Morning News Updates for Monday, 5/12/14.


TV Upfronts: THR Live-Blogs NBC’s Presentation
Get minute-to-minute updates from our staff inside the Javits Center as network chief Bob Greenblatt sells the fall season to advertisers.

(sched) Upfronts 2014: NBC tries to build on its first-place finish by leaning on ‘The Blacklist’
press release announcing their plans for next season says the goal is to schedule original shows year-round, but it’s hard to say how that will work until we know the specifics of that plan, particularly involving Sundays after football and Thursdays in the event that new comedies "Bad Judge" and "A to Z" actually do well in the hour that’s earmarked for "The Blacklist." But let’s look at what we know, night-by-night

Deadline: Jeff Bader’s First Big Test: Fixing NBC’s Thursday Night
Tomorrow we’ll get a glimpse of NBC’s schedule for the 2014-15 season. It will mark the second NBC sched overseen by Jeff Bader since he was poached from ABC in August 2012. Now NBC, assured to win the season in adults 18-49 with football, The Voice, hot freshman The Blacklist and some help from the Olympics, has to tackle heads-on the major problem that its Thursday lineup has become.

NBC Sets ‘Music Man’ Live Production
Bob Greenblatt
announced the news Monday during the network’s upfront presentation.

(video) Watch Trailers for NBC’s New Fall Dramas and Comedies
The network was even nice enough to release trailers for many of the new shows, along with brief summaries.

(sched) Fox Fall Schedule: Live-Action Comedy on Sunday, ‘Utopia’ Gets Two Nights
The network makes some predictable moves — "Gotham" is paired with genre-friendly "Sleepy Hollow" — and some surprise ones, as "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and "Mulaney" air in slots formerly occupied by cartoons.

Fox’s Kevin Reilly On ‘Idol’ Format Changes, ‘Glee’ & ‘Gracepoint’ End Game Plans
In an upfront call today Kevin Reilly confirmed our story that American Idol will reduce its hours and change its air pattern for the upcoming fourteenth season. Touting a “more streamlined” format, he said that Season 14 will be 37 hours, about two-thirds of the current run of close to 60 hours. Next season will likely kick off with the traditional twice-weekly pattern during the audition rounds before transitioning to a “two hour show on one night for most of its run,” Reilly said. He also confirmed that “we’re getting good indication from all” of the current judges that they will return next season.

Pitbull to Host New Year’s Eve Live Show for Fox
A first foray for Endemol’s Live division, Miami-set "Pitbull’s New Year’s Revolution" will include live performances by Pitbull and other A-list musicians and DJs.

NYT: Handicapping TV Networks’ Upfront Presentations in the Annual Competition for Advertising Dollars
As the major television networks prepare to showcase their lineups for the fall season in pursuit of advertisers, each has strengths to trumpet and weaknesses to address. The upfront presentations are taking place this week in Manhattan, and here is some of what to expect.

Upfronts Q&A: Top Network Execs Reveal Their Thoughts on the TV Season
As the broadcast networks (as well as major cable players USA, TNT and TBS) unveil their new TV shows this week, we asked their top programmers to reveal the challenges and successes of the TV season. We also had them describe their strategies this development season, among other questions. Here’s what they had to say.


Jane Krakowski Joins NBC’s Tina Fey-Robert Carlock Comedy Series
30 Rock alumna Jane Krakowski has joined the cast of upcoming NBC comedy series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, from 30 Rock creator/star/executive producer Tina Fey and executive producer Robert Carlock. Krakowski will recur on the project, starring Ellie Kemper as the wide-eyed Kimmy who, after 15 years of living in a cult, decides it’s time to reclaim her life and heads to New York.

Fox’s ‘Gotham’ Promotes Three to Series Regular
After being picked up to series, the Batman prequel series has promoted a trio of guest stars to regular. Cory Michael Smith, Victoria Cartagena and Andrew Stewart-Jones