Upfronts 2012: By the Numbers
Family comedies, female -- and foreign -- leads, title changes as well as bows and arrows stand out now that the annual dog-and-pony show is in the books.
The past two weeks have been a blink-and-you'll-miss-it blur of TV news about renewals, cancellations and new series orders. Some surprising names are suddenly among the ranks of the unemployed (RIP, CSI: Miami and Harry's Law), and new trends have emerged.
With the annual Upfront Week in the books, The Hollywood Reporter breaks down the news, by-the-numbers style.
32 Canceled Shows From the 2011-12 Season
NBC (8); Fox (7); ABC (7); CBS (6); The CW (4): Among them, Fox's pricey Terra Nova, NBC's older-skewing Harry's Law, CBS' veteran CSI: Miami, The CW's Sarah Michelle Gellar thriller Ringer and ABC's Texas-set soap GCB. (CBS' Rules of Engagement is awaiting its fate but is expected to be renewed.)
20 Scheduling Moves
Returning series with new time slots include CBS' Two and a Half Men, which relocated from Mondays to Thursdays and now serves as a lead-out from another Chuck Lorre comedy, The Big Bang Theory; and Fox's Glee, which relocates from Tuesdays to Thursday.
20 New Dramas
Hours starring Kevin Bacon (Fox), Dennis Quaid (CBS), Taylor Kinney (NBC), Kristin Kreuk (CW) and Connie Britton (ABC) are among the shows launching in 2012-13.
16 New Comedies
NBC has a White House comedy with Bill Pullman, Sarah Chalke wants to live with her parents for the rest of her life on ABC, the Will & Grace creators are working for CBS, and Mindy Kaling is a doctor on Fox. Single-camera efforts continue to dominate the list as only four of the half-hours are multicamera.
14 Female Leads
Chalke, Britton, Kaling, Reba McEntire, Radha Mitchell, Anne Heche, Jordana Spiro, Mamie Gummer and AnnaSophia Robb are taking center stage. For Britton, that's literal as she'll play a fading country singer.
10 Foreign Leads
The new season will see lead roles for Australia's Mitchell, Rachael Taylor, Jesse Spencer and David Lyons; the U.K.'s Jonny Lee Miller, Theo James, Janet Montgomery and James Purefoy; and Canada's Kreuk and Stephen Amell.
10 Family Comedies
Looking for the next Modern Family, the networks bet big on families this year. Fractured families lead the way with a handful of half-hours featuring divorced single mothers, as well as a gay couple looking for a surrogate.
8 Title Changes
ABC's Family Tools is the comedy's third title (after Red Van Man and White Van Man); Red Widow was previously Penoza; CBS' Made in Jersey was formerly known as Baby Big Shot, with the old title even getting a name drop in the trailer shown to advertisers; NBC's Animal Practice was tweaked from Animal Kingdom; Dane Cook's Next Caller dropped the Please from its original name; Fox's buzzy comedy Ben and Kate opted for a simple title rather than Ben Fox Is My Manny or its original, Ned Fox Is My Manny; The Mindy Kaling Project was quickly changed from It's Messy following an instantaneous backlash; The CW invested in Gummer's performance in medical drama Emily Owens, M.D., changing its fitting original title First Cut. Strangely, ABC's How to Live With Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life) kept its lengthy name.
4 Iconic Stories
CBS is adapting Sherlock Holmes (Elementary), NBC is taking on Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Do No Harm), and The CW is bringing DC Comics' Green Arrow to life and telling the adolescent story of Sex and the City's Carrie Bradshaw.
2 Revenge-Like Soaps
The success of ABC's Revenge gave birth to three dramas looking to capture the same watercooler success of the Emily VanCamp soap: Red Widow and Infamous.
2 Period Dramas
Both are vastly different: CBS goes far out in the '60s with Vegas, while CW's The Carrie Diaries is like, totally set in the '80s.
2 Bows and Arrows
Thanks to The Hunger Games, bows and arrows are up-and-coming weapon of choice in both Arrow and Revolution.