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Game of Shows: How Did the Studios Do in the Upfront? The studios and their network siblings are tighter than ever. But is it good for business?

For the new series set to appear on broadcast networks this fall, the odds of survival are grim. Thanks to a highly fragmented audience comprised of increasingly fickle and distracted…

June 1, 2011, 6:59 AM EDT

Lionsgate TV Taps Frankel for Reality Development

Lionsgate TV, producer of AMC’s Mad Men and Showtime’s Nurse Jackie, is facing reality with a two-year deal with nonscripted producer Eli Frankel.Formerly an svp of development at Top Chef…

March 29, 2011, 12:00 AM EDT

ABC Takes More Medicine

Like CBS and its crime procedurals, ABC has latched on to medical dramas as its go-to theme, and it’s not letting go. Case in point: the medical examiner-based series Body…

March 28, 2011, 12:00 AM EDT

Facing Long Odds, Paul Reiser Tries for a Comeback

It’s been more than a decade since Paul Reiser had a network TV show. But with the April 14 launch of The Paul Reiser Show, the comic returns to his…

March 25, 2011, 12:00 AM EDT

The Horror: Chiller Expands Original Slate

NBCU's fledgling Chiller network is hoping to put the fear into a wider audience with three new projects scheduled to premiere in the third and fourth quarters.Of course programming horror doesn't…

March 24, 2011, 12:00 AM EDT

Cougars, Dancers, Housewives to Round Out Lackluster ABC Season

Perhaps hoping to end its TV season with as little fanfare as possible—a season which at least ratings-wise has been anything but stellar—ABC announced its finale dates for the…

March 22, 2011, 12:00 AM EDT

Special Effects Blasting Holes in Show Schedules

The increasing reliance on over-the top special effects is starting to wreak havoc on network scheduling. Case in point: the Steven Spielberg-produced sci-fi series Terra Nova.Part western, part family adventure,…

March 21, 2011, 12:00 AM EDT

Special Effects, Effect

The increasing reliance on over-the top special effects is starting to wreak havoc on network scheduling. Case in point: the Steven Spielberg-produced sci-fi series Terra Nova.Part western, part family adventure,…

March 21, 2011, 12:00 AM EDT

TV Land Greenlights Divorced, Exes Pilots

When it comes to the production of old-fashioned, multicamera sitcoms, the folks at TV Land believe they've found their sweet spot. The Viacom-owned cable network has greenlit two new pilots…

March 21, 2011, 12:00 AM EDT

Losers of New Game Show Could Be Shot Out of Cannon

To what extent are game show contestants willing to degrade themselves for $50,000? ABC is about to find out. The Disney-owned network has just ordered 101 Ways to Leave a…

March 18, 2011, 12:00 AM EDT

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