Month: May 2016

SCOOP: “Orange is the New Black” creator working on a women’s wrestling series for Netflix

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UPDATE: Netflix gives a 10-episode order to Glow

First published on April 15, 2016

On the heels of the exceptional 3-season renewal offered to Orange Is The New Black (season 4 is coming on June, 17th), creator/executive producer/showrunner Jenji Kohan is working on a new series project for Netflix about women’s wrestling…

After her HBO show The Devil You Know was not picked up to series, Weeds and Orange is The New Black creator is back to work with another project for Netflix that should get an official order soon. GLOW is about a struggling actress in the 80s LA who wins a role on a low-budget show called ” Glow – Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling”. She’s thrust into the glitter and spandex world of women’s wrestling and she won’t give up without a fight. The pilot is written by Carly Mensch (Weeds, Nurse Jackie) & Liz Flahive (Homeland, Nurse Jackie) and executive produced by Jenji Kohan through her Tilted Productions shingle based at Lionsgate.

The idea is based on a documentary, that came out in 2012 and which was available on Netflix US, chronicling the rise and fall of the first ever all-female wrestling show through the stories of those who lived it. This show really existed between 1986 and 1990 with 104 episodes produced. Most of the performers were actresses, models, dancers, and/or stunt women hoping to get into show business through wrestling. It was briefly revived in 2000. This is a another occasion for Kohan after Orange is the New Black to deal with women’s issues, through colorful and diverse characters of all shapes and sizes, and an heroine who knows nothing about this world but has no other choice but to delve into it.

Netflix is also working on a new comedy project produced by Seth Gordon (The Goldbergs, Horrible Bosses, Baywatch) and written by Robia Rashid (How I Met Your Mother) called Antartica, about a family and the wide-eyed, ill-guided 22-year-old autistic son. Sony Pictures Television is producing.

UPDATED | 2015/2016 Ratings Predictions: which new shows will be hits? which ones will get the ax?

This article is pure predictions (based on timeslots, buzz, critics) and has no other value than having some fun. Feel free to comment and give our own predictions.

First published on september 15th 2015

 

abc Blood-and-Oil

BLOOD AND OIL – Cancelled by december – Will swap timeslot with Quantico at some point check

DR KEN – Back Nine – Renewed for season 2  check

THE MUPPETS  – BIG HIT – Back nine (or even more) – Renewed for season 2 CROSS

QUANTICOMODEST HIT – Back Nine – Will swap timeslot with Blood and oil at some point – Renewed for season 2 check

WICKED CITY – Cancelled by january check

MIDSEASON:

THE CATCHMODEST HIT Renewed for season 2 check

THE FAMILY – Renewed for season 2 CROSS

KINGS AND PROPHETS – Cancelled by may check

THE REAL O’NEALS – Renewed for season 2 check

CBS-Logo Angel-From-Hell

ANGEL FROM HELL – Cancelled by january check

CODE BLACK – Cancelled by december CROSS

LIFE IN PIECES – MODEST HIT – Back Nine (or less) – Renewed for season 2 check

LIMITLESS – Back Nine – Renewed for season 2 CROSS

SUPERGIRL Could go either way… Back Nine – Cancelled by may check CROSS

MIDSEASON:

CRIMINAL MINDS: BEYOND BORDERS – Cancelled by may CROSS

RUSH HOUR – Cancelled by may check

 

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BLINDSPOTHIT – Back Nine – Renewed for season 2 check

CHICAGO MED – MODEST HIT – Back Nine – Renewed for season 2 check

HEROES REBORN – Renewed for season 2 CROSS

THE PLAYER – Cancelled by december check

TRUTH BE TOLD – Cancelled by november (october?) check

MIDSEASON:

CROWDED – Cancelled by may check

GAME OF SILENCE – Cancelled by may check

HEARTBREAKER – Renewed for season 2 with mediocre ratings CROSS

HOT AND BOTHERED – Cancelled by may check

SHADES OF BLUE – Renewed for season 2 with mediocre ratings check

SUPERSTORE – Cancelled by may CROSS

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GRANDFATHERED – Back Nine – Cancelled by may check

THE GRINDER – Cancelled by december checkCROSS

MINORITY REPORT – Cancelled by december check

ROSEWOOD – Cancelled by december CROSS

SCREAM QUEENS HIT Renewed for season 2 CROSS check

MIDSEASON:

THE GUIDE TO SURVIVING LIFE – Cancelled by may check

LOOKINGLASS – Cancelled by may check

LUCIFER – Renewed for season 2 check

THE X-FILESBIG HIT – Renewed for another season check

The CW 2016/2017 Schedule / TRAILERS & THOUGHTS

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No Tomorrow -- "Pilot" -- Image Number: NOT101c_0139.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Joshua Sasse as Xavier and Tori Anderson as Evie -- Photo: Eddy Chen/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

MONDAYS

8- SUPERGIRL

9- JANE THE VIRGIN

TUESDAYS

8- THE FLASH

9- NO TOMORROW

WEDNESDAYS

8- ARROW

9- FREQUENCY

THURSDAYS

8- LEGENDS OF TOMORROW

9- SUPERNATURAL

FRIDAYS

8- THE VAMPIRE DIARIES

9- CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND

MIDSEASON

REIGN

THE ORIGINALS

THE 100

RIVERDALE

iZOMBIE

THOUGHTS

What’s good:

  • Keeping tentpoles The Flash & Arrow in the same timeslots. But the contrary was highly unlikely anyway. And adding Supergirl to the mix on mondays, paired with Jane The Virgin for a “girl night”.
  • Arrow & Frequency put together makes sense in term of viewership. They’re both more adult than other shows.
  • The 100 & iZombie are good midseason options.

What’s bad:

  • Keeping Riverdale in the bench for a midseason launch is both a shocker and a weird decision. This show will be noisy… The only acceptable explanation would be if they don’t want to do 22-episode season. Then they would premiere it in the spring, possibly in Legends of Tomorrow timeslot.
  • The Vampire Diaries + Crazy Ex-Girlfriend pair means only one thing: The CW doesn’t believe the Rachel Bloom show will be a success one day but wants it on the fall schedule because of possible nominations and Emmy wins…
  • No Tomorrow paired with The Flash. I’m not totally sold on the idea. But it shows the network is very high on the series. Good to know.

The CW | 2016/2017 – Fantasy Schedule

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Those are predictions based on feelings and The CW final schedule may end up very differently! It will be announced on Thursday. Stay tuned and until then, enjoy the read!

Dramas renewed: SUPERNATURAL | THE VAMPIRE DIARIES | THE ORIGINALS | ARROW | THE FLASH | SUPERGIRL | REIGN | THE 100 | JANE THE VIRGIN | iZOMBIE | CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND | LEGENDS OF TOMORROW

New dramas ordered: RIVERDALE / FREQUENCY / NO TOMORROW

After a pretty good year but poor on new offers, The CW has a shot at being stronger than ever this fall with potential big hit Riverdale from Greg Berlanti, the second season of Supergirl, sent there after CBS passed on it, and pretty much all of their shows renewed, including their awards-friendly sensations Jane The Virgin & Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. They have to be smart if they want to improve year to year and they possess enough shows to offer a year-round programming with few interruptions. Things look good…

 

MONDAYS

SUPERGIRL

JANE THE VIRGIN

With the moving from CBS to The CW, they’d better leave the show in the same timeslot, so people find it easily. And it’s a real opportunity for them since monday nights use to be deserted for quite some time now. New blood could even help Jane The Virgin. Both shows are about strong female women and rely on light comedy. But do they really share an audience? That’s debatable.

 

TUESDAYS

THE FLASH

RIVERDALE

Riverdale is certainly a strong enough property to launch itself, like Arrow and The Flash did. But it’s a little bit darker than their usual 8pm shows and it certainly fits better at 9pm. Plus, The Flash is such a good lead-in that pairing them might help Riverdale becoming more than a safe option but a big hit instead! They can move it in the second year.

 

WEDNESDAYS

ARROW

SUPERNATURAL

With moves everywhere else on the schedule, The CW should play it safe on Wesnedays without changing a thing. BUT they could launch Frequency there at midseason. That’s where it fits better. Their more adult new show paired with their most adult “old” show. It will have to face Empire at some point but it doesn’t seem to be such a problem anyway.

 

THURSDAYS

CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND

NO TOMORROW

In order to avoid football during most of the fall season, the Legends of Tomorrow/The 100 pairing shouldn’t come back before january in my opinion, especially since they don’t have 22-episode season. They can bet on a more feminine option instead: new dramedy No Tomorrow with Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. This one could have wait for a midseason slot but having it on the schedule on fall might be important if the  show and its star, Rachel Bloom, get nominations and/or wins at the Emmys.

 

FRIDAYS

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES

THE ORIGINALS

No need to touch the night, hoping it become The Vampire Diaries‘ last season. Finally.

 

MIDSEASON

REIGN / FREQUENCY / THE 100 / LEGENDS OF TOMORROW / iZOMBIE

CBS 2016/2017 Schedule / TRAILERS & THOUGHTS

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MONDAYS

8- KEVIN CAN WAIT / MAN WITH A PLAN

9- 2 BROKE GIRLS / THE ODD COUPLE

10- SCORPION



TUESDAYS

8- NCIS

9- BULL

10- NCIS: NEW ORLEANS


WESNESDAYS

 

8- SURVIVOR

9- CRIMINAL MINDS

10- CODE BLACK

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THURSDAYS

8- THE BIG BANG THEORY / THE GREAT INDOORS

9- MOM / LIFE IN PIECES

10- PURE GENIUS

FRIDAYS

8- MACGYVER

9- HAWAII 5-0

10- BLUE BLOODS


SUNDAYS

8- NCIS LOS ANGELES

9- MADAM SECRETARY

10- ELEMENTARY

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MIDSEASON

TRAINING DAY

DOUBT

CRIMINAL MINDS: BEYOND BORDERS

THOUGHTS

What’s good:

 

  • The schedule looks pretty solid overall. Mostly for the ancient shows. The syndication farm that is sunday night should be okay, even though the trio doesn’t seem to fit. The return of the monday 2-hour comedy block is an interesting move, even though 2 Broke Girls & The Odd Couple are fragile, and it’s hard to predict what’s gonna happen with family-friendly duo Kevin Can Wait/ Man With A Plan (those are too old school sitcoms in my opinion).
  • The Big Bang Theory/ The Great Indoors pairing makes total sense and CBS may have a new hit on its hand, with a good retention expected.
  • Keeping Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders in the wings is smart, so it can replace any possible disaster on the schedule. Or it will just come back in the same timeslot when season 2 of Code Black will end (it’s only a 17-episode order at this point).

What’s bad:

  • From the new entries, only Bull is really protected, sandwiched between NCIS & NCIS: New Orleans. Unless the show really stinks, it should be okay. I’m more worried for NCIS: New Orleans that is not that solid and could lose a lot in the move without the mothership as a lead-in.
  • Pure Genius is thrown to the wolves (behind a likely weakened Life In Pieces) and will have to be really good and really well-marketed to become something. It means three medical shows will air back to back on three different networks on thursday nights : Grey’s Anatomy on ABC, Chicago Med on NBC and Pure Genius on CBS. We already know the winner, unless a big surprise…
  • MacGyver on fridays? We already knew the pilot was a mess and the whole project not worthy of an order,  but CBS see the “dollar potential” in it, for the international market probably. Dumping it on friday almost automatically dooms it. But it might be compatible with Hawaii 5-0

ABC 2016/2017 Schedule / TRAILERS & THOUGHTS

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MONDAYS

8- DANCING WITH THE STARS

9- DANCING WITH THE STARS

10- CONVICTION

TUESDAYS

8- THE MIDDLE / AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE

9- FRESH OFF THE BOAT / THE REAL O’NEALS

10- AGENTS OF SHIELD

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WESNESDAYS

8- THE GOLDBERGS / SPEECHLESS

9- MODERN FAMILY / BLACKISH

10- DESIGNATED SURVIVOR

 


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THURSDAYS

8- GREY’S ANATOMY

9- NOTORIOUS

10- HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER


FRIDAYS

8- LAST MAN STANDING / DR KEN

9- THE SHARK TANK

10- 20/20

 

SUNDAYS

8- ONCE UPON A TIME

9- SECRETS & LIES (Midseason TIME AFTER TIME)

10- QUANTICO

 

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MIDSEASON

TIME AFTER TIME

STILL STAR-CROSSED

SCANDAL

AMERICAN CRIME

WHEN WE RISE (february 2017)

THE CATCH

DOWNARD DOG

IMAGINARY MARY





THOUGHTS

What’s good:

  • EVERYTHING is right where it should be. It’s almost exactly the fantasy schedule I made and explained (HERE). So yeah, I’m very happy with this smart and solid plan.

What’s bad:

  • Nothing. Except the fact that The Real O’Neals could have gotten a better timeslot in order to improve. It’ll be more complicated at 9.30.