Election, Tremendous Bowl and World Cup Have been Stars of Fox Upfront


With everybody comfortably seated and chair references held to a minimal, Fox put its 2023 upfront within the rearview and spent this yr’s installment centered on the massive video games and potential wins forward.

Fox returned to a stay upfront final yr with an occasion that left half of its attendees standing whereas others sat. Nevertheless, this time, it was a distinct story.

“As you possibly can see, this yr we now have spared no expense as a result of bear in mind final yr I promised you some fucking chairs?” famous Meals Stars host Gordon Ramsay from the stage.

“On behalf of everyone right here, thanks for permitting them to sit down at this time,” added Fox NFL Sunday host Michael Strahan.

It was again to enterprise from there.

After solidifying plans for its fall lineup throughout a name earlier within the day, Fox went into upfront from the Hammerstein Ballroom with a lot of that lineup making cameos between a lot greater pitches for the corporate’s tentpole occasions. Lego Masters host Will Arnett voiced the intro (with a dig at NBCU’s upfront-week opening occasion—”Dwell from town that by no means sleeps, until you have been simply on the NBC upfront”), then appeared in a short Lego-flute-aided sketch with Grimsburg star Jon Hamm and Animal Management star Joel McHale.

“Look who [Fox Entertainment CEO] Rob Wade bullied into making two appearances tonight,” Arnett quipped.

Rob Lowe was readily available to advertise each the second season of his sport present The Ground and his ongoing drama 9-1-1 Lone Star however turned his consideration to the John Nicely-directed, Hawaii-based drama Rescue: Hello Surf. The sequence is noteworthy for getting the coveted spot instantly following Fox’s broadcast of Tremendous Bowl 59.

Turning to tentpoles

Past Molly Parker previewing the brand new medical procedural Doc, Gordon Ramsey and Lisa Vanderpump selling Meals Stars and Anthony Anderson touting his two-hour The Actual Full Monty particular through which he, Taye Diggs and James Van Der Beek (amongst others) strip for most cancers consciousness, a lot of Fox’s focus was drawn by information, sports activities and streaming. 

Beat Shazam host Jamie Foxx’s continued chiding of Wade from the stage served solely as an introduction to former New York Yankees teammates and present MLB on Fox personalities Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez previewing Fox’s upcoming MLB at Rickwood Area tribute to the Negro Leagues in Alabama this season. Strahan and NFL on Fox commentators Curt Menifee and Rob Gronkowski segued a sports activities dialogue right into a preview of Fox Information presidential election protection.