Upfronts 2013: Studio Spending Spree
Studios have been scrambling to get their hands on the 45 scripted pilots order to series ahead of this week’s upfronts, ordering nearly 10 more than last season. If you add the off-cycle straight-to-series pick-ups, as well as the event series set for 2014 – that makes a total of 52 pilots on demand.
The Hollywood Reporter says Warner Bros. is leading the pack, with 12 series orders, followed by 20th Television with 11, making it the season’s biggest gainer. ABC Studios and CBSTVS have 9 each. Warner Bros. ranks the biggest sellers for the year, with shows at each of the five different broadcast networks. Their pick-ups include: Surviving Jack (Fox), Almost Human (Fox), Believe (NBC), Hostages (CBS), Mom (CBS), Undateable (NBC), The 100 (CW), Super Fun Night (ABC), The Originals (CW) (co-production with CBSTVS), The Tomorrow People (CW), Reign (CW) (co-production with CBSTV) and Star-Crossed (CW) (co-production with CBSTV).
20th Television, on the other hand, had sales grow from three of the five broadcast networks to four, having two comedies and one drama with ABC. Their line-up includes: Enlisted (Fox), Dads (Fox), Gang Related (Fox), Sleepy Hollow (Fox), Crisis (NBC), Crazy Ones (CBS), Back in the Game (ABC), Mind Games (ABC), Friends With Better Lives (CBS), 24: Live Another Day (Fox/limited series) and Murder Police (Fox/animated series).
ABC Studios sold three more shows than last year, and their pick-ups are: Intelligence (CBS) (co-production with CBSTVS), Trophy Wife (ABC), Mixology (ABC), Killer Women (ABC), Resurrection (ABC), Lucky 7 (ABC), Betrayal (ABC), Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (ABC) and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC) (with Marvel TV). Not to be outdone, CBS Television Studios saw a small gain with its eight sales, including: Intelligence (CBS) (co-production with ABC Studios), We Are Men (CBS), The Millers (CBS), Reckless (CBS), The Originals (CW) (co-production with WBTV), Star-Crossed (CW) (co-production with WBTV), Reign (CW) (co-production with WBTV), The 100 (CW) (co-production with WBTV) and Under the Dome (CBS/summer).
Sony Pictures Television acquired the biggest commitment of the season, ordering 22-episode series The Michael J. Fox Show from NBC. They landed three other dramas at NBC, as well as fifth season renewal for Community. Their pick-ups are: Us & Them (Fox), Rake (Fox), The Goldbergs (ABC), The Michael J. Fox Show (NBC), Welcome to the Family (NBC), The Blacklist (NBC), The Night Shift (NBC) and Crossing Lines (NBC) (co-production with France’s TF1). Universal Television was the only studio to remain parallel to last year, taking three dramas and five comedies as well as an off-network sale to Fox. They ordered: Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox), About a Boy (NBC), Sean Saves the World (NBC), The Family Guide (NBC), Chicago PD (NBC), Ironside (NBC), Dracula (NBC) and Crossbones (NBC).
Source: The Hollywood Reporter