Upfront week has lastly wrapped, and it’s clear the Writers Guild of America strike had a major impression on virtually each presentation.
Although the star energy was barely dimmer this 12 months, with each Warner Bros. Discovery and Netflix solely that includes executives throughout occasions as many celebrities avoided crossing picket traces, the week nonetheless had a number of highlights, together with a un-bear-ably foul-mouthed Ted making poignant barbs for NBCUniversal and 100 Samurai slashing via sword-fighting choreography on the North Javits Heart for Disney. Plus, GOATs have been going rogue for Fox.
See all essentially the most memorable upfront week moments under. And when you missed any of our complete upfront week protection, you’ll find it right here.
With NBCUniversal kicking off upfront week occasions at Radio Metropolis Music Corridor, WGA protesters made a degree of showing exterior the venue and chanting that there’d be “no pages with out wages.” The strike was additionally felt inside Radio Metropolis, with NBCU closely counting on its information staff to current segments through the occasion. Nevertheless, NBCU was nonetheless in a position to get issues began with a pre-taped video that includes Seth MacFarlane’s potty-mouthed bear, Ted, singing about advertisements and joking: “Twitter could look like the place to start/however Twitter simply let all of the crazies again in.” With longtime advert gross sales president Linda Yaccarino exiting the corporate for Twitter days earlier than the occasion, the joke took on an entire new which means. (Although, Mark Marshall, interim chairman of promoting and partnerships, assured Adweek the Twitter quip had been within the presentation for months, and Yaccarino was properly conscious of it.) — Invoice Bradley
Beau Ferrari, chairman of NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises, beforehand informed Adweek that the corporate’s upfront week theme was “Come With Us,” however we’re right here to announce it actually felt extra like “Come Dance With Us.” From Nicky Jam performing his hits at The Glasshouse in New York to a dance staff hyping up the group whereas the corporate offered sizzle reels, there’s no dancing round it: the 2023 Telemundo Celebration was the definition of a celebration. – B.B.