Sunday, May 29, 2016

Final Upfronts Wrap-Up: Priyanka Chopra, Mariah Carey, James Corden and Nicki Minaj Take Over New York

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Another week in New York for the annual network upfronts -- when the big dogs pimp their new TV wares to advertisers -- ended over a week ago. And as I wrote for Indiewire, the big story of the year was broadcast networks acting, well, like broadcast networks again.

It feels like a rather antiquated practice, yet the broadcast networks still pull in around $9 billion annually -- so it's still a pretty big deal. We don't obsess about the schedules quite as much as we used to, but it's still a fun part of the pomp and circumstance. The networks still put on a show for advertisers -- including Adult Swim's annual late-night Wednesday event, which this year featured Nicki Minaj (above). More highlights from the week:

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James Corden does a "Hamilton" parody at the CBS upfront.

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Priyanka Chopra opens the ABC upfront.

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CBS gives us a sneak peek of the new "Star Trek" series' logo.

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Fitz and the Tantrums performs at The CW upfront.

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Mariah Carey makes a grand entrance at the NBC upfront.

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Kiefer Sutherland introduces his new series "Designated Survivor" at the ABC upfront.

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ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey introduces Jimmy Kimmel.

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Fox jabs at CBS, notes that "Gotham's" new villain was "Lex Moonves."

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NBC Universal stars at the upfront pose behind Kate McKinnon (as Ellen DeGeneres), parodying Ellen's Oscar selfie.

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At the Fox upfront, Homer Simpson reminds us that "The Simpsons" will hit an astounding 600 episodes next year.

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The "Downward Dog" looms over ABC stars.

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"Hamilton" was hot this upfront. Jimmy Fallon did his own parody as well.

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Rachel Bloom and Gina Rodriguez on stage at the CW upfront.

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Stephen Colbert at Carnegie Hall for CBS' upfront.

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The cast of "Empire" performs at Fox's upfront.

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The cast of "The Big Bang Theory" offer up "Star Trek" suggestions to new CBS Entertainment president Glenn Geller.

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"Supergirl" star Melissa Benoist hits The CW stage with stars of "Arrow," "The Flash" and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow."

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