One of the trends to emerge from last week’s network upfronts in New York is a re-examination of the reboot, with few at the networks interested in living through another “Roseanne”-type implosion after the ABC reboot was the toast of the 2018 upfronts.
Not to say reboots are entirely dead — but this year a new trend emerged, writes TVWeek Open Mic writer Hillary Atkin in Part 2 of her two-part report on the upfronts. This year the networks leaned more toward shows built around immigrants and mixed-race families, meaning more actors of color in leading roles and presumably even more inclusion in below-the-line positions.
Also emerging from an upfront market characterized by reshuffled executive chairs in the wake of consolidation and allegations of misconduct, much talk focused on the promise of data-driven accountability in a “premium content” environment, a term that now seems to be defined as anything other than digital user-generated content.
Part two of Hillary’s report focuses on Disney, WarnerMedia, CBS and CW.
If you missed yesterday’s part one, you can click here to read it.