A&E A&E will look to build upon their big 2013, which saw the network’s total viewers rise by 10% during the year. Helping them in their quest to obtain more viewers will of course be the hit Duck Dynasty. Joining Dynasty will be Wahlburgers, Devious Maids, and Bates Motel. Hoping to get on the schedule with those shows are several interesting series that A&E will put out in 2014/2015. In the fall, reality fans will see if they can hold back their tears with Dog Wars. Jim & Lindsey Stanek try and help out returning war vets who are struggling with post-traumatic stress syndrome. They are taking the approach of pairing up the vets with dogs to help ease their pain. Also in the fall, Godfather of Pittsburgh will come to the little screen. The show will center around Vince Isolde. Isolde has built up a nice business of restaurants and nightclubs in Pittsburgh. With success comes responsibility as Isolde’s family is never in shortage of requests, whether it’s money, jobs or something else. Before those two shows take hold, the network is looking to get things started this summer with Lone Star Lady. Rochelle used to live like many Americans just trying to get by until the family struck oil a few years ago. Now she’s trying to balance living modestly with the occasional new car or lavish vacation thrown into the mix. The Johnson City, TX mother is a football mom as well, which as we know can be a full-time job in Texas.
ABC Family ABC Family recently made some social media history thanks to the spring finale of Pretty Little Liars. Liars’ finale was the most tweeted telecast of 2014 and was the fourth most tweeted series telecast in TV history. The network will try to keep that momentum going with returning series such as Baby Daddy and Melissa and Joey. Trying to build on the success of those returning shows, ABC Family will roll out Stitchers in late 2014 or early 2015. The show will star Emma Ishta and Kyle Harris and will follow a young woman recruited by the government to be “stitched” into the minds of the recently deceased. Using the dead’s memories to help solve murders and other cases, this show promises to thrill audiences. Staying with the young adult theme, the network will also debut Unstrung. Alex Roe and Chanel Ceslaya star in this tennis drama where brother and sister compete on the pro tour. Their competiveness on the court won’t be the only drama as the brother discovers a life-altering secret his father has been keeping from them. Recovery Road also will premiere in the upcoming season. Road will be based on Blake Nelson’s novel about a teenage girl dealing with addiction. Maddie is given a choice of being expelled or going to rehab. She chooses rehab and lives with other recovering addicts at night while trying to balance her daily life in school. Samantha Logan, Kyla Pratt, and Justin Prentice will star.
AMC Coming off a year where the smash-hit Breaking Bad pulled in an amazing 10.3 million viewers in its series finale, AMC is looking to build with more dynamic programming. Gone will be Breaking, as it finished its tremendous run. Don’t feel too awful for the network though, as they still have the final season of Mad Men, The Walking Dead and Chris Hardwick’s Talking Dead coming back. Speaking of Hardwick, he also will introduce a new show to the world: All-Star Celebrity Bowling. It’s pretty simple, as the show will feature two celebrity teams squaring off in a game of bowling. The show will be hosted by twin brothers Randy and Jason Sklar. Staying with the theme of “Dancing with who brung ya”, the network will also have a spinoff of Breaking. Bob Odenkirk will reprise his role of Saul Goodman in Better Call Saul. The start date is not clear as of yet, but reportedly the series has already received a second season order. This is huge news for fans of the original show. Odenkirk will be joined by Michael McKean and Patrick Fabian in starring roles and I don’t think you can rule out a cameo or two by stars from the original series. AMC will then see if they can get conspiracy and thriller junkies glued to their sets for Area 51. The series will be based on the New York Times’ best seller Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base. The book was written by Annie Jacobson. X-Files’ mastermind Chris Carter is working on the project.
BET BET saw their hit show Real Husbands of Hollywood become the number one sitcom on cable with Adults 18-49 thanks to Kevin Hart’s popularity, and that show is sure to return, while Being Mary Jane with Gabrielle Union will also be back. The Game will also return to the network with its 4.4 million viewers. BET has three new shows to try to continue the success that the returning shows have helped the network achieve. The Start Up will make its debut in the coming months and comes from Diggy Simmons. The show will feature Blake Monroe (Simmons) on the everyday life of a digital startup king as he navigates through young adulthood. The show will also star Teyana Taylor, Bria Murphy, and Allen Maldonado. Gone Gospel is a new show that will be hosted by Kirk Franklin. Music artists who are not currently in the gospel genre will share a house and compete in weekly challenges as they try and regain their careers in music. Their journey through the weeks they are on the show will serve as inspiration for a song in the gospel segment of music. Finally, BET will try their hand at a dating game show. Got Game will simply ask that question of their contestants: Do they have game? When contestants are transformed through various ways, can they still use the one thing the game won’t change: their personalities to win over a potential date?
BRAVO Bravo has become a more complete network averaging 1.1 million viewers and 629,000 adults, 18-49 so far this year. Most of these are women and that should continue in the coming year. Back will be Real Housewives of NJ, Shahs of Sunset, as well as the new hit show Below Deck. These returns should keep Bravo at the forefront with female audiences. Looking to stay with the theme of attracting women, the network will put out Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce in the early part of 2105. Based on Vicki Iovine’s best-selling series, the show will star Lisa Edelstein and Janeane Garafalo. The show will center around Abby, a self-help author, who is hiding the fact that her own marriage is heading for divorce. Abby’s divorced friends will be there to help her along the way. Also coming from Bravo in early 2015 will be Odd Mom Out. The dark comedy will show the world of the obscenely rich Upper East Side moms, while star Jill Kargman tries to stay down to earth with her family. Pushing for a fall premiere in 2014 will be Rules of Attraction. The scripted show will follow a murder at Camden College that is told from 12 different points of view.
Comedy Central Comedy Central continues to deliver funny shows that work as it will renew hits Inside Amy Schumer for a third season and also bring back Workaholics. Larry Wilmore will take over for Stephen Colbert after The Colbert Report ends and Mr. Colbert takes over for David Letterman on CBS. Wilmore will host The Minority Report starting in January of 2015. Also coming to the network in late 2014/early 2015 will be Duty. The half-hour comedy will center on a former football star who loses everything and is forced to move back to his hometown to take a local police officer position. It will star Mike O’Gorman and Gil Ozeri. Comedy Central will also give viewers who are sick of the Kardashians a chance to release some pent up anger by laughing at Another Period. Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome will star in this spoof of the Kardashians by playing members of the Bellacourts. They are Newport’s first family with nothing to offer but money and status. The show will take place in the early 1900’s, so it may be a lot harder to get into the public eye for doing nothing. Staying with the theme of people that think they are more important than they actually are, the network will bring Legends to your TV set this year. Quinn Hawking and Josiah Johnson will star in this comedy about high school basketball players who ride the pine, but think they do so much more. Finally, Comedy Central has ordered Big Time In Hollywood, FL. The show will star Alex Anfanger, Lenny Jacobson, Kathy Baker, Stephen Tobolowsky, and Jon Bass. Two loser brothers who fancy themselves filmmakers are kicked out of their parents’ house and for the first time, must fend for themselves and actually try and make it.
Discovery Channel Discovery Channel is coming off a tremendous year in which they topped their best month ever with total viewers. It was their highest viewership in over a decade. The network will stick to their guns this upcoming year by bringing back exciting series like Deadliest Catch, Gold Rush, Bering Sea Gold, and of course Shark Week to join some exciting new programming. The West will take their audience on a journey to show exactly how the west was won and will concentrate on the 40 years between the end of the Civil War and the turn of the 20th century. The show will be produced by Sundance Productions. This fall, daredevil Nik Wallenda will be at it again in Skyscraper Live With Nik Wallenda. “The King of the High Wire” will try to cross the Chicago skyline as viewers sit on the edge of their seats. In addition to Wallenda’s special, Discovery will also show a dolphin’s world that few have ever seen using robotic cameras to provide a different view of behavior from our mammal friends. Dolphins: Spy In The Pod does not have a set date yet.
FOOD 1Q saw Food Network’s prime numbers rise 3% in Adults 18-49 and 10% with Women 18-49. The network will try to continue those upward swings by bringing back some favorites. Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives and Bobby Flay’s new series, Beat Bobby Flay, will be coming back in the upcoming year. On top of that, we will see some more of the reality food-related programming that keeps this network chugging along. The Big Tip will come aboard in August. This show will travel across America and show the waiters and waitresses who have been handling your food for years and living off of the tips that you leave them. Rachael Ray will host and travel to one town per episode to show you the stories behind these hard-working people. American Diner Revival will debut in September of this year and travel to one town for three days only to help a struggling diner to turn things around. This comes with a little bit of a twist though: the help will all be done without the owner’s knowledge. Finally in October, Rapid Fire Restaurant comes to the Food Network. This show will be hosted by Chad and Reid Rosenthal as they search out people looking to launch their first restaurant. These people will have an idea, some money, and…well…that’s about it. They have no idea about the little things it takes to be successful in the restaurant business and will learn as they go.
FX & FXX Now that FXX is fully up and running, the network is looking to push even more with original programming in the upcoming year. Sure, they are still going to depend heavily on some old favorites like the last season of Sons of Anarchy coming in the fall and Justified in early 2015, but they are also excited about a big new purchase. FXX will start showing The Simpsons in August and will run the entire 552 episode catalog in succession. Add to that the return of The Americans and one has to wonder what else FX and FXX will do. Plenty is the answer. In August, FX will debut Partners. The show will put some big-name actors back on the small screen with Martin Lawrence and Kelsey Grammer. The series will show the two as Chicago lawyers. Their paths will cross in court, while each is going through their own difficult challenges in life outside of the court room. Comedians will come on-air in either late 2014 or early 2015. It will follow the process of a long-established comedian, played by Billy Crystal who will write a sketch comedy show with his edgy and young cowriter (played by Josh Gad). Finally, in 2015, Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll will premiere on the FX Network. Denis Leary, John Corbett, and Robert Kelly will star in this comedy. The story focuses on a 90s rock band that breaks up on the day that their only album hits the market. It’s now 25 years later and they want to give it another shot. FXX has a Tracy Morgan project that is being produced by It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia’s Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day, and Glenn Howerton. The start date is up in the air, however, due to Morgan’s unfortunate recent accident. The start depends on Morgan’s recovery.
HGTV HGTV comes off a successful year, ranking #1 among upscale Women 25-54 for the 7thconsecutive year. They were also #2 among upscale Adults 25-54. Helping them achieve this are some returning shows such as Love It or List It, Curb Appeal, and the ever-popular House Hunters. The network plans to keep the upscale audiences happy by bringing in a big gun in Ellen DeGeneres. Ellen will executive-produce a new show in early 2015 called Ellen’s Design Challenge. The show will feature contestants competing to design creative furniture. Judges will determine the winner. August will bring Sold On The Spot to HGTV and will be hosted by Josh Temple. Temple will bring couples to their dream neighborhood to simply knock on someone’s door and ask them to sell their house at a price on the spot. Finally later in the fall, The Brothers Big Reno Project will feature Jonathan and Drew Scott teaming up to renovate the Scott family home in Las Vegas. Can they get it done before the family reunion is the question.
Lifetime Lifetime is continuing to grow at a rapid pace since really focusing on expanding their programs in 2010. Things have really picked up steam for the network with shows such as Bring It, whose audience jumped 73% since its launch. Also returning for Lifetime will be hits Dance Moms and True Tori in the coming year. To compliment these shows, the network is adding an interesting twist on giving birth. Born In The Wild will feature all of the things that go along with expectant mothers such as mood swings, food cravings, and false alarms, but the actual birth will be anything but normal. These mothers have decided to bring their children into the world just where the title suggests…outdoors and in the woods. From there, Lifetime will stay with something wild with Worst Stylist Ever. The show will be a competition reality show to find the worst hair stylist and offer them a chance at redemption in the form of a prestigious beauty school scholarship. Finally, the network will look to a new hour-long series, Smile, to keep you tuned in this coming year. Smile will take people whose teeth are so damaged that even simple public situations are nightmares for them. They are given the chance to have their pearly whites fixed and lose the distinction of having the worst smile among their friends.