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The Downside Of Upfronts

This past week was Upfront Week for American television networks - The time of year when they announce to advertisers (and the rest of the world, but really, it's all about the advertisers) what shows they're going to be showing next season. It's an exciting time for onlookers and industry commentators, but what is it like for the people who work on the shows themselves?

A wonderful piece in the New York Times by Brian Stelter follows Liz Tigelaar, creator of the CW series Life Unexpected, during a month when she literally had no idea whether or not her show would be getting a second season (Spoilers: It did), and gives a fascinating look inside the uncertainty that television professionals face in the run-up to upfronts:

"I kind of imagine it’s like wanting people to love your kid. You don’t want people telling you your kid is ugly and not good enough... It’s about getting another year to do something you love,” Ms. Tigelaar said. “Or about looking for a new job.”

As someone who felt more than a little schaudenfreude about the cancellation of Heroes, I can honestly that I feel a little bit more guilty now.

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