AirTalk for May 14, 2014

Network Upfronts: What you’ll see and won’t see next year on TV

FOX 2014 Programming Presentation

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Chris Messina, Mindy Kaling and Ike Barinholtz attend the FOX 2014 Programming Presentation at the FOX Fanfront on May 12, 2014 in New York City.

The upfronts are here -- the time of year when television network executives present their shows to advertisers, as an opportunity for marketers to buy television commercial time.

As we approach the end of the week, one visible trend is a high number African-American actresses are carrying series in Scandal (Kerry Washington) , State of Affairs (Alfre Woodard), and Red Band Society (Octavia Spencer).

Spy and conspiracy dramas are going strong with Homeland, Allegiance and The Americans picked-up at NBC. Comic-themed shows also seem to be hot with Gotham, The Flash, and Agent Carter all moving forward.

Notably, ABC, the fourth-place broadcast network, is launching 12 new series between fall and mid-season.

What other shows are debuting? Which shows are getting lots of buzz? What shows are cancelled? Any surprises?


Daniel Holloway, Programming and Digital Media Editor at Broadcasting & Cable, a TV industry trade magazine. He’s in New York covering the upfronts for the publication

Lee Doyle, President, Client Development, Mindshare, a media and marketing agency with offices around the world. 

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