David Boreanaz

Tried and true? Or same old song and dance? Networks unveil familiar shows and faces at 2017 upfronts

Tried and true? Or same old song and dance? Networks unveil familiar shows and faces at 2017 upfronts

It was déjà vu all over again at this week's upfronts, the spring ritual in which the broadcast networks — and various cable outlets — showcase their wares for media buyers, advertising executives and jaded reporters in an effort to woo ad dollars.

The ostensible point is to show off new programming, but there was precious little that qualified as unique from the five major broadcasters, who opted instead for reboots, revivals, prequels and spinoffs. Even some technically new series had a derivative whiff about them.

Call it comfort food or call it week-old leftovers; either way, it was all a bit too familiar.

“This is like your own personal 'Groundhog...

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