New network TV shows compete with controversy for attention

Abby Elliott, from left, Adam Pally, Fran Drescher and Sam Weber, from the cast of "Indebted," attend the NBC 2019/2020 Upfront at The Four Seasons Ne

Abby Elliott, from left, Adam Pally, Fran Drescher and Sam Weber, from the cast of "Indebted," attend the NBC 2019/2020 Upfront at The Four Seasons Ne

FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019 file photo, actress Constance Wu attends the National Board of Review awards gala at Cipriani 42nd Street in New

FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019 file photo, actress Constance Wu attends the National Board of Review awards gala at Cipriani 42nd Street in New

Patricia Heaton attends the CBS 2019 upfront at The Plaza on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Patricia Heaton attends the CBS 2019 upfront at The Plaza on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

This image released by NBC shows, from left, Caitlin McGee, Jimmy Smits and Michael Luwoye in a scene from "Bluff City Law." Four new NBC dramas are s

This image released by NBC shows, from left, Caitlin McGee, Jimmy Smits and Michael Luwoye in a scene from "Bluff City Law." Four new NBC dramas are s

Jimmy Smits, from the cast of "Bluff City Law," attends the NBC 2019/2020 Upfront at The Four Seasons New York on Monday, May 13, 2019. (Photo by Evan

Jimmy Smits, from the cast of "Bluff City Law," attends the NBC 2019/2020 Upfront at The Four Seasons New York on Monday, May 13, 2019. (Photo by Evan

This image provided by Fox Broadcasting Co. on Monday, May 13, 2019, shows Jason Biggs and Maggie Lawson in a scene from the network’s upcoming comedy

This image provided by Fox Broadcasting Co. on Monday, May 13, 2019, shows Jason Biggs and Maggie Lawson in a scene from the network’s upcoming comedy

This image provided by Fox Broadcasting Co. on Monday, May 13, 2019, shows Kim Cattrall in a scene from the network’s upcoming drama “Filthy Rich.” Th

This image provided by Fox Broadcasting Co. on Monday, May 13, 2019, shows Kim Cattrall in a scene from the network’s upcoming drama “Filthy Rich.” Th

This image released by NBC shows Sarah Wayne Callies, left, and Michele Weaver in a scene from "Council of Dads." NBC's midseason newcomers include "C

This image released by NBC shows Sarah Wayne Callies, left, and Michele Weaver in a scene from "Council of Dads." NBC's midseason newcomers include "C

FILE - In this May 20, 2016 file photo, actor and singer Jussie Smollett attends the "Empire" FYC Event in Los Angeles. The Fox network says "Empire"

FILE - In this May 20, 2016 file photo, actor and singer Jussie Smollett attends the "Empire" FYC Event in Los Angeles. The Fox network says "Empire"

Kim Cattrall, from the cast of "Filthy Rich," attends the FOX 2019 Upfront party at Wollman Rink in Central Park on Monday, May 13, 2019, in New York.

Kim Cattrall, from the cast of "Filthy Rich," attends the FOX 2019 Upfront party at Wollman Rink in Central Park on Monday, May 13, 2019, in New York.

NEW YORK (AP) — Broadcast networks invest serious time and money in rolling out their upcoming schedules for ad-buyers this week in New York.

But with stars like Jussie Smollett and Constance Wu, controversy can get in the way.

When Fox announced that next season would be the last for its drama "Empire," its executives were asked whether Smollett would be included.

The answer: No plans at this time.

Smollett fell under a cloud after Chicago authorities charged him with staging an attack on himself, although charges were dropped.

"Fresh Off the Boat" star Wu became the subject of jokes after her online rant about the ABC sitcom's one-season renewal.

That led late-night host Jimmy Kimmel to joke at the network's presentation: Wu would call a three-year pickup "a death sentence."