For the new broadcast TV season, the U.S. networks are looking at 36 new pilots at the Upfronts in New York City (to be held May 16-19), of which 24 are dramas and 12 are comedies. NBC and CBS lead the pack with the largest number of dramas (six each).
Most of the pilots come from CBS Studios and 20th Television (meaning Disney), which each have nine. Next up is Universal with eight pilots, then Warner Bros. TV with six. There are also a couple of new series co-produced by multiple studios.
After the Upfronts, most U.S. studios will screen the networks’ new season pick-ups. So far, confirmed dates for the studio screenings include Paramount Global Content Distribution (May 21-25), NBCUniversal (May 21-24), Sony Pictures TV (May 23-26), and Warner Bros. Television on May 16 (for Canada) and May 23 (general screenings).
As for independent distribution companies, they can be expected in Los Angeles May 18-20 (see story on page 14).
Click here to check out the list of new broadcast TV season pilots in consideration, which will be updated regularly: www.videoageinternational.net/2020/03/19/virtual-l-a-screening/pilots-in-contention/