Upfronts 2012: Which Studios Sold the Most Shows?

7:30 PM PST 05/13/2012 by Lacey Rose
Arrow & Carrie Diaries

Warner Bros. TV leads the pack with nine series orders, followed by Universal TV (eight) and CBS TV Studios (seven).

With 37 pilots, including CBS' reality effort The Job, ordered to series ahead of this week's upfront presentations, The Hollywood Reporter breaks down how each of the TV studios fared. 

Warner Bros. Television: 9

The studio has done it again, selling shows to all five broadcast networks. This year, eight are dramas, with CBS’ multicamera Partners its only comedy effort. Among the dramas: two projects each from uber-producers Greg Berlanti (The CW’s Arrow, CBS’ Golden Boy) and Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage (CW’s The Carrie Diaries and Cult).

Universal Television: 8

Under the leadership of Robert Greenblatt appointee Bela Bajaria, the studio landed eight pilot orders, including one -- Mindy Kaling’s comedy The Mindy Project -- at Fox. The latter is part of a concerted push on the part of studio to push beyond its own network. (CBS ultimately passed on its other outside effort, an untitled comedy pilot from Spike Feresten and Louis C.K.) Of course, with so many holes to fill, Universal TV gets plenty of business at sister company NBC, too. Among the Uni TV offerings: Matthew Perry comedy Go On, Jimmy Fallon’s Guys With Kids and Dick Wolf’s Chicago Fire. In total, the studio has three dramas and five comedies, one of them multicam.

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CBS Television Studios: 7

The studio sold four projects to its corporate sibling, CBS, and another three to its cousin, The CW (co-owned with Warner Bros.). Included in this year's collection are one comedy, CBS’ multicam Friend Me, and six dramas: CBS’ high-profile Dennis Quaid vehicle Vegas Rising; CBS’ Sherlock Holmes drama Elementary; CBS’ Made in Jersey, a co-production with Sony; The CW’s Cult, a co-production with Warner Bros; CW’s Beauty and the Beast; and CW’s First Cut,

ABC Studios: 6

ABC’s studio arm remained in-house, selling three dramas and three comedies to its sister network. On the comedy side, the studio saw one multicamera project picked up (Reba McEntire’s Malibu Country) and two single-cam (Family Tools, The Neighbors). The dramas are Lionsgate co-production Nashville, along with Red Widow and Zero Hour.

20th Century Fox TV: 5

From the studio that brings you Modern Family comes five more single-camera comedies. That's half the number the studio sold last year, but Twentieth received half-hour pickups at three of the big four networks (ABC's How to Live with Your Parents for the Rest of Your Life, NBC's 1600 Penn and Ryan Murphy’s The New Normal and Fox's Ben & Kate and The Goodwin Games).

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Sony Pictures Television: 5

The independent studio nabbed four pilot pickups, particularly impressive when you consider it landed a project at all four major networks. Among them: NBC’s Save Me, a comedy starring Anne Heche, ABC’s Shawn Ryan drama Last Resort and CBS’ legal drama Made in Jersey (formerly Baby Big Shot). Additionally, the studio saw its CBS unscripted project, The Job, from Michael Davies and Mark Burnett, picked up for midseason.

Lionsgate: 2

With its biggest push into broadcast, the studio better known for cable fare (Mad Men, Boss) went 2-for-2, nabbing pickups at ABC (Connie Britton musical drama Nashville) and NBC (Dane Cook comedy Next Caller). Both projects are co-productions with the networks’ respective sister studios.

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