Without Jimmy Kimmel, ABC’s Upfront Event Swapped Laughs for Nostalgia

Highlighted newly revived Roseanne and American Idol, soon-to-depart Scandal

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Buyers knew going into ABC’s upfront presentation this year that they wouldn’t be hearing from Jimmy Kimmel—who stayed in L.A. to be close to his family following his newborn son’s open-heart surgery—but they also discovered that the presentation lacked the digital advertising bashing that NBCUniversal and Fox engaged in one day earlier.

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