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

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

Roseanne co-stars (l. to r.) Michael Fishman, Laurie Metcalf, Roseanne Barr, Lecy Goranson and John Goodman talked about next season's revival. Heidi Gutman/ABC

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.

@jasonlynch jason.lynch@adweek.com Jason Lynch is TV Editor at Adweek, overseeing trends, technology, personalities and programming across broadcast, cable and streaming video.
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