Tuesday, May 22, 2012

I Missed Upfronts (But Will Still Talk About Them)

For those who aren't familiar with the term, upfronts are the magical week in the Spring when television networks reveal their Fall schedules and new show pickups for the following season to advertisers.  It's when you find out which beloved shows will live on for another season, and which have been cancelled.  You can guess which shows they have faith in (and which they don't) based on scheduling decisions, and most importantly it's when the networks start promoting their new shows.

Now those of you who remember the Entertained Organizer's 2011 Best New Network TV Show Tournament probably understand how much I enjoy upfronts (and yes, of course there is going to be an Entertained Organizer's 2012 Best New Network TV Show Tournament).  Unfortunately I was on vacation last week and was thus unable to cover them as they happened (adding insult to injury, I was in New York where the upfront's presentations happen and was thus treated to ubiquitous posters proclaiming "We're looking good, even if you don't know what an upfront is!").  But just because we didn't get to enjoy them live together doesn't mean I'm not going to talk about them.

So over the next few days, expect a series of posts about what I think looks good, what I think looks terrible, some thoughts on scheduling, and a few surprises along the way!

You've been warned.

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