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Known as "Mr. Television," Marc Berman is the author of a daily industrywide online newsletter, Programming Insider, and former senior television editor for Mediaweek.

Upfronts 2017: Deciphering the spin
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Upfronts 2017: Deciphering the spin

There was a lot of positive broadcast news coming out of the pitches last week, but there were also many warning signs too.

The CW introduces yet another superhero, 'Black Lightning'
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The CW introduces yet another superhero, 'Black Lightning'

But upcoming newbies "Valor," "Dynasty" and "Life Sentence" are an attempt to broaden the audience.

CBS anchors 2017-2018 schedule with established hits
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CBS anchors 2017-2018 schedule with established hits

With six new shows and more "Big Bang," the Eye net is poised for another "most-watched" season.

ABC comes out swinging with 14 new series, including a new 'Roseanne'
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ABC comes out swinging with 14 new series, including a new 'Roseanne'

Spin-offs for "Dancing with the Stars" and "The Bachelor," plus a relocated "American Idol," lead an aggressive 2017-18 lineup.

Fox unveils new series from Seth MacFarlane and Marvel for Fall 2017
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Fox unveils new series from Seth MacFarlane and Marvel for Fall 2017

Will new entries from proven sources compensate for the loss of the Super Bowl?

NBC revives 'Must See TV,' and some other relics, for Fall 2017 lineup
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NBC revives 'Must See TV,' and some other relics, for Fall 2017 lineup

"Will and Grace" revival and a new "Law and Order" round out the upcoming blasts from the past.

Programming 101: The best and the worst decisions of 2016-17
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Programming 101: The best and the worst decisions of 2016-17

Casting Melissa McCarthy as a sputtering, volcanic Sean Spicer? Good. Pairing (yawn) Ryan Seacrest with (yaaaawn!) Kelly Ripa? Not so good.

Let's play chess with the network lineups
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Let's play chess with the network lineups

With the broadcast upfronts just two weeks away, it's time to help the harried TV executives fill out their schedules.

Bill O'Reilly and syndication: A match made in desperation
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Bill O'Reilly and syndication: A match made in desperation

Because we all know podcasting just isn't big enough for Papa Bear.

The 8 new summer shows most likely to become hits
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The 8 new summer shows most likely to become hits

The warm-weather airwaves are no longer the dead zone they once were, but success stories remain elusive.

O'Reilly sheds advertisers, but are they a factor in his 'vacation' plans?
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O'Reilly sheds advertisers, but are they a factor in his 'vacation' plans?

Thanks to the economics of cable news, the loss of ad revenue may not matter much if the embattled host can maintain his audience.

On the fence: Which TV shows broadcast should keep or cancel
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On the fence: Which TV shows broadcast should keep or cancel

With ratings down on these 10 series, is there any real reason to renew?

A&E gets personal at the upfronts, and rises above the noise
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A&E gets personal at the upfronts, and rises above the noise

By having executives share their own stories about TV's influence on their lives, the value of this medium is loud and clear.

A 'Big Bang' ticking clock
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A 'Big Bang' ticking clock

CBS has two more seasons of the blockbuster comedy, but is "Young Sheldon" its future?

The syndication scorecard
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The syndication scorecard

Here's what you need to know heading into the upfront.

Midseason report card
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Midseason report card

With upfront season upon us, just how are the broadcast nets really doing?

With 'Feud: Bette and Joan,' FX doubles down on women over 40
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With 'Feud: Bette and Joan,' FX doubles down on women over 40

"I want to write about women's issues and I want women, and others, to feel like they have a champion in me," says showrunner Ryan Murphy.

Politics, pratfalls couldn't lift Oscars' sagging ratings
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Politics, pratfalls couldn't lift Oscars' sagging ratings

The ratings for the 89th Academy Awards drop 4% from last year, according to the overnights.

Blockbusters, actors and outrage: Why the Oscars are poised for a big night
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Blockbusters, actors and outrage: Why the Oscars are poised for a big night

An early sellout suggests renewed interest among advertisers, but the real draw may be the controversy.

What to expect from pilot season 2017
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What to expect from pilot season 2017

Procedurals, military dramas, family sitcoms, and reboots, reboots, reboots!