What We Learned From the 2019-2020 TV Upfront Presentations

After a near-week of parties, comedians saying the darndest things, and broadcast networks’ attempts to convince advertisers that they are still culturally relevant, the annual upfront presentations are over. While we may have a better understanding of what trends are in store for the 2019-’20 television season, many of the questions going into this week […]

Here’s What the Networks Are Picking Up and Dropping for the 2019-2020 TV Season

Television’s annual upfront presentations kicked off Monday, continuing the ritual of networks attempting to dazzle Madison Avenue with its latest offerings for advertising dollars. As networks iron out their lineups for the 2019-2020 TV season, there are some familiar patterns surrounding both new and returning shows. For one, superhero shows like The CW’s Supergirl and […]

A New Crop of ‘Star Trek’ Shows Aims to Expand the Franchise to the Next Generation

It looks like CBS wants Star Trek to boldly go where it has never gone before. With last week’s surprise announcement that CBS Studios and Nickelodeon were moving forward with a new Star Trek animated series aimed at a younger audience, there could soon be five concurrent television shows set in the Trek universe. The […]

‘The Red Line’ to ‘The Chi’: Why Chicago Is TV’s Favorite Locale for Race-Related Dramas

Chicago is known for many things, from some of the most memorable architecture and landscapes in the country to a bustling restaurant scene local foodies will go to the mattresses to defend. But it also has a long and active history of systemic racism, classism, and political corruption. While it’s not the most dangerous city […]

‘Law & Order: SVU’ to Become the Longest-Running Drama in Prime-Time History

Don’t expect Olivia Benson to hand in her badge any time soon. NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit–better known to fans as simply SVU–was renewed on Friday for its 21st season, officially making it the longest-running prime-time drama of all time, according to The Hollywood Reporter. When the Manhattan-set crime drama returns for the […]

Hallmark Channel Drops Actress Lori Loughlin After College-Admissions Conspiracy Charges

The mystery over how Lori Loughlin’s college-admissions scandal would affect her Hallmark Channel career has been solved: On Thursday, the network announced it was ending its long-running relationship with the actor, who’s starred in the network’s Garage Sales Mysteries series since 2013. The Associated Press reports the network was severing ties with the 54-year-old actor […]

Apple Working to Woo Hollywood Gatekeepers to New TV Streaming Service Before Big Reveal

Apple is still scrambling to sign on some of Hollywood’s most prominent content distributors for a new streaming service it has planned, according to a new report. The iPhone maker is currently in talks with HBO owner AT&T, CBS, Starz, and Lionsgate Entertainment to bring their media libraries to its upcoming streaming service, Bloomberg is […]

‘The Simpsons’ Producers Are Pulling an Episode That Featured Michael Jackson

The executive producers of The Simpsons are pulling an episode that featured Michael Jackson. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, The Simpsons producers James Brooks, Matt Groening, and Al Jean said that they will pull a 1991 episode called “Stark Raving Dad” that starred Michael Jackson in the role of a patient in […]