ALL OF THE NETWORK PICK-UPS & CANCELLATIONS! Well, some of them. Upfront Week is here so we can finally have closure on some of those “confirmations” and “rumors” that were prevalent over the Internet last week.
- Here is what NBC has lined up for next fall. COMMUNITY and WHITNEY have been relegated to Fridays, which means “thanks for filling in our death hole”. SMASH is curiously held as a mid-season replacement and the network officially stated during their presentation today that next season’s 13 episodes will be 30 ROCK’s final season. Among the new once and future classics: REVOLUTION (a J.J. Abrams production), GO ON (starring Matthew Perry), THE NEW NORMAL, ANIMAL PRACTICE (with an up-and-coming star: classic NBC here), GUYS WITH KIDS, and CHICAGO FIRE. And those timeless classics not returning: ARE YOU THERE CHELSEA, AWAKE, BENT, BEST FRIENDS FOREVER, CHUCK, FREE AGENTS, HARRY’S LAW, THE PLAYBOY CLUB, PRIME SUSPECTS, and THE FIRM.
- FOX released its preliminary schedule revealing GLEE is moving to Thursday where it will air after the X FACTOR (fall) / AMERICAN IDOL (winter) time slot. The network has staked out Tuesday as their comedy night with NEW GIRL as the anchor. Among the new once and future classics: THE MOB DOCTOR, BEN AND KATE, THE MINDY PROJECT (starring writer and actress Mindy Kaling from THE OFFICE), THE FOLLOWING (starring all degrees of Kevin Bacon), and THE GOODWIN GAMES. And those timeless classics not returning: ALCATRAZ, THE FINDER, BREAKING IN, I HATE MY TEENAGE DAUGHTER and NAPOLEON DYNAMITE
- ABC, CW, and CBS will reveal their full schedule some time this week and will round up their list as soon as they come out. In the meantime, we’ll try to Storify as many upfront presentations as possible.
YOU KNOW WHAT’S COOLER THAN A MILLION DOLLARS? A BILLION DOLLARS The super hero ensemble adventure joined the $1 billion club in 19 short days, matching the same amount of time it took AVATAR and the last HARRY POTTER movie to accomplish. Mind you, the incredible amount adds both domestic and international grosses. Here in the U.S., the movie garnered a record-breaking amount for a second weekend of about $103 million, which overwhelmingly crushed the #2 movie of the weekend: Johnny Depp and Tim Burton’s DARK SHADOWS (about $28 million).
AT LEAST ONE FOOT IS OUT OF THE TAR PIT Eccentric publisher Jann Wenner is finally–but begrudgingly–taking a digital step forward. US WEEKLY will debut an iPad app on Thursday, making it the first publication from Wenner Media to take the leap. The reason why Wenner has been slow to move into this space? Classic dinosaur philosophy: why be ahead of the game when the game hasn’t even changed yet?
SUMMER TV VIEWING Mashable has a good preview on summer TV with a #SocialTV flavor.
“WHAT KIND OF SECOND SCREEN VIEWER ARE YOU?” I quickly perked up when I saw the title of the link, hoping to get great info and insight on the qualitative study Miso cultivated. Alas, it came a bit short, in my opinion. The results were not divulged as specific as it could have been, and the characterizations seemed too similar in some cases (Augmenting Andy, Social Serena and Information Irene?). The idea of the study is fascinating and I think the data is most likely there–I just prefer the cute-sy taken out. That’s MY job on this website. Ha!
“A CAREFULLY SELECTED LIST OF RECOMMENDED TOOLS” At this point in the early social media infancy, sometimes all we have is data. How to express the results of this data is sometimes as hard as trying to explain what the data is trying to tell us. Enter this cool ensemble of graphics, charts and other tools that can make your life much, much easier.