Upfronts About It: Eye Spy Seven New Offerings Largely Not Worth My Time

CBS


Note: This piece was originally published on Creators.co.

Upfronts week continues on! On this glorious day, we find ourselves learning about what’s coming this fall to the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS)! The unfortunate part is that in order to form any kind of an opinion, you must first withstand the torture that is watching each trailer. I was optimistic going in, but I eventually found myself doing something I never do. Not finishing trailers. I don’t typically expect much from CBS, but I usually expect more than what I got this year. I feel cheated in some way. Definitely let down. On the plus side, which is always great, it means my TV schedule won’t be as full come September. Hopefully I can keep up better next year than I did this season.

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Upfronts About it: A Mixed Bag With Plenty to Sample is Better Than Nothing

ABC


Note: This piece was originally published on Creators.co. It has been slightly edited due to videos no longer being available.

On the second day of upfronts, which is when broadcast networks unveil their fall lineups to advertisers, the world was introduced to a new American Broadcasting Company (ABC) lineup! Within this lineup, there were first glimpses of new shows, some for the fall and others on tap for the midseason period, assuming, of course, they’re not moved up because of some failing show being cancelled early. With this plethora of viewing options now before us, and several months left before the first of the new shows debuts, it’s going to be hard figuring out which should be watched, which should be skipped or given just a pilot viewing. Hopefully the below discussion, which I love taking part of, will help make it easier.

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Upfronts About It: The Peacock Intrigues While The Fox Delivers Little To Get Excited About

NBC,FOX


Note: This piece was originally published on Creators.co. It has been slightly edited due to videos no longer being available.

Upfronts week is here!! Upfronts is the time of year when the broadcast networks unveil their fall lineups for advertisers, but it’s also exciting for TV viewers. With this season set to end in the next few weeks, it’s time to get excited about the 2017-2018 television season. Along with getting excited, it’s also a time to be wary and wonder which shows will be the first ones cancelled.

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Here Today, Gone For Good?

ABC,NBC,FOX,The CW


Note: This piece was originally published on Creators.Co

The joyous television event known as Upfronts is right around the corner! How does one know this? Because of this little thing called a cancellation spree. Typically this event precedes what is known as Upfronts week, which I’ll define in a few days time. But I will tell you about this cancellation spree, which may just be what I like to call it. It’s the time in May when broadcast networks take the ax to underperforming shows, no matter how well they may have been fairing with critics or how many awards they were winning or had been nominated for in the past. It’s why the above photo collage is overflowing. It’s a yearly ritual, but it tends to hurt on some level for those who have invested countless hours. Hopefully you didn’t watch too many of the now cancelled shows.
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Bits and Pieces of Cable


Upfronts Week may have officially ended, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some things to talk about. The broadcast networks may be the main focus, but they aren’t the only networks with content to showcase. Cable networks, the few that do debut new shows during this time, are constantly trying to get ahead of broadcast, and every now and then they make it worth it. Continue reading

What’s Two More?


Coming in last, as always, is the fifth and youngest broadcast network, The CW. This network is taking a mildly unusual approach and only debuting two shows in the Fall, which isn’t surprising as they only have a few hours of primetime programming and not many slots for new shows. However, as comes with all changes, other shows have to sit out until later. It’s a shame as one of the networks better shows doesn’t deserve that treatment. Continue reading

Eye Spy


Half way through this crazy and exciting week, and it looks like there are some bumps in this road. With so many new shows being introduced, and many looking promising, it was only a matter of time until one of the networks offered up something less than exciting. In this case, most don’t even come close to crossing the level of good needed to keep a show on the air. What will this network do? Oh, right, order another spin-off series. Continue reading