Les Moonves Was Gone, but Not Forgotten, at First CBS Upfront Under New Leadership

Execs alluded to a 'wild ride' as they touted the company's bright future

There was much that was familiar about CBS’ upfront presentation on Wednesday afternoon, including the location (New York’s Carnegie Hall), the pitch to advertisers (once again, it’s the most-watched network on TV in total viewers) and the mix of new shows (procedurals, spinoffs of popular franchises and broad-skewing comedies). But there was also a huge difference this year: For the first time in two decades, the upfront did not include former CEO Leslie Moonves, who departed the company in September, after more than a dozen accusations of sexual harassment and inappropriate conduct.