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Brand New Channel, Brand New Series, Brand New Start …… 2013 FX, FXX, and FXM Upfronts

Beginning September 2nd 2013, FX networks will grow from a two channel network to a three channel network when it adds FXX to their lineup. FXX will be a new network that caters to Young Adults and will be instantly available in 74 million homes. FX will target all adults 18-49, FXX will be geared toward FXX 18-34, and FXM will be for adults 25-54. In the beginning FXX have a foundation of Original Comedies and acquired series, FX will continue its tradition of being the home for award winning original comedy and drama series, and FXM will be geared toward the movie lover in all of us. Determined to viewers more original content; FX, FXX and FXM will increase its current offering to feature at least 25 original series within the next three years.


THE BRIDGE (PREMIERING JULY 2013) The Bridge follows two police detectives -- one Mexican, one American -- as they and their joint effort to stop a serial killer menacing both nations along the Texas-Mexico border. Thei…

New Series, New Channel, Targeting a New Generation, PIVOT TV hosts the first PIVOT 2013 Upfronts

Beginning August 1st 2013, Participant Media home to hit movies like; Lincoln, The Help, and An Inconvenient Truth will begin to focus its attention on Television with the launch of their new cable television station Pivot. Their focus is to reach the Millennials; those who grew up watching the shows featured on Nickelodeon’s The 90’s Are All That, and remember when MTV played music and consisted of mostly music videos. Pivot TV will be the first channel, which satellite, telco and cable companies can offer to ALL of their customers, at their Upfronts cable television provider, DIRECT TV, confirmed that Pivot will be made available to it subscribers. Pivot’s programming slate is anchored by more than 300 hours of original programming in its first year. Debuting a minimum of 6 new series, award winning films and documentaries, 3 acquired hits, and more the 10 series in development, Participant Media has created an impressive start for the birth of Pivot TV. 



SYFY Ventures Into Unchartered Territories at the Syfy 2013 Upfronts

Syfy has found its niche and has a development slate to prove it. With Defiance set to become the first show ever to also be a multiplayer online game, and new reality and scripted shows set to air and in development, Syfy is kicking ass and taking names. On April 24th SyFy “imagine greater” kicked off their 2013 upfront presentation by announcing the largest original programming slate in the history of the channel. SyFy Ventures announced a partnership with Hasbro at the Upfront presentation to develop an online social game based on the iconic G.I. Joe Franchise, that should on Facebook, and at in June. With more than 28 scripted and reality development projects, 1 new scripted series, 6 returning reality shows, 4 new acquired shows and the continued showing of Canada’s Lost Girl, SyFy is positioning itself to tap into all aspects of science fiction, and providing a little something for everyone. While it is unlikely that Syfy will green light all 28 series in developme…

There Are Still Games To Be Played at The 2013 GSN Upfronts

GNS home of The Gaming Network is not playing any games when it comes to expanding original programming on their network. Home to popular favorites like Family Feud and the new hit series American Bible Challenge, GSN in 2013 is enlarging how many game shows will call the network home. Currently there are 2 new series set to premiere and 7, yes 7 new game shows in development for the network all of which look promising. With host like Steve Harvey, Sherri Sheppard, and Kirk Franklin, GSN is combining celebrity and programming in a way that will certainly entice new viewers to watch. The game Show Network is here to stay!'

In 2012 GSN sold itsfirst original series, BAGGAGE into syndication through NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution.  The series, cleared in 95% of the country, is hosted by Jerry Springer and features three contestants vying for a date who have to divulge their “baggage.”   
NEW ORIGINAL SERIES Minute To Win It (June 25th Premiere date) This all ne…

Centric Continues To Ride The Coattails of BET at 2013 Centric Upfronts

BETs' pint sized little brother, Centric, had its 2013 Upfront Presentation in Conjunction with BET this past week. It took the time to announce 2 new series joining the Centric line up, as well as the return of 6 shows, that have helped Centric remain a leading cable channel for Black Entertainment Television. Centric reminds me of family friendly, family oriented programming while BET is more traditional cable programming. As of its 2013 Upfront Presentation that trend has not changed. While the choice of new series joining the network may not thrill many people, the actress on these shows may do the trick. Read below for what 2013 will bring to Centric. 

What's New......

In a humorous twist of art imitating real life at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Centric premiere a star-studded scripted comedy about a presidential African American family residing in the White House. Christoper B. Duncan is President William Johnson and Kellita …

BET Brings Their A Game To .... BET Upfronts 2013

*Updated 7/15/13* From music and movies to scripted television, BET is determined to remain the leading network, for black entertainment. BET has been a leader for the African American community, bringing programming that individuals of all ages can enjoy. 2013 will be no different, BET will continue broadcasting award shows, host choir competitions and the network is set to premiere 4 new shows. The network has also committed to bringing back 8 of their hit television shows, for another season. So sit back relax, and tune into BET for another year of laugh out loud comedies, heartfelt dramas, and award shows recognizing powerful people making a difference in the Black community.

Breaking News 7/15/13
BET has acquired the off network syndication rights to Scandal. Season 1 and 2 will air on BET starting in August leading up the Season 3 Premiere on ABC in September. In a rare syndication deal original episodes from the upcoming third season of the Shonda Rhimes series will air no sooner…