It was an afternoon of a hundred stars when NBC Universal brought its biggest celebrities across its cable networks – USA Network, E!, Bravo, Oxygen, SyFy, Esquire Network, Chiller, Cloo and Sprout – for the 2014 Upfront at the Jacob Javitts Center on the west side of Manhattan. The event gave advertisers a preview of upcoming shows for the 2014-2015 season with a lot of old favorites and some new ones.
At least 1000 guests were in attendance to schmooze with Kim Kardashian, Nene Leakes and some of the other Real Housewives cast members, Peter Gallagher, Billy Campbell, Patrick J. Adams, Ian Ziering, Meghan Markle, Gina Torres, Joan Rivers, Andy Cohen Hill Harper, Michelle Williams, Aaron Tveit, Daniel Sunjata and many more.
After the upfront presentation, guests were ushered to next door for a lavish after-party with a premium cocktails and champagne and a fabulously catered spread that included steak, salmon, crudite platter, charcuterie and cheese bar and desserts. The evening capped off with a high octane performance by British chanteuse Jessie J, who sang some of her hits.
As always, my favorite network, USA Network, has a lot of my shows returning, including Suits, Covert Affairs, Graceland and Royal Pains. The summer season premieres the second week of June.
Photo credit: Makeda Saggau-Sackey