From Campaign US: With two weeks to go before the broadcast networks unveil their programming plans for next season, executives at ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and The CW are busy choosing the next breed of “can’t miss” new series to hawk at their upfront presentations. To date, nine of the estimated 88 pilots have been officially picked, including some straight-to-series orders.
The standout trend for next season is, once again, the revival, with more reboots in development than I have ever seen. I would ask, once again, what’s happened to all the original ideas, but the question itself has become repetitive.
Reboots and revivals
Fox recently announced the series pick-up of “24: Legacy,” which is the return of the “24” franchise minus Kiefer Sutherland as super-agent Jack Bauer. (Sutherland will be present as a producer, however, and will headline a new political thriller on ABC called “Designated Survivor.”) Fox has also already confirmed a “continuation” of 2005-09 drama “Prison Break.” And NBC has also given a straight-to-series order for “Taken,” which is a prequel to the Liam Neeson film franchise.
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