Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Your Final Upfronts Recap: A Look at the Week in Pics, Including Outkast, Neon Trees, Alan Cumming's Nipples and Rizzoli & Isles' Selfie
Another week in New York for the annual network upfronts -- when the big dogs pimp their new TV wares to advertisers -- is now long over. But before it's a distant memory and we start watching pilots, here's a quick look at some snapshots from the week that helped coin "eventize" as a new catch phrase and ended several major TV streaks (Most notably: CBS will enter fall without a comedy on Mondays at 9 p.m. for the first time since 1948 -- with a bit of an asterisk in 1988, when the TV writers' strike delayed fall.) Above, Seth Meyers opens NBC's upfront
NBC sales chief Linda Yaccarino touts NBC's return to No. 1
Fred Armisen and the 8G Band perform at the NBC upfront
NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt at the NBC upfront
"The Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon at the NBC upfront
Fallon awards Carson Daly the "Even Whiter Ryan Seacrest" title
Fallon also has a gag for NBC Universal boss Steve Burke
Pitbull, who will host Fox's New Years Eve special this year, opens the Fox upfront
Fox Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly proclaims Fox as "America's Next Generation Network"
Fox calls on Andy Samberg to provide a few yuks. First up: Fox's new research system, the "E.N.E.M.A.S."
Also, a few new shows on the horizon, according to Samberg: First up, CBS' "CSI: Mike & Molly." (Everyone's still making "CSI" jokes, 14 years later!)
Also: "CSI: CSI Production Offices"
At ABC, Samberg offers up "The Disney Butt Implant Funtime Hour"
CBS reveals its schedule at its annual morning breakfast, the Wednesday of Upfronts
Another tradition: Turner's annual Wednesday post-upfront lunch. Here, my table mates Eric McCormack ("Perception"), Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander ("Rizzoli & Isles") take a selfie.
At Carnegie Hall, Alan Cumming performs at the CBS upfront.
David Letterman gives his farewell at his final upfronts appearance.
Neon Trees performs at The CW's upfront.
And of course, you can see my whole collection of pics from Adult Swim's Outkast concert here.