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Cynopsis Media Presents: Upfront Wrap Up - Part 1
by Roberta Caploe
It's still Monday, April 15th, and welcome to the first of Cynopsis' Upfront Wrap-Up Special Reports. Each Monday, for the next six weeks, we will share our compendium of the latest news and happenings at these critical events. This year, each network has outdone itself in making presentations to the ad community (as well as the press and production folks) that fizz and entice. It's looking to be an exciting season. Enjoy these highlights, from Bravo, Discovery, GMC, GSN, IFC, SYFY, and the Weather Channel.
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BRAVO MEDIA unveiled its largest slate of original programming to date with 17 new and 18 returning unscripted series during its Upfront presentation at New York's 30 Rockefeller Plaza. This marks a 15 percent increase over last year and it appears bound to increase with six new projects -- three scripted and three unscripted -- in development. Here's a look at what the network has coming up.
Newlyweds: The First Year, which debuts on Monday, May 6, tracks four couples' first year of marriage. "I'm most excited about this show," confided Frances Berwick, President of Bravo & Style Media. "It's more documentary-style than our other shows and it has a lot of OMG moments."
The notoriously closed society of Charleston, South Carolina unlocks the gates of its centuries-old plantation homes for a real-life look at how modern-day Southern aristocratic men live in Southern Charm. "We debated about this show a lot as it was being developed," Andy Cohen, EVP, Development & Talent told Cynopsis. "It's more centered around men than other Bravo programming. But the guys were so funny!"
Below Deck, slated to premiere in summer 2013, sees upstairs and downstairs worlds collide, when a young and single crew known as "yachties" live, love and work together on a privately owned yacht.
City Sisters, slated for a fall 2013 debut, follows a group of single, up-and-coming movers and shakers in New York's elite circles of real estate, fashion, and media.
Breakout star Courtney Kerr of Most Eligible Dallas navigates the lively Texas social scene with her group of sassy, dynamic friends in the series Courtney Loves Dallas.
When couples go from "I do" to "I don't," Vikki Ziegler is who they call to mediate, advise and divide their assets out of court in Divorce Diva (wt).
Eat, Drink, Love, slated to premiere in summer 2013, follows successful beautiful women connected to the restaurant and food industry in Los Angeles.
Extreme Guide to Parenting, slated for a fall 2013 debut, explores two different households with very unique styles of raising their children in each episode.
Fashion Queens is a topical, fashion-based talk show featuring two of Atlanta's style elite, celebrity hair stylists, Derek J and Miss Lawrence, and New York's fashion maven and media socialite Bevy Smith.
The Kandi Factory, which premieres on Tuesday, April 9, focuses on Grammy Award winner and multi-platinum songwriter Kandi Burruss of The Real Housewives of Atlanta as she helps 16 aspiring artists jump start their dreams of stardom.
The world's most exclusive houses throw open their doors to a panel of passionate property experts in this new panel talk show, Property Envy, which explores the world of luxury real estate, cutting-edge home technology and trendsetting decor. The show is slated to premiere in summer 2013.
Taking Atlanta (wt), slated for a summer 2013 debut, tails a group of ambitious, young go-getters, who are shaking up the city's fashion, music, hospitality and real estate scenes.
Thicker Than Water: The Tankards, slated for a fall 2013 debut, is a docu-series about former professional basketball player turned popular gospel singer/recording artist and minister Ben Tankard.
In Two Fit Girls best friends and business partners Katrina and Karena, the fearless duo behind Toneitup.com, use their "street smarts, not book smarts" to push themselves and their brand to wild extremes.
Ladies of London (wt) follows a group of elite British socialites and American expats enjoying the upper crust of the high society world.
Princesses: Long Island, which premieres Sunday, June 2, is a docu-series about six young women from Great Neck, Long Island, who return to their pampered lifestyles in the comfort of their parents' estates and at the expense of their fathers' bank accounts.
100 Days of Summer follows Chicago's young, successful "it" crowd, as they work the boardrooms and the bedrooms, eager to make a name for themselves, find love and succeed at any price.
New scripted projects in development include: Girlfriend's Guide to Divorce, a dramedy about a self-help book author who is hiding her separation from her husband; Heiresses, a one-hour drama that follows one of the wealthiest families on the Upper East Side; and High and Low, a period drama that takes viewers through the worlds of 1980's art, food, and Wall Street through the eyes of brothers and rivals.
New unscripted projects in development include: Ivy League Confidential (wt), which shows a group of four elite college admissions consultants in New York and Los Angeles as they deal with pampered clients; America's Best Restaurant (wt), a food competition series that travels across the country to find the best place to eat; and Rich People's Problems (wt), which explores how the rich and famous of Atlanta settle their disputes with lawyer Phaedra Parks (The Real Housewife of Atlanta).
In addition, 18 series are returning to the network: Flipping Out,Tabatha Takes Over, Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles, Top Chef Masters, Million Dollar Listing New York, Shahs of Sunset, The Real Housewives of Miami, Chef Roble & Co, Vanderpump Rules, Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis, Don't Be Tardy..., The Real Housewives of New Jersey, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, The Real Housewives of Atlanta, The Real Housewives of New York, Top Chef, Inside The Actors Studio, and Watch What Happens Live.
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DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS held its 2013-2014 upfront in New York yesterday at Columbus Circle's Rose Hall, and boy, did they pull out all the stops. Oprah Winfrey was there, along with Tyler Perry, Morgan Freeman, William Hurt, Honey Boo Boo and lots of other Discovery notables. We can't even imagine what the backstage might have been like, what with the baby alligators and goats that also made an appearance on behalf of Animal Planet. But here were some of the presentation highlights:
Klondike, Discovery's first ever scripted mini-series, will star Tim Roth. New series include Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius with Kal Penn and Cutter Oil (wt) about a family-run oil company. Nik Wallenda, known as "The King of the High Wire", will traverse the Grand Canyon without using a harness on the special Wallenda Live. Naked and Afraid is a new series in which a new pair of strangers each episode will find themselves stranded in some of the world's harshest environments with no food, no water, no tools... and no clothes. Returning series include: Deadliest Catch, Gold Rush, Amish Mafia, Bering Sea Gold, and Moonshiners.
New Series include (these are all WT): Alaska Bush Family, Catch and Release, Clipped (extreme dog grooming), My Tiny Terror, and Polar Bear Crossing (You can bet what that one's about) and Top Hooker (it's about fishermen!). Special Puppy Bowl X will return next Super Bowl Sunday, thank goodness. Returning series include America's Cutest cat (and Dog), Finding Bigfoot, Gator Boys, and Pit Bulls and Parolees.
New series include: Alaskan Women Looking for Love, Best Funeral Ever (based on the special in which "being in a casket can still be fantastic!"), and My Teen is Pregnant and So Am I. Returning series include Long Island Medium and Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, natch. Also, get ready for Breaking Amish: Brave New World in which the cast reunites to make a fresh start in Florida, but instead find more culture shock, unexpected challenges and surprises along the way. You may also want to keep an eye out for Husband Hunters (working title) in which women have the dress, the venue and the cake... but oops, there's no groom.
The channel's first scripted dramatic feature will air in November 2013: 73 Seconds: The Challenger Investigation, starring Academy Award-winning actor William Hurt, a BBC co-production with Science Channel. The end of 2013 also brings the series This Changes Everything, featuring James Woods, who explores the emerging technologies of today that could change the way humankind lives tomorrow. Returning series include How it's Made and How do They Do It?, along with quirky hit franchise Oddities. Morgan Freeman also returns to take viewers to the world of the unknown in Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman. The channel's extraterrestrial programming event Are We Alone? returns in March of 2014.
New series Americarna chronicles how American culture and car culture go hand-in-hand, hosted by NASCAR crew chief Ray Evernham. It will premiere in January 2014. Returning series include Wheeler Dealers, Overhaulin' and Chasing Classic Cars.
New series Against the Odds explores "mission impossible" stories of heroism and strength. CIA: Declassified tells the real tales of the CIA's covert operations, based on the declassification of documents in the last twenty years.
Other series include: Gunslingers, Die Hard History and Apocalypse World War 1.
New summer series King of Thrones, which honors the #1 room in the house: yup, the bathroom. Buying Hawaii focuses on the most popular island paradise destinations. Last Call Food Brawl is a competition series hosted by chef Adam Gertler that showcases the best in comfort food. Returning series include BBQ Pitmasters, Epic, Buying Alaska and Hillbilly Blood.
The king of sensational television, Jerry Springer, is hosting its new series Tabloid. The weekly show will probe the most bizarre larger-than-life stories imaginable. With an initial run of 10, one-hour episodes, Tabloid will premiere on ID in 1Q 2014. The show is co-produced by Radley Studios and Espiritus Productions.
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network:
The one-hour ensemble drama The Haves and the Have Nots (produced for OWN by Tyler Perry Studios) is set to premiere Tuesday, May 28 at 9p, and the sitcom Love Thy Neighbor (produced for OWN by Tyler Perry Studios) will premiere Wednesday, May 29 at 9 p. On Sunday, May 26 at 9p, Winfrey will interview Perry on a special Oprah's Next Chapter. In addition, the network has two new unscripted series joining its slate of original programming: Millionaire Mama's Boy (executive produced by Pete Tartaglia and Amy Palmer Robertson and distributed by Sony Pictures Television), about the relationship between WNBA star Pamela McGee and her NBA star son JaVale, and Houston Beauty (produced by Park Slope Productions) about a Texas beauty school.
GMC TV has also unveiled its Upfront slate, which includes 66 originals, among them movies, series and stage plays. In addition, the network announced it will accelerate its name change to UP to June 1 instead of September 1.
GMC's originals for 2013 include:
Finding Normal (May 2013). Dr. Lisa Leland is a surgeon sentenced after a traffic accident to do community service as a doctor in Normal, population 332. In a town with no wi-fi, no lattes and no credit cards, Lisa begins to find herself and discovers what a meaningful life is all about. Stars Candace Cameron Bure, Lou Beatty Jr., Trevor Marshall St. John, Andrew Bongiomo and Mark Irvingsen.
The Perfect Summer (June 2013). A somewhat nerdy high school senior who spends all his time on his computer decides to learn to surf to capture the attention of a gorgeous surfer girl who moves next door.
Jimmy (June 2013). Young Jimmy Mitchell is asked to testify as a defense witness in a criminal trial when he accidentally hears a shocking confession and ultimately finds himself in a dangerous situation from which there is no escape. Based on the book by Robert Whitlow.
In The Meantime (July 2013). A GMC Faith and Family Screenplay Competition winner at the American Black Film Festival (ABFF), this is the story of a woman at a crossroads in her life. At her sister's suggestion she starts working at a local community center and joins the fight to save the center and finds real love along the way. Stars: Kali Hawk, Darrin Dewitt Henson, Terri J. Vaughn, Thomas Mikal Ford, David Mann, Tamela Mann, Demetria McKinney Rodney Perry and Musiq Soulchild. Directed and executive produced by Roger M. Bobb Screenplay by Nzinga Kadalie Kemp.
Teachers (August 2013). Manny Cortez is uprooting his family so that they can go to Westbrook High where his beloved late father was the football coach. No sooner does the Cortez family move into the Westbrook school zone than it is announced that Westbrook will close due to budget issues. The staff, students and parents decide to fight back.
Guess Who's Coming to Christmas (November 2013). A jaded rock star, in order to repair his tarnished image, publicly agrees to fulfill a kid's Dear Santa Christmas wish. To his dismay, he ends up agreeing to spend the holidays in small town America and performing in the local holiday Christmas concert. Stars: Drew Lachey, Mackenzie Porter.
Silver Bells (December 2013). Bruce Dalt is an ambitious television sportscaster who approaches the holidays as he does life - competitively. This philosophy has put a strain on his family, and when Bruce gets into a physical scuffle with a ref at his son's basketball game, the holidays take a turn for the worse. Stars: Bruce Boxleitner, Antonio Fargas, Kenton Duty, Bridgett Newton, Laura Spencer and Kevin Downes.
Heartland - Season 4 (June 2013 premiere; 16 new one-hour episodes). The beloved family series continues with new episodes.
Family Addition with Leigh Anne Tuohy: (Premieres June 2013; six, one-hour episodes). This series will follow the lives of families who have been fostering children and are on the verge of adopting one or more of their foster children. Leigh Anne Tuohy is best known for being the real life inspiration behind the blockbuster film, The Blind Side. Leigh Anne is joined by her daughter, Collins Tuohy, a noted inspirational speaker and Special Educator "Miss Sue" Mitchell (the character played by Kathy Bates in The Blind Side).
Bulloch Family Ranch (Premieres July 2013; seven, one-hour episodes). Julie and Rusty Bulloch are the proud parents of 25 kids; however, only two are biological. The rest are teens who have been dealt a difficult hand in life, from being homeless to gang life. Julie and Rusty welcomed each of them into their central Florida ranch for a LAST SECOND chance at getting on the right track.
Miracle Hunters From the producers of "Hatfield and McCoy's", "R&B Divas" and Gene Simons' "Family Jewels", this hour long GMC World Premiere Special investigative show will give hope that miracles exist while also debunking those that don't make the cut. The "Miracle Hunters'"team will travel around the country, capturing the world of the impossible and the endlessly fascinating.
GMC Stage Plays:
What Would You Do For Love (May 2013). Reggie Brooks is just an average guy working as a fitness trainer in a neighborhood gym. After being notified that he has come into a lump sum of money years after his parents perished in 9/11, Reggie decides that it's best to keep his new multi-millionaire status under wraps. Reggie's friends challenge him to go on a dating blitz in an attempt to find a wife in 30 days or less.
Love Will Find A Way (June 2013). Reggie Brooks travels to Paris with Troy, his wife Piper and her sister Paula who starts to have feelings for Reggie. But when they return from Paris, Reggie decides to give a relationship with Lucky a try after she changed her mind about wanting to have kids. But Paula becomes suspicious when she starts finding out the truth about Lucky... is she hiding something?
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GSN announced plans to greenlight two new series and unveiled a robust development slate representing its commitment to originals at an upfront presentation held at New York City's Sony Club yesterday. The network also added 106 new advertisers to its list of partners and revealed that in combination with GSN's digital arm, the powerful brand now reaches 100 million consumers annually. "We've had a transformation in size and scale of our audience. One of the clients who's been really happy this year is the Salvation Army, who fully leveraged the asset and app associated with the The American Bible Challenge," John Zaccario, GSN's Executive Vice President of Advertising Sales told Cynopsis. Here's a list of what's coming up.
An all new GSN original version of the classic Minute to Win It will be hosted by speed skating champion Apolo Anton Ohno. The show premieres June 25 and is produced by Shine America.
The Chase (produced by ITV Studios America), a new quiz show based on the hit UK series, features a team of four contestants trying to amass as much money as possible by answering quick-fire questions in a 60-second round, while The Beast, a quiz genius, lurks ready to pounce and keep them from banking their money.
Series in development:
Dance Rivals (produced by H2R Entertainment) centers on Orem, Utah, where one in every 4 kids is a dancer - and the rivalry between the dance studios and their owners is as fierce as the competition among the twirlers and waltzers.
It Takes a Church is a one hour series where a church goes on a mission to find love for one lucky parishioner without them knowing it.
In Mind of a Man (produced by Never Nominated Productions Inc.), two female contestants try to figure out what men really think about dating, marriage, working and all manner of manly pursuits.
Two contestants with an existing relationship move into a family's home for 48 hours to uncover which one of the clan is a planted fake in The Imposter. The show is produced by Leopard FilmsUSA.
Where Have You Been All My Life (produced by Matt Westmore Media), a new dating show hosted by Brooke Burns, allows singles to watch a set of potential soul mates grow up via photos and video footage from different decades in their lives.
Created by Caroline Rhea, You Don't Know What You're Missing (produced by Travail D'Amour) tests unsuspecting families on what they truly value.
Returning series include The American Bible Challenge, Family Trade, The Newlywed Game and Family Feud.
Get ready to laugh out loud. IFC has announced it is developing 11 new comedy projects for 2014 series consideration. "This latest development slate represents IFC's continued commitment to uncovering and creating comedy shows that are bold, smart and unconventional," said Debbie DeMontreux, IFC's senior vice president of original programming. "We set ourselves apart by tapping into all facets of entertainment to find fresh ideas for comedic series, and by working with well known and up-and-coming talent that share our 'slightly off' sensibility."Here's a look at what's coming up.
Comedy Timms Industrial Piping (wt) is shot in stop-motion animation with baby dolls repurposed as adult characters and modeled on 1980s primetime soaps like Dynasty. The show is written by Steven Conrad (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Pursuit of Happyness), and created by Conrad, Jeff Dieter and Tom Glynn. The show is produced by Conrad's Chicago-based company, Elephant Pictures. Currently in production, the pilot features the voice talents of: Maria Bamford, Elizabeth Banks, Lance Barber, Giancarlo Esposito, Ed Flynn, Kathryn Hahn, Nick Kroll, Matt Levin, John Lithgow, Kumail Nanjiani, Mike O'Connell, and Seann William Scott.
Produced by Abominable Pictures' Jonathan Stern, Garfunkel & Oates follows the aspirations and misadventures of female comedy-folk duo Riki Lindhome (Garfunkel) and Kate Micucci (Oates). The show begins production in May.
Two newly single guys who travel around the world looking for love, and in the process form an invaluable friendship in Internation Plan. The pilot, produced by @radical.media, begins production in mid-April in Stockholm.
American Storage tells the tale of what happens when an employee at a storage facility befriends a guy he finds living in one of the units. The project is based on the short film of the same name co-written by Andrew Jay Cohen (Townies) and Brendan O'Brien (Townies).
Cult Following follows two friends who jointly run a health food restaurant and inadvertently become cult leaders. The pilot script is co-written by and co-stars Matt Besser (co-founder of the Upright Citizens Brigade, Freak Dance) and Rich Fulcher (The Mighty Boosh, Snuff Box).
In God's Work actor/comedian Kyle Dunnigan plays multiple characters living in a community that surrounds a Connecticut church.The pilot script is co-written by Kyle Dunnigan and Tim Long (The Simpsons).
Part Terminator, part X-Files, part Mork and Mindy, the supernatural buddy comedy Jetpackula follows a washed up comic book illustrator, who befriends a vampire from the future. Jetpackula is written and created by Rob Schrab (The Sarah Silverman Program).
Stupid Life is based on comedian Chris Gethard's recent autobiographical book of the same name. Tom Scharpling (The Best Show on WFMU, Monk) is series executive producer and co-creator. Gethard and Scharpling are co-writing the pilot script.
Trigger Men follows two friends and former hit men as one tries to clean up his act and the other pulls him deeper into trouble. Michael Davis (Shoot 'Em Up) is writing a script for the action/buddy comedy.
Created and written by Megan Mullally and newcomer Tina Kapousis, Two Idiots centers on a pair of odd women raised in an old world Beverly Hills hotel.
IFC, in partnership with the New York Television Festival awarded a script deal and the 2012 "Out of the Box" prize to Damian Lanigan of Brooklyn, NY. The project, Wasps, centers on a dysfunctional Main Line Philadelphia family who have squandered away their money and are left with nothing but the shared ownership of an enormous family mansion.
Syfy and Chiller President Dave Howe has announced a new programming slate featuring Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx executive producing, writing and directing a horror anthology series, a trio of new reality series, and 19 scripted and reality development projects. Here's a look at what's coming up.
Joe Rogan Questions Everything (wt), premiering Tuesday, July 16 at 9p, centers on paranormal mystery-addict Joe Rogan, who ventures into unknown worlds to search for answers to life's most startling theories. Production company: A. Smith & Co.
Cosworld (wt), premiering Tuesday, August 27 at 10p, is a six-episode docuseries that lifts the veil on the imaginative world of cosplay competition. Production company: 51 Minds, an Endemol Company.
Fandemonium (wt), which debuts in fall 2013, celebrates the often misunderstood, and fascinating fan girl and fan boy culture. Production company: 495 Productions.
An untitled Jamie Foxx project, premiering in October, will be in the vein of Tales from the Crypt and The Twilight Zone. Studio: Universal Cable Productions.
A team of scientists investigates a possible disease outbreak in an Arctic research facility and find themselves trying to protect the world from annihilation in Helix.Production company: Lynda Obst Pictures & Tall Ship Productions.
High Moon explores what happens when the countries of Earth establish colonies to mine the Moon's resources and discover a new form of life. Universal Cable Productions will serve as the studio.
Long form development project Ringworld is a four-hour mini-series based on the Hugo Award-winning novel by Larry Niven, while Childhood's End is based on the Arthur C. Clarke novel.
Nine new scripted series in development include No Place, in which Syfy joins forces with Fox Television Studios, director/producer Robert Zemeckis, producers Jack Rapke and Jackie Levine, and feature film writing team John Brancato and Michael Ferris. The show centers on residents of a high-tech gated community, who awaken one morning to find themselves cut off from the rest of reality. Only one man has contact with the powers responsible for what is known as The Rift, and he must lead his fellow residents beyond the void to discover the truth. Circle of Confusion and Top Cow will produce the project.
Eight new reality series in development include The Jim Henson Creature Shop, which will give aspiring creature makers the opportunity to win the job of a lifetime: an apprenticeship with the Creature Shop.
Two long form scripted developments: Eyes of the Dragon (Universal Cable Productions and Ostar Productions), based on Stephen King's best-selling novel, and Darkfall (The Jim Henson Company and Universal Cable Productions), which explores what happens when modern forms of power and technology become a thing of the past.
The Weather Channel hosted its first Upfront presentation - ever. At the Mandarin Oriental in New York City, Chairman 7 CEO David Kenny announced five new series, three new web series, and an entire refresh of the network's look and feel. Meteorologists Jim Cantore and Maria LaRosa co-hosted the event, which was kicked off by The Human Weather Choir, who created a rainstorm using their voices and bodies. Really, it was very cool. Here's a look at what the network has coming up.
Secrets of the Earth, which premieres Thursday, May 23, at 8 p, explores our planet with the same sense of awe and wonder normally reserved for alien worlds. (Produced by Flight 33 Productions)
Weather That Changed The World, which premieres Thursday, June 6, at 9p, focuses on how extreme conditions created dramatic turning points in history. (Produced by Pioneer Productions)
Storm Warriors, which debuts in August 2013, combines the power of incredible machines and extreme conditions to show how people survive and work in the world's worst weather environments. (Produced by WAGTV)
Strangest Weather on Earth, which debuts in September 2013, presents fascinating explorations of weird and wacky extreme weather from airborne fish to saucer clouds to a wave made of rock. (Produced by Pioneer Productions)
Freaks of Nature, which debuts in September 2013, focuses on extraordinary people who possess the power to control, manipulate or conquer nature, performing feats that could harm or kill the average human. (Produced by Off The Fence)
Three new web series, which are co-produced by Efran Films:
Brink (wt), which launches Monday, June 3, follows eco-heroes fighting to save embattled species on the brink before it's too late.
The Bucket List (wt), which launches Monday, July 1, takes viewers on a journey to the most stunning natural places on Earth.
The Explorers (wt), which launches Monday, August 5, profiles the world's toughest pioneers.
Hecht and Joel Lunenfeld, vice president, global brand strategy, Twitter, announced that The Weather Channel and Twitter have formed a partnership. The Weather Channel is working with Twitter's Promoted Content team to enable video to play seamlessly in-Tweet using Twitter cards technology.
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