2015-2016 Upfronts Breakdown: Reboots, Superheroes, and Much More

     May 15, 2015


At last, the 2015-2016 television season’s week of upfront presentations has come to a close. For those who don’t keep up with the madness, the upfront presentations are when the networks put on a song and dance for advertisers, showing what a great lineup they have that the advertisers should definitely pay upfront to be a part of. It’s also the time when the broadcasts (ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and the CW) set their fall schedules, which is a final confirmation on which shows have been cancelled, which new shows have been picked up, and also reveals the strategy for which series will be paired up and compete against one another.


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This year’s upfronts were largely dominated by superhero series and reboots. As for the latter, the premiere date and some new details about Fox’s X-Files reboot were revealed along with a new trailer from ABC for its upcoming Muppets series.

On the new superhero show front, CBS revealed a six-and-a-half-minute long trailer for Supergirl, while the CW answered the question of who Caity Lotz will be playing in DC’s Legends of Tomorrow with its first trailer (a new image and more details about the series also came to light this week).

There was plenty of news regarding returning superhero shows, too: ABC renewed both Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and, surprisingly, Agent Carter, and also revealed their new seasons synopses. Also, over on NBC, we got our first look at Zachary Levi‘s character in the upcoming Heroes Reborn series.

In other news, Fox revealed a new commitment to running its series on consecutive weeks, with fewer mini-breaks and reruns in between — a trend the CW is sadly not planning on following. Also, though Fox cancelled The Mindy Project, Hulu is now bringing it back. Sadly though, rumors of the CW picking up the recently cancelled Constantine are so far unfounded (The Following was also cancelled, but no one seems to want to save it).

And in case you missed it, here are the schedules and new trailers for each of the broadcast networks:

ABC: Fall Schedule | New Series, Trailers (The Family, Oil, The Catch, and more)

CBS: Fall Schedule | New Series, Trailers (Limitless, Life in Pieces, Code Black, and more)

CW: Fall Schedule | New Series Trailers (Containment, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend)

Fox: Fall Schedule | New Series, Trailers (Frankenstein, Minority Report, The Grinder, and more)

NBC: Fall Schedule | New Series, Trailers (Blindspot, People Are Talking, and more)

As a final note, you can also check out the cancellation and renewal status of over 150 scripted broadcast and cable series with our TV Lifeline.  


Image via The CW