Joe and I are back, this time with The Hollywood Reporter's Lesley Goldberg, for the latest edition of KCRW's The Spin-Off podcast. This time, we give a preview of what to expect at next week's network upfronts, as the FATE OF THE TV INDUSTRY IS DECIDED. (OK, not really, but sounds intense, right?) He's what we chatted about:
We've made it to May, and in the TV world, that means one thing: Upfronts. Some of us will be heading to New York next week, but before we go, we talk about what the lay of the land looks like for this year, and we check in on some of the pilots up for consideration.
Ahead of the upfronts, NBC announced three drama pickups, including Chicago Med from Dick Wolf, the same man who brought us Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. Will this year bring the return of the medical dramas? And what exactly do you do with all those superhero shows? It's a saturated genre, but perhaps there's a way to schedule them that makes sense.
And coming out of last weekend's massive boxing match, the CEO of Twitter announced that the big winner of the night was...Periscope, the video streaming app. Are apps like these going to be problematic for the TV industry, or should the networks learn to embrace them?
Plus, as always, we go around the horn for our Download segment and share the stories or shows that are top of mind this month.
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