We’ll be recapping the TV “upfront” presentations as they happen!
The setting: Intimate and teetering on decadent in a private room at Eleven Madison Park.
The refreshments: White or red wine refreshed generously; amberjack or filet; caramel tart.
Songs of note: Instrumental jazz.
The pre-presentation entertainment: Instrumental jazz and mingling.
Key phrase: “Synergistic Read More
We’ll be recapping the TV “upfront” presentations as they happen! First up: Last night’s Disney Channel presentation at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square.
The setting: Oddly undisguised in the adultness of its trappings; Hard Rock’s giant picture of Janis Joplin and posters for the likes of Slayer and The Cramps gazed down upon “Hip-Hop Read More
The Hollywood Reporter today has analysis of why Dick Ebersol–the revered head of NBC Sports–resigned his post this week. “There’s a sense that he’s an impetuous, arrogant guy,” an “insider” told THR, one whose small kingdom within the NBC structure, including a devotion to broadcasting the (extremely expensive) Olympics, led to him conflicting Read More
NBC played a snippet of the Friends theme song during the video preamble to their “upfront” presentation to advertisers on Monday, and one could imagine that the network missed the good old days. Robert Greenblatt, NBC’s newly installed chairman of Entertainment, said during his opening speech: “In the past, nobody did it better than NBC. Read More
NBC has released next season’s schedule, one featuring six new series to debut in the fall (and six more for midseason). New shows are to include the Mad Men-alike The Playboy Club, a drama about Bunnies in the 1960s; Up All Night, a comedy about parenthood that is to feature the return of both Christina Read More
Advertisers are already buying spots for the Super Bowl (on FOX this year), which “bodes well” for the rest of the market. [NYT]
FOX will make American Idol a bit shorter; Glee will fill the precious post-Super Bowl slot. [LAT]
The Hollywood Reporter’s James Hibberd snuck into a tech run-through of NBC’s upfront Read More
What television network does Satan want you to spend your time watching? On Thursday May 17, around noon, the Prince of Darkness wandered onto stage at the Theater at Madison Square Garden and confirmed what theologians have long suspected. He wants you to watch the CW
Admittedly, Thursday’s ringing Read More
On the afternoon of May 16, CBS President Leslie Moonves stood at the front of Carnegie Hall and directed the gaze of hundreds of advertisers and journalists toward a massive screen at the back of the stage.
With the lights down and all eyes up, the president of the most watched television Read More
"We approached our development this year with a specific goal in mind—to be daring and different," said Nina Tassler, President, CBS Entertainment. "The Fall and mid-season series we have selected offer creativity and variety with great potential to excite and surprise television audiences everywhere."
They’re bringing us musicals, vampires and swingers!
But Read More
This afternoon ABC presents its 2007-2008 schedule to media and ad reps at Lincoln Center; to get things started this morning, the network released the lineup to press. “We’re heading into the new season with a strong lineup of returning shows that we’ve developed and nurtured over the past few years,” ABC Read More