Redefining Premium Content and Re-Examining the Reboot: A Look Back at the Network Upfronts, Part 2

May 22, 2019  •  Post A Comment

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.

Click here to read the full report.

If you missed yesterday’s part one, you can click here to read it.

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