Upfronts 2019: An Englishman In New York On The Long, Strange Trip To The Network Parade

Upfronts 2019: An Englishman In New York On The Long, Strange Trip To The Network Parade
“I don’t take coffee, I take tea, my dear,” Sting sang back in 1987. I, however, at this point will take any source of caffeine there is to power through my first upfronts.

It’s been a wild ride, or a long, strange trip, as the CW president Mark Pedowitz put it.

As an international TV reporter, I’ve long covered the La Screenings, chasing global buyers through the streets of Hollywood to find out what U.S. shows they’re keen on as the studios roll out the red carpet. But this week I’ve seen how the sausage is made from the network side.

Speaking to upfronts veterans, I get the impression that while, in large parts, it’s remarkably similar to previous years, with talk of which procedural is getting which slot and whether single-camera or multi-camera comedies are more in-demand this year, it’s clear that
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