NBCUniversal (USA Network parent company) held their Upfronts presentation today at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, while FOX issued a press release for the fall season, but there were no significant WWE representation.
The NBCU presentation included WWE content in a video to promote Peacock, but there was no real WWE mention or appearances by WWE personalities. FOX’s press release, seen below, does not mention WWE at all.
In an update, it was noted by PWInsider that a big piece of the reason WWE was left out of today’s Upfronts and press release is because WWE programming is now housed under the sports divisions of the networks, and today’s announcements were by, and pushing for, the entertainment side of those companies, according to WWE sources.
It was also noted that an all-hands-on-deck meeting for WWE employees is scheduled for Wednesday. It remains to be seen what will be discussed, but the meeting has been planned for some time, and is not a late or unforeseen addition to the company schedule.
As we’ve noted, WWE’s one-month exclusivity window for TV rights fees with FOX and NBC is coming to an end soon, if they have not expired already. The current RAW and SmackDown TV deals expire in 2024, but WWE is looking to wrap those up soon. NBCU’s deal for WWE NXT on the USA Network expires in September, while Peacock’s exclusive deal to distribute the WWE Network and WWE Premium Live Events runs through 2026.
FOX, who did not host an Upfronts presentation for the second year in a row, issued the following press release today with no mention of WWE:
FOX ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES 2023-24 PROGRAM SLATE WITH 6 NEW SERIES ORDERS, 5 SECOND SEASON RENEWALS AND 13 ADDITIONAL SERIES RETURNS
NEW SERIES FROM CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS, INCLUDING WILL ARNETT, JAMIE FOXX, JON HAMM, DAN HARMON, BARBIE KLIGMAN, HANK STEINBERG AND JOHN WELLS
NEW SERIES INCLUDE:
ALL-NEW ACTION-DRAMA RESCUE: HI-SURF, FROM LEGENDARY PRODUCER JOHN WELLS AND WRITER MATT KESTER
BRAND-NEW BOLD MEDICAL DRAMA DOC, BASED ON GLOBALLY ACCLAIMED HIT ITALIAN SERIES, FROM EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS BARBIE KLIGMAN, HANK STEINBERG AND ERWIN STOFF
ALL-NEW ANIMATED COMEDIES KRAPOPOLIS, FROM DAN HARMON; AND GRIMSBURG, STARRING AND EXECUTIVE-PRODUCED BY JON HAMM
BRAND-NEW GAME SHOW SNAKE OIL, HOSTED BY DAVID SPADE, AND EXECUTIVE-PRODUCED BY WILL ARNETT
ALL-NEW MUSIC GUESSING GAME SHOW WE ARE FAMILY, HOSTED AND EXECUTIVE-PRODUCED BY JAMIE FOXX, AND CO-HOSTED BY CORINNE FOXX
RETURNING SERIES INCLUDE:
SECOND SEASONS OF HOWARD GORDON’S CRIME ANTHOLOGY SERIES, ACCUSED; HIGH-STAKES DRAMA ALERT: MISSING PERSONS UNIT, STARRING SCOTT CAAN & DANIA RAMIREZ; FOX-OWNED COMEDY ANIMAL CONTROL, STARRING JOEL McHALE; AND GROUNDBREAKING UNSCRIPTED SERIES SPECIAL FORCES: WORLD’S TOUGHEST TEST AND FARMER WANTS A WIFE
GORDON RAMSAY’S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES TO RETURN WITH BRAND-NEW SEASON OF RESTAURANT MAKEOVERS
LEGO MASTERS: CELEBRITY HOLIDAY BRICKTACULAR RETURNS FOR MULTI-NIGHT EVENT
ADDITIONAL RETURNING SERIES INCLUDE; 9-1-1: LONE STAR, BOB’S BURGERS, THE CLEANING LADY, FAMILY GUY, THE GREAT NORTH, HELL’S KITCHEN, I CAN SEE YOUR VOICE, LEGO MASTERS, THE MASKED SINGER, NAME THAT TUNE, NEXT LEVEL CHEF AND THE SIMPSONS
New York, NY – Rob Wade, CEO, FOX Entertainment, today will unveil the FOX content slate for the 2023-2024 television season to the national advertising community during its in-person Upfront Presentation at the Manhattan Center. FOX is adding two new dramas, two new animated comedies and two new unscripted series to its lineup. Spanning scripted, reality and animation, the media company continues to increase program ownership from in-house business units FOX Entertainment Studios, FOX Alternative Entertainment, Studio Ramsay Global and Bento Box Entertainment.
“Across every genre of FOX’s 2023-24 lineup, we continue to attract the brightest, most prolific creators in the industry,” said Wade. “As a result, our content portfolio continues to deliver balance and variety in its storytelling through the strength and stability of our returning favorites and tremendous creativity of our new series.”
Returning FOX series include dramas 9-1-1: Lone Star (Season Five), Accused (Season Two), Alert: Missing Persons Unit (Season Two) and The Cleaning Lady (Season Three); comedy Animal Control (Season Two); animated series Bob’s Burgers (Season 14), Family Guy (Season 22), The Great North (Season Four) and The Simpsons (Season 35); and unscripted series Farmer Wants a Wife (Season Two), Hell’s Kitchen (Season 22), I Can See Your Voice (Season Three), LEGO Masters (Season Four), The Masked Singer (Season 10), Name That Tune (Season Three), Next Level Chef (Season Three) and Special Forces: World’s Toughest Test (Season Two). Additional series renewals to be announced.
Joining returning hit dramas 9-1-1: Lone Star, Accused, Alert: Missing Persons Unit and The Cleaning Lady are medical drama Doc, and action-drama Rescue: HI-Surf, from executive producer John Wells.
From FOX’s Emmy Award-winning animation house, Bento Box Entertainment, come two all-new animated comedies: Krapopolis, from Rick and Morty co-creator Dan Harmon, and starring Hannah Waddingham (Ted Lasso), Richard Ayoade (The IT Crowd) and Matt Berry (What We Do in The Shadows); and Grimsburg, starring and executive-produced by Jon Hamm. Krapopolis and Grimsburg join returning series Bob’s Burgers, Family Guy, The Great North and The Simpsons.
Premiering next season is all-new game show Snake Oil, hosted and produced by Emmy and Golden Globe Award-nominated comedian David Spade (SNL, Just Shoot Me) and executive-produced by Emmy nominee Will Arnett (LEGO Masters, Arrested Development), through his Electric Avenue Productions. Also premiering next season is all-new music guessing game show We Are Family, hosted by Academy Award-and Golden Globe-winning actor, singer and comedian Jamie Foxx and co-hosted by his daughter, producer and activist Corinne Foxx. Snake Oil and We Are Family will join Farmer Wants a Wife, Hell’s Kitchen, I Can See Your Voice, LEGO Masters, The Masked Singer, Name That Tune, Next Level Chef and Special Forces: World’s Toughest Test. Additionally, Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares returns to FOX with an all-new season of restaurant makeovers. Also, LEGO Masters will air its second multiple-night holiday event LEGO Masters: Celebrity Holiday Bricktacular.
FOX’s new dramas include:
Based on the globally acclaimed Italian series, Doc — Nelle tue mani, which was created and is produced by Lux Vide, a Fremantle Company, and featured Simona Tabasco and Beatrice Grannò of The White Lotus, FOX’s Doc is a new medical drama centered on the hard-charging, brilliant Dr. Amy Elias, Chief of Internal and Family Medicine at Westside Hospital in Minneapolis. After a brain injury erases the last eight years of her life, Amy must navigate an unfamiliar world where she has no recollection of patients she’s treated, colleagues she’s crossed, the soulmate she divorced, the man she now loves and the tragedy that caused her to push everyone away. She can rely only on her estranged 17-year-old daughter, whom she remembers as a 9-year-old, and a handful of devoted friends, as she struggles to continue practicing medicine, despite having lost nearly a decade of knowledge and experience. Doc is co-produced by Sony Pictures Television and FOX Entertainment Studios. Barbie Kligman serves as Showrunner and Executive Producer. Hank Steinberg (Channel Road Productions) and Erwin Stoff (3 Arts Entertainment) are Executive Producers. Created by Francesco Arlanch and Viola Rispoli, Doc — Nelle tue mani debuted in Italy on Rai 1 in 2020, where it ranked as the network’s #1 series premiere since 2007. Since then, the series format has been sold in 12 countries with seven versions already made.
From prolific, award-winning executive producer/director John Wells (Shameless, The West Wing, ER) and executive producer/writer Matt Kester (Animal Kingdom, Outsiders), pulse-pounding Hawaii lifeguard drama Rescue: HI-Surf follows the personal and professional lives of the heavy-water lifeguards who patrol and protect the North Shore of O’ahu – the most famous and dangerous stretch of coastline in the world. Each episode will feature these dedicated, heroic, and adrenaline-seeking first-responders saving lives in the difficult and often life-threatening conditions of Hawaii’s Seven Mile Miracle. Rescue: HI-Surf is co-produced by Warner Bros. Television and FOX Entertainment Studios. Matt Kester created the series. Kester, John Wells and Daniele Nathanson are Executive Producers and co-Showrunners. Erin Jontow (John Wells Productions) is also an Executive Producer. Kester will write the first episode, and Wells will direct the first two episodes.
FOX’s new animated comedies include:
From Emmy Award-winning creator Dan Harmon (Rick and Morty, Community) comes Krapopolis, an animated series like no other. Set in mythical Ancient Greece, the series centers on a flawed family of humans, gods and monsters that tries to run one of the world’s first cities without killing each other. The series’ voice cast features Emmy Award winner Hannah Waddingham (Ted Lasso), Richard Ayoade (The IT Crowd), Matt Berry (What We Do in The Shadows), Pam Murphy (Mapleworth Murders) and Duncan Trussell (The Midnight Gospel). In the series, Ayoade voices “Tyrannis,”the mortal son of a goddess. He’s the self-involved, narcissistic King of Krapopolis trying to make do in a city that lives up to its name. Waddingham plays “Deliria,” Tyrannis’ mother, goddess of self-destruction and questionable choices. Within her extended Olympian family – forged in patricide and infidelity – she’s known as the trashy one. Berry is “Shlub,” Tyrannis’ father, a mantitaur (half centaur [horse + human], half manticore [lion + human + scorpion]). He is oversexed and underemployed, claims to be an artist and has literally never paid for anything, in any sense of that word, for his entire life. Murphy voices “Stupendous,” Tyrannis’ half-sister, daughter of Deliria and a cyclops. Trussell plays “Hippocampus,” Tyrannis’ half-brother, offspring of Shlub and a mermaid, and, obviously, a hot mess, biologically speaking. Krapopolis is owned by FOX Entertainment and produced by Bento Box Entertainment. Dan Harmon is Creator and Executive Producer. Jordan Young is Executive Producer and Showrunner (Season One). Alex Rubens is Executive Producer and Showrunner (Seasons Two & Three).
All-new animated comedy Grimsburg stars Emmy Award winner Jon Hamm (Mad Men, Top Gun: Maverick), who also serves as an executive producer on the series. In Grimsburg, Marvin Flute (Hamm) is a brilliant detective with opinions as eccentric as his taste, who can’t help but prioritize his own personal problems — whether it be his family or petty differences among his co-workers — over the crimes he’s tasked with solving. Now that he’s back in Grimsburg, a town where everyone has a secret or three, Flute will follow every lead he’s got to redeem himself with the ex-wife he never stopped loving, even if it means hanging out with the son he never bothered to get to know. Grimsburg is owned by FOX Entertainment, and produced by Bento Box Entertainment. Catlan McClelland and Matthew Schlissel created the series and serve as co-Executive Producers. Gail Berman, Hend Baghdady, Chadd Gindin, Connie Tavel and Jon Hamm serve as Executive Producers. Chadd Gindin serves as Showrunner.
FOX’s new unscripted series include:
All-new game show Snake Oil is hosted and produced by Emmy and Golden Globe Award-nominated comedian David Spade (Saturday Night Live, Just Shoot Me) and executive-produced by Emmy nominee Will Arnett (LEGO Masters, Arrested Development), through his Electric Avenue Productions. In the show’s all-new original format, contestants are pitched unique products by convincing entrepreneurs – some of whom are showcasing real business ventures, while the others are “Snake Oil Salesmen,” whose products are fake. With the help of guest celebrity advisors, contestants must determine which products are real and which are a sham, for a chance to win life-changing money. In each round of Snake Oil, contestants choose a pair of entrepreneurs and learn about their extremely unique (and often bizarre) products through visuals, a custom-made infomercial exclusively produced for Snake Oil, and by quizzing the business representative themselves. cptfc With the help of their celebrity advisors, the contestants must then decide who is selling an authentic product and who is hawking a sham. Will they make the right choice or be duped by snake oil?! Snake Oil is produced by FOX Alternative Entertainment and Electric Avenue. Will Arnett, Marc Forman and Neal Konstantini serve as Executive Producers, and Konstantini serves as Showrunner. David Spade is a Producer.
We Are Family is an all-new music guessing game show hosted and executive-produced by Jamie Foxx and co-hosted by his daughter, Corinne Foxx. Showcasing non-famous relatives of celebrities performing duets with their hidden famous family member, We Are Family will feature a studio audience entirely comprised of 100 contestants playing through multiple rounds of clues and gameplay to win up to $100,000 each by correctly guessing which celebrity the performer is related to before they are revealed. Celebrities appearing on We Are Family will range from musicians and professional athletes to actors and beyond. The series is co-produced by Apploff Entertainment and FOX Alternative Entertainment, which created the program. Jeff Apploff, Jamie Foxx and Matilda Zoltowski are Executive Producers, and Zoltowski is Showrunner.
Additionally, LEGO Masters will air its second all-new multiple-night event LEGO Masters: Celebrity Holiday Bricktacular. Over the course of four crazy hours, LEGO Masters once again will shake it up like a snow globe, with unpredictable twists and surprises. Celebrities will join, as will fan-favorite builders from past seasons, all working together, to create jaw-dropping holiday-themed challenges that will make the contestants’ faces redder than Rudolph’s nose. Make sure you’re on host Will Arnett’s “Nice List,” because LEGO Masters is making all-new plans for the ho-ho-holidays. LEGO Masters is produced by Endemol Shine North America, Tuesday’s Child and Plan B Entertainment, under license from the LEGO Group. Executive Producers include Arnett, Pip Wells; Sharon Levy, DJ Nurre and Michael Heyerman from Endemol Shine North America; Karen Smith and Steph Harris from Tuesday’s Child; Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner from Plan B; and Jill Wilfert and Robert May from the LEGO Group.
Also, as previously announced, FOX heats up the summer with all-new seasons of Beat Shazam (May 23), Don’t Forget The Lyrics (May 23), Gordon Ramsay’s Food Stars (May 24), MasterChef (May 24), and Crime Scene Kitchen (June 5), as well as the series launch of Stars on Mars (June 5). Additional summer programming to be announced.
FOX’s full 2023-2024 programming slate is – Dramas: 9-1-1: Lone Star, Accused, Alert: Missing Persons Unit, The Cleaning Lady, Doc and Rescue: HI-Surf; Comedies: Animal Control, Bob’s Burgers, Family Guy, The Great North, Grimsburg, Krapopolis and The Simpsons; Unscripted: Farmer Wants a Wife, Hell’s Kitchen, I Can See Your Voice, Kitchen Nightmares, LEGO Masters, LEGO Masters: Celebrity Holiday Bricktacular, The Masked Singer, Name That Tune, Next Level Chef, Snake Oil, Special Forces: World’s Toughest Test and We Are Family.
FOX’s 2023 Fall schedule and premiere dates to be announced.
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