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As the TV upfronts go, this past week saw the broadcast networks tout a slew of new series, take repeated jabs at digital platforms and deliver no shortage of ratings spin.
Now that the four-day whirlwind has come to a close, advertisers and industry insiders can begin to digest NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS and The CW’s glitzy and star-studded presentations, in which they attempted to drum up buzz for their new 2018-19 lineups. With some 40 new shows competing for eyeballs this fall — and as much as $9 billion on the line in advertising revenue — each of the major nets can only hope for the next mainstream hit.
Of the trends that emerged this year, networks have once again returned to broad multicamera comedies (thank the runaway success of Roseanne for that) and procedural-style dramas. The week also saw a few of the broadcast nets swoop in and save other networks’ canceled shows: NBC picked up Brooklyn Nine-Nine after Fox canceled the cop comedy, while the Tim Allen sitcom Last Man Standing jumped from ABC to Fox. And, of course, reboots, reboots, reboots.
From the fall schedules to the executive pitches to the new show trailers, The Hollywood Reporter looks back on the week in one handy guide. For more upfronts analysis, check out THR‘s renewal and cancellation scorecard, full broadcast schedule, all the show trailers, ownership anaylsis and the five biggest narratives from the week.
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