Summer means two things when it comes to 21st century TV: hot weather and outdated industry events. Yes, the Upfronts are upon us, meaning television’s longest-standing networks will roll out their lineups for the upcoming TV season in an attempt to woo advertisers to invest in their shows. It doesn’t matter television is now a year-round business, with new shows premiering every month rather than twice a year. Even though the broadcast networks’ don’t have the highest-rated show anymore (thanks “Walking Dead”), they still drive enough big business to get advertisers all giddy to buy their airtime.
What does that mean for you, Ms. Average Jane Consumer? It means lots of cancellations, pickups, trailers and information about the next big shows you’ll be watching sometime soon. You’re going to be hearing a lot about all the new shows that have been picked up to replace the failed ones you may (or may not) have been watching. Yes, that includes “The X-Files” event series and thankfully it also means “Stalker” got the axe. (You weren’t watching that were you? If so, don’t admit it.) There’s more to come, and Indiewire’s TV Team is here to talk you through it with picks for new shows, joy regarding returning programs and memories of great series gone.
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