Category Archives: TV Upfronts

A place to find all news, articles and coverage on the annual TV Upfronts & Digital Newfronts events.

UPFRONTS: The CW Highlights Diversity and Power of Television

<> on May 18, 2017 in New York City.While ABC, NBC, and CBS delivered trailers depicting heartfelt stories with executives talking brand safety online, CW instead focused their upfront presentation on the heartfelt message that has been winning viewers for years.

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The Runway – The CW Upfronts: What Got Picked Up, What Didn’t, And Why

the cw 1CW had a pretty interesting pilot season this year. They ultimately decided to cast a wide net, picking up: a comic book show, a prime-time soap reboot, a military drama, and an hour-long comedy. Given the network’s inherent difficulties in drawing eyeballs, you have to wonder if such a broad approach is smart.

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UPFRONTS: CBS Takes Jabs While Highlighting Successes at Carnegie Hall

stephen colbert excerptLike their network rivals NBC, CBS brought the star power to their upfront presentation as chairman and CEO Les Moonves and company presented their wares for fall to their advertiser audience. CBS performers Stephen Colbert, Young Sheldon‘s Iain Armitage, James Corden, David Boreanaz, Shemar Moore, and more took the stage.

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UPFRONTS: TNT Moves into Documentaries & TBS Expands with Conan O’Brien

conan o'brienCabler TNT is hoping to make big waves in the next year as it made clear at the Turner upfronts presentation, where they unveiled a slate that refocuses the network’s brand on high-end drama series and unscripted projects that are documentary-centric. Meanwhile, TBS is continuing to evolve its brand of comedy with talk show host Conan O’Brien showing the network’s ability to grow.

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The Runway – ABC Upfronts: What Got Picked Up, What Didn’t, And Why

abc 1ABC probably had the most interesting pilot season among the networks. Unlike the competition, they filmed a pretty healthy number of pilots and picked up a pretty large percentage to series, granted many will be mid-season premieres.

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UPFRONTS: ABC Taps Jimmy Kimmel for Oscars, Sets “The Little Mermaid Live!”

marvel-inhumans-abc excerptWhile ABC was presenting its fall schedule at its upfront presentation, some of the biggest news at their event was regarding the lineup for 2018. Furthest out are the Academy Awards, which will again be hosted by late-night host Jimmy Kimmel.

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The Runway – FOX Upfronts: What Got Picked Up, What Didn’t, And Why

FOXlogo1Like NBC, Fox didn’t pick up as many pilots this year. They did, however, pick up a pretty large percentage of those pilots to series, particularly on the drama side. Does that mean they’re giving up on comedy? Not really.

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The Runway – NBC Upfronts: What Got Picked Up, What Didn’t, And Why

nbc-logo-32It was a weird pilot season. No network embodied that statement more than NBC. The craziness in a nutshell: the most coveted timeslot in all of television, between Will & Grace and This is Us, is going to sophomore series Great News, whose renewal was iffy as recently as two weeks ago.

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UPFRONTS: NBC Revels in “Will & Grace”, Megyn Kelly, and “This is Us” at Presentation

<> on May 15, 2017 in New York City.NBCUniversal put on a big show at their upfront presentation this morning as it paraded a stream of stars for advertisers including Seth Meyers, Megyn Kelly, Jennifer Hudson, the stars of Will & Grace, and more. Energy was high at the event as the network came off a big year with breakout hit This is Us and snagging Megyn Kelly from Fox News.

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THE RUNWAY – YOUR 2017 PILOT SURVIVAL GUIDE: ABC DRAMAS

abc-logoABC’s three major drama pickups last year — Notorious, Conviction, and Time After Time — failed to connect with audiences and critics alike. Channing Dungey must really be feeling the pressure to deliver.

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UPFRONTS: Hulu Highlights Critical Success of “The Handmaid’s Tale” and SVOD Wins

hulu excerptWith the instant critical and viewer praise for The Handmaid’s Tale, the attitude was upbeat at the Hulu presentation at Upfronts. In addition to Handmaid’s Tale, the streaming network announced the big acquisition of the SVOD rights of This is Us and Atlanta, two of the biggest hits of the last year.

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NEWFRONTS: Smosh Continues to Drive the Future of Defy Media

newfrontsNew media company Defy Media is continuing to expand with its in-house brands as it announced three new titles from flagship brand Smosh. Defy’s other most popular brands include Clevver and ScreenJunkies, who both presented new series for 2017.

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NEWFRONTS: Disney Unveils Digital Rebranding for Maker Studios

newfrontsRecent boycott calls for YouTube marketers hang over Disney and Maker Studios New Front presentation, which sought to bring a positive future through re-branding as the Disney Digital Network.

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The Runway – Your 2017 Pilot Survival Guide: NBC Dramas

nbc-crop As the happy home of critical and Nielsen darling This is Us, NBC marches towards the upfronts with its head held high. Clearly happy about the show’s success, Bob Greenblatt has been quite forthcoming this past year about NBC’s emphasis on positivity on all fronts, be it in the office or on screen.

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Freeform Focuses on Fantasy and Comedy at Upfronts

cloak and daggerJust a day after the premiere of Freeform’s flagship show Pretty Little Liars‘ final season, the network presented to advertisers their plans for the future, with several comedy projects in the works to take their lineup beyond the young melodramas they’re known for.

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“Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger”, “Alone Together”, and More Unveil Trailers at Freeform Upfronts

cloak and dagger trailerFreeform has two exciting new shows with Mavel’s Cloak & Dagger and the comedy Alone Together from The Lonely Island, showing the young, fresh direction the millennial network is heading. Meanwhile, The Bold Type looks to fill the void left by Good Girls Revolt in a contemporary setting and Siren brings genre-fare with a twist.

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Your Fall Television Schedule

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Now that the major five networks have released their new orders and schedules, it is time to begin planning our viewing calendars!

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CW Spreads Their DC Universe Across Four Nights This Fall

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CW excitedly pointed out during their upfront presentation that they have a clear audience and are aware of what that audience wants to watch.

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Issues Of Diversity Hang Over CBS Upfront Presentation

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ABC may have gotten some backlash over their cancellations, but CBS is taking serious heat for their pilot orders on the newly announced schedule – a lineup filled with male-led comedies and procedurals.

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ABC Breaks Up The Shondaland Primetime Party On Thursday Nights

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Jimmy Kimmel made a splash this morning with an opening monologue at ABC’s upfront presentation that may have been closer to a roast. With performances, light-hearted moments, and videos of new series all on full display.

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ABC Reveals Full Trailers For Their New Lineup At Upfronts

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After getting people excited a few days ago with the “first look” teasers for ABC’s new series, today at their upfront presentation they revealed full trailers for all the series.

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Amazon, Hulu & Netflix Load Up On Original Content

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Amazon, Hulu, and Netflix have forged their own paths to creating content in the digital subscription space and while the major networks show off their choices on Madison Ave. we wanted to look at what these three big online channels have in the works.

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ABC Gives A Taste Of Their New Series In First Looks

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Catch all the first look for ABC’s new series ahead of their upfront presentation in New York.

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Fox Releases Trailers For Their New Series At Upfronts

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Fox is ready to overload you with all-new programming! Check out trailers from their upfront presentation here!

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Watch All The NBCUniversal TV Trailers That Dropped During Upfronts

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You may have been distracted by the news coming out of Cannes, or all the fun concert feeds and late night comedy stars who’ve been making headlines all day, but some great TV trailers dropped today. Here are the ones from NBCUniversal!

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Fox Hands “24: Legacy” The Post-Superbowl Premiere Slot

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The highly anticipated 24 reboot, 24: Legacy, just landed itself the best premiere slot on television: right after the Super Bowl. Find out what else Fox announced at the 2016 Upfront here!

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HBO, Showtime & Starz Work To Steal Viewers With New Series Orders

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Premium cable networks like HBO, Showtime, and Starz have taken the battle for subscribers to another level this year as each channel has fully implemented an a la carte system in order to win over the cord-cutters.

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Cable Nets Place Their Series Orders

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Cable channels may not have the same level of presence as the major networks at upfronts, but that doesn’t mean we’re not curious about what they’re ordering throughout the year. See a breakdown of everything in the pipeline here!

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NBCUniversal Kickstarts A Week Of Upfronts With Their Stable Of Stars

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While CBS is developing projects exclusively for CBS All Access, and ABC fights to retain stacking rights, NBCU is trying to prove that the cord-cutting generation hasn’t given up on traditional television as much as you would think.

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Your Guide To Upfronts Presentations And Parties

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It’s Upfronts time! This week, TV executives, creators, and stars head to the east coast to present their lineup after the spring cleaning and new orders that occurred last week and we’ve got your guide to all the presentations and parties.

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