The network upfronts are kind of like high-school graduation of the television season. After all the planning, scheming and luck, some shows go out in the world while others fall off the face of the Earth, soon to be forgotten. Less metaphorically, an upfront is a network presentation of its new lineupb. As such, all kinds of TV announcements are being made these days.
First and foremost, a bit of good news for fans of NBC’s Parks and Recreation: The comedy has been renewed for a sixth season. The news didn’t come from one of these big parties, however, but from the Twitter account of star Nick Offerman:
– one does not “whittle” a canoe.
– one propels a Canoe with a paddle, not an oar.
– Parks and Rec has been picked up for Season 6.
NBC also announced several pilots going to series. Believe, produced by J.J. Abrams (Star Trek), Bryan Burke (Fringe) and Alfonso Cuaron (Children of Men), along with sitcom based on Nick Hornsby’s book About a Boy, directed by Jon Favreau. The Gillian Anderson-starring drama Crisis (which was untitled when announced in February), DJ Nash‘s sitcom now called Family Guide, The Michael J. Fox Show, and Sean Saves the World, starring Will & Grace‘s Sean Hayes, also made the cut, TVLine reports.
The CW announced its own series of pick-ups for next season. According to The Wrap the network gave the go-ahead to a group of sci-fi shows, including The Tomorrow People, The 100 and Star-Crossed (formerly known as Oxygen), as well as the historical drama Reign about a young Mary Queen of Scots.
According to TV Guide, The CW also renewed the espionage actioner Nikita and the ’80s teen drama/Sex in the City prequel The Carrie Diaries. These shows join fellow returnees Arrow, Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries and Beauty and the Beast.
Adult Swim even got in on the announcement action. According to Deadline, the Cartoon Network programming block announced Dan Harmon’s Rick & Morty, a second Robot Chicken DC Comics Special, an hour-long Metalocalypse special called The Doom Star Requiem, as well as new pilots from Aaron McGruder, Tim and Eric, Paul Scheer and many, many more.
Of course, this time of year isn’t all smiles, as some series got the ax. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fox decided to keep its hands to itself and cancelled the Kiefer Sutherland vehicle Touch, while The Wrap reports on a quartet of comedies getting let go at NBC: Whitney, 1600 Penn, Guys with Kids and Up All Night.