Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Network Upfronts Canceled But Will Go on Digitally

ABC, NBC, The CW, Fox and CBS

ViacomCBS announced the company's plan for the 2020 Advertising Upfront season in light of continuing concerns about COVID-19 and guidelines from public health officials. CBS Television Network will forego its live presentation to the advertising community at Carnegie Hall. Instead, network executives and CBS talent will unveil the new 2020-2021 primetime lineup and unique content from CBS Entertainment, CBS News, CBS Sports and CBS All Access in a video Upfront special to be posted to digital platforms on Wednesday, May 13. Additional details regarding the Upfront special will be announced at a future date.

Important information and insights normally shared during ViacomCBS client dinners and presentations scheduled for March and April will instead be delivered digitally via video and other formats. These communications will highlight the valuable opportunities for advertisers across the combined company, featuring the ViacomCBS cable networks and the [largest] premium digital video inventory in the industry, including the leading free streaming television service in the U.S., Pluto TV.

NBCUniversal announced the cancelation of its live Upfront event on May 11th due to health concerns. The company will instead televise and stream the Upfront Presentation for the 2020-21 season to ensure the safety of all participants while also reflecting the increasingly direct relationship between NBCUniversal, its fans and its partners. This will now allow all audiences to tune in for a sneak peek at the future of NBCUniversal's programming. NBCUniversal's new Upfront Presentation will feature talent from across its portfolio and platform, and will preview new programming announcements, trailers and more, from Entertainment to Sports to News. Tune-in and programming details will be announced at a later date.


ABC, Fox and CW Upfronts are likely going the same route as actual live presentations will not be happening. On the cable front, Discovery, Inc. announced that it has canceled its live Upfront presentation in New York scheduled for May 12 at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall. The decision was made out of an abundance of caution and care for the health and safety of employees, talent and business partners. Discovery has prepared an alternative digital experience to showcase the company, portfolio, and advanced advertising products to its valued clients and agency partners, with details to be announced at a later date. 


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Thursday, September 17

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Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of September 14)

Thursday, September 17

  • Rainn Wilson (The Office) - Catch Rainn on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy/American Dad!/The Cleveland Show) - Seth appears on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother/Stark Raving Mad/Doogie Howser, M.D.) - Neil is a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Rob Huebel (Medical Police/Transparent/Burning Love) - Rob will be on a repeat of A Little Late with Lilly Singh at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Alec Baldwin (30 Rock) - Alec is a guest on Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Jane Fonda (Grace and Frankie) - Jane appears on Watch What Happens: Live at 10pm on Bravo.
  • Gabourey Sidibe (Difficult People/The Big C) - Gabourey chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Vivica A. Fox (Mr. Box Office/Getting Personal/Arsenio/Out All Night) - Vivica is a guest on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Eva Marcille (Born Again Virgin) - Eva appears on a repeat of The Wendy Williams Show, so check your local listings.
  • Jessie T. Usher (Survivor's Remorse) - Jessie is a guest on The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Alison Brie (GLOW/Community), Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation), Anna Kendrick (Love Life), Tom Hanks (Bosom Buddies) and Josh Gad (1600 Penn/Back to You) - The Kelly Clarkson Show has Too Much Good Stuff, so check your local listings.
  • Wilmer Valderrama (That '70s Show) - Wilmer appears on Access Daily, so check your local listings.


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