Upfront 2014: El Rey Bats First -- Simon Applebaum
By Simon Applebaum
Off we go into the parade of 2014 upfront events. Leading off last Wednesday: El Rey Network, a channel not in existence until three months ago. Both the first event of the season and the first directed at the press.
If you're new to our annual combo capsule/critique of these presentations, here's the scorecard. Each event gets... more
2014 Network TV Upfront and Digital NewFronts Event Calendar
Television Network Upfront and Digital NewFronts Schedule
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Ed Martin's Upfront Reviews and Ratings
By Ed Martin
As Upfront week began I couldn't help but wonder if the annual extravaganza of presentations and parties has any real value anymore. Given that everyone attending them already knows almost everything that will be announced, why would the networks want to continue spending vast fortunes to produce them? Some observers think the week's... more
Hillary Atkin Rates the Networks’ Upfront Events and Parties
By Hillary Atkin
It is the rare person who isn't afflicted with a hangover after attending the annual series of presentations and parties that comprise the main week of television Upfronts.
If the hangover isn't from adult beverages, then it is due to all the hype the networks dispense about their upcoming programming, around which they sell ... more
TV Upfronts: Fingers in the Digital Dyke - Charlie Warner
By Charlie Warner
The broadcast and cable TV networks have wrapped up their spring narcissistic extravaganzas that try to seduce TV buyers to invest their ad dollars in programming that will appear next fall.
The Upfronts are a buggy-whip-technology-like annual ritual that each year are variously predicted: 1) To be the last upfront we'll ever see, 2) ... more