The television upfronts are underway and networks are touting some of their juicy scoops to tout both advertisers and whet the appetites of viewers. Sunday, NBC released their fall schedule with quite a few changes, a near brand new Thursday comedy block, the shift of a few dramas and more. Fox revealed their schedule Monday morning with minor changes (mostly due to football) and the announcement of a few show hiatuses.
Among them is “Glee.” The music-themed show was recently renewed for TWO more seasons. This fall, “Glee” is set to kick off earlier than usual to allow for possible uninterrupted air before their usual mid-season hiatus. However, the network is touting a “creative twist” for the hiatus before the show returns in the late spring of 2014. It will then run later into the summer than usual. This will allow “Rake” to premiere. Also, “The X Factor” will also premiere earlier than usual to allow for the same schedule friendly launch. As for “American Idol,” Fox is only confirming the reports that Randy Jackson won’t return next season, but is not commenting on whether the other three judges will leave the panel. Fox boss Reilly did hint at a possible return to three personalities on the panel with fresh new twists to hopefully salvage the viewers recently lost.
Fox also confirmed the comeback of “24.” The thriller will be revived in May 2014 and will feature 12 episodes of “24: Live Another Day.” Reilly explained that “It will go chronologically over the day, but it will skip hours. It will be dictated by the plot. The spine of the original 24 episodes was about 12 hours,” Reilly pointed out. “Those were when the big events occurred, and then there were little events and connective tissue in between. So [we’re] taking the best 12 [of the 24].”
Meanwhile, over at the Peacock, NBC confirmed the premiere of “The Voice” cycle 5, which will kick off Sept 23. Season 4 is currently underway as the Top 12 perform LIVE Monday night. In anticipation, NBC’s LIVE musical rendition of “The Sound of Music,” headlined by Carrie Underwood as Maria von Trapp, will air December 5, 2013. No other cast announcements have been made.
CBS doesn’t get their day until Wednesday, but the Eye announced the next two Grammy telecasts – Jan 26, 2014 and Feb 8, 2015. Stick around Tuesday and Wed as ABC and CBS reveal their schedules and more scoop is likely to seep out!