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Paramount’s Upfront Plans: Broadcast, a Streaming Shift and “Super Franchises”

The last time an upfront presentation was held at Carnegie Hall in May 2019, it was CBS holding court, touting the “strength and stability” of its broadcast schedule. Three years and a global pandemic later, and things have changed. This time the presentation will be led by Paramount Global, the corporate owner of CBS (not […]

CBS Head Kelly Kahl on ‘Magnum P.I.’ Cancellation, Scaling Back Comedies

The biggest surprise among the crop of canceled broadcast series this year is probably Magnum P.I., the solidly rated CBS reboot that got the boot after four seasons on the network. CBS Entertainment president Kelly Kahl says the decision was “a tough one,” but made with the overall health of the schedule in mind. “Every […]

CBS Fall 2022 Schedule: Comedy Pared Back, ‘Real Love Boat’ Sets Sail

The broadcast networks that have released their fall schedules have so far opted to tweak around the margins of their lineups rather than do a full overhaul. CBS is following suit. The network, which is wrapping its 14th consecutive season as the most watched broadcaster, will introduce four new series to start the 2022-23 season. […]

YouTube Brandcast 2022: Live Shopping, Shorts Take Center Stage as Platform Moves Away From Originals

YouTube broke with tradition during its annual presentation for advertisers, known as Brandcast, on Tuesday evening. The event, which typically occurs during IAB’s digital-focused NewFronts earlier in May, instead happened in the midst of Upfronts week at New York’s Imperial Theatre. And this year, instead of announcing a slew of new original programming led by […]

Upfront Dispatches: Bob Chapek, Baby Yoda and “Bull****” at Disney

The future of Disney will be advertised, emphasis firmly on Disney. During his first unified brand upfront, and very much keeping with the tone of the week, Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Chapek celebrated his many silos as he simultaneously Frankenstein’d them together — prioritizing the company’s artist relationships and vast suite of intellectual property […]

Jimmy Kimmel Roasts “Smug Bastards” at Netflix for Troubles During Disney Upfronts

Jimmy Kimmel roasted the broadcast and streaming television landscape at Disney’s upfront presentation Tuesday, powering through his monologue despite fighting off a case of COVID-19. Appearing at the event remotely, the late night host delivered a searing stand-up routine during the company’s annual presentation to advertisers in which he mocked the traditional broadcast networks, including […]

Reborn XFL Strikes TV Rights Deal With Disney

The third iteration of the XFL has found a TV home. The league and Disney have struck a global rights deal that will see all XFL regular season and playoff games running on ESPN, ABC and — in its first sports rights deal since becoming part of Disney — FX. The spring football league is […]

ABC Fall 2022 Schedule: ‘Abbott Elementary’ Anchors Comedy Block, ‘Celebrity Jeopardy!’ Joins Sunday

ABC’s breakout comedy Abbott Elementary will move to a new night — and a prime location on the network’s schedule — in the fall. The show will anchor the network’s Wednesday comedy block, moving into the 9 p.m. slot. ABC’s lineup to start the 2022-23 season will feature a pair of new dramas in The […]

ABC’s Craig Erwich on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Future, ‘Abbott Elementary’ Move

ABC canceled its fewest number of shows in years at the tail end of the 2021-22 season, and it’s not tinkering with its schedule too much going into 2022-23. That stability, Hulu Originals and ABC Entertainment president Craig Erwich says, is key to keeping the network healthy in the current, streaming-heavy TV landscape. With just […]

TelevisaUnivision Bets on Streaming … and Linear TV, in Upfront Push

While every network presenting at this year’s upfronts are highlighting their streaming wares and linear offerings, executives from TelevisaUnivision are approaching sales meetings with an ace up their sleeve: Its linear TV ratings are on the rise. “We are up 7 percent across our portfolio in primetime. That alone is a statement in itself,” TelevisaUnivision […]

‘911,’ ‘The Resident’ Close Renewal Deals at Fox

Better late than never: Fox has renewed its drama series 911 and The Resident for the 2022-23 season. The pickups came as Fox was making its 2022-23 pitch to advertisers Monday afternoon — and hours after the network announced a slate for the coming season that did not include the two dramas. Fox Entertainment CEO […]

Upfront Dispatches: Reboots, Snark and Streaming Punctuate NBCUniversal Kickoff

It’s 10:37 a.m. on a Monday, and Kelly Clarkson is belting a cover of Whitney Houston’s “Queen of the Night” for an auditorium full of (mostly unmasked) executives. Money must be on the table. The upfront presentations have indeed returned to Manhattan, three solid years after media companies last held their marathon dog-and-pony show in […]