It's all in the family on tv this fall
The last network has announced its new line-up in Manhattan and we can’t help but notice that vertical integration is alive and well in the television industry.
The five broadcast networks went the conservative route this development season, ordering only 33 new scripted shows for the next TV season (including mid-season). Of those new shows, only nine —nine!!!! — are comedies, which is kind of sad but we digress.
For the most part, the networks stuck with their own production companies in picking up their new products, oops, we mean projects. ABC Studios and Warner Bros. Television have 15 of those shows between them. Check it out:
---CBS has four new dramas and one comedy. Three are produced by CBS Paramount and two by Warner Bros., its studio partner in sister network The CW.
---ABC has seven dramas and four comedies. Six are produced by ABC Studios, one by 20th Century Television and another one is jointly produced by both ABC and 20th Century. Of the three remaining shows, two belong to Warner Bros. Television and one to Sony Television.
---NBC Universal has five dramas and one comedy. Four are produced by NBC Universal Studios, one each by 20th Century Fox Television and Warner Bros. Television.
---FOX has four dramas and three comedies. Three are produced by 20th Century Fox Television, two by Regency Television and one each by Warner Bros. Television and Sony Television.
---The CW, the CBS and Warner Bros. hybrid, has three dramas and one comedy. CBS Paramount produces two of them, Warner Bros. Television and ABC Studios each has one.
--Maria Elena Fernandez