TNT & TBS Upfront 2013: Reaping What Other Networks Sowed

by Rachel Stein May 15, 2013 1:18 pm
TNT & TBS Upfront 2013: Reaping What Other Networks Sowed

Turner has a winning formula: Use a lot of ampersands, play a ton of sports and, when in doubt, take creative teams, actors, plots and sometimes entire series (new episode or syndicated -- either will do!) from other networks and air that. It may feel cheap, but based on the number of completely original new shows that bombed from the 2012 development slate, it's not the worst idea in the world... that would be cancelling Southland. Anyway, my personal bitterness aside, some of the new series really do look great. Below are the ones the upfront audience actually got to see, in order of best to worst:

TBS & TNT's 2011 Upfront Presentation: Falling Up After a Comedy of Errors

The worst possible thing that could happen at a network upfront event actually occurred this morning for TBS and TNT... and it turned out to be the best possible thing that could've happened. In front a packed house of advertisers, media buyers, network executives and journalists, the meticulously choreographed presentation ground to a screeching halt not once, not twice, not thrice, but four times due to technical difficulties that prevented the giant video screens from displaying picture. But what could've been a devastating embarrassment for the networks resulted in a series of live, unrehearsed performances that had more electricity than any of the sitcoms previewed by NBC, Fox and ABC earlier this week.

TBS Deems Bill Engvall Not Unwatchable Enough, Gives Valerie Bertinelli a Sitcom Oh, TBS. Despite the sporadic relief of Office re-runs and the less-awful-than-all-the-other-orginial-series-on-its-network My Boys, there's really no better way to slap a slogan like "Very Funny" in the face than with The Bill Engvall Show, Tyler Perry's House of Payne, Frank TV and Everybody Loves Raymond re-runs. And now, as if those weren't bad enough, TBS has given the guy who helmed The Bill Engvall Show, The Drew Carey Show and George Lopez a sitcom starring Valerie Bertinelli, which is just unbelievable.

Today's TWoP News: Wednesday, June 20, 2012

by Kaitlin Reilly June 20, 2012 2:01 pm
Today's TWoP News: Wednesday, June 20, 2012

It seems that Rumplestiltskin won't be the only one who gets to see more of Once Upon a Time's Belle in Season 2.

Today's TWoP News: Thursday, June 7, 2012

by Samantha Rullo June 7, 2012 3:50 pm
Today's TWoP News: Thursday, June 7, 2012

Looks like TV's biggest nerds are having their dreams come true.

Today's TWoP News: Wednesday, May 16, 2012

by Ethan Alter May 16, 2012 3:43 pm
Today's TWoP News: Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Looks like the two and a half men are moving on down to Thursdays.



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