NBC "upfront" coverage introduction

by Paul William Tenny

NBC LogoIt's that time of year again, when every major broadcast network (ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CW) announces their new fall lineup for advertisers and publicity. This will be the first time in two years that I'm covering upfront week.

Enough information goes out online over the course of the year that, in 2007, I was able to list every new show NBC would go on to announce that spring. I have no idea if that was luck, a really good effort, or just some anomaly, but I'm giving a go again this year.

Most sites will report on the upfronts themselves, and many of them will send reporters to the event. But not me (well, I'll report what actually got picked up.) These posts are going up early so that you'll know what's new (but not what's dead) this fall before anyone else does.

NBC has only canceled one show so far this year, with another nine "on the bubble", 14 renewed, 8 mid-season replacements, and has ordered 11 comedy and 10 drama pilots. Not all of them will make it to air, and very few will survive a full season.

Even fewer will get a second season.

The following links will take you to the various parts of my upfront/development coverage:

NBC: Mid-season replacement series
NBC: Drama pilots
NBC: Comedy pilots
NBC: Full fall schedule

Here are the shows that are "on the bubble" that NBC hasn't decided about yet: Chuck, Dateline, Heroes, Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, Mercy, Saturday Night Live, Secrets of the Mountain, Trauma.

These shows have been renewed: 30 Rock, The Apprentice, The Biggest Loser, Community, Football Night in America, Friday Night Lights, The Marriage Ref, Minute to Win it, The Office, Parenthood, Parks & Recreation, The Sing-Off, Sunday Night Football, Who do you think you are?

And The Jay Leno Show, obviously, has been canceled.

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