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Fox Bets Big on 'X Factor' Also: 'The Flintstones' are coming back!

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X Factor could be a time period killer for Fox this fall. The clip reel shown to media buyers at the Beacon Theater in New York Monday afternoon at the network's upfront was over-the-top bombastic and showed a wide range of contestants, settings, and tear-inducing drama. Host Simon Cowell walked out on stage with fellow judges to the strains of Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir."

"We are definitely going to kick ass," Cowell said, before thanking sponsor Pepsi and Fox and giving back the stage to entertainment president Kevin Reilly, who ran through the network's entire slate. Despite a full compliment of sitcoms, animation, dramas (Terra Nova looks particularly strong), The X Factor is where the network will potentially change its fall ratings fortunes with Idol-like stats.

In a surprise announcement that somehow didn't leak to the press before today's presentation, Reilly said the network will bring back The Flintstones to its animation roster.

The revival won't premiere until 2013, but production has begun. 

May 16, 2011, 5:19 PM EDT

Trump to Self: 'You're Fired!' The Donald ends Presidential charade at NBC upfront

Donald Trump on Monday hopped out of the clown car and onto the stage at NBC’s 2011-12 upfront presentation, ending his curious flirtation with the GOP in front of a crowd of media buyers and advertisers.

“I will not be running for president,” Trump announced, sending the capacity crowd inside the ballroom of New York’s Hilton Hotel into a tweeting, hooting, applauding frenzy. Trump uttered a string of words immediately after the declarative sentence, but they were lost in all the hubbub.

In aborting his phantom bid for the White House at NBC’s annual sales pitch, Trump destroyed whatever vestige of credibility he might have had with voters. After all, nothing says, “My bid for the presidency was totally serious, you guys!” quite like bowing out at an upfront.

While Trump pulled the same stunt in 1988 and 2000, his choice of venue this time around was unique. By comparison, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Saturday relied on a far more traditional platform from which to announce that he’d be sitting out the 2012 campaign, breaking the news on his Fox News Channel program.

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May 16, 2011, 3:52 PM EDT

Fox Unwraps Eight New Series Five for fall, three more at midseason

Fox will introduce five new series this fall, one drama, three sitcoms, and highly publicized singing competition The X Factor, with changes on five nights of the week.

Friday and Saturday will remain intact.  The comedies are New Girl, I Hate My Teenage Daughter and animated Allen Gregory, while long-awaited drama Terra Nova from Steven Spielberg will anchor Mondays at 8 p.m., leading into relocated HouseNew Girl inherits the Glee lead-out spot at 9 p.m. Tuesday, into relocated returnee Raising HopeI Hate My Teenage Daughter is positioned out of the 90-minute X Factor performance show on Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. (with The X Factor results show airing Thursdays at 8 p.m. into Bones).  And animated Allen Gregory is scheduled out of The Simpsons and into Family Guy on Sunday.

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May 16, 2011, 9:51 AM EDT

NBC to Offer Six New Series for Fall Changes on four nights of the week

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NBC will introduce six new series this fall, three sitcoms and three dramas, with changes on four nights of the week (with Tuesday, Saturday and football-populated Sunday remaining intact).  The comedies are Up All Night Night, Free Agents, and Whitney; and the dramas The Playboy Club, Prime Suspect, and Grimm.

Holiday singing competition The Sing-Off has been upgraded to the fall and positioned in the Monday 8-10 p.m. block, leading into The Playboy Club.  NBC will expand to a second night of comedies with half-hours Up All Night and Free Agents in the Wednesday 8-9 p.m. hour, leading into relocated returnee Harry’s Law, headlined by Kathy Bates, and veteran Law & Order: SVU.  Thursday’s three-hour sitcom block has been pared down to two hours, with new drama Prime Suspect at 10 p.m. out of Community, relocated Parks and Recreation, The Office and new sitcom Whitney.  And Friday will feature relocated Chuck in the 8 p.m. hour (with its final 13 episodes), leading into new drama Grimm and a one-hour edition of Dateline.

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May 15, 2011, 5:39 PM EDT

ABC to Add 12 New Series in 2011-12 Five sitcoms and seven new dramas on tap

ABC, which will not officially announce its fall schedule until Tuesday, has confirmed the addition of 12 new series (five sitcoms and seven dramas), and has added Shark Tank and recent entries Body of Proof, Happy Endings, and Secret Millionaire to its list or renewals. 

The new sitcoms, which are expected to populate a second night of comedies, are Apartment 23, Last Man Standing (formerly Tim), Man Up, Suburgatory and Work It.  The upcoming dramas are Good Christian Belles (formerly Good Christian Bitches), Pan Am, Revenge, Once Upon a Time, The River, Scandal, and the highly publicized revival of Charlie’s Angels.

The new program descriptions are as follows:

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May 15, 2011, 1:55 PM EDT

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