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Everything You Need to Know About What Went Down at Upfronts

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FOX - MONDAY

Fox made the world safer for good TV with a surprise Dollhouse renewal as well as an order for Glee and So You Think You Can Dance for the fall. Then we liveblogged the Sarah Connor postmortem.

  • Notable quote: "Terminator has completed its run." —Fox president Kevin Reilly
  • Best talent stunt: The Glee cast performed a new arrangement of "Somebody to Love" live on stage at New York City Center.
  • Most intriguing new-show trailer: Not including Glee? Then Sons of Tucson, starring Tyler Labine.

ABC - TUESDAY

ABC canceled Samantha Who? and ordered up like a billion new series and then we liveblogged the presentation peeks of Flash Forward and Modern Family.

  • Notable quote: "They've both signed on. I can't say whether or not they'll both be there." —ABC president Steve McPherson addressing the future of Katherine Heigl and T.R. Knight on Grey's Anatomy
  • Best talent stunt: Jimmy Kimmel doing a live bit about the upfronts where he stated, "These new fall shows we're so excited about? We're gonna cancel 90 percent of them." So true...
  • Most intriguing new-show trailer: V, starring Elizabeth Mitchell, Morena Baccarin, Alan Tudyk and a bunch of flesh-eating alien reptiles

NBC - TUESDAY

A few weeks back, NBC ordered up the easy picks (P-Rex, Heroes) and then this week we learned it canceled Medium but saved Chuck.

  • Notable quote: "Joel McHale is a star in the way that Tina Fey, Steve Carell, Alec Baldwin and Amy Poehler are stars." —NBC president Ben Silverman
  • Best talent stunt: None
  • Most intriguing new-show trailer: Community, starring Joel McHale

CBS - WEDNESDAY

After CBS saved Medium we liveblogged Neil Patrick Harris' awesomeness at the Carnegie Hall presentation.

  • Notable quote: "There's a difference between the model being broken and not being able to find any hit shows for years." —CBS boss Les Moonves, slamming another network
  • Best talent stunt: LL Cool J rapping and/or Barney Stinson humping Nina Tassler
  • Most intriguing new-show trailer: Accidentally On Purpose, starring Jenna Elfman

CW - THURSDAY

We got you an early look at the CW's new schedule and then hit the network's event where it was confirmed that Lily lives.

  • Notable quote: "I want us to see them together, but at the same time, the reason why they're so good is why they can't be together." –Leighton Meester, dishing the future of Chuck and Blair on Gossip Girl
  • Best talent stunt: Bass Industries CEO Chuck Bass, teenage billionaire, pitching the ad buyers on the CW's merits
  • Most intriguing new-show trailer: Vampire Diaries, starring Edward and Bella

 

If you haven't seen it yet, we have Video of all the new series (by network: CW, CBS, ABC, Fox, NBC), and be sure to browse our new-shows photo gallery...

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