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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

Renewals and pilot pickup announcements are coming soon. What this TV season can tell us about the next.

Renewals and pilot pickup announcements are coming soon. What this TV season can tell us about the next.

Four pilots shot here this spring, and two weeks from now we’ll find out which are getting picked up (if any) along with the full slate of renewals, when the broadcast networks announce their plans for the fall TV season at their annual upfront presentations for advertisers.

Squinting my eyes and looking toward the horizon, I wondered if there’s anything the current TV season can tell us about the next. Talking with Preston Beckman, a longtime (and now former) network exec who worked at both NBC and Fox (who shares his observations about the state of television under the Twitter handle @maskedscheduler) a few things come into focus.

“When you look at what worked this year —...

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