THE HOLLYWOOD INSIDER
YTN UPFRONTS: THE SCOOP
YTN just released its fall 2017 schedule with a lot of surprises - including a whopping seven new series - four comedies and three dramas. The network also made only one timeslot change, and announced the end of a long-running comedy. Let's get into their schedule...
The network is betting big on seven new freshman series set to debut this fall (and another two set for midseason). The only pilot not to move forward to series was Not Our Plan. YTN is also switching gears to some more single-camera comedies, ordering both Soccer Stories and Burgers and Fries to series. They don't get a huge vote of confidence having to lead off the night.
As for the other new series, they all get prime real estate on the schedule. Marriage by Default airs following an extended (and suddenly rejuvenated) Looking for Love on Tuesdays. The pairing seems very fitting, especially since there is a slight romance aspect to the new comedy. The Secret Life of Mr. Douglas airs following the networks number two drama, CIA Files; and Family Business follows the number one comedy, The Hughes Family. Fellow newbie drama I Am Rebecca gets the biggest lead in of all: Call Girls.
On Friday nights, Cops of Baltimore is sandwiched between the Serve and Protect and its mothership series Cops of New York. The backdoor pilot did well ratings-wise so should be an easy fit into the night.
FEW TIMESLOT CHANGES
The only series to make a timeslot switch is freshman drama Serve and Protect, which will move forward one hour from its current timeslot. This is the shows third timeslot in only two seasons on the air (it originally debuted on Wednesdays at 10).
While not changing timeslots, Looking for Love will be expanding into an additional one. By airing for an hour and a half, the series will spill over into the 9 o'clock hour for one of the few times in its history. Besides the usual two hour premiere/finale, episodes are always one hour in length. The sudden ratings spike this past season may explain the strategy to expand its running time.
GOODBYE TO BEHIND THE SCENES
In a surprising move, the network announced the upcoming ninth season of Behind the Scenes would be its last. The series has out-lasted every original YTN comedy in both episodes and number of seasons - the next closest is Mother & Daughter, heading into its seventh.
The series continues to impress in its Thursday 8 o'clock timeslot, often finishing only a few tenths behind mega-hit The Big Bang Theory. Behind the Scenes has aired in a couple of different timeslots over its run, but has always quietly been the silent engine of the YTN comedy department. It was the first comedy in the batch of YTN comedies in the second year of operations for the network. It will finish its run with an extended 27 episodes next season - with the finale expected to be two-parts.
There is a lot on the midseason shelf for the network. YTN renewed freshman series Amazon and Growing Up at 30, but will hold both for midseason once more. They'll likely be the first two series to get the go-ahead to fill a timeslot.
YTN also has upcoming dramas Cross Country and Day in the Life, PLUS the remaining episodes of season three of Revolution and season five of The High Times of Denver. Finally, they also renewed Family Super Challenge for another go-around, likely filling timeslots during the networks December break.
TAKEN: GLOBAL CANCELLED!
Also somewhat of a surprise was the networks decision to cancel TAKEN:
Global. It was the only current series on the schedule to not be renewed for another season (excluding the already-announced Secret Service).
Part of the valuable TAKEN franchise, the newest series never stood out, but was hardly the weakest series on the network schedule either. Perhaps YTN is putting all of its resources for the franchise into the two remaining series, which remain anchors on the schedule. With a 1.4 A18-49, it will be one of the highest-rated cancelled series for YTN in three seasons.
The odds were always in favor of TAKEN: Global over Amazon, but the medical drama came out on top.
REVEALED: THE FATE OF MORE DRAMAS
YTN announced that former YTN Everywhere dramas, They Are Out There and Six will each wrap up their runs with a two hour movie event. They Are Out There has aired only one season on YTN, while Six has yet to air on the network. No word on when those will air.