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Who’s Doing What at This Year’s Upfronts

Like last year, the recession means big events are giving way to more intimate affairs.

Last year saw scaled-back presentations at the upfronts, with the networks blaming their cost-saving measures on the then-recently ended WGA strike. This year’s event, which kicks off May 18, will be more of the same. And it’s not just a lessening of festivities — executives are also staying back. For most studio divisions, only a handful of suits will be attending.




Fox — May 18

Like last year, the network will present at New York City Center, with a small afterparty at Wollman Rink. Stars from Fox’s current series will be in attendance.








ABC — May 19

ABC will host its presentation at Lincoln Center. The network will, so far, be bringing Jimmy Kimmel, who also showed up last year. A cocktail reception is planned, but a location has not yet been selected.







NBC — May 19
NBC already held its "infront" earlier this week, so there’s nothing huge planned. Still, it will have some kind of presentation at Town Hall, with Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien and Jimmy Fallon scheduled to show up.








CBS — May 20
CBS will occupy Carnegie Hall. After nixing its post-upfront party at Tavern on the Green last year, it’s planning to host something this year — but somewhere else. Nobody is yet scheduled to appear.







CW — May 21
CW will close out the week at Madison Square Garden Theatre, followed by a party at Gramercy Park Hotel.