Upfronts Wrap Up Day Three

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Upfronts Wrap Up
DAY THREE 05.16.17

10 Things We Learned From ABC’s Upfront

By Cynthia Littleton With an “American Idol” revival, a “Roseanne” reunion and the Backstreet Boys performing, ABC’s upfront presentation at Lincoln Center had a certain retro flavor — but that’s not a bad thing. ABC’s nearly two-hour presentation drew hi
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Katy Perry Joins ‘American Idol’ as Judge

By Daniel Holloway Katy Perry has joined ABC’s “American Idol” reboot as a judge. ABC entertainment president Channing Dungey announced Perry’s addition to the show Tuesday at the network’s upfront presentation in New York. “I am honored and thrilled to
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‘Scandal’ Will End Next Year, ABC President Confirms

By Elizabeth Wagmeister Gladiators were shocked to learn last week that “Scandal” is ending after its seventh season, which will wrap up in 2018. ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey confirmed on Tuesday that Kerry Washington’s hit ABC drama will in fa
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Rita Ora, Backstreet Boy Nick Carter, Spice Girl Emma Bunton Join ABC’s ‘Boy Band’ (EXCLUSIVE)

By Elizabeth Wagmeister ABC’s upcoming summer singing competition “Boy Band” is bringing back some ’90s favorites. Nick Carter of The Backstreet Boys and Emma Bunton of the Spice Girls will serve as judges on the series, Variety has learned excl
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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Spinoff Lands Straight to Series Order From ABC

By Cynthia Littleton ABC has given a straight to series order to a “Grey’s Anatomy” spinoff set in a Seattle firehouse. The new ABC Studios/Shondaland drama will be spearheaded by “Grey’s Anatomy” showrunner Stacy McKee. Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers will
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Jimmy Kimmel, Justin Theroux Partner for ABC Live Sitcom Special

By Joe Otterson Jimmy Kimmel and Justin Theroux will produce a live sitcom special for ABC to air during the 2017-2018 season, network head Channing Dungey announced at Tuesday’s upfront presentation. The currently untitled project will bring vie
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ABC Says Politics Played No Role in ‘Last Man Standing’ Cancellation

By Brian Steinberg The ABC comedy “Last Man Standing” was canceled due to ABC’s decision to move away from comedy on Friday and not because of lead actor Tim Allen’s political leanings, ABC’s entertainment chief said after unveiling the Walt Disney netwo
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ABC Chief Channing Dungey: ‘It’s the Perfect Time’ to Revive ‘American Idol’

By Daniel Holloway A day after Fox executives weighed in on ABC’s move to revive “American Idol,” ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey defended the network’s decision to bring the show back so soon after its 2016 “farewell season” on Fox. “From wh
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‘Roseanne’ Revival Lands at ABC

By Joe Otterson The planned revival of classic sitcom “Roseanne” is moving forward at ABC, network president Channing Dungey said Tuesday. “We’re rebooting ‘Roseanne,'”Dungey said on a conference call with reporters, adding it is being eyed for a mids
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