Jimmy Kimmel took a swing at the big networks, including his own, during ABC’s upfront presentation to advertisers on Tuesday.
The late night show host roasted ABC for their lack of innovation as so many appear to be resurrecting old shows rather than creating new ones.
‘Our new strategy is resurrecting old crap,’ he joked at the first ABC-Freeform upfront at Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall in New York on Tuesday, Entertainment Weekly reports.
Jimmy Kimmel took a swing at the big networks, including his own, during ABC’s upfront presentation to advertisers on Tuesday (pictured)
The late night show host roasted ABC for their lack of innovation as so many appear to be resurrecting old shows rather than creating new ones
‘We’re also recycling shows other networks throw away. Fox is reviving canceled ABC shows. ABC and NBC are reviving canceled Fox shows. This is what’s known in the industry as a failure orgy.’
Kimmel was referring to the recent decision by NBC to buy back Brooklyn Nine-Nine from Fox after the network cancelled it.
‘You can’t even cancel anything; it doesn’t mean anything anymore. It’s like the McRib — it just comes back,’ he told the crowd.
However, the main focus of the evening was the success of the reboot of 1990s sitcom Roseanne.
The 50-year-old has hosted 15 out of the last 16 annual ABC upfronts – only missing last year’s event to look after his son following the newborn’s heart surgery
‘Our biggliest hit of the year is Roseanne … so everyone who says Hollywood is out of ideas, we’re not. It’s just that one of our new ideas was to Google, ‘What were our old ideas?’ Kimmel joked.
‘No one was expecting Roseanne to be a big hit. But to be honest, we don’t expect any of our shows to be hits. Roseanne’s success proves that the older and crazier you are, the more today’s audience likes you. That’s why we’re proud to announce our new show: Gary Busey Proves 9/11 Never Happened.’
The Jimmy Kimmel Live! host also made a jab at ABC’s new slogan, ‘Forward Together.’
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We’re not the only one doing our greatest hits. Everyone is. Will and Grace, Fuller House, Murphy Brown — that’s right, CBS knows what millennials want, and they’ll be damned if they give it to them.
Nathan Filion is returning to TV, which is great news if you were worried your Aunt Joanne wouldn’t be horny enough this fall.
Our ratings are going down, and our prices are going up. Too bad, eat it.
The reason Fox is calling [shorter commercial breaks] Jazz Pods? They wanted to find a way to shorten commercial breaks and appropriate black culture at the same time.
‘You can’t even cancel anything; it doesn’t mean anything anymore. It’s like the McRib — it just comes back.
‘Hillary Clinton had a yard sale, and she let us have that for almost nothing,’ he joked.
He also reminded the audience that new ABC shows like Inhumans, Deception, and Quantico had all fallen flat this year.
‘We even canceled Marvel’s Inhumans. Somehow we managed to have the only unsuccessful project with the word ‘Marvel’ in the title. Ever. It had never been done before,’ he said.
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The 50-year-old has hosted 15 out of the last 16 annual ABC upfronts – only missing last year’s event to look after his son following the newborn’s heart surgery.
And he is fearless is going after his show’s network, in a room full of network executives, media, producers and advertisers.
But this year, he saved plenty of ire for Fox.
‘Fox needs help. They canceled Lucifer and The Exorcist — they can’t even make a deal with the devil,’ he joked.
Disney, which owns ABC and NBC, announced last year they were planning to purchase Fox but Comcast threw a wrench in those plans recently.
‘Our company is in the midst of negotiations to buy Fox. It seemed like a done deal, and then last week, Comcast, like the surprise ex-boyfriend who shows up on The Bachelorette right before she gets engaged, Comcast shows up and weasels its way into our business. We got peacock-blocked, is what happened.’
‘All we know for sure is someone is buying Fox. The Murdochs are getting richer. And everyone is redoing their kitchens with a motherf—ing pasta faucet.’
Barr was the first person on stage, following a taped opening in which ABC and Freeform talent auditioned in front of American Idol’s judges for the chance to open the event. Barr won by singing Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” and joked, “I’m thrilled to share my vocal talents with America again,” referring to her controversial 1990 national anthem performance.