Showbiz Sandbox 147: TV Networks Are Upfront About Their New Schedules

It’s the time of year when North American television networks put on big presentations to introduce their fall lineups to major advertisers; a process referred to in the industry as “the upfronts”. It’s also the time when TV audiences find out which of their favorite shows are sticking around for another season and which have been canceled. We’ll fill you in on some of the shows that didn’t make it some of the new series we have to look forward to this fall.

Adele continues to make news in the music world. Her album “21” sold 18 million copies last year which accounted for 1.6% of all the music sold around the world. The pop singer even helped the United Kingdom increase their share of global music sales to 13%.

Tom Hanks appears to be headed to the Great White Way to make his Broadway debut. So is Zooey Deschanel who will be starring in a musical based on Loretta Lynn’s autobiography “Coal Miner’s Daughter”.

Of course, we also cover the week’s top entertainment news including a new way to skip over television commercials, a reality show focused on Whitney Houston’s family and Brad Pitt becomes the face of Chanel perfume.


‘Amazing Spider-Man’ to Release in India Ahead of U.S. Opening

‘Cougar Town’ Moves to TBS

Upfronts 2012: Complete Network Scorecard

Adele Becomes Fourth British Artist In five Years To Top Global Sales Charts

Zooey Deschanel to Star in ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter’ on Broadway

A Broadway Debut in Works for Tom Hanks

With Creative Work Still To Be Done, ‘Flashdance’ Now Eyeing Broadway in 2013

New ‘Godfather’ Book Will Be Published After Paramount, Mario Puzo Estate Strike Deal

DVDs and Blu-rays Will Now Carry Two Unskippable Government Warnings

Dish: Prime Time TV, No Ads; Can They Get Away With That?

M.I.A. on Her New Music and New Job: Designing Beer Bottles

Coachella’s Multiple 2013 Weekends Expected To Be Unveiled Monday

Whitney Houston’s Relatives Coming Together for Reality Show

André 3000’s Jimi Hendrix Biopic Underway Without Estate Support

Brad Pitt tapped As The New Face of Chanel No. 5,0,7426610.story