After the coffee. Before the NBC and Fox upfronts.
The Skinny: As usual, I come to New York and the forecast is for lots of rain. But Sunday was gorgeous and I had a great eight-mile run, and I'm hoping to catch a Yankees game as well. First priority, though, is covering the TV fall-schedule presentations. Today's roundup includes analysis of NBC's schedule, which was unveiled Sunday. Other stories include the box-office recap and a look at Fox's new approach to making TV shows. Also, a deep dive into Michael Egan, whose sex-abuse lawsuits have all of Hollywood buzzing.
Daily Dose: Fox will unveil new sitcoms and dramas it hopes will boost its ratings, which took a big tumble this season. One reason for the slide was the continuing decline of "American Idol." Though "American Idol" will, of course, be back next spring, less clear is whether the show will still command two nights' worth of space on the network's schedule or be jammed into one night. That decision may in part be decided by how well Fox is doing when January rolls around, but don't be surprised if, like ABC's "Dancing with the Stars," "American Idol" ends up being a one-night affair for the network.
"Spider-Man" gets squashed. "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" was no match for "Neighbors." The raunchy comedy starring Seth Rogen, Zac Efron and Rose Byrne about the war between a suburban couple and the raunchy fraternity that moves next door took in $51.1 million. That's a lot more than industry analysts projected. Meanwhile, "Spider-Man 2" took in $37.2 million, which was less than expected and a drop of nearly 60% from its premiere weekend. Box-office recaps from the Los Angeles Times and the Hollywood Reporter.
Betting on black. NBC released its new fall schedule Sunday and showed it isn't afraid to take chances. The network is moving "The Blacklist," its freshman hit drama, from Mondays to Thursdays at midseason as part of a plan to bring some luster back to a night the network used to own. Returning for their last season are the critically acclaimed "Parks and Recreation" and "Parenthood." Overall, NBC has 12 new comedies and dramas in the works for next season, including "State of Affairs" starring Katherine Heigl as a CIA analyst. Coverage and analysis of NBC's schedule from the Los Angeles Times, USA Today and Variety.
Selling season. The broadcast networks will ply advertisers with shrimp and booze while attempting to wow them with their fall schedules. But the networks are coming off a disappointing season. Only a handful of shows clicked with viewers, and the competition from cable and digital platforms for eyeballs is only getting more intense. The Los Angeles Times and Advertising Age have curtain-raisers on upfront week.
Crazy like a Fox. With most of its new comedies and dramas from this season tanking, Fox is trying to overhaul the way it develops shows. Specifically, the network wants to jump off the roller coaster known as pilot season -- that frantic period early in the year when all the networks try to find scripts, actors and producers to make new shows. Instead, Fox wants to be in constant development and, in some cases, even do away with pilots, ordering shows straight to series as many cable networks do. The Wall Street Journal on Fox's creative strategy.
New kid in town. Comedy Central wasted little time in developing a new show to fill the void for when Stephen Colbert exits the cable channel to succeed David Letterman at CBS. Larry Wilmore, who is no stranger to fans of Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show," will replace Colbert with "The Minority Report." Although best known for his "Daily Show" work, Wilmore has a long career behind the camera as well. He was an executive producer of Fox's "The Bernie Mac Show" and is working on a sitcom that ABC is likely to pick up for next season. More on Wilmore's new gig from the New York Times.
Inside the Los Angeles Times: A look at Michael Egan, the man behind the sex-abuse lawsuits against Hollywood power players Brian Singer, Garth Ancier and David Neuman.
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