Aiming to stand out in a crowded field, broadcasters this season have leaned on the stability of their schedules and the return of established hits. But for many of the same reasons, they’ve also begun to seed the ground for next year’s crop of shows, considering that top performers like “How to Get Away With Murder
” and “Supernatural
” are on the way out. Indeed, the development for the 2020-21 season has been picking up steam, with a number of projects already announced. A key for network buyers: shows that will further refine their brands.
“They definitely need to think outside the box,” one TV lit agent who spoke with Variety says. “The usual stuff isn’t going to cut it.”
According to multiple agency sources, ABC
is pushing hard to bring women back to the network under the stewardship of new ABC Entertainment
head Karey Burke
. To that end,