Alan Frutkin


Game of Shows: How Did the Studios Do in the Upfront?

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 viewers, it’s likely that 70 percent of the shows unveiled at the upfronts two weeks ago will not make it to a second season.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 2010-11 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]