It wasn’t easy but we survived another pilot season. Congratulations to all writers, producers and agents who celebrated the pickup of a new series this week. Here is Deadline’s annual honor roll of those who excelled at the upfronts and a list of pods and independent producers with multiple broadcast series on the schedule:
How about DC‘s superhero effort this upfront? Warner Bros. TV made a big push with its sibling comic book banner this season, resulting in four pilots, all of them picked up to series: Gotham at Fox, The Flash and iZombie on the CW and Constantine on NBC.
Related: CW 2014 Fall Schedule
It’s been a great year for Amblin TV. The company, which last summer received a straight-to-series order for drama Extant on CBS, added three more series over the past week, dramas Red Band Society at Fox, Whispers at ABC and Public Morals at TNT. That brings the independent company’s tally to eight series, including Under the Dome at CBS, The Americans at FX, Falling Skies at TNT and Halo at xBox/Showtime.
Related: CBS 2014 Schedule
Israel’s Keshet saw drama Allegiance and comedy Your Family Or Mine get pickups at NBC and TBS, respectively, while limited series Dig was presented at USA’s upfront. (The company also has dramas Tyrant and Homeland and unscripted series Rising Star, Boom and Deal with It.) 3 Arts received straight-to-series orders for comedies Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Mr. Robinson at NBC and Mulaney at Fox, has Cabot College in talks for a six-episode order at Fox (as well as returning series Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Parks And Recreation, both from Mike Schur, The Mindy Project).
Related: NBC 2014 Schedule
There are several producers and production companies that landed two new series orders this week. Warner Bros. TV-based Greg Berlanti executive produces the CW’s The Flash, which he also co-wrote, and NBC’s Mysteries Of Laura. (He also has Arrow at the CW). Independent producer Aaron Kaplan received orders for Mysteries Of Laura at NBC and Secrets & Lies at ABC. (He also has cable series Chasing Life and Instant Mom). Sony TV-based Jamie Tarses is behind new NBC comedy Marry Me and TBS’ Your Family Or Mine (along with TNT’s Franklin & Bash). Will Ferrell and Adam McKay‘s Uni TV-based Gary Sanchez landed its first broadcast series times two, with pickups for comedies Bad Judge and Mission Control at NBC (company also has Drunk History at Comedy Central). Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly have midseason series The Odd Couple on CBS and The Club on ABC (as well as Elementary, Unforgettable, Justified, Hindsight and Masters Of Sex). Marty Adelstein, with Becky Clements, is shepherding new ABC comedy Cristela and NBC drama Aquarius starring David Duchovny. (He also has Last Man Standing, with Clements, and Teen Wolf.) Jake Kasdan executive produces ABC’s Fresh Off The Boat and Fox’s Weird Loners (as well as Fox’s New Girl). Tim Kring has two event series, NBC’s Heroes: Reborn and USA’s Dig. Vince Gilligan has Battle Creek on CBS as well as Better Call Saul on AMC, while Rob Thomas has iZombie for CW and a Veronica Mars Web spinoff for CW digital. Rashida Jones has two new series, one as a producer, NBC’s A to Z, and one as an actress, TBS’ Angie Tribeca, where she plays the lead. In a rare feat, Laurie Metcalf is a regular on two comedy series, CBS’ The McCarthys and HBO’s Getting On. Electus has new series introduced this week, Jane The Virgin on the CW and the unscripted DVF Project on E! (Tina Fey and Robert Carlock have new comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, while their Cabot College is in talks for a Fox order.)
Related: Fox 2014 Schedule
Several prolific writer-producers have expanded their portfolios. Shonda Rhimes has added How To Get Away With Murder to create a rare Shonda lineup on ABC, with Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and Murder on Thursday next fall. Kevin Williamson has new CBS drama Stalker, which he created, joining his other series, The Following on Fox and The Vampire Diaries on the CW. (Williamson developed/exec produces Diaries with Julie Plec, who also steers spinoff The Originals.) Seth MacFarlane has midseason animated comedy Bordertown on Fox as well as recently ordered 26-epsiode live-action comedy Blunt Talk at Starz as well as returning series Family Guy on Fox and American Dad, now on TBS, plus limited series Cosmos.) Chuck Lorre remains top broadcast producer as he returned all four of his comedy series, The Big Bang Theory, Two And A Half Men, Mike & Molly and Mom, followed by Rhimes, Williamson and Dick Wolf (Law & Order: SVU, Chicago Fire and Chicago PD) with three. On the production company side, Jerry Bruckheimer TV added new spinoff CSI: Cyber to returning CSI and The Amazing Race; Imagine TV added new Fox drama Empire to Parenthood, Gang Related and 24: Live Another Day; Shine has new Fox limited series Gracepoint as well as Riot, Masterchef, Masterchef Jr. and The Biggest Loser. Marvel added Agent Carter to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (It also has three series and a mini at Netflix.) Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci’s K/O has new CBS drama Scorpion as well as Fox’s Sleepy Hollow (plus Matador at El Rey.) Brillstein Entertainment Partners added new ABC comedy Manhattan Love Story to drama Resurrection. And Lorne Michaels‘ Broadway Video added Fox’s Mulaney to its late-night portfolio of Tonight Show, Late Night and SNL.
Related: ABC 2014 Schedule
Here are the writers/producers with one new and one returning series. Bruno Heller has Fox’s Gotham and CBS’ The Mentalist, both of which he created/developed. Ditto for Hart Henson with Fox’s Backstrom and Bones. Additionally, Carol Mendelsohn is shepherding both CSI and newcomer CSI: Cyber, Gary Glasberg is overseeing both NCIS and new spinoff NCIS: New Orleans, Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas executive produce ABC’s Agent Carter and Resurrection, Andrew Kreisberg co-wrote/exec produces The Flash and Arrow, Joe Carnahan has NBC’s State Of Affairs and The Blacklist, Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage have ABC’s Astronaut Wives Club and Hart Of Dixie, Eric and Kim Tannenbaum have CBS’ The Odd Couple and Two And A Half Men, Seth Gordon executive produces Marry Me and The Goldbergs, and David Nutter is executive producer/director of both The Flash and Arrow. Meanwhile, David Goyer is behind new NBC drama Constantine and Starz’s Da Vinci’s Demons.
BY THE NUMBERS:
(Pods/Independent production companies with multiple shows on the broadcast nets next season + this summer):
3 Arts (management/production company): 6 (Mulaney, Mr. Robinson, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Mindy Project, Parks And Recreation, Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
Amblin TV: 5 (The Red Band Society, Under The Dome)
Chuck Lorre Prods.: 4 (Two And A Half Men, Mom, The Big Bang Theory, Mike & Molly)
Timberman/Beverly: 4 (The Odd Couple, The Club, Elementary, Unforgettable)
Shondaland: 3 (How To Get Away With Murder, Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal)
Berlanti Prods.: 3 (The Flash, Mysteries of Laura, Arrow)
Jerry Bruckheimer TV: 3 (CSI, CSI: Cyber, The Amazing Race)
Wolf Films: 3 (Law & Order: SVU, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD)
Imagine TV: 3 (Empire, Parenthood, Gang Related)
Alloy Entertainment: 3 (Vampire Diaries, The Originals, The 100)
Kapital Entertainment: 2 (Mysteries Of Laura, Secrets & Lies)
The Tannenbaum Co.: 2 (Two And A Half Men, The Odd Couple)
Brillstein Entertainment Partners: 2 (Resurrection, Manhattan Love Story)
True Jack Prods.: 2 (About A Boy, Parenthood)
K/O Paper Products: 2 (Scorpion, Sleepy Hollow)
Chernin Co.: 2 (Hieroglyph, New Girl)
Fake Empire: 2 (Hart Of Dixie, The Astronaut Wives Club)
Mark Gordon Co.: 2 (Grey’s Anatomy, Criminal Minds)
Hazy Mills: 2 (Grimm, Hollywood Game Night)
Electus: 2 (Killer Women, Bet On Your Baby)
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