News and notes from upfront week, including items from Adult Swim, Univision and more …
– Tyra Banks took the stage at The CW’s upfront Thursday to tease the upcoming all-star cycle of “America’s Next Top Model,” and also to proclaim that there would be no more “normal” seasons of the show. She didn’t elaborate, and CW executives weren’t completely sure what she meant, but they guessed you’ll see more stunts like the all-stars and the all-shorties cycle from last season. Memo to Tyra: It’s about time for an all-plus-size season, is it not?
– Adult Swim has added a handful of new shows to its lineup for the coming year. We’re most curious to see “NTSF: SD: SUV,” a parody of cop shows created by Paul Scheer that premieres this summer; and “The Heart, She Holler,” a live-action soap about a town “so inbred, the folks have become almost supernaturally wrong. Patton Oswalt stars. There’s also a “Venture Bros.” “documentary” special on tap for July 24.
– Leading Spanish-language broadcaster Univision (which, by the way, regularly outdraws The CW in the ratings) is launching a take on “The Biggest Loser” early next year. “Si Se Puede” (“It’s Possible”) comes from “Biggest Loser” co-creator Dave Broome and producer Emilio Estefan and will feature a team of trainers and nutritionists helping several Latino families shed pounds and start leading healthier lives.
– In addition to the pickup of “The Closer” spinoff “Major Crimes,” TNT also announced at its upfront that it will launch a series of mystery movies based on best-selling books (both fiction and true crime). The “TNT Tuesday Night Mystery” slate is scheduled to launch in November and includes adaptations of Scott Turow‘s “Innocent” and Richard North Patterson‘s “Silent Witness.”