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Topic: Paul Lee

The 2014 Upfront Preview

How the big 4 stack up

Analogies are often facile things, contrivances designed to hammer home a theme when a light tap of the mallet would suffice. But in light of the fact that it’s a)…

ABC Re-Ups Paul Lee

Disney gives entertainment chief a vote of confidence

With just a month to go before it pitches its 2014-15 upfront slate, ABC has re-upped entertainment president Paul Lee. The genial Brit has signed a new multiyear deal with the…

ABC Yanks the Cord on Mind Games

Tuesday 10 p.m. is becoming yet another trouble spot for network

ABC has pulled the plug on the Christian Slater drama Mind Games after just five episodes. The third new ABC series to fail to catch on in the Tuesday 10 p.m. slot—it was…

Anne Sweeney Is Leaving Disney

18-year vet says she wants to direct

The Walt Disney Co. on Tuesday announced that Anne Sweeney is leaving the company, effective January 2015, so that she may pursue her dream of directing television. An 18-year Disney veteran,…

ABC Gives Full-Season Orders to The Goldbergs, Trophy Wife

In-house comedy gets the nod over Back in the Game

ABC has tightened up its comedy lineup, giving full-season orders to freshman sitcoms The Goldbergs and Trophy Wife, ordering an additional four episodes of Super Fun Night and closing the…

ABC Overhauls Fall Schedule

Network makes big bets on Tuesday night

In what has become a somewhat hoary upfront tradition, Jimmy Kimmel on Tuesday took the stage at New York’s Avery Fisher Hall and gleefully skewered the broadcast TV business. “Let’s call…

The 10 Best Upfront Presentations (So Far)

From robots to an attempted seduction by Jennifer Love Hewitt, some nets really know how to party

The upfronts are supposed to be an opportunity for cable and broadcast networks—and now digital content providers—to unveil their slates of new programming before an audience of advertising executives, in…

Kimmel Skewers ABC Rivals in Traditional Upfront Bit

Chat show host cracks that annual sales pitch is 'bullshit'

In what has become a snarky rite of spring, ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel on Tuesday afternoon affectionately skewered his network, before turning his sights on the competition. Speaking at the…

Boning Up on the Upfront: A Cheat Sheet for the 2012-13 Bazaar

An advance look at TV’s annual pitch to the ad world

On the eve of the annual spectacle known as Upfront Week, broadcasters can take comfort in the knowledge that the four-day dog and pony show will lead to some $9.2…

Outlook Murky for ‘The River’

ABC’s paranormal drama bows to so-so ratings

While ABC had anticipated a roaring cataract of GRPs, the series premiere of The River brought forth little more than a lazy, trickling stream. According to Nielsen preliminary data, the two-hour…

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