What’s Hot At This Week’s LA Screenings?

By | Thursday May 23, 2013 @ 6:22pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

After ad buyers at last week’s upfronts, it is international buyers’ turn to get a glimpse of the broadcast networks’ crop of new shows. The annual LA Screenings are wrapping after marathon sessions of the studios … Read More »

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Ghost Of 2004 Hovers Over L.A. Screenings As Int’l Buyers Lament Lack Of Breakouts

By | Thursday May 24, 2012 @ 5:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

LA Screenings Warner Bros TVAfter comedy stole the spotlight at the L.A. Screenings last year with breakout hits 2 Broke Girls and New Girl, dramas are returning to center stage during this week’s affair, where international buyers are gathering to sample the new crop of U.S. series. While several series are gathering buzz, there don’t seem to be big standouts at the screenings, which are still going on in Los Angeles. (at right: a photo from Warner Bros’ party Wednesday night.)  Maybe it was the recent series finales of Desperate Housewives and House fresh in his mind, but a Western European buyer spoke nostalgically of the 2004 L.A. Screenings that featured Desperate Housewives, Grey’s Anatomy, House and Lost. “We haven’t had such a strong group of new shows since,” the buyer said.

Among the new shows gettings thumbs-up is Warner Bros’ superhero CW drama Arrow. “It was surprisingly good,” said Ruediger Boess, head of acquisitions for Germany’s ProSiebenSat1. “It’s darker and older than the standard CW shows, and its very well cast.” Two other dramas — HBO’s The Newsroom from Aaron Sorkin and Fox/Warner Bros’ The Following starring Kevin Bacon — have made an big impression too. The Newsroom, which screened two episodes Sunday that were introduced by Sorkin, received applause from the audience. Boess called the series, set behind the scenes at a cable news network show, “an outstanding masterpiece of television.” The issue with The Newsroom and the violent The Following, described by a buyer as “a darker Criminal Minds,” is that they can’t be shown on free TV networks, at least not before 10 PM. Read More »

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Canadian Nets Load Up On New U.S. Shows

By | Thursday June 2, 2011 @ 8:49am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

The week after the L.A. international screenings, Canadian broadcasters announced their new U.S. series acquisitions for next season. Top-rated CTV has picked up seven new U.S. series for fall — reality The X Factor, dramas Pan Am, Unforgettable, Charlie’s Angels, Grimm and Once Upon a Time and comedy Whitney … Read More »

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What Was Hot During L.A. Int’l Screenings?

By | Saturday May 28, 2011 @ 11:17pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

U.S. comedies have harder time than dramas traveling internationally. But strong showings by new half-hour series at the broadcast upfronts last week were followed by solid performances at this week’s L.A. Screenings, where international buyers gather to sample the new crop of U.S. series. Upfront standouts — Warner Bros.-produced CBS sitcom 2 Broke Girls and the 20th TV comedies New Girl (Fox) and Apt. 23 (ABC) — did very well. Read More »

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