Something was missing when Fox announced its plans for the fall TV season: schedule.
This was one of several signs of how the business changed after the network resumed its annual bright presentations to advertisers who had been suspended due to the pandemic. Both NBC and Fox, which began the week on Monday, stressed that flagship networks are now part of major media companies.
Networks still boast stellar power. Susan Sarandon, George Lopez, Raymond Lee, Camilla Cabella and Trace Edkins will be featured in new contexts. Kelly Clarkson sang to open the NBC show, and Miley Cyrus performed to complete it.
Traditional presentations usually show which new shows are coming, which old ones are coming out and when they will air during the week and year. Although fixed schedules remain, they are obsolete for many viewers who are used to deciding for themselves if they want to watch or broadcast programs.
This was not part of Fox’s argument for not disclosing the schedule. Fox Entertainment CEO Charles Collier said the network is trying a “new approach” to give equal weight to its Tubi streaming service.
Restraint gives Fox the ability to adjust its schedule based on what competitors are doing. It may also reflect the fact that Fox has not yet signed agreements with the producers of the dramas “911” and “Resident”, two programs that the network believes will be on the fall schedule.
“We are negotiating in good faith,” Collier said. “We feel good.”
NBC executives stressed that advertisers can work with broadcast network, Peacock streaming service and cable outlets such as Bravo, USA, CNBC and NBC. NBC has announced that all of its shows will be available on Peacock the day after they air, and that many Universal movies will also soon be available for broadcast.
“This is not an expansion of our core business or core,” said Jeff Shell, CEO of NBCUniversal. “It’s our main business.”
Another illustration of the changing times: Bravo used the time at Monday’s presentation to celebrate the upcoming BravoCon fan festival, as opposed to individual programs.
The core of NBC’s programming is thanks to veteran producer Dick Wolf. His shows “Chicago Med”, “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago PD” are on the network schedule on Wednesday night, and “Law and Order”, “Law and Order: SVU” and “Law and Order: Organized Crime” fill prime time Thursday. .
NBC is opening the door to greater diversity with a new Lopez vs. Lopez offer, a sitcom about the working class family with Lopez and his real daughter Mayan Lopez.
Lee will star in the movie “Quantum Leap”, which NBC called a “reinterpretation” of the science fiction drama from 1989 to 1993 with Scott Bakula. Lee, who starred in Fox’s “Prodigal Son” and Tom Cruise’s upcoming sequel “Top Gun: Maverick,” joins a small number of Asian Americans who star in the series.
This is not the only proposal that will seem familiar. The network also returns John Laroquette to the lead role in the sequel to “Night Court”, Wolff has restored the original “Law and Order”, and Peacock airs a remake of “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air”.
“I’m pretty sure I’ll be here in two years, announcing a reboot of“ It’s Us, ”jokingly told Seth Myers’ comic book about NBC’s drama, which will finale next week.
The pandemic was still in my head. Meers told the audience who watched the Radio City Music Hall: “What a historic room to tell the people in whom you picked up COVID.”
Pop star Cabella will join the singing contest “The Voice” next season. Meanwhile, Blake Shelton, the star of “The Voice”, has joined Carson Daly and professional wrestler Nikki Bella to present the new American series “Barmageddon”, in which participants will play bar games. There was clearly no enthusiasm from the audience.
“We don’t know when it will air in the United States,” Bella said.
“Or if,” Daley added quietly.
Among the plans announced by Fox on Monday – the expansion of the empire of the famous chef Gordon Ramsey. His “MasterChef” continues to advance, and Fox has announced that Ramsey’s “Next Level Chef” series will get the desired time after the Super Cup in February next year, which opens the program to millions of new viewers. Fox is also debuting the competition show “Food Star Gordon Ramsey” next season.
Fox will also travel to the country with “Monarch,” described as “a musical drama the size of Texas, consisting of several generations, about America’s first family family.” Sarandon and Edkins music are headliners.
Actor Jamie Foxx will star in the drama about the missing “Turnover”. The network will also debut a series of criminal anthologies “Accused”, which begins with the fact that someone is being tried, and viewers will learn through retrospectives of what they are accused of.
When will the new shows come out? Stay tuned.
Media writer David Bowder reported from New York and TV writer Lynn Elber from Los Angeles.
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