TV Talk

There Were 409 Original Scripted Series in 2015, Plus Other TV News

by | December 17, 2015 | Comments

This week in TV news, Netflix drops the first Fuller House trailer on YouTube, while ABC drops the first episode of American Crime on iTunes. Plus, HBO reveals plans for a Sean Penn miniseries, and FX reveals that we had way too much TV to watch in 2015!


2015 WAS A RECORD YEAR WITH 409 SCRIPTED SERIES ON TV

If you’ve been feeling overwhelmed by the amount of TV you need to watch these days, you’re probably not alone. According to a study published by FX Network this week, 2015 was a banner year for original scripted series, with over 400 shows airing across broadcast, cable, and streaming. “The unprecedented increase in the number of scripted series has reached a new milestone in 2015 with a record 409, nearly doubling the total in just the past six years,” said FX’s head of research, Julie Piepenkotter. “This was the third consecutive year that scripted series count has grown across each distribution platform — broadcast, basic and pay cable, streaming — led by significant gains in basic cable and digital services. This statistic is staggering and almost unimaginable from where they were a decade ago.” According to an infographic shared by FX, 2015 has nine percent more scripted TV shows than in 2014 — and that’s not including reality, news, sports, made-for-TV movies, specials, daytime, or children’s programming.


YOU CAN WATCH THE FIRST EPISODE OF AMERICAN CRIME RIGHT NOW

ABC has made the first episode of season two of its acclaimed drama American Crime (not to be confused with FX’s upcoming series American Crime Story about O.J. Simpson) available for free on iTunes as of Thursday morning. According to Deadline, “issues of sexual orientation and socioeconomic disparity come to a boil when lurid photos of a high school boy are posted on social media following a school party” in season two. Several cast members from season one — including Timothy Hutton, Felicity Huffman, Regina King, Lili Taylor, and Elvis Nolasco — will be joined by new cast mates Trevor Jackson, Connor Jessup, Joey Pollari, and Angelique Rivera in the new season, which will premiere on ABC at 10 p.m. on Jan. 6.


SEAN PENN IS PLAYING ANDREW JACKSON FOR HBO

Jackson-Penn

Based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning biography about U.S. president Andrew Jackson, HBO’s adaptation of American Lion has found its “People’s President” in actor Sean Penn. Narcos creators Doug Miro and Carlo Bernard are attached to write the six-hour miniseries, which will commence production in 2016 with Penn joining Miro and Bernard as executive producer. HBO’s track record with presidential series is not too shabby. The Paul Giamatti-starring John Adams, based on a biography by David McCullough, received 13 Emmy awards in 2008.


NETFLIX TEASES NEW FULLER HOUSE SHOW

Netflix teased its new Fuller House reboot by way of an ambiguous trailer Thursday, showing the inside of the Tanners’ empty living room. None of the original Full House cast members were shown during the 75-second teaser, but the unmistakable voices of Jesse (John Stamos), Joey (Dave Coulier), and DJ (Candace Cameron-Bure) could be heard over the tune of Miranda Lambert’s “The House That Built Me.” What we do see is a young golden retriever who looks very happy that his people are home. Comet III? We’ll find out when Netflix drops every episode of Fuller House on Feb. 26. Check out the first teaser here.

Tag Cloud

Teen Tarantino science fiction Stephen King A&E dceu Superheroe space TruTV Watching Series Country Cannes Rom-Com disaster Captain marvel sequel discovery Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt festivals composers Ghostbusters 2018 Interview History MTV Grammys Box Office Hulu diversity Mary poppins Superheroes Winter TV Song of Ice and Fire Vudu Premiere Dates Brie Larson Podcast 2016 Dark Horse Comics GLAAD 20th Century Fox nature spy thriller Lifetime Quiz Christmas Drama psycho Syfy cinemax talk show Ellie Kemper Musicals Awards Tour serial killer Sneak Peek 24 frames mutant Writers Guild of America award winner Comics on TV streaming television TV Pirates CMT FX Summer OWN Red Carpet harry potter Spectrum Originals BBC YouTube Red Fox News Mary Poppins Returns period drama Sundance historical drama Tomatazos Polls and Games TCA Trophy Talk TBS Cosplay LGBTQ Apple Paramount Network Rocketman Toys AMC binge Black Mirror Winners MCU The Arrangement Fantasy Adult Swim American Society of Cinematographers 2019 Film Festival YA Crackle Pixar Pet Sematary New York Comic Con Biopics 2015 animated Mudbound Pop GoT Action Trailer ABC Family Comedy Food Network Martial Arts natural history Photos crossover sports dragons based on movie Marvel HBO Awards Certified Fresh Rock TIFF doctor who PBS zero dark thirty supernatural Women's History Month Kids & Family Universal The CW technology ESPN IFC E! police drama Emmys YouTube Premium CNN Ovation First Look Set visit PaleyFest justice league Election BET Showtime Nickelodeon sitcom Esquire Lucasfilm Year in Review cats X-Men Valentine's Day Trivia Tumblr FXX E3 ITV Spike VICE The Witch Comic Book CBS Super Bowl Marathons CBS All Access Acorn TV DC Comics facebook Disney Channel Warner Bros. BBC America anthology witnail Character Guide USA Comedy Central zombie Amazon hist NBC blaxploitation transformers MSNBC Columbia Pictures unscripted cops Mary Tyler Moore Lionsgate dramedy Elton John crime FOX elevated horror TLC Shondaland Star Wars Fall TV Video Games boxoffice Rocky biography cooking adaptation theme song robots game show SundanceTV TNT Holidays Nominations travel TCA 2017 CW Seed Shudder VH1 Freeform Star Trek Britbox Reality Competition teaser social media DC Universe Heroines romance politics Masterpiece crime drama Countdown Spring TV DirecTV toy story mockumentary Chernobyl Chilling Adventures of Sabrina San Diego Comic-Con DGA Sony Pictures Music dc Calendar SXSW Logo Musical Mindy Kaling comiccon 45 Paramount Mystery thriller 007 Western RT21 singing competition TV Land adventure WGN Disney miniseries war finale NYCC Walt Disney Pictures Creative Arts Emmys spider-man aliens RT History GIFs Amazon Prime strong female leads richard e. Grant comic political drama Epix Netflix Best and Worst anime ABC green book Anna Paquin Bravo See It Skip It Sci-Fi USA Network El Rey Opinion cults true crime Cartoon Network Horror docudrama what to watch golden globes Infographic spinoff SDCC National Geographic Schedule 21st Century Fox 2017 vampires Pride Month Animation APB IFC Films LGBT Extras President Sundance Now Starz ratings Oscars zombies DC streaming service jamie lee curtis Nat Geo Reality TCM Thanksgiving psychological thriller medical drama casting crime thriller