Family will appear on Buckingham Palace’s balcony, at which point the Royal Air Force will fly over the palace and the Queen’s Royal Guard will deliver a celebratory cascade of rifle fire as a salute.
  • Also from CNN, it has recruited world-renowned chef, bestselling author and Emmy winning television personality Anthony Bourdain to host of a new weekend program showcasing the network’s coverage of food and travel. The announcement was made by CNN Worldwide Executive Vice President and Managing Editor, Mark Whitaker.“For more than a decade, Anthony Bourdain has been a trailblazer in educating Americans about different cuisines and cultures around the world, as well as an outspoken commentator on social trends ranging from the rise of celebrity chefs to the impact of fast food chains to the spread of vegetarianism and veganism.” said Whitaker. “Examining the world through the prism of Tony’s unique expertise and passions continues CNN’s long-standing commitment to international reporting and to promoting global understanding.” The show will launch in early 2013, and will be shot on location and examine cultures from around the world through their food and dining and travel rituals. It is slated to air domestically on Sundays in prime time with repeat airings on Saturday nights.

  • Bryant Gumbel will return to morning broadcasts on NBC, reports MediaBistro. The former NBC “Today” and CBS “Early Show” anchor will serve as guest co-host of ABC’s syndicated “Live! with Kelly” on Monday, June 4 and Tuesday, June 5. Gumbel, who anchors “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” on HBO, was one of “Today”‘s longest-serving anchors, and helped launch a revamped version of “The Early Show” back in 1999. Gumbel famously criticized “Today” weatherman Willard Scott (“This guy is killing us”) and film critic Gene Shalit (“Often late and his interviews aren’t very good”) in an internal memo in 1989 that was leaked to the press. Although Gumbel drew fire from the viewing public, the general take from industry insiders was that “someone had to say it.” The other guest co-hosts on next week’s “Live!” are actor Neil Patrick Harris and “Saturday Night Live’”s Andy Samberg.

ABC Upfront: Heavy on Comedy and Schedule Shakeups

Published 1 year, 11 months ago

ABC is “building on its momentum from the 2011-2012” season which included the No. 1 comedy (“Modern Family”), No. 1 drama (“Grey’s Anatomy”) and No. 1 freshman drama (“Once Upon A Time”) this season in the key Adult 18-49 demographic. But it also included the flagging “Dancing with the Stars” and the wishy-washy “Happy Endings” and “Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23.” So the Falls schedule shows some tinkering.

Like NBC and Fox, ABC is going “long on comedy”, reports Broadcasting & Cable, with four new comedies over three nights, and a dedicated family comedy block on Fridays. “The Neighbors,” about a family that moves to New Jersey to find that its neighbors are space aliens, will air after the flagship “Modern Family” at 9:30 P.M. in the fall. So “Happy Endings” and “Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23,” which took turns in that slot, will be back-to-back on Tuesday at 9 P.M. opposite Fox's “New Girl” and the much-anticipated “The Mindy Project.”

On Fridays beginning November, the network will offer a one-hour family comedy block, with “Last Man Standing” and “Malibu Country,” with Reba McIntyre.
The network will try to goose its flagging reality franchise “Dancing With the Stars,” describes the New York Times, by trying an “all-star version,” with “fan favorites” from earlier seasons in midseason.

A solid mix of promising new series and returning hits is what drove ABC to strong results in the 2011-12 Season. Season to date among Adults 18-49, ABC claims TV’s No. 1 comedy/scripted series (“Modern Family”), the No. 1 drama (“Grey’s Anatomy”) and the No. 1 freshman drama (“Once Upon A Time”). Led by Emmy-winning “Modern Family,” ABC’s 2-hour Wednesday night comedy block continues to connect with audiences, posting its 2nd straight year of growth with viewers (+3%) and young adults (+6%). In addition, ABC is the only network up during the 10 o’clock hour on Monday-Friday as lead-in to affiliates’ late-local newscasts with Total Viewers (+8%) and Adults 25-54 (+7%).

Fall premiere dates will be announced at a later time.

ABC’s fall primetime schedule is as follows (all times listed are Eastern); new shows are in capitals:

MONDAY:             
8:00 P.M. “Dancing with the Stars”
10:00 P.M. “Castle”
In January:
8:00 P.M. “The Bachelor”
10:00 P.M. “Castle”

TUESDAY:
8:00 P.M. “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show”
9:00 P.M. “Happy Endings”
9:30 P.M. “Don’t Trust The B—- in Apartment 23”
10:00 P.M. “Private Practice”
In January:
8:00 P.M. “HOW TO LIVE WITH YOUR PARENTS (FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE)”
8:30 P.M. “THE FAMILY TOOLS”

WEDNESDAY:
8:00 P.M. “The Middle”
8:30 P.M. “Suburgatory”
9:00 P.M. “Modern Family”
9:30 P.M. “THE NEIGHBORS”
10:00 P.M. “NASHVILLE”

THURSDAY:
8:00 P.M. “LAST RESORT”
9:00 P.M. “Grey’s Anatomy”
10:00 P.M. “Scandal”

FRIDAY:
8:00 P.M. “Shark Tank”
9:00 P.M. “Primetime: What Would You Do?”
10:00 P.M. “20/20”
In November:
8:00 P.M. “Last Man Standing”
8:30 P.M. “MALIBU COUNTRY”
9:00 P.M. “Shark Tank”
10:00 P.M. “Primetime: What Would You Do?”

SATURDAY:
8:00 P.M. “Saturday Night College Football”

SUNDAY:
7:00 P.M. “America’s Funniest Home Videos”
8:00 P.M. “Once Upon A Time”
9:00 P.M. “Revenge”
10:00 P.M. “666 PARK AVENUE”

NEW FALL AND MIDSEASON SERIES

DRAMA
“666 PARK AVENUE.”
At the ominous address of 666 Park Avenue, anything you desire can be yours. Everyone has needs, desires and ambition. For the residents of The Drake, these will all be met, courtesy of the building’s mysterious owner, Gavin Doran (Terry O’Quinn). But every Faustian contract comes with a price. When Jane Van Veen (Rachael Taylor) and Henry Martin (Dave Annable), an idealistic young couple from the Midwest, are offered the opportunity to manage the historic building, they not only fall prey to the machinations of Doran and his mysterious wife, Olivia (Vanessa Williams), but unwittingly begin to experience the shadowy, supernatural forces within the building that imprison and endanger the lives of the residents inside. Sexy, seductive and inviting, The Drake maintains a dark hold over all of its residents, tempting them through their ambitions and desires, in this chilling new drama that’s home to an epic struggle of good versus evil.

“666 Park Avenue” stars Rachael Taylor (“Charlie’s Angels,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” Transformers) as Jane Van Veen, Dave Annable (“Brothers & Sisters,” “Reunion”) as Henry Martin, Robert Buckley (“One Tree Hill,” “Lipstick Jungle”) as Brian Leonard, Mercedes Masöhn (“The Finder,” “Chuck,” “Three Rivers”) as Louise Leonard, Helena Mattsson (“Iron Man 2,” “Nikita,” “Desperate Housewives”) as Alexis Blume, Samantha Logan as Nona Clark, with Vanessa Williams (“Desperate Housewives,” “Ugly Betty,” “Shaft,” “Soul Food”) as Olivia Doran and Terry O’Quinn (“Lost,” “Millennium,” “Hawaii Five-0,” “Alias,” “The West Wing,” “Jag”) as Gavin Doran.

“LAST RESORT.” 500 feet beneath the ocean’s surface, the U.S. ballistic missile submarine Colorado receive their orders. Over a radio channel, designed only to be used if their Homeland has been wiped out, they’re told to fire nuclear weapons at Pakistan.

Captain Marcus Chaplin (Andre Braugher) demands confirmation of the orders only to be unceremoniously relieved of duty by the White House. XO Sam Kendal (Scott Speedman) finds himself suddenly in charge of the submarine and facing the same difficult decision. When he also refuses to fire without confirmation of the orders, the Colorado is targeted, fired upon, and hit. The submarine and its crew find themselves crippled on the ocean floor, declared rogue enemies of their own country. Now, with nowhere left to turn, Chaplin and Kendal take the sub on the run and bring the men and women of the Colorado to an exotic island. Here they will find refuge, romance and a chance at a new life, even as they try to clear their names and get home.

“Last Resort” stars Andre Braugher (“Men of a Certain Age”) as Captain Marcus Chaplin, Scott Speedman (“The Vow”) as XO Sam Kendal, Daisy Betts (“Sea Patrol”) as Lieutenant Grace Shepard, Dichen Lachman (“Being Human”) as Tani Tumrenjack, Daniel Lissing (“Crownies”) as SEAL Officer James King, Sahr Ngaujah (“House of Payne”) as Mayor Julian Serrat, Camille de Pazzis as Sophie Gerard, Autumn Reeser (“Hawaii Five-O,” “No Ordinary Family”) as Kylie Sinclair, Jessy Schram (“Falling Skies,” “Once Upon A Time”) as Christine Kendal.

“MISTRESSES.” Welcome to a provocative and thrilling drama about the scandalous lives of a sexy and sassy group of four girlfriends, each on her own path to self-discovery, as they brave the turbulent journey together.

Meet Savi (Alyssa Milano), a successful career woman working toward the next phase in her life — both professional and personal — simultaneously bucking for partner at her law firm while she and her husband, Harry (Brett Tucker), try to start a family of their own. Savi’s free-spirited and capricious baby sister, Josselyn (Jes Macallan), couldn’t be more different – living single, serial dating and partying, and regularly leaning on her big sister along the way. Their common best friend, April (Rochelle Aytes), a recent widow and mother of two, is rebuilding her life after tragedy and learning to move forward, with the support and guidance of her closest girlfriends. And friend Karen (Yunjin Kim), a successful therapist with her own practice, reconnects with the girls after her involvement in a complicated relationship with a patient goes far too deep.

“Mistresses” is a salacious new drama about a group of friends caught in storms of excitement and self-discovery, secrecy and betrayal, and bound by the complex relationships they’ve created.

“Mistresses” stars Alyssa Milano (“New Years Eve,” “Romantically Challenged,” “Hall Pass,” “My Name Is Earl,” “Charmed,” “Melrose Place”) as Savannah, Yunjin Kim (“Lost”) as Karen, Rochelle Aytes (“Work It,” “White Collar,” “Detroit 1-8-7,” “Desperate Housewives”) as April, Jes Macallan (“Kiss Me,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “Crash and Burn,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Shameless”) as Josslyn, Jason George (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “The Closer,” “Against the Wall,” “Castle,” “Off The Map,” “Eastwick”) as Dominic, Brett Tucker (“Castle,” “Spartacus: Vengeance,” “Rizzoli & Isles,” “NCIS,” “Neighbours”) as Harry, Erik Stocklin (“Grey Sheep,” “Sick Day,” “Let’s Big Happy”) as Sam.

“NASHVILLE.” Chart-topping Rayna James (Connie Britton) is a country legend who’s had a career any singer would envy, though lately her popularity is starting to wane. Fans still line up to get her autograph, but she’s not packing the arenas like she used to. Rayna’s record label thinks a concert tour, opening for up-and-comer Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere), the young and sexy future of country music, is just what Rayna needs. But scheming Juliette can’t wait to steal Rayna’s spotlight. Sharing a stage with that disrespectful, untalented, little vixen is the last thing Rayna wants to do, which sets up a power struggle for popularity. Could the undiscovered songwriting talent of Scarlett O’Connor (Clare Bowen) be the key to helping Rayna resurrect her career?

Complicating matters, Rayna’s wealthy but estranged father, Lamar Hampton (Powers Boothe), is a powerful force in business, Tennessee politics, and the lives of his two grown daughters. His drive for power results in a scheme to back Rayna’s handsome husband, Teddy, in a run for Mayor of Nashville, against Rayna’s wishes.

“Nashville” stars Connie Britton (“Friday Night Lights,” “American Horror Story”) as Rayna, Hayden Panettiere (“Heroes”) as Juliette, Powers Boothe (“MacGruber,” “24”) as Lamar, Charles Esten (“Enlightened,” “Big Love”) as Deacon, Eric Close (“Chaos,” “Without a Trace”) as Teddy, Clare Bowen as Scarlett, Jonathan Jackson (“General Hospital”) as Avery, Sam Palladio as Gunnar and Robert Wisdom as Coleman.
“Nashville” was written by Callie Khouri (“Thelma & Louise”) who is an executive producer along with R.J. Cutler (“The September Issue,” “The War Room,” “Flip That House,” “A Perfect Candidate”) and Steve Buchanan. The pilot for “Nashville” was directed by R.J. Cutler. The series is produced by Lionsgate, ABC Studios and Gaylord Entertainment.

“RED WIDOW.” When Marta Walraven’s (Radha Mitchell) husband is brutally murdered, her first instinct is to protect her three young children. Her husband’s business partners – Irwin Petrova (Wil Traval), Marta’s scheming and untrustworthy brother, and Mike Tomlin (Lee Tergesen) — were involved in an illegal drug business deal with rival gangsters, and Marta’s husband paid the ultimate price. She already knows the violent world of organized crime; her father, Andrei Petrova (Rade Sherbedzija), and loyal bodyguard Luther (Luke Goss) are gangsters too. She and her sister Kat (Jaime Ray Newman) had always wished for a safer life without bloodshed and fear. For a while Marta lived happily as a stay at home housewife in San Marta’s cooperation, FBI Agent James Ramos (Mido Hamada) now promises justice.

Marta discovers a tenacity she never knew she had, and takes on the gangsters and the FBI to unveil the truth about her husband’s death. As she digs into this dark underworld, she’ll test her own strength, relying on her resourcefulness, determination and family ties like never before. To get out of this mob, she needs to beat the bad guys at their own deadly game.

“Red Widow” stars Radha Mitchell (“Melinda and Melinda,” “Silent Hill,” “Rogue,” “Henry Poll Is Here,” “The Children of Huang Shi,” “The Waiting City”) as Marta Walraven, Wil Traval (“Rescue Special Ops,” “Underbelly,” “All Saints”) as Irwin Petrova, Erin Moriarty (“One Life To Live”) as Natalie Walraven, Sterling Beaumon (“Arthur Newman, Golf Pro, “Clue”) as Gabriel Walraven, Lee Tergesen (“Army Wives”) as Mike Tomlin, Jakob Salvati as Boris Walraven, Mido Hamada as FBI Agent James Ramos, Luke Goss as Luther, Jaime Ray Newman (“Drop Dead Diva”) as Kat Petrova, Suleka Mathew (“Hawthorne”) as Dina Tomlin and Rade Serbedzija (“24”) as Andrei Petrova.

“ZERO HOUR.” As the publisher of a paranormal enthusiast magazine, Modern Skeptic, Hank Galliston has spent his career following clues, debunking myths and solving conspiracies. A confessed paranormal junkie, his motto is “logic is the compass.” But when his beautiful wife, Laila (Jacinda Barrett), is abducted from her antique clock shop, Hank gets pulled into one of the most compelling mysteries in human history, stretching around the world and back centuries.

Contained in one of his wife’s clocks is a treasure map, and what it leads to could be cataclysmic. Now it’s up to Hank to decipher the symbols and unlock the secrets of the map, while ensuring the answers don’t fall into the wrong hands – a man they call White Vincent (Michael Nyqvist). With his two young associates, Rachel (Addison Timlin) and Arron (Scott Michael Foster), in tow, along with Becca Riley, a sexy FBI agent (Carmen Ejogo), Hank will lead them on a breathless race against the clock to find his wife and save humanity.

“Zero Hour” stars Anthony Edwards (“Big Sur,” “Flipped,” “ER”) as Hank, Carmen Ejogo (“Sparkle,” “Chaos,” “Away We Go”) as Beck, Scott Michael Foster (“Californication,” “The River”) as Aaron, Addison Timlin (“Californication”) as Rachel, Jacinda Barrett (“Matching Jack,” “Middle Men,” “New York, I Love You”) as Laila and Michael Nyqvist (“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Patrol”) as White Vincent.

COMEDY

“HOW TO LIVE WITH YOUR PARENTS (FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE).” Polly (Sarah Chalke) is a single mom who’s been divorced for almost a year. The transition wasn’t easy for her, especially in this economy. So, like a lot of young people living in this new reality, she and her daughter, Natalie (Rachel Eggleston), have moved back home with her eccentric parents, Elaine (Elizabeth Perkins) and Max (Brad Garrett). But Polly and her parents look at life through two different lenses. Polly’s too uptight. Her parents are too laid back. Polly’s conservative when it comes to dating (no action, whatsoever), while her parents are still sexually adventurous. They think Polly turned out okay, so what’s the big deal? Well, they say it takes a village to raise a child…and in Polly’s case, this village is on fire. But with help from her best friend Gregg (Orlando Jones), her lovable yet irresponsible ex-husband Julian (Jon Dore) and her cool and fun assistant Jenn (Rebecca Delgado Smith) Polly takes her first steps toward getting a life, starting with a social one.

“How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)” stars Sarah Chalke (“Mad Love,” “Scrubs”) as Polly, Jon Dore as Julian, Rachel Eggleston as Natalie, Brad Garrett (“Everybody Loves Raymond,” “‘Til Death”) as Max, Orlando Jones (“Rules of Engagement”) as Gregg, Elizabeth Perkins (“Weeds”) as Elaine, Rebecca Delgado Smith as Jenn.

“MALIBU COUNTRY.” When Reba Gallagher (Reba) discovers that her husband, Bobby, (Jeffrey Nordling) a country music legend, has a cheatin’ heart, her world is turned upside down. Reba dreamt of becoming a country star herself, but put her career on hold to raise a family. Now she’s questioning all of that, big-time. With the ink on her divorce barely dry, Reba packs up her sharp-tongued mother, Lillie May (Lily Tomlin), her two kids and the U-Haul and heads for sunny California to begin a new chapter. Leaving Nashville in the rear view, they start over at their Malibu residence — the last remaining asset they have. Reba gets to know her new open and loving neighbor Kim (Sara Rue) and her son, Sage, but also discovers that relocation to Southern California is going to be quite an adjustment for a traditional southern belle: the West Coast seems like the polar opposite of Music City, and Reba feels like an outsider. Still, with the support of her family she sets about finding her voice, jump-starting her music career with the help of her new music agent, Geoffrey (Jai Rodriguez), and embracing this chance to begin again.

“Malibu Country” stars country music superstar Reba (“Reba,” “Tremors”) as Reba, Sara Rue (“Rules of Engagement,” “Less Than Perfect”) as Kim, Justin Prentice as Cash, Juliette Angelo as June, Jai Rodriguez (“Bones,” “How I Met Your Mother,” one of the original hosts of “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”) as Geoffrey and Lily Tomlin (“Eastbound and Down,” “Damages,” “Desperate Housewives,” “West Wing,” “Nine to Five,” “All of Me,” “Nashville”) as Lillie May.

“THE NEIGHBORS.” How well do you know your neighbors? Meet the Weavers, Debbie (Jami Gertz) and Marty (Lenny Venito). Marty, in hopes of providing a better life for his wife and three kids, recently bought a home in Hidden Hills, a gated New Jersey townhome community with its own golf course. Hidden Hills is so exclusive that a house hasn’t come on the market in 10 years. But one finally did and the Weavers got it!

It’s clear from day one that the residents of Hidden Hills are a little different. For starters, their new neighbors all have pro-athlete names like Reggie Jackson (Tim Jo), Jackie Joyner-Kersee (Toks Olagundoye), Dick Butkis (Ian Patrick) and Larry Bird (Simon Templeman). Over dinner, Marty and his family discover that their neighbors receive nourishment through their eyes by reading books, rather than eating. The Weavers soon learn that the entire community is comprised of aliens from Zabvron, where the men bear children and everyone cries green goo from their ears.

The Zabvronians have been stationed on Earth for the past 10 years, disguised as humans, awaiting instructions from home, and the Weavers are the first humans they’ve had the opportunity to know. As it turns out, the pressures of marriage and Parenthood are not exclusive to planet Earth. Two worlds will collide with hilarious consequences as everyone discovers they can “totally relate” and learn a lot from each other.

“The Neighbors” stars Jami Gertz (“Entourage,” “Modern Family,” “Still Standing,” “Ally McBeal”) as Debbie Weaver, Lenny Venito (“Bored to Death,” “Men in Black III,” “Person Of Interest,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm”) as Marty Weaver, Simon Templeman as Larry Bird, Toks Olagundoye as Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Clara Mamet as Amber Weaver, Tim Jo (“Glory Daze”) as Reggie Jackson, Ian Patrick (“Wanderlust”) as Dick Butkis, Max Charles (“The Three Stooges,” “The Amazing Spider-Man”) as Max Weaver, Isabella Cramp as Abby Weaver.

“THE FAMILY TOOLS.” Mixing family with business is never easy, and Jack Shea (Kyle Bornheimer) is about to learn that lesson the hard way. When Jack’s father, Tony (J.K. Simmons), has a heart attack and is forced to hand over the keys to his beloved handyman business, Jack is eager to finally step up and make his father proud. Unfortunately Jack’s past career efforts have been less than stellar, so everyone seems to be waiting for him to fail. His new job isn’t made any easier by Tony’s rebellious, troublemaker assistant, Darren (Edi Gathegi), and Darren’s flirtatious sister, Liz (Danielle Nicolet), who works at the local hardware store. Yet with the support of his Aunt Terry (Leah Remini) and his oddball yet endearing cousin Mason (Johnny Pemberton), Jack Shea may just find his true calling right at home.

“The Family Tools” stars Kyle Bornheimer (“Bachelorette,” “Romantically Challenged,” “Perfect Couples”) as Jack Shea, J.K. Simmons (“Ultimate Spiderman,” “Generator Rex,” “The Closer”) as Tony Shea, Edi Gathegi (“X Men: First Class”) as Darren, Johnny Pemberton (“21 Jump Street,” “Aim High”) as Mason, Danielle Nicolet (“X Men TV Series”) as Liz and Leah Remini (“In the Motherhood,” “King of Queens”) as Terry.

Fox Upfront: Kevin Bacon Drama, a Mob Doctor, No “Alcatraz” Or “Finder”

Published 1 year, 11 months ago

Fox has announced its 2012-13 primetime lineup, which brings Kevin Bacon to broadcast TV in “The Following,” as an ex-FBI agent tracking a serial killer (and a cult of copycats). Also in the lineup, “Mob Doctor,” following a young thoracic surgeon (Jordana Spiro) who juggles career and mob debt, as a Reuters story describes.

"Alcatraz" and "The Finder," both of which debuted in January as midseason replacements, will not have sophomore seasons.

FOX 2012-2013 PRIMETIME SCHEDULE (All Times ET/PT)

MONDAY
8:00-9:00 P.M. “Bones”
9:00-10:00 P.M. “THE MOB DOCTOR”
“THE FOLLOWING” joins in midseason.

TUESDAY
8:00-8:30 P.M. “Raising Hope”
8:30-9:00 P.M. “BEN AND KATE”
9:00-9:30 P.M. “New Girl”
9:30-10:00 P.M. “THE MINDY PROJECT” (new)
“THE GOODWIN GAMES” joins in midseason.

WEDNESDAY
8:00-10:00 P.M. “The X-Factor”(fall) / “American Idol” (midseason)

THURSDAY
8:00-9:00 P.M. “The X-Factor Results” (fall) / “American Idol Results” (midseason)
9:00-10:00 P.M. “Glee”

FRIDAY
8:00-9:00 P.M. “Touch”
9:00-10:00 P.M. “Fringe” (Fall)
“Hell’s Kitchen” (returns midseason)

SATURDAY
7:00-10:30 P.M. “Fox Sports Saturday” (fall)
“Cops” (returns midseason)
“ANIMATION DOMINATION HIGH-DEF” (new) will join late-prime in 2013.

SUNDAY
7:00-7:30 P.M. NFL Game (fall) / “ANIMATION DOMINATION” (encores)
7:30-8:00 P.M. “The OT” (fall) / “The Cleveland Show”
8:00-8:30 P.M. “The Simpsons”
8:30-9:00 P.M. “Bob’s Burgers”
9:00-9:30 P.M. “Family Guy”
9:30-10:00 P.M. “American Dad”

NEW SERIES SYNOPSES

COMEDIES

“Ben and Kate” – What happens when an exuberant, irresponsible dreamer who always says “yes” moves in with his overly responsible little sister to help raise her five-year-old daughter? BEN AND KATE, a new single-camera young ensemble comedy, follows these odd-couple siblings as they push each other out of their comfort zones and into real life. KATE FOX (Dakota Johnson, “The Social Network”) followed the rules all her life…until she got pregnant in college and dropped out just shy of graduation. After the birth of her daughter, MADDIE (Maggie Jones, “We Bought a Zoo,” “Footloose”), Kate put her twenties on hold. Now working as a bar manager to make ends meet and maximize her time with five-year-old Maddie, she’s uber-prepared for every possible catastrophe – except for the arrival of her older brother, BEN FOX (Nat Faxon, “Bad Teacher”). Ben likes trouble a lot more than his sister does. His infectious energy makes you want to follow him into any number of bad ideas. He’ll totally screw up your life, but somehow, you’ll feel good about it. Where Kate is all about planning and preparing, Ben is big on spontaneity and out-of-the-box ideas. But don’t let the Velcro wallet fool you – he’ll probably be a millionaire someday. When Ben comes to crash on Kate’s couch for a few days, he finds a sad state of affairs. Kate’s surviving, but not living. Ben realizes that for the first time in their lives, Kate needs his help and he’s determined to bring some much-needed chaos into her overly stable world. He starts by offering to help look after Maddie so Kate can get back to experiencing her mid-twenties and making mistakes, since the one real “mistake” she’s made turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to her. Always there to help with Ben’s crazy schemes is his partner-in-crime, TOMMY (newcomer Echo Kellum), who worships Ben like a hero and nurses a serious crush on Kate. Kate’s British best friend, BJ (Lucy Punch, “Bad Teacher”), is a cocktail waitress at the bar that Kate manages and an all-around hot mess who would do anything for Kate, even if her advice is often questionable and occasionally illegal. From writer/executive producer Dana Fox (NEW GIRL, “What Happens in Vegas”) and executive producer/director Jake Kasdan (NEW GIRL, “Bad Teacher”), BEN AND KATE is a heartwarming story of deeply mismatched siblings: a sister who needs to go for her dreams and a brother who needs to get his head out of the clouds.

“The Mindy Project” is a new single-camera comedy from Emmy Award-nominated writer/producer and New York Times best-selling author Mindy Kaling (“The Office”) that follows a woman who, despite having a successful career, desperately needs to break bad habits in her personal life. After all, how many doctors make inappropriate toasts at their ex-boyfriend’s wedding, nearly drown at the bottom of a stranger’s pool and get arrested for disorderly conduct just moments before having to deliver a baby? Funny, impatient and politically incorrect, MINDY LAHIRI (Kaling) can quote every romantic comedy starring Meg Ryan that exists. She loves the good ones and the bad ones, because the girl always gets the guy. Mindy is determined to be more punctual, spend less money, lose weight and read more books – all in pursuit of becoming a well-rounded perfect woman…who can meet and date the perfect guy. Mindy is a skilled OB/GYN and shares a practice with a few other doctors, none of whom make life any easier for her. JEREMY REED (British writer/comedian Ed Weeks) is the walking definition of total bad news. He not only shares a practice with Mindy, but sometimes her bed as well – despite her best efforts to resist. He is funny, self-absorbed and super sexy. In contrast, DANNY CASTELLANO (Chris Messina, “Damages”) is a hothead and guys’ guy who has a habit of stealing Mindy’s patients. Danny criticizes her for everything, including her struggling love life and her lack of professionalism – even though it’s obvious to everyone except Mindy that he secretly admires her work. His blue-collar childhood gives him a big chip on his shoulder, but he is a dedicated physician, which Mindy can’t stand to admit because he’s always getting on her case. Rounding out the office staff are the receptionists – BETSY PUTCH (Zoe Jarman, “Huge”), young, earnest and easily excitable, who thinks the world of Mindy and is always trying to impress her; and SHAUNA DICANIO (newcomer Dana DeLorenzo), a self-assured Jersey Girl who is indifferent to Mindy, always knows where the cool party is and carries a poorly concealed torch for Danny. Mindy is in constant communication with her beloved best friend from college, GWEN GRANDY (Anna Camp, “The Good Wife”), who also happens to be the governor’s daughter. Gwen is a hilarious, sometimes too-blunt friend, and secretly a former carefree party girl (which only Mindy seems to remember). Although Gwen is now happily married to a financial analyst, with a six-year-old daughter, this lawyer-turned-Pilates mom remains squarely in Mindy’s corner. As Mindy attempts to get her career off the ground and meet a guy who passes her red flag test (no drug habits, no skinny jeans and no secret families, among others), only time will tell if she gets her romantic comedy ending.

DRAMAS
“The Mob Doctor” – For most physicians, the Hippocratic oath is sacred. But for one Chicago doctor, who is indebted to the mafia, saving lives isn’t her only concern. THE MOB DOCTOR is a fast-paced medical drama featuring a brilliant young female cardiothoracic surgeon who is split between two distinct worlds as she juggles her promising medical career with her lifelong debt as a doctor to Chicago’s Southside mob. DR. GRACE DEVLIN (Jordana Spiro, “My Boys”) is a top resident at Chicago’s Roosevelt Medical Center. Smart and self-assured, she’s heralded as one of the country’s most promising young surgeons. But family ties keep her glued to her Southside roots. To pay off her brother’s life-threatening gambling debt, she makes a deal with the devil and agrees to work “off book” for the mafia men she once despised.  During the day, Grace must deal with the emotionally compelling cases at Roosevelt Medical – a toddler in need of a heart transplant, an elderly man desperate to donate a lung to his sick wife, the mass chaos in the wake of a two-train collision on the ‘L.’ But in her other vastly different world, she must juggle an onslaught of mob-related demands, including operating in mob-sanctioned locations, removing bullets from dead bodies to hide incriminating evidence, saving a juiced-up race horse and covertly helping an aging mobster with his erectile dysfunction. All the while, Grace must keep her dual life a secret from everyone: her protective best friend, NURSE ROBERTA “RO” ANGELI (Floriana Lima, “Glory Daze”); her handsome, blue-blooded boyfriend, DR. BRETT ROBINSON (Zach Gilford, “Off The Map,” “Friday Night Lights”); her boss at Roosevelt Medical and Chief of Surgery, DR. STAFFORD WHITE (Zeljko Ivanek, “The Event,” “Damages”); her rival, DR. OLIVIA WATSON (Jaime Lee Kirchner, “Necessary Roughness,” “Mercy”); even her well-meaning screw-up brother, NATE (Jesse Lee Soffer, “As the World Turns”), and her overly dramatic mother, DANIELLA (Wendy Makkena, “NCIS”). The only one who knows the true scope of Grace’s activities is the man to whom Grace owes her debt: the charming and diabolical Southside mob boss CONSTANTINE ALEXANDER (William Forsythe, “Boardwalk Empire”), an oddly compassionate killer whose relationship with Grace is more than it seems. Recently released from prison, the former head of the Chicago mob looks to reclaim his place in the organization, with the help of his right-hand associate – and Grace’s ex-boyfriend – FRANCO (James Carpinello, “The Good Wife”). As Grace tries to heed the demands of these two conflicting worlds – not to mention the needs of her own slightly dysfunctional family – her moral center comes into direct conflict with the very immoral things she’s asked to do. But with nerves of steel and a tough-as-nails exterior, she somehow manages to make it all work – at least for now.

NEW DRAMAS DEBUTING MIDSEASON
“The Following” – The FBI estimates there are currently over 300 active serial killers in the United States. What would happen if these killers had a way of communicating and connecting with each other? What if they were able to work together and form alliances across the country? What if one brilliant psychotic serial killer was able to bring them all together and activate a following? Welcome to THE FOLLOWING, the terrifying new thriller from creator/executive producer Kevin Williamson (“The Vampire Diaries,” “Dawson’s Creek,” the “Scream” franchise). When notorious serial killer JOE CARROLL (James Purefoy, “Rome”) escapes from death row and embarks on a new killing spree, the FBI calls former agent RYAN HARDY (Emmy-nominated actor Kevin Bacon, “X-Men: First Class”) to consult on the case. Having since withdrawn from the public eye, Hardy was responsible for Carroll’s capture nine years ago, after Carroll murdered 14 female students on the Virginia college campus where he taught literature. Hardy is a walking textbook of all-things Carroll. He knows him better than anyone; he is perhaps Carroll’s only psychological and intellectual match. But the Ryan Hardy who broke the Carroll case years ago isn’t the same man today. Wounded both physically and mentally by his previous pursuit of this serial killer, it’s been a long time since Hardy has been in the field. This investigation is his redemption, his call to action. In contrast to nine years ago, Hardy isn’t calling the shots on this case. He works closely with an FBI team, which includes all-business and tough-as-nails JENNIFER MASON (Jeananne Goossen, “The Vow,” ALCATRAZ) and young, razor-sharp MIKE WESTON (Shawn Ashmore, “X-Men”).

“The Goodwin Games” – Where there’s a will, there’s a way. And when that will’s worth more than 20 million dollars, you can bet someone’s going to find a way to get the cash. From the executive producers of “How I Met Your Mother,” THE GOODWIN GAMES is a single-camera comedy that tells the story of three grown siblings who return home after their father’s death, and unexpectedly find themselves poised to inherit a vast fortune – if they adhere to their late father’s wishes. If any of the Goodwin kids feel like they deserve the money, then it’s HENRY (Scott Foley, “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Felicity”), the eldest child and an overachieving surgeon. He sees himself as a role model for his less successful siblings – and reminds them every chance he gets. Returning home will force Henry to question the choices he’s made, especially as he reconnects with his first love and true soulmate, LUCINDA (Felisha Terrell, “Days of Our Lives”). Middle sibling CHLOE (Becki Newton, “Ugly Betty”) was a child prodigy in math, and her unofficial role as “the smart one” of the family still sends Henry into fits of jealousy. But long ago, Chloe gave up academics in favor of being the popular girl. Now, through a series of hidden messages, her late father will lead Chloe back to her old love of numbers – and back to the person she’s meant to be. Of the three siblings, the youngest, JIMMY (Jake Lacy, “Better With You”), could use the inheritance the most. A small-time ex-con and dull-witted guitarist who’s deep in debt to a loan shark, Jimmy may be the family screw-up, but he has more heart than anyone. Like his siblings,

NBC Upfront: Network Counts On “The Voice” For A Shot In The Arm

Published 1 year, 11 months ago

NBC has announced its full primetime lineup for 2012-13 primetime. Highlights include an expansion of comedy to Tuesday and Friday nights for a total of five full hours of primetime comedy; the first fall cycle of the hit competition “The Voice” and new dramas from J.J. Abrams and Dick Wolf on Monday and Wednesday nights, respectively.

As Ad Age describes, NBC will use "The Voice" as a lead-in for its Monday-night drama and two Tuesday-night comedies. "NBC has a lot at stake [having been] mired in turnaround efforts for years," said Ad Age. The 2012-2013 will be the second under ownership of Comcast, which hopes that "The Voice" and the Summer Olympics will cause a tide that "lifts all ships."

The season’s new fall comedies are “Go On,” “The New Normal,” “Animal Practice” and “Guys with Kids.” Other mid-season comedies include “Save Me,” “1600 Penn” and “Next Caller.”

The new fall dramas are “Revolution” and “Chicago Fire,” while “Do No Harm,” “Infamous” and “Hannibal” also will join the lineup in mid-season.

In addition, new alternative series include “Stars Earn Stripes,” “Howie Mandel’s White Elephant,” “Ready for Love,” and “Surprise with Jenny McCarthy.”

NBC’s returning shows are highlighted by “The Voice,” which returns on Mondays (8-10 P.M. ET) and includes an additional weekly hour on Tuesdays (8-9 P.M. ET).

Other returning scripted series are “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “The Office,” “30 Rock,” “Community,” “Parenthood,” “Parks and Recreation,” “Whitney” and “Up All Night.” The alternative series returning are “The Celebrity Apprentice,” “Fashion Star,” “The Biggest Loser” and “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers.” Also renewed are “Dateline NBC” and “Rock Center with Brian Williams.” “Smash” and “Grimm” were given pickups earlier in the season.

The announcements were made by Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment, who said in a statement “We’ve taken a few first steps toward a turnaround over this past season and now we’re seeing a real opportunity to accelerate that process. We’ve got a lineup of new shows that will really get people to sit up and take notice. And with the Olympics coming this summer and two nights of ‘The Voice’ in the fall, we’ve also got the tools we need to give our shows the kind of launch they deserve.”

NBC FALL 2012-13 SCHEDULE
*New programs in UPPER CASE; all times ET)

MONDAY
8-10 P.M. – “The Voice”
10-11 P.M. – “REVOLUTION”

TUESDAY
8-9 P.M. –”The Voice”
9-9:30 P.M. – “GO ON”
9:30-10 P.M. – “THE NEW NORMAL”
10-11 P.M. – “Parenthood”

WEDNESDAY
8-8:30 P.M. – “ANIMAL PRACTICE”
8:30-9 P.M. – “GUYS WITH KIDS”
9-10 P.M. – “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”
10-11 P.M. – “CHICAGO FIRE”

THURSDAY
8-8:30 P.M. – “30 Rock”
8:30-9 P.M. – “Up All Night”
9-9:30 P.M. – “The Office”
9:30-10 P.M. – “Parks and Recreation”
10-11 P.M. – “Rock Center with Brian Williams”

FRIDAY
8-8:30 P.M. – “Whitney”
8:30-9 P.M. – “Community”
9-10 P.M. – “Grimm”
10-11 P.M. – “Dateline NBC”

SATURDAY
Encore programming

SUNDAY (Fall 2012)
7- 8:15 P.M. — “Football Night in America”
8:15-11:30 P.M. — “NBC Sunday Night Football”

SUNDAY (Post-football/Winter 2013)
7-8 P.M. – “Dateline NBC”
8-9 P.M. – “Fashion Star”
9-10 P.M. – “The Celebrity Apprentice”
10-11 P.M. – “DO NO HARM”

2012-13 NEW SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

NEW COMEDIES

“Go On” — Misery loves company. Unless you’re sportscaster Ryan King (Matthew Perry, “Friends,” “Mr. Sunshine”) who thinks misery should just be left alone. After taking some time off, Ryan – who recently lost his wife in a car accident – is now ready to get back to work. And while he seems like his same old charming, cocky self, his boss won’t set him back on the air until he seeks counseling. So, Ryan reluctantly joins a support group with one goal in mind: get in, get out and get back on the radio as quickly as possible. Played by the fast-talking, sarcastic, and charismatic Perry, Ryan gives grief a real run for its money. Within one day of group therapy, he hijacks the meeting and suddenly the downtrodden are cajoled into playing a game of “who’s got the best sob story?” And in no time all of them are battling it out, trying to one-up each other’s despair. Now, this is fun! Ryan’s total lack of interest in healing might be just what this group needs – and maybe, exactly what he needs to move on with his life. Also starring are Tony winner Laura Benanti (“The Playboy Club”), Julie White (“Transformers”), Suzy Nakamura (“Dodgeball”), Khary Payton (“General Hospital”) and Allison Miller (“Terra Nova”). From the Emmy-winning writer and executive producer Scott Silveri (“Perfect Couples,” “Friends”) comes a new series that proves grief can be good. Todd Holland (“Malcolm in the Middle”) and Karey Burke (“Free Agents,” “Miss/Guided”) also serve as executive producers. The pilot was directed by Holland. “Go On” is a production of Universal Television, Dark Toy Entertainment and Silver & Gold Productions.

“The New Normal” — These days, families come in all forms – single dads, double moms, sperm donors, egg donors, one-night-stand donors… It’s 2012 and anything goes. Bryan (Andrew Rannells, “Girls,” “The Book of Mormon”) and David (Justin Bartha, “The Hangover”) are a Beverly Hills couple and they have it all. Well, almost. With successful careers and a committed and loving partnership, the one thing missing is a baby. And just when they think the stars will never align, enter Goldie (Georgia King, “One Day”), an extraordinary young woman with a checkered past. A Midwestern waitress and single mother looking to escape her dead-end life and small-minded grandmother (Ellen Barkin, “Ocean’s Thirteen”), Goldie decides to change everything and move to L.A. with her precocious 8-year-old daughter. Desperate and broke – but also fertile – Goldie quickly becomes the guys’ surrogate and quite possibly the girl of their dreams. Surrogate mother, surrogate family. “The New Normal” is produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Ryan Murphy Productions. Murphy serves as creator/executive producer and director along with executive producer/creator/writer Ali Adler (“Glee,” “Chuck”) and executive producer Dante Di Loreto (“Glee,” “American Horror Story”).

“Animal Practice” — Meet Dr. George Coleman (Justin Kirk, “Weeds”), a top-dog New York veterinarian. With an unorthodox style of operating, George’s success comes from his undeniable gift with animals of all kinds. That is, all but the human kind. Dorothy Crane once held the key to George’s heart, but today she also holds the key to the family business as she takes over Crane Animal Hospital. Not only is she George’s new boss, but her romantic history with him and her lack of experience with animals is seriously cramping his style. Dorothy is whip-smart and ambitious, and she’s going to make George pay for the past. Needless to say, he’s determined not to make any changes in his (animal) kingdom — which includes poker games with a resident capuchin monkey. Also starring are Tyler Labine (“Reaper,” “Sons of Tucson”) as Dr. Doug Jackson, a vet who’s great with animals but hapless in matters of the heart, Bobby Lee (“Harold & Kumar”) as Dr. Yamamoto, and newcomer Betsy Sodaro as Angela. “Animal Practice” is a production of Universal Television and American Work Inc. The executive producers are Scot Armstrong (“The Hangover Part II,” “Old School”) and Ravi Nandan (“Best Friends Forever”) of American Work Inc. (“Best Friends Forever”) along with Emmy Award winners Joe & Anthony Russo (“Community,” “Arrested Development”). “Animal Practice” was written by Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka (“The Sitter”), who also serve as executive producers. Gail Lerner (“Happy Endings”) also is an executive producer. Directed by the Emmy-winning Russo brothers, “Animal Practice” is a comedy where the animals are running the asylum.

“Guys with Kids” — From Emmy winner and executive producer Jimmy Fallon comes a new comedy about three thirty-something dads trying to hold on to their youth, while holding onto their new babies’ hands. Easy, right? Thankfully, Chris (Jesse Bradford, “The West Wing”), Nick (Zach Cregger, “Friends with Benefits”) and Gary (Anthony Anderson, “Law & Order”) have each other to help navigate their survival as new dads, while still trying desperately to remain dudes. Balancing work or staying at home, painfully married or happily divorced, they know that taking care of the little ones while maintaining a social life is a daily challenge. Whether it’s hosing the little squirt down in the kitchen sink or hitting the bar strapped with a baby björn, these guys are on a roller-coaster adventure – parenting like you (and they) have never seen before. Also starring are Jamie Lynn Sigler (“The Sopranos”) and Tempestt Bledsoe (“The Cosby Show”). Someone once said it is much easier to become a father than to be one. These three guys are about to find out just how true that is. “Guys with Kids” is produced by Universal Television and Holiday Road. Fallon (“Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”) serves as executive producer/creator along with executive producer/creator/writer Charlie Grandy (NBC’s “The Office”) and executive producer/creator Amy Ozols (“Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”) as well as executive producers Rick Wiener and Kenny Schwartz (“Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place,” “American Dad”). Emmy-nominated director Scott Ellis (“Modern Family,” “30 Rock”) is the director.

“Save Me” — Welcome to the Midwestern suburbs, where exciting things never happen. Well, almost never. After a near-death experience (choking on a hero sandwich), Beth (Emmy nominee Anne Heche, “Hung”) is revived only to realize she now has a direct line to God. Of course, her husband Tom (Michael Landes, “Final Destination 2″) is skeptical and dismissive – and his mistress (Alexandra Breckenridge, “American Horror Story”) is stunned to learn that her lover’s wife is now a prophet! But when inexplicable things begin to happen, everyone’s beliefs are tested. Beth starts to say and do things that shock her family and entrance her friends, but she isn’t going to be your typical “fire and brimstone” prophet. Let’s just say, if God had a desperate housewife as His mouthpiece, Beth would be it! She is the absolute last person on Earth who would be chosen. Then again, they say He works in mysterious ways. And this one is a real mystery! Heather Burns (“Bored to Death”) and Madison Davenport (“Shameless”) also star. “Save Me” is produced by Sony Pictures Television and Original Film. Novelist John Scott Shepherd (“Henry’s List of Wrongs,” “The Days”) is executive producer/creator along with executive producer/director Scott Winant (“Breaking Bad,” “True Blood,” “Californication”) and executive producers Neal H. Moritz (“The Big C,” “Prison Break,” “Fast Five”), Vivian Cannon (“The Big C”) and Alexa Junge (“Friends,” “Sex and the City”).

“1600 Penn” — The Gilchrists are just the average American family dealing with all the everyday issues – like a grown kid who’s forced to move back home, children who are smarter than their teachers and a stepmom (Jenna Elfman, “Dharma and Greg”) desperately trying to win over the kids. They’re loving, fun and a little crazy. In other words, just like everybody else. With one exception: they live in a very special house. The White House! Whether it’s entertaining foreign dignitaries, sneaking away for a night out, dealing with middle school crushes or putting out fires – figuratively and sometimes literally – there’s never a dull moment in the Gilchrist White House. For example, the First Son (Josh Gad, star of Broadway sensation “The Book of Mormon”) is one of the administration’s biggest liabilities, but also the glue that holds this family together. The President (Bill Pullman, “Independence Day,” “While You Were Sleeping”) knows too well that the only thing harder than being Head of State is being head of the family. Also starring are Martha MacIsaac (“Superbad”), Andre Holland (“Friends with Benefits”), Amara Miller (“The Descendants”) and Benjamin Stockham (“Sons of Tucson”). “Modern Family” meets “The West Wing” in this election-year comedy from Emmy-winning executive producer/director Jason Winer (“Modern Family”). The executive producers are Winer, Gad and Jon Lovett (former White House speechwriter). Winer also directed the pilot. “1600 Penn” is produced by 20th Century Fox.

“Next Caller” — What happens when a foulmouthed satellite radio DJ – played by the multi-platinum selling artist and outrageously charming Dane Cook (“My Best Friend’s Girl”) – is forced to share the mic with a chipper NPR feminist? It’s anyone’s call in this sharp new comedy from producer Stephen Falk (“Weeds”) and Emmy-winning director Marc Buckland (“Grimm,” “My Name Is Earl”). It’s her first day in New York City, and 26-year-old Stella Hoobler (Collette Wolfe, “Young Adult”) is ready to take on the world. After a stint on public radio, she’s been hired to co-host the no-holds-barred show “Booty Calls with Cam Dunne.” Smart, spunky and passionate, Stella is determined to elevate the show beyond its boy’s-club-locker-room humor into a respected debate about men, women and the state of human relationships. But there’s a problem: Cam! She’s going to find out the hard way that he’s got no intention of sharing the spotlight, especially with someone like her. It’s going to be a tense fight, but with the station’s one rule being “make some noise,” Cam and Stella could be a winning combination – as long as they don’t knock each other out on their way to success. Jeffrey Tambor (“Arrested Development”), Joy Osmanski (“True Jackson, VP”) and Wolé Parks (“Premium Rush”) also star. The series is created and executive-produced by Stephen Falk (“Weeds”) and directed by Emmy Award-winning director Marc Buckland (“Grimm,” “My Name Is Earl”), who also serves as executive producer on the pilot. “Next Caller” is produced by Lionsgate Television and Universal Television.

NEW DRAMAS

“Revolution” — Our entire way of life depends on electricity. So what would happen if it just stopped working? Well, one day, like a switch turned off, the world is suddenly thrust back into the dark ages. Planes fall from the sky, hospitals shut down, and communication is impossible. And without any modern technology, who can tell us why? Now, 15 years later, life is back to what it once was long before the industrial revolution: families living in quiet cul-de-sacs, and when the sun goes down lanterns and candles are lit. Life is slower and sweeter. Or is it? On the fringes of small farming communities, danger lurks. And a young woman’s life is dramatically changed when a local militia arrives and kills her father, who mysteriously – and unbeknownst to her – had something to do with the blackout. This brutal encounter sets her and two unlikely companions off on a daring coming-of-age journey to find answers about the past in the hopes of reclaiming the future. From director Jon Favreau (“Iron Man,” “Iron Man 2″) and the fertile imaginations of J.J. Abrams (“Lost,” “Person of Interest”) and Eric Kripke (“Supernatural”), comes a surprising “what if” action-adventure series, where an unlikely hero will lead the world out of the dark. Literally. The series stars Billy Burke (“The Twilight Saga”), Tracy Spiridakos (“Being Human”), Anna Lise Phillips (“Terra Nova”), Zak Orth (“Romeo + Juliet”), Graham Rogers (“Memphis Beat”), J.D. Pardo (“A Cinderella Story”), Giancarlo Esposito (“Breaking Bad”), David Lyons (“The Cape”), Maria Howell (“The Blind Side”), Tim Guinee (“Iron Man”) and Andrea Roth (“Rescue Me”). Kripke, Abrams, Favreau and Bryan Burk (“Lost,” “Star Trek”) serve as executive producers. “Revolution” is produced by Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Bad Robot Productions, Kripke Enterprises and Warner Bros. Television. The pilot was directed by Favreau.

“Chicago Fire” — No job is more stressful, dangerous or exhilarating than those of the Firefighters, Rescue Squad and Paramedics of Chicago Firehouse 51. These are America’s everyday heroes — the courageous men and women who forge headfirst into danger when everyone else is running the other way. But the enormous responsibilities of the job also take a personal toll. Big reputations and hefty egos, coupled with the pressure to perform and make split-second decisions, are bound to put squad members at odds. When a tragedy claims one of their own, there’s plenty of guilt and blame to go around. In the middle of a divorce, Lt. Matthew Casey (Jesse Spencer, “House M.D.”) tries to go about business as usual but can’t help butting heads with the brash Lt. Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney, “The Vampire Diaries”) of the Rescue Squad – and each blames the other for their fallen team member. When it’s “go-time” though, they put aside their differences and put everything on the line for each other. “Chicago Fire” is a look inside one of America’s noblest professions. Also starring are Eamonn Walker (“The Messenger”), Charlie Barnett, (“Law & Order: SVU”), David Eigenberg (“Sex and the City”), Monica Raymund (“The Good Wife”), Lauren German (“Hawaii Five-O”), Teri Reeves (“Three Rivers”) and Merle Dandridge (“Sons of Anarchy”). “Chicago Fire” is produced by Universal Television and Wolf Films. Emmy Award-winning creator/ producer Dick Wolf (“Law & Order” brand), Derek Haas (“3:10 to Yuma”), Michael Brandt (“3:10 to Yuma”), Peter Jankowski (“Law & Order” brand) and Danielle Gelber serve as executive producers. Haas and Brandt wrote the pilot, which was directed by Jeffrey Nachmanoff (“Homeland”). From renowned Emmy-winning producer Dick Wolf and the writing team behind “3:10 to Yuma” comes an edge-of-your-seat view of a dirty job that often means the difference between life and death.

“Do No Harm” — Dr. Jason Cole (Steven Pasquale, “Rescue Me”) is a highly respected neurosurgeon who has it all – a lucrative career, confident charm, the gift of compassion. But he also has a deep, dark secret. One morning when he wakes up disoriented in a wrecked hotel room amidst several near-naked women he’s never seen before, he knows one thing: it’s happening again. Every night at the same hour, something inside Jason changes, leaving him almost unrecognizable – seductive, devious, borderline sociopathic. This new man is his dangerous alternate personality who goes by the name of ‘Ian Price.’ For years he’s battled Ian, keeping him in check with a powerful experimental sedative. But now his – their – body has developed a resistance to the serum, setting Ian free once again. And to make matters worse, after being suppressed for so long, Ian’s hell-bent on taking revenge on his oppressor. With everyone Jason cares about at risk – patients, friends, coworkers and even the woman he loves – he’s got to stop Ian once and for all. Will they find some common ground, or will they bring each other down? Hell hath no fury like an alter ego scorned. Also starring are Alana De La Garza (“Law & Order”), Mousa Kraish (“Superbad”), Michael Esper (“A Beautiful Mind”), Ruta Gedmintas (“The Borgias”) and Phylicia Rashad (“The Cosby Show”). “Do No Harm” is produced by Universal Television and Traugott Company. The executive producer/writer is David Schulner (“Desperate Housewives,” “The Event”). Peter Traugott (“Ringer”) and Rachel Kaplan (“Ringer”) also are executive producers. Michael Mayer (NBC’s “Smash”) is the co-executive producer and director.

“Infamous” — When wealthy socialite and notorious party girl Vivian Bowers is found dead of an overdose, no one is really surprised. The heiress to the Bowers pharmaceutical empire has been tabloid fodder for years: wild, pretty, privileged… and now dead at the age of 32. But for FBI agent Will Moreno (Laz Alonso, “Avatar”), things don’t add up with this suspicious dynasty. Convinced that the troubled girl’s death was a homicide, he has a clever plan to get to the truth. Her name is Detective Joanna Locasto (Meagan Good, “Think Like a Man”). Twenty years ago she was Vivian’s best friend and practically grew up inside the Bowers’ home. And when she appears at Vivian’s funeral, the family re-embraces her and no one is the wiser. Joanna quickly begins to uncover dark secrets and clues about why Vivian’s life was very much in danger. At the same time, she rekindles an old romantic relationship and rediscovers the allure of the luxurious lifestyle she once knew. She’s about to see once again just how the other half lives… and dies. Also starring are Victor Garber (“Alias”), Tate Donovan (“Damages”), Katherine La Nasa (“Alfie”), Neil Jackson (“Quantum of Solace”) and Ella Rae Peck (“Gossip Girl”). “Infamous” comes from executive producer/writer Liz Heldens (“Friday Night Lights”) and director Peter Horton (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Dirty Sexy Money”). Gail Berman, Lloyd Braun and Gene Stein are also executive producers. The series is from Universal Television and BermanBraun.

“Hannibal” — One of the most fascinating literary characters comes to life on television for the first time: psychiatrist-turned-serial-killer, Dr. Hannibal Lecter. In this new drama from Bryan Fuller (“Pushing Daisies,” “Heroes”), based on the characters from Thomas Harris’ classic novels, we see where this incredible story began. Will Graham (Hugh Dancy, “The Big C”) is a gifted criminal profiler who is on the hunt for a serial killer with the FBI. Graham’s unique way of thinking gives him the astonishing ability to empathize with anyone – even psychopaths. He seems to know what makes them tick. But when the mind of the twisted killer he’s pursuing is too complicated for even Will to comprehend, he enlists the help of Dr. Lecter, one of the premier psychiatric minds in the country. Armed with the uncanny expertise of the brilliant doctor, Will and Hannibal (known as a serial killer only to the audience) form a brilliant partnership and it seems there’s no villain they can’t catch. If Will only knew… Fuller is writer and executive producer. Martha De Laurentis (“Red Dragon,” “Hannibal”), Sara Colleton (“Dexter”), Jesse Alexander (“Lost”, “Heroes”), and Katie O’Connell also serve as executive producers. David Slade is the director/executive producer for the series pilot. “Hannibal” is produced by Gaumont International Television.

NEW ALTERNATIVE SHOWS

“Stars Earn Stripes” – The TV cop who wants to prove he can handle a gun in real life. The athlete making the transition from field to battlefield. The performer who wants to show how well she can perform under a different kind of pressure. In this fierce, entertaining and emotionally charged new competition honoring America’s armed forces, nine celebrities will gather at a secret training facility where they will be challenged to execute complicated missions inspired by real military exercises. From helicopter drops into treacherous locations to long range weapons fire, these stars will be tested physically, mentally and emotionally – and emerge in awe of the men and women who do such tasks on behalf of our country every day. From executive producers Dick Wolf (“Law & Order,” “Law & Order: SVU”), Mark Burnett (“The Voice,” “Survivor”) and David A. Hurwitz (“Fear Factor”), this extraordinary show will donate money raised through the competition to veterans’ charities. Committed to hiring recent vets onto the crew, “Stars Earn Stripes” hopes to inspire other employers throughout the country to make similar commitments to our returning heroes, not to mention proving how impossible their service missions really are. The series is a production of Universal Television, One Three Television, LLC, Wolf Reality, LLC and Bill’s Market & Television Productions.

“Howie Mandel’s White Elephant” — From Howie Mandel (“America’s Got Talent”) comes an exciting new game show based on one of the most wildly popular holiday party games in America. A contestant selects a box from a studio full of unmarked packages containing millions of dollars in prizes, showing what’s inside to the others. Then, the next player is faced with a potentially life-changing dilemma: do they steal a prize that has already been revealed, or do they take a chance with another unopened box, hoping what’s inside is worth more? But that’s just the beginning. When there are only two contestants left, Howie will reveal what’s inside the boxes and give the players a choice: share… or steal. If both players choose to share, they will each keep the prizes they have won in the prior rounds. If one player shares and the other steals, the player that chose to steal will go home with all the prizes. But if both choose to steal, they both go home with nothing! The stakes are insanely high as each contestant grapples with the choice of a lifetime… and the white elephant in the room. “Howie Mandel’s White Elephant” is from Universal Television and Alevy Productions. Mandel and Mike Marks are the executive producers.

“Ready for Love” — What does it take to find your soul mate? Well, producer Eva Longoria (“Desperate Housewives”) is inviting every eligible woman in America to participate in an innovative and dramatic new dating competition to find out how easy it can be. She has hand-selected three impossibly handsome grooms and enlisted the three best Matchmakers in the world to find them life partners. Let the dating begin! The show kicks off with mass auditions screened by the Matchmakers, and then launches into a romantic journey that will combine the best elements of in-studio competition and story-based reality. Each week, the contestants will be whittled down until the dramatic finale, when the three “grooms” and final three “brides” decide if they’ll get engaged, married or simply live happily ever after… because they’re all Ready for Love! Bill Rancic (“Giuliana and Bill”) and Giuliana DePandi-Rancic (“Giuliana and Bill,” “Fashion Police”) are the hosts. “Ready for Love” is produced by Renegade 83, UnbeliEVAble Entertainment and Universal Television. Longoria, Jason Ehrlich (“The Bachelor,” “The Bachelorette”), Greg Goldman (“Secret Millionaire,” “Don’t Forget the Lyrics!”), David Garfinkle (“Blind Date,” “The 5th Wheel”) and Jay Renfroe (“Blind Date,” “The 5th Wheel”) serve as executive producers.

“Surprise With Jenny McCarthy” – Actress, comedienne and best-selling author Jenny McCarthy hosts “Surprise With Jenny McCarthy,” a unique variety show that will treat the audience to a funny, irreverent and heart-warming television experience that centers around giving people surprises of a lifetime. “Surprise With Jenny McCarthy” will spotlight multiple surprises within the one-hour episode — from dramatic reunions to surprise announcements to good-natured pranks with fantastic feel-good twists. And, whether the surprise is an emotional roller coaster, a heartfelt thank-you, a hero’s reward or a slightly devilish prank with a happy ending, viewers get a chance to know the true stories of the people involved, which makes the payoffs all the more meaningful. As ringleader, cheerleader, head instigator and mistress of ceremonies, McCarthy helps pull off all kinds of incredible surprises on people from all walks of life. Funny, touching, engaging, exciting and always unpredictable, “Surprise With Jenny McCarthy” will keep viewers laughing, crying and on the edge of their seats. Arthur Smith (“Hell’s Kitchen,” “Kitchen Nightmares”) and Paul Buccieri are executive producers of the presentation from A. Smith & Co. and ITV Studios.

Upfront TV: Goodbye, Horatio Kane | Welcome Back, “Men” | “Parks” Renewed | Dish Boosts iPad App

Published 1 year, 11 months ago
  • One of them was doomed, and CBS has made it official: “CSI: Miami” has been canceled, and “CSI: NY” renewed. As TVByTheNumbers described, “We figured CBS would part with at least one [the two]” given the need for room in its schedule for new content, and the high price of the franchises. “Miami” was the more expensive of the two. The network released a downtrodden statement citing the show’s “amazing television legacy – a signature look and style, global popularity and as a key player in CBS’s rise to the top over the past decade.”
  • Also on CBS—more “Two and a Half Men.” That ends broad speculation that the show could not survive Charlie Sheen’s flaming exit, or that Ashton Kutcher could fill his shoes. The show this season has relied upon a more teen-cute Angus T. Jones and over-the-top John Cryer more than it has on Kutcher as the newcomer. As TVByTheNumbers details, “Two and a Half Men” is averaging 15.0 million viewers, up +13% from last season, 5.2/13 in adults 18-49, up +27% and 6.5/14 in adults 25-54, up +20%. Among all primetime comedies, “Two and a Half Men” ranks second in viewers and adults 25-54 and third among adults 18-49.

  • More cheerful news over at NBC. The network has announced that "Parks and Recreation" has been renewed for a full 22-episode fifth season. The fourth season wrapped up with star Amy Poehler’s Leslie Knope (parks and recreation commissioner) winning a hotly-contested city council seat. As Indie Wire reports, Poehler’s husband Will Arnett got some happy news as well: His freshman NBC sitcom "Up All Night," co-starring Christina Applegate, has also been renewed.
  • Dish Network has released a revamped iPad app for "TV Everywhere" access that improves video performance, reports Multichannel News. The app is designed to meet the demands of the new iPad's higher-resolution screen, and itenhances the on-screen guide and allows access to the Dish’s Blockbuster on-demand titles. Dish Network is pushing a free 24-hour trial account to let cable TV and DirecTV subscribers use the Dish "TV Everywhere" features with 15 live channels on PCs, smartphones or tablets, provided using a farm of Slingbox-enabled DVRs.
  • The Hollywood Reporter has released a “Complete Network Scorecard” (no details) of 2012-2013 broadcast season for the Big Four Networks, plus The CW, including both renewed and canceled shows, plus new shows. Did anyone have any hope for “Napoleon Dynamite” on FOX? No. But it will be intriguing to see the adventures of the young Hannibal Lecter in NBC’s midseason replacement “Hannibal,” and likely annoying to see the young Carrie Bradshaw (lead character from “Sex in the City”) in The CW’s “The Carrie Diaries.”

Upfront TV: “Office” Saved | So’s “Cougar Town” | Advertisers: Sheen Trustworthy? | More Trump

Published 1 year, 11 months ago
  • Deadline Hollywood has learned that after contracted negotiations, “The Office” stars Ed Helms (Andy), John Krasinski (Jim) and Jenna Fischer (Pam) have reached handshake agreements to return to the NBC sitcom next season. Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva writes that a fourth original cast member whose deal is up, B.J. Novak, “has not started discussions”: But Novak has a dual role on the series as an actor and writer/executive producer. In March, Paul Lieberstein who both stars as Toby and was the showrunner, stepped down to handle the spinoff featuring Rainn Wilson (Dwight).
  • Have no fear, FX is telling sponsors, Charlie Sheen will show up for work. As Ad Age reports, with Sheen helming the cable net’s new "Anger Management," sitcom, management from FX parent News Corp. have been out in force assuring advertisers that the actor is calmer now and safe to sponsor. Fiat (in whose ads Sheen appears) has signed on to be already signed on to be a season-long sponsor of the show, which debuts June 28. The show will feature Sheen as a former ball player who must learn to tone down his temper after sabotaging his baseball career.
  • For some reason, TBS has picked up “Cougar Town,” the Courtney Cox comedy, from ABC. TBS has also picked up encore rights to the first three seasons of 61 ratings-challenged episodes. Co-creator Bill Lawrence told TVLINE that TBS is very enthused about the show, ordered 15 episodes with a possible option for a second season, and has no plans to cut the budget. “We will have the same cast, the same size writing staff… TBS is not doing this rinky-dink,” Lawrence said, adding that  TBS plans to market the show heavily.
  • NBC is reportedly negotiating with Donald Trump to extend “The Celebrity Apprentice” for two more seasons, reports the New York Post. Sources told the Post that NBC wants Trump to sign a contract ahead of the show’s current season May 20 finale. At present, Aubrey O’Day, Arsenio Hall and Clay Aiken are the three remaining finalists. A source told the Post that Trump “Has so far preferred signing season by season, but now NBC wants him to commit to two more seasons.”

  • Also on NBC, the network is renewing “30 Rock” (not much of a surprise) and “Parenthood” (which was on the bubble). As Deadline Hollywood describes, this will be “30 Rock’s” seventh and final season, and a short one of 13-14 episodes. “Parenthood” drew ratings hovering around 2.0 in live viewing, but thanks to DVR play, is actually NBC’s second-highest-rated drama behind “Smash,” averaging a 2.6 18-49 rating in Live+7.

Upfront TV: “Choice” Celebs | “Mob Wives” Renewed | “Touch,” Too | “Alcatraz,” “Finder” Canned

Published 1 year, 11 months ago
  • FOX has announced the celebrity stars of its dating reality show “The Choice.” Reality stars DJ Pauly D and Rob Kardashian, model Tyson Beckford, pro football superstars Rob Gronkowski and Ndamukong Suh, singer Joe Jonas and actors Carmen Electra and Dean Cain (“Lois & Clark”) are among the celebrities who will vie for love on “The Choice,” which debuts Thursday, June 7 at 9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Hosted by Cat Deeley, “The Choice” is a blind date competition for celebrity bachelors and bachelorettes. Because the women will not be able to see his coif or muscles, self-proclaimed “chick magnet” Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino of “Jersey Shore” will have to rely upon his wit and intelligence to woo them.

  • VH1 will bring back “Mob Wives” for a third season. Season two will end with all the ladies in the same room for the first time this season, in an explosive two-part reunion special hosted by “The View’s” Joy Behar. The season finale will air Sunday, May 13 at 8 P.M., and the reunions will air on May 20th and 27th. The recaps should be interesting: This season included such hijinx as a nearly fatal plastic surgery, and one character turning ‘rat’ to send another’s father to jail. Season three will premiere in January or February 2013.

  • AMC has renewed a pair of its unscripted series, giving second-season orders to “Comic Book Men” and “Talking Dead,” reports Multichannel News. Both series received an additional order of 16 episodes. The shows had “The Walking Dead” as a lead-in and performed decently. “Comic Book Men” centers around the employees and patrons of director Kevin Smith's comic book store, “Jay & Silent Bob's Secret Stash” in Red Bank, N.J. “Talking Dead” is the live post-game wrap-up of “The Walking Dead,” in which the host and “Dead” stars analyze zombie decapitation techniques, among other sports.
  • FOX will renew the freshman drama “Touch” for a second season, but has pulled the plug on “Alcatraz” and the “Bones” spin-off “The Finder,” reports InsideTV. “Touch” had fairly modest ratings in its first season, but perhaps FOX feels it owes Kiefer Sutherland a chance, after delivering eight years of top ratings with “24.” 
  • More “Grey’s Anatomy” as well, reports Deadline Hollywood. All original cast members whose future on ABC’s hospital drama had been up in the air due to contract negotiations have re-upped for two more seasons. Those cast members include Ellen Pompeo, Patrick Dempsey, Sandra Oh, Justin Chambers, James Pickens, Jr. and Chandra Wilson.