College sports has long been big business, with the fight for TV rights about as tough as a goal-line stand. The Southeastern Conference and ESPN are getting in the conference channel game with the SEC Network, launching Aug. 14.
ABC hops back into the singing competition game with 'Rising Star,' another twist on a successful overseas formula. In a saturated genre, the network hopes to follow 'The Voice'—and the early days of 'American Idol'—to a gold ratings record, in a format that goes back to radio days.
Fox picks up where Carl Sagan's iconic PBS series 'Cosmos' left off, debuting a 13-part successor March 9. The network may seem an unlikely home for a documentary science series, but there are powerful forces behind it.