Rating the 2014 NewFronts

Highlights and headscratchers from some of this year's big events

The Digital Content NewFronts are here, and this time we’ve got multimillion-dollar-an-episode series, lots of unduplicated viewership and serious inventory scarcity. Wait, no, that’s traditional TV. On the digital side of programming, we still seem to be a long way from an ad-supported show on the level of House of Cards, and the smartest players seem to be emphasizing subscription services and integrations over pile-’em-high spots and dots. Among the highlights: Yahoo promises a new sci-fi comedy from Paul Feig and a single-cam sitcom about a basketball team in Vegas; Time Inc. launches a digital video hub its first year in the mix; and Project Y … uh, Glam … uh, Mode Media rebrands. Overall, this year’s crop of presentations have been notably better-paced and less snafu-prone than last year’s bunch. –Sam Thielman, with Emma Bazilian, Michelle Castillo, Christopher Heine and Garett Sloane