TV Upfronts: Guide to Presentations and Parties

Yes, it’s that time again, when networks trot out the casts of next season’s shows and brag about how wonderful these offerings are going to be. And then, of course, use all the leverage they can to extort high advertising fees out of the sponsors whose commercials we never watch thanks to our trusty DVRs.

As always, Hollywood Reporter.Com is on top of the scene. Here’s their rundown of the presentations and, even more importantly, the parties!

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by Lesley  Goldberg

NETWORK PRESENTATIONS

NBC
Radio City Music Hall, 1260 6th Ave.; 11 a.m., Monday, May 13

Fox
Beacon Theatre, 2124 Broadway; 4 p.m., Monday, May 13
Post-show party following the presentation set for Wollman Rink in Central Park.

ESPN
Best Buy Theater, 1515 Broadway (at 44th Street); 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 14
Neil Everett and Stan Verrett will host the breakfast and presentation, which again will feature ESPN personalities.

Univision
New Amsterdam Theater, 214 West 42nd St.; 11 a.m., Tuesday, May 14

Discovery U.S. Hispanic
Gotham Hall, 1356 Broadway (at 36th Street); 3 p.m., Tuesday, May 14

ABC
Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, 132 W. 65th St.; 4 p.m., Tuesday, May 14
In keeping with tradition, Jimmy Kimmel will roast his network — among others.

Telemundo
Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall at Time Warner Center, Broadway at 60th Street; 6 p.m., Tuesday, May 14.
After-party to follow immediately at the same location.

TNT/TBS
Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 West 34th St.; 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 15
Lunch reception to follow, starting at 11:30 a.m. at Del Posto, 85 10th Ave.

Fox Hispanic Media
Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, 1941 Broadway; Noon, Wednesday, May 15.

NCM Media Networks
AMC Lincoln Square, 1998 Broadway (between 67th and 68th Street); 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 15
Guest speaker Guillermo Del Toro (Pacific Rim). Lunch from Danny Meyer’s Blue Smoke. Transit from Turner’s Hammerstein Ballroom provided.

CBS
Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Ave.; 4 p.m., Wednesday, May 15
Reception to follow at the Tent at Lincoln Center.

ESPN Deportes
J. Urban Theater at the Hearst Tower, 300 W. 57th St.; 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 15 (Invitation only)

NuvoTV
Edison Ballroom, 240 W. 47th St.; 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 15
Presentation to feature executive partner Jennifer Lopez.

Adult Swim
Roseland Ballroom, 239 West 52nd St. (between Broadway and 8th Avenue); 9 p.m., Wednesday, May 15
Performance by Kanye West.

The CW
New York City Center, 131 West 55th St.; 11 a.m., Thursday, May 16

USA Network
Pier 36, 299 South St.; 4 p.m., Thursday, May 16.
After-party to follow at same venue with a performance by Passion Pit.
(Casual lunch for working press with Graceland cast before the presentation at the Fat Radish, 17 Orchard St., 1 p.m.)

AGENCY PARTIES

UTA
Marquee, 289 10th Ave., 9:30 p.m., Sunday, May 12
The agency kicks off the upfront week with a Sunday night bash attended by a few hundred actors, writers, producers, agents and execs.

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