Turner’s Upfront Features a Drone, a Wolf and a Plea From Samantha Bee

And more digs at digital metrics

Turner's upfront presentation this morning became the first to feature a drone and a Wolf.

CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer emceed the event, which represented eight Turner networks as well as Turner Sports. Also front and center, a drone cam capturing all the action inside the Theater at Madison Square Garden, including a town hall moderated by Anderson Cooper and featuring Conan O'Brien and Charles Barkley.

Turner's big push toward the ad buying community: fewer commercials.

"Research has shown that with reduced commercial loads, consumers' intent to purchase is dramatically higher," said Donna Speciale, president of Turner Broadcasting ad sales. "Now we need you, the advertising community, to support these moves."

Buyers also got a look at how good of a pitchman Conan O'Brien can be. Following the announcement that Team Coco is opening a branded content studio, O'Brien hocked fake products such as "Kevin Reilly's Career Zip-Lines" and "David Levy's Silver Fox Wigs."

Speciale touted the late-night star's digital reach, boasting about five bits that garnered more than 75 million views. "And in our world, a view is at least 30 seconds, not three," she added.

TBS' biggest new star, a grateful Samantha Bee, thanked "Jesus or Satan, whoever is responsible," for the comedic gift of the 2016 election, which conveniently coincided with her Full Frontal show's first season. She also pleaded with brands to pony up $100,000 to support her goal of being a sponsor for this summer's Republican National Convention in Cleveland. She'll be there either way.

Reilly also touted TBS' upcoming esports competition series, E-League, which debuts May 27. "You never heard of esports? Find a teenager and ask him," he said.

Adult Swim, which leads all cable networks in the adults 18-34 demo, got a data-filled sizzle reel. TruTV got a big chunk of time, bringing out Adam Conver, star of Adam Ruins Everything; the Impractical Jokers; and Billy on the Street host Billy Eichner, who also took the stage at Hulu's upfront two weeks ago. Cartoon Network and Turner Sports were relegated to video bits.