UPDATE: Here’s NBC’s new fall schedule!
The wait is almost over: Upfront week officially kicks off in a few hours with the announcement of NBC’s new fall schedule (the network unveils the sked to advertisers tomorrow morning). In the meantime, here’s a quick rundown of the latest pickup/cancellation buzz…
* CBS has all but axed Cold Case, Miami Medical, and Numb3rs. Ghost Whisperer and Medium, meanwhile, are expected back. A CBS rep declined to comment.
* NBC has dropped Fran Kranz and Ian Reed Kesler from the cast of its new half-hour sitcom Friends With Benefits. Both roles will be recast.
* As EW’s Lynette Rice reported, NBC has picked up School Pride, a new reality series from Cheryl Hines that’s essentially Extreme Makeover: Home Edition for public schools.
* As scooped by Deadline, CBS is on the verge of picking up the Twitter-inspired comedy Bleep My Dad Says, but without Ryan Devlin in the lead role.
* I’ll be spending some quality time with a few dozen of your favorite NBC stars tomorrow morning (complete list below), so send me your burning questions ASAP to firstname.lastname@example.org. All I ask is that you put “NBC upfront Q” in the subject line.
Yvette Nicole Brown
Saturday Night Live
Parks and Recreation
Jessica Parker Kennedy
Mary Elizabeth Ellis