Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Mike in New York: Upfront Roundup
And so ends another crazy, non-stop week in New York, as ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox and The CW (plus TBS/TNT, USA, Univision, ESPN and more) pimped their new shows to advertisers. I wrote about some of the presentations last week; here are a few more moments from later in the week. Above, "2 Broke Girls" stars Beth Behrs and Kat Dennings, in their diner costumes, opened the CBS upfront.
And then, "NCIS: Los Angeles" star LL Cool J -- oh yeah, you might remember his late 80s hip-hop career -- rapped about CBS' dominance ("CBS is a phenomenon... something like a phenomenon") along side an opera singer.
Possibly the best part of the CBS upfront: A look at what CBS boss Leslie Moonves' Pinterest page might look like. Notice the Julie Chen pics. And lots of cute puppies.
Billy Gardell and Melissa McCarthy appear on stage at the CBS upfront -- but in character, which is one of my big upfront pet peeves. It never works. Partly because they reference being on a show while acting like they're in character. Turner thankfully stopped doing that this year.
T.I. performs at the Adult Swim upfront.
The following day, Flo Rida hits the stage at the CW's morning upfront presentation.
The new stars of the CW join the stage with network boss Mark Pedowitz.
The CW's top execs, with the fall 2012 schedule above them.
Erykah Badu and Mark Ronson at the USA Network upfront.
More stories from upfront: ABC To Bring Back TGIF with Tim Allen and Reba McEntire
Network Q&A: TBS/TNT's Michael Wright On Why He Saved Cougar Town And Plans For Next Season
Network Q&A: CBS' Nina Tassler on Her Fall Schedule
New Showrunners to Replace Dan Harmon on Community