The Week of Upfronts

This week is super exciting because it's the time when most of the major networks reveal their fall lineups. If you want to get technical about it, it's called "upfront season."

What is an upfront you ask? According to NBC, it's a yearly presentation in late May where the networks unveil their primetime schedule for media agencies and clients. Based on that presentation, advertisers negotiate a price with the network for airing commercials during the coming year.

What does that mean for you? It means I've got insiders at each of the presentations who are reporting back on the hottest upcoming shows. NBC likes to kick off the week with a Monday afternoon presentation, so stay tuned for what to watch on the Peacock.

I do have one little tidbit for you right now, though. Last week there was talk that TNT would start airing original Law & Order episodes, in addition to the practically 24/7 re-runs they air now. Not so, says Dick Wolf. Instead, NBC came up with the following arrangement. The flagship Law & Order will stay right where it is and roll out the usual 22 new episodes this fall. But new episodes of Law & Order: Criminal Intent will be moving to the NBC-owned USA network. NBC already had a lock on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. So, everyone stays employed and we all stay happy with our weekly triple shot of L&O. Where's Jerry Orbach when ya need for a "good" joke, huh?

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