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. In this case, the bulk of them—eight, to be exact—are dramas, with CBS’ multi-camera comedy Partners its only comedy effort. Among the dramas: two projects each from uber-producers Greg Berlanti (CW’s Arrow, CBS’ Golden Boy) and Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage (CW’s Carrie Diaries, CW’s 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—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 CK.) 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 multi-cam.
CBS Television Studios: 7
The studio sold four projects to its corporate sibling, CBS, and another two to its cousin, the CW (co-owned with Warner Bros.). Included in this year's collection: five dramas (CBS’ high profile Dennis Quaid vehicle Vegas Rising, CBS’ Sherlock Holmes drama Elementary and CBS’ Made in Jersey, a co-production with Sony, along with CW’s Cult, a co-production with Warner Bros, CW’s Beauty and the Beast and CW’s First Cut and one multi-cam comedy, CBS’ Friend Me.
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 multi-camera project go (Reba McEntire’s Malibu Country) and the rest are single-cam (Family Tools, The Neighbors). The dramas include 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).
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.
With its biggest push into broadcast, the studio better known for cable fare (Mad Men, Boss) went two-for-two, nabbing pickups at ABC (Connie Britton musical drama Nashville) and NBC (Dane Cook comedy Next Caller Please). Both projects are co-productions with the networks’ respective sister studios.