Upfronts 2013: Which Studios Sold the Most Shows?
UPDATED: Warner Bros. Television leads the pack with 12 series orders, followed by 20th Television (11) -- the season's biggest gainer -- and CBSTVS with 10.
With 45 scripted pilots ordered to series ahead of this week's upfront presentations, the broadcast networks went on a spending spree as they ordered nearly 10 more than last season. Factor into that the off-cycle straight-to-series orders and event series set for 2014 and that number grows to a whopping 52. Here's a look at how each of the TV studios fared.
Warner Bros. Television: 12 (vs. 9 in 2012) +3
The studio, which will see Warner Bros. Television Group president Bruce Rosenblum exit, again ranks atop the biggest-sellers for the year. As it did last year, WBTV has set up shows at each of the five broadcast networks. With only one of its nine series in 2012 a comedy (the quickly axed Partners), WBTV's uptick this year comes in the half-hour format, selling four including Christopher Meloni's Surviving Jack, Chuck Lorre's Mom and Rebel Wilson's Super Fun Night, which was rolled from CBS last year.
Surviving Jack (Fox)
Almost Human (Fox)
The 100 (CW)
Super Fun Night (ABC)
The Originals (CW) (co-production with CBSTVS)
The Tomorrow People (CW)
Reign (CW) (co-production with CBSTV)
Star-Crossed (CW) (co-production with CBSTV)
20th Television: 11 (vs. 5 in 2012) +6
The biggest gainer of all the studios, 20th sold just as many comedies this year as it totaled last year, with its five dramas -- including its 24 revival as a limited series -- accounting for the uptick. The sales also grow from three of the five broadcast networks last year to four, with a drama and two comedies set up at ABC. The gains follow a particularly rough year for 20th after it failed to sell a drama. Further, the studio's drama tally could inch up if CBS hands out a series order to Hart Hanson's Backstrom, which appeared to be a slam-dunk heading into the weekend and is said to still be in the mix.
Gang Related (Fox)
Sleepy Hollow (Fox)
Crazy Ones (CBS)
Back in the Game (ABC)
Mind Games (ABC)
Friends With Better Lives (CBS)
24: Live Another Day (Fox/limited series)
Murder Police (Fox/animated series)
ABC Studios: 9 (vs. 6 in 2012) +3
ABC Studios sold three more shows compared to last year. Among the Disney-owned network's haul was off-network co-production Intelligence, the JoshHolloway-Marg Helgenberger procedural with a sci-fi twist set up at CBS.
Intelligence (CBS) (co-production with CBSTVS)
Trophy Wife (ABC)
Killer Women (ABC)
Lucky 7 (ABC)
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (ABC)
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC) (with Marvel TV)
CBS Television Studios: 10 (vs. 7 in 2012) +3
The studio posted a slight gain year-over-year with its eight sales, including four to its corporate sibling and another four to its off-shoot, The CW (co-owned with Warner Bros.).
Intelligence (CBS) (co-production with ABC Studios)
We Are Men (CBS)
The Millers (CBS)
The Tomorrow People (CW) (co-production with WBTV)
Star-Crossed (CW) (co-production with WBTV)
Reign (CW) (co-production with WBTV)
The 100 (CW) (co-production with WBTV)
Under the Dome (CBS/summer)
Bad Teacher (co-production with SPT)
Universal Television: 8 (vs. 8 in 2012)
The studio's sales nearly mirror last year when it moved three dramas and five comedies -- including one key off-network sale to Fox. This year, however, drama edged comedy -- with Fox adding Andy Samberg's Brooklyn Nine-Nine to join Uni's The Mindy Project on Tuesdays. (Worth noting: Uni TV also produces NBC's three new unscripted series: Food Fighters, Million Second Quiz and American Dream Builders.)
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox)
About a Boy (NBC)
Sean Saves the World (NBC)
The Family Guide (NBC)
Chicago PD (NBC)
Sony Pictures Television: 8 (vs. 5 in 2012) +3
The independent studio received the biggest commitment of the season, landing a straight-to-series 22-episode order from NBC for Michael J. Fox's comeback comedy, The Michael J. Fox Show. While it set up projects at four of the five networks last year, SPT had a big Friday before upfronts, landing orders for three dramas at NBC in addition to an eleventh-hour fifth-season renewal for cult favorite/ratings underperformer Community. Meanwhile,SPT also had the biggest shock of the upfronts when CBS passed on Beverly Hills Cop, which the studio was poised to produce with Paramount Television and came with a big penalty attached. The Shawn Ryan-Eddie Murphy drama is currently being shopped elsewhere.
Us & Them (Fox)
The Goldbergs (ABC)
The Michael J. Fox Show (NBC)
Welcome to the Family (NBC)
The Blacklist (NBC)
The Night Shift (NBC)
Bad Teacher (co-production with CBSTVS)