Intimate conversations with a former president, interactive zombies, make-your-own-meth labs and late-night concerts hosted by The Roots. Welcome to the Upfronts. The craziest part of the television season is the one most viewers never see. Throughout the spring and culminating in the third week of May, advertisers from around the world assemble in New York City to get a preview of what the television and cable networks will broadcast the next fall, with the objective of enticing them to commit to spending their dollars up front — hence the name, "Upfront."
Ellen DeGeneres never aimed to be a trailblazer by playing the first lead character on television to come out as gay. Yet four years into her popular 1990's sitcom, Ellen, her character, Ellen Morgan, hadn't been in a romantic relationship. Her writers wanted new material, but for DeGeneres, who was publicly still in the closet, it was an uncomfortable issue.
Just in time for the weekend’s holidays, Lifetime on Saturday shifts the focus of its original movies from stories about murderous moms, dastardly dads and torturous teens to something more inspirational with the premiere of My Mom's Letter from Heaven, based on true-life events. In the film, Barry Watson stars as Connor Ash, a father left to raise his four-year-old daughter Zoe (Jordyn Ashley Olson) after his wife Libby (Cindy Busby) dies from cancer. Before her passing, Libby writes a heartfelt letter to Zoe that Conner promises to deliver when Zoe is old enough to appreciate it.