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Quick Takes: What was the most surprising or risky move by the networks in their upfront presentations?

May 28, 2001  •  Post A Comment

“On the production side, perhaps the riskiest … is `24′ on Fox. A whole new spin on `a day in the life.’ Might be great, might flop. On the scheduling and development side, I was surprised at how traditional ABC played it. I think they need to be more aggressive.”
Stephen Block, corporate VP, brand advertising/media sponsorships, AT&T
“I have no idea why ABC would treat Barbara Walters like lint-moving her and removing her and moving her again-just to make room on Fridays for something as inane as `The Mole.’ Talk about sabotaging the team.”
Phil Rosenthal, television critic, Chicago Sun-Times
“UPN may be risking the `Star Trek’ franchise by immediately scheduling a new series, `Enterprise.’ `Star Trek’ is declining as an icon because `Voyager’ never really clicked. If the new show gives any sign of being rushed, that could be disastrous.”
Mike Antonucci, pop culture writer, San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News