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Disney Television Studios Dominates Broadcast Landscape; Lands 14 New Network Series and Returns 24

May 15, 2019  •  Post A Comment

Press release from Disney Television Studios, May 15, 2019:

The newly formed Disney Television Studios, a collection of studios comprised of Twentieth Century Fox Television, ABC Studios and Fox 21 Television Studios, under the leadership of President Craig Hunegs, landed 14 new network series and returned 24, continued to deliver hits to every major broadcast network, and was responsible for five of the top ten broadcast entertainment programs this year.

“This was our first development season as a collective and our results already demonstrate the scope and power of our studios,” commented Hunegs. “But we are really just getting started. I want to personally thank and congratulate our creative partners on delivering some of the finest pilots and series of this or any year. I also am grateful to our studio teams led by Jonnie, Howard and Patrick for supporting these talented producers and performers, removing obstacles in their way and creating environments in which they can do their best work. We are committed to making Disney Television Studios the best home for creative talent in our industry, and we’re enormously encouraged by these early returns.”

Highlights of Disney Television Studios’ successful development season include spinoffs of two of its most popular franchises: “9-1-1: Lone Star” from the producing team of Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Tim Minear and starring Rob Lowe, and “Mixed-ish” from Peter Saji, Kenya Barris and Karin Gist; three new animated comedies for Fox (“Bless The Harts” from Emily Spivey, “Duncanville” from Amy Poehler, Mike Scully and Julie Scully, and “The Great North” from Lizzie, Molyneux, Wendy Molyneux and Minty Lewis); the A.I. suspense thriller “neXt” from Manny Coto (“24”), John Requa and Glenn Ficarra (“This Is Us”); “Stumptown,” starring Cobie Smulders and based on the graphic novel series from Jason Richman; “Outmatched,” from Lon Zimmet (“Men at Work”) and starring Maggie Lawson and Jason Biggs; Michele Fazekas & Tara Butters’ “Emergence” starring Allison Tolman; “Filthy Rich” from Tate Taylor (“The Help), John Norris, Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo and returning Kim Cattrall to series television; and co-productions “United We Fall” from Julius “Goldy” Sharpe; “For Life” from Hank Steinberg, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and George Tillman, Jr.; and “The Baker and the Beauty” from Dean Georgaris.

DTS also scored a three season pickup for No. 1 broadcast drama “This Is Us” and a two season pickup for “Grey’s Anatomy,” in addition to returning five freshman series (“A Million Little Things,” “Bless This Mess,” “The Rookie,” “Schooled” and “Single Parents”).

The studio has five of the top ten broadcast entertainment programs on the air:

1T.             THIS IS US                3.8/16

1T.             THE MASKED SINGER             3.8/16

  1. THE BIG BANG THEORY3.7/17
  2. GREY’S ANATOMY2.9/13
  3. MANIFEST2.8/12
  4. YOUNG SHELDON2.7/11
  5. 9-1-12.6/10
  6. THE GOOD DOCTOR2.5/11

9T.             MODERN FAMILY   2.4/10

9T.             THE BACHELOR      2.4/10

New projects return such beloved stars to television as Bradley Whitford, Kim Cattrall, John Slattery, Cobie Smulders, Rob Lowe, Jason Biggs, Maggie Lawson, Gerald McRaney, Donald Faison, Jane Curtin, Allison Tolman, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman, Jenny Slate, Will Forte, Kristen Wiig and Ike Barinholtz.

DTS’ animation domination continues with “The Simpsons” (recently renewed for seasons 31 and 32 and taking the ultimate total episode count to 713), “Family Guy” in season 18, “American Dad” in season 14 and about to begin production on its 300th episode and “Bob’s Burgers,” up 7% in Adults 18-49 year to year, and currently in season 10. The studio also significantly increased its primetime animation production this year with three new series sold to Fox – “Bless The Harts,” “Duncanville” and “The Great North.” These new entries join streaming animated series in the works “Solar Opposites” (which garnered a two season, 16 episode order at Hulu), “Hoops” (ten episodes at Netflix) and “Central Park” (a two season, 26 episode order at Apple) with many more projects in development.

And on the awards front, this year the studio’s content received over 235 award nominations including 73 Emmy nods, 11 Golden Globes nominations and 22 Critics’ Choice nominations.

TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX TELEVISION SERIES ROSTER FOR 2019-2020 NEW SERIES

9-1-1: LONE STAR (FOX)

THE BAKER AND THE BEAUTY (ABC)

BLESS THE HARTS (FOX)

DUNCANVILLE (FOX)

EMERGENCE (ABC)

FILTHY RICH (FOX)

FOR LIFE (ABC)

THE GREAT NORTH (FOX)

MIXED-ISH (ABC)

NEXT (FOX)

OUTMATCHED (FOX)

PERFECT HARMONY (NBC)

UNITED WE FALL (ABC)

STUMPTOWN (ABC)

RETURNING SERIES

9-1-1 (FOX)

A MILLION LITTLE THINGS (ABC)

AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE (ABC)

BLACK-ISH (ABC)

BLESS THIS MESS (ABC)

BOB’S BURGERS (FOX)

CRIMINAL MINDS (CBS)

EMPIRE (FOX)

FAMILY GUY (FOX)

FRESH OFF THE BOAT (ABC)

THE GOOD DOCTOR (ABC)

GREY’S ANATOMY (ABC)

HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER (ABC)

LAST MAN STANDING (FOX)

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD (ABC)

MODERN FAMILY (ABC)

THE ORVILLE (FOX)

THE RESIDENT (FOX)

THE ROOKIE (ABC)

SCHOOLED (ABC)

THE SIMPSONS (FOX)

SINGLE PARENTS (ABC)

STATION 19 (ABC)

THIS IS US (NBC)

SUMMER SERIES

WHAT JUST HAPPENED? (FOX)

REEF BREAK (ABC)

GRAND HOTEL (ABC)

About Disney Television Studios…

Disney Television Studios is a collection of studios comprised of 20th Century Fox Television, ABC Studios and Fox 21 Television Studios. DTS produces the most award-winning, culture-defining programming for all platforms including “This Is Us,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Homeland,” “Modern Family,” “black-ish,” “Fosse/Verdon,” “American Horror Story” and “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger.” Disney Television Studios currently produces 69 series across 16 broadcast, cable, digital and international platforms. Its programming now reaches more than a billion people every day across the world; in as many as 180 countries, across six continents, in 30 different languages.

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