Upfronts time.

The upfronts were all this week.

Final confirmations regarding renewals/cancellations of last years network TV can be found here

Descriptions/trailers of almost (all) the new shows can be found here. (Note some of the trailers have issues – but can easily enough be found on youtube).

Ignoring the usual raft of new sitcoms, the following are the shows which caught my eye initially.

Though i’ve no doubt I’ll watch the usual majority for at least a couple of episodes.


CBS Upfronts

Returning : HIMYM, 2aaHM, NCIS, NCIS : LA, Good Wife, Criminal Minds, TBBT, CSI*, Mentalist, Medium

Cancelled/Finished : Cold Case, Ghost Whisperer, Numb3rs, Accidently on Purpose, Gary Unmarried, Old Christine

New Shows : Mike & Molly : A comedy about fatties who fall in love at overeaters-anonymous? $#*! My Dad Says : starring William Shatner as an overly opinionated Father (parents groups are already up in arms about the name – which for the record is pronounced Bleep My.. )  Defenders : starring Jerry O’Connell and Jim Belushi as Vegas-based defense attorneys. Blue Bloods : Tom Selleck, Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan star in this drama about an irish new york police clan. Hawaii Five-o : expect surf, sands and hotness (Grace Park woot!). Criminal Minds Spinoff : coming midseason.

Of these, the ones that caught my eye were :

PS : CBS do pants trailers.

ABC upfronts

Over at ABC we have :

Returning : Castle, The Middle, Modern Family, Cougar Town, Greys, Private Practice, DH

Cancelled/Finished : FlashForward, Better Off Ted, The Deep End, The Forgotten, Happy Town, Romantically Challenged, Scrubs, and Lost of course.

New shows include : No Ordinary Family: an hour-long light drama starring Michael Chiklis about a family that develops superpowers after their plane crashes in the Amazon River. (The incredibles anyone?)  Detroit 1-8-7: its an NYPD Blue’esque cop drama shot as a documentary following a Detroit homicide unit starring Michael Imperioli of Sopranos’. Body of Proof: with Dana Delany as an unconventional ME; Half medical drama – half cop show by the looks of it. Also stars Jerri Ryan. The Whole Truth : A new legal drama staring Joely Richardson. With Another medical drama, Off the Map, looking at a lot like Greys-abroad coming midseason along with Matthew Perry’s new comedy Mr Sunshine.


Of all these, the ones that caught my eye were :

Fox upfronts

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1eF3GRPPAXEDecidedly less change over at FOX.

Returning shows include : House, Glee, Bones, Lie To Me, Fringe, Human Target

Exit stage left for : 24, Sons of Tucson and Dollhouse (from mid season)

New Shows : Lonestar, a drama following a Texas-based con artist juggling lives and wives in two different cities, Raising Hope, a sitcom about a 25-year-old slacker who suddenly finds himself playing single dad, and Running Wilde, a comedy about a selfish, filthy rich Beverly Hills guy who falls in love with a charity-minded environmentalist …hmmm. Ridealong : the new Shawn Ryan cop show set in chicago. They also announced a mid season spot for Spielbergs Terra Nova – about a family from 100 years in the future that travels 150m years back in time! (it all seems very land of the lost’y to me).

Most of the clips are available here : http://livefeed.hollywoodreporter.com/2010/05/fox-upfront-clips.html

Catching the eye :

NBC Upfronts

This week was upfronts, where all the major broadcast networks pitch their wares for the upcoming season.

First up was NBC – who after last years disastrous Jay-Leno-Prime-Time experiment – has lots of hours to fill. They announced 8 new shows for the fall – with another 6 in the wings as mid season replacements.

Some of those new Fall shows include — The Event, about a guy who uncovers a massive government cover-up while trying to locate his missing fiancee; Chase, a Jerry-Bruckheimer-produced cop-action show about U.S. marshals hunting naughty fugitives; Undercovers, a J.J. Abrams creation about a husband-and-wife team of CIA agents; Law & Order: Los Angeles, a Californian spin on bleh bleh bleh; and Outlaw, which stars Jimmy Smits as a U.S. Supreme-Court justice who quits and to opes a private practice defending the little guy in big court cases.

NBC is also adding two new comedies — Outsourced, a half-hour sitcom that follows a middle-management type from the American midwest to India to train his replacement after his job his shipped overseas, and Love Bites – from team behind Love Actually and Bridget Jones diary.

NBC’s list of returning series includes Chuck, Parenthood, Law & Order: SVU, Community, 30 Rock, The Office and Parks and Recreation (mid-season).

The network announced last week that the original Law & Order will not be renewed for a 21st season; also being dropped are two rookie medical dramas, Trauma and Mercy, and  Heroes ofc..

You can catch full trailers for all of NBC’s new shows here : http://livefeed.hollywoodreporter.com/2010/05/nbc-trailers-shows-.html

One’s that caught my eye were :