UPDATED: 2012 TV Network Upfronts Schedule & NYC locations

Though most of the major Network TV Upfronts don’t take place until May, we’ve already had several readers ask when and where this year’s events will take place so we wanted to share the 2012 schedule.

The Upfronts are annual presentations where the TV networks reveal their fall line-ups to advertisers. They also bring the biggest stars of their biggest shows out on stage to really impress the reporters. Though there is no public access to these events, they can still be a perfect opportunity to meet celebrities as they are arriving or leaving.

Check out some tips for meeting celebs at the Upfronts here.

Below is the schedule of this year’s Upfronts. Stay tuned for more information about the exact venues for each event as more information becomes available.

Also, feel free to use this post as an Open Thread to discuss where and how to meet celebs during the 2012 TV Network Upfronts in the comments below!

Date Network City Event
March 1, 2012 The Hub New York Evening
March 7, 2012 BBC America Los Angeles Evening
March 8, 2012 Fox News Channel Los Angeles 5pm
March 8, 2012 The Hub Chicago Evening
March 13, 2012 Disney Channel New York Evening
March 14, 2012 Crown Media Family Networks New York Lunch
March 14, 2012 Nickelodeon New York Late Afternoon
March 15, 2012 NBC News/MSNBC New York Lunch
March 15, 2012 The Hub West Hollywood Evening
March 19, 2012 ABC Family New York Afternoon
March 20, 2012 TV One New York Lunch
March 20, 2012 Scripps Network Boston Afternoon
March 20, 2012 IFC New York Late Afternoon/Evening
March 21, 2012 GSN New York Morning
March 21, 2012 Fox News Channel Chicago Late Afternoon/Evening
March 22, 2012 AMC New York Evening
March 22, 2012 Discovery Communications Chicago Late Afternoon/Evening
March 27, 2012 Scripps Network Detroit Late Afternoon/Evening
March 27, 2012 Nickelodeon Los Angeles Morning
March 27, 2012 nuvoTV Los Angeles Evening
March 28, 2012 Cartoon Network New York Late Afternoon
March 29, 2012 Scripps Network Minneapolis Afternoon
March 29, 2012 BBC America Chicago Evening
March 29, 2012 CNBC New York Evening
Date Network City Event
April 3, 2012 Scripps Networks Dallas Afternoon
April 4, 2012 Bravo New York Evening
April 5, 2012 Discovery Communications New York Late Afternoon/Evening
April 12, 2012 BET Networks Los Angeles Lunch
April 16, 2012 BET Networks Chicago Lunch
April 17, 2012 nuvoTV Chicago Evening
April 18, 2012 BET Networks New York Evening
April 18, 2012 Scripps Networks Chicago Late Afternoon/Evening
April 18, 2012 Style Network New York Breakfast
April 19, 2012 Discovery Communications LA Late Afternoon/Evening
April 19, 2012 Hulu NewFront New York Morning
April 19, 2012 Bravo Dallas Evening
April 19, 2012 BBC America New York Evening
April 19, 2012 Nickelodeon Chicago Morning
April 23, 2012 Scripps Networks New York Late Afternoon/Evening
April 24, 2012 Microsoft Advertising Digital Showcase New York Morning
April 24, 2012 AOL Digital Content NewFront New York Late Afternoon
April 24, 2012 Syfy New York Evening
April 24, 2012 nuvoTV New York Evening
April 25, 2012 It happens on Yahoo! New York
April 25, 2012 Bravo Chicago Evening
April 25, 2012 Oxygen New York Evening
April 26, 2012 Digitas NewFront New York Afternoon
April 26, 2012 Big Content: From Video to Bloggers to Blockbusters New York
April 26, 2012 MTV New York Late Afternoon
April 30, 2012 Scripps Networks Atlanta Afternoon
April 30, 2012 E! New York Evening
Date Network City Event
May 2, 2012 Google/YouTube New York  Late Afternoon/Evening
May 3, 2012 Scripps Networks Los Angeles Late Afternoon/Evening
May 9, 2012 A&E Networks New York Evening
May 14, 2012 NBC-TV New York Morning
May 14, 2012 Fox-TV New York Afternoon
May 14, 2012 Azteca America New York Evening
May 15, 2012 ESPN New York Morning
May 15, 2012 Univision New York Morning
May 15, 2012 ABC-TV New York Afternoon
May 15, 2012 Discovery U.S. Hispanic New York Afternoon
May 15, 2012 Telemundo New York Evening
May 16, 2012 Turner Broadcasting New York Morning
May 16, 2012 NCM Media Networks New York Afternoon
May 16, 2012 Fox Hispanic Media New York Afternoon
May 16, 2012 CBS-TV New York Afternoon
May 16, 2012 V-ME New York Afternoon
May 16, 2012 Tr3s: MTV, Música y Más New York Evening
May 17, 2012 The CW New York Morning
May 17, 2012 USA Network New York Evening

UPDATE: Below are the locations where this year’s major Upfront Presentations will be held:


Radio City Music Hall, 1260 6th Ave.; 11 a.m., May 14

Beacon Theatre, 2124 Broadway; 4 p.m., May 14
Post-show party following the presentation set for Wollman Rink in Central Park.


Best Buy Theater, 1515 Broadway; 9:30 a.m., May 15
Sage Steele & Mike Greenberg will host the breakfast and presentation featuring appearances from the sports network’s personalities.


New Amsterdam Theatre, 214 West 42nd St.; 11 a.m., May 15
Reception to follow at Cipriani, 89 East 42nd St.

Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, 132 W. 65th St.; 4 p.m., May 15
In keeping with tradition, Jimmy Kimmel will roast his network — among others.

Al Hirschfeld Theatre, 302 West 45th St.; 6 p.m., May 15
Cocktail reception to follow at the Edison Ballroom.

Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 West 34th St.; 9:30 a.m., May 16
Lunch reception to follow, starting at 11:30 a.m. at Del Posto, 85 10th Ave.

Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Ave.; 4 p.m., May 16
Reception to follow at the Tent at Lincoln Center.

Adult Swim

Roseland Ballroom, 239 West 52nd St.; 9 p.m., May 16
Performance by rapper T.I.

The CW
New York City Center, 131 West 55th St.; 10:30 a.m., May 17

USA Network
Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, 1941 Broadway; 2:45 p.m., May 17
The cable network’s first presentation will feature performances by Jennifer Hudson and Mark Ronson.

You can also find information about some of the talent agencies holding parties, and where they will be held, during the Upfronts at THR.

Thanks to Maria for sharing the above photo with Ian Somerhalder taken outside last year’s CW Upfront Presentation!

Schedule Source: MediaBizBlggers
Location Source: The Hollywood Reporter


  1. For the people who went last year, when it says its in the morning, what time is that usually? I’m interested in going to the NBC upfronts

  2. Last year, a couple of friends and I went up for the Fox upfronts and stopped by the NBC ones on our way up (They were morning and afternoon of the same day last year as well) I’d have to say the morning ones… they were still in there when we stopped around like 10? As far as Fox goes, I don’t know if it’ll be the same way or the same place as last year, but we were camped out in/around Central Park for the majority of the day. As far as afternoon, I’m going to say like 4-ish was when people started getting there. I looked back on my blog because I knew I took a picture of the empty tent and that was timestamped 2:46. I think. 🙂 Hope that was helpful.

  3. I have a question, how do you know what celebs will actually be showing up? I want to go for the FOX and CW upfronts, but I also haven’t the slightest idea where they’re located. HELLLLP.

  4. the FOX upfronts were held at the beacon theater last year as well right? Was it hard to meet people there? since the venue is like any other concert venue in NYC and there isn’t much room for people to hang out.

    • I believe that’s where they were, but the after-party seems to be where the opportunity for meetings are. However, beware of the paparazzi. They seem to be outstandingly vicious (to the point of threatening bodily harm if you so much add reach your arm past.)

      • thanks for that! i’ve been around most of the NYC paparazzi since 2007 even though this is really my first upfronts actually going to the events. i’ve usually just hung at hotels/after parties in past years so i was just trying to get the feel of the actual presentation venue. My only issue is not everyone usually goes to the after party

  5. I was just wondering, I want to do the fox upfront, but I know they can get a bit crazy, do I have a better chance of meeting and getting photos with people at the upfront or the afterparty? Also, does anyone know what time the afterparty is?

  6. I’d also like to know if it’s easier to meet people at the Upfronts or at the afterparty. Also, how long is the Upfronts presentation? If I see the people go in but didn’t get a picture with someone, should I wait until the presentation is done and they come out again?

      • What time do you plan to go? I have school that gets out at two that day, so I couldn’t be there before that. Would it still be worth it, or would lots of people already be there.

  7. For people who have gone in previous years – what time is the FOX Upfronts after party and how long does it last? Just wondering how many hours I have to wait until they leave. Also, what time do you think fans should go to the afterparty?

    • The afterparty is right after the presentation. It lasts for about 40 minutes to an hour, so they will start popping up at the party shorty after the presentation.

  8. Starting to set up, signs spotted:
    Fox Upfronts! RT @101bored @olv on 74th st between broadway & Amsterdam along Amsterdam towards 75th At beacon theater

  9. Is it better to go to the Fox Upfront or the afterparty to wait outside for people? In other words, at which location will I be able to get pictures with them? Thank you so much to anyone who answers!

    • Frank: You’ve got a much bigger chance to get pictures at the afterparty. They’re usually in a hury before/during/after the actual presentation although some let you take pictures there too. I went to the FOX upfronts last year and met many at outside the afterparty.

  10. I’m gonna go to the CW Upfronts, since it starts at 10.30am, what time should I be there? And also, any news on the CW afterparty!?

  11. Hey Caroline,

    Can you please confirm the location and time for the CW Upfronts? I would really like to go. Would 10:30 am assure a front place near the barricades?

    • Well, I will be going to this address it says above on this page:

      New York City Center, 131 West 55th St.; 10:30 a.m., May 17

      I will probably be there around 7:30/8am just to make sure to get a place right in the front. I think 10:30am would be too late cause that’s when the Upfronts start…and I’m guessing people will be arriving before that…!? No idea though, that’s why I will go as early as possible.

    • Hey, I went this morning for NBC. Missed them going in but I saw some people coming out. Only a few stars crossed the street to take pics/sign autographs…others just went into their cars. I managed to get a pic with Megan hilty from Smash…I was hoping for the rest of the Smash cast too but no luck. They were coming out from 2 exits so maybe I missed them. I really wanted to see the Grimm cast, but they just got into their cars. Overall it was still pretty awesome!

  12. I was at the after party for FOX, you could actually get pretty close, but of course Paparazzi block a lot! Anyways I know Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder have been in NYC for a couple days, anyone spot em?!

  13. For people who were at the NBC ones yesterday. What time did stars arrive? I want to go to the CW on Thursday but have to be at work. Trying to gauge if it’s worth it

  14. Sorry, I thought someone added this link above, but I guess not, here is the list of parties too: https://www.deadline.com/2012/05/2012-upfronts-schedule-party-list/
    TUESDAY 8:30 PM: ABC Party
    Dream Hotel Downtown, 355 West 16th St.
    WEDNESDAY 9:00 PM: Adult Swim Upfront Party – performance by Rapper T.I.
    Roseland Ballroom, 239 W 52nd Street
    WEDNESDAY CBS Reception to follow Upfronts (at 4 pm) at The Tent at Lincoln Center, Damrosch Park, W. 62nd St between Columbus & Amsterdam Aves
    WEDNESDAY TNT/TBS Lunch at t Del Posto, 85 10th Ave.
    THURSDAY 7:00 PM: CW After Party, Colicchio & Sons, 85 10th Ave.

    • Thanks! CW after party is so late. Must be more press stuff in the afternoon after the morning upfront or something

  15. some people met glee cast at some afterparty for the upfronts but it wasnt the central park one anyone have any idea on which one it was? (i think it was nbc)

  16. Thinking of going in for the CW one at 10:30 am tomorrow. Anyone have any ideas of when to arrive? And the chances of getting a photo with any actors/actresses? Or am I better off going to the after-party at 7pm? And anyone have any ideas of when to arrive for that and same photo question as well… Just looking for some opinions or someone who has had experience going! 🙂

    • From the last up fronts and from what people are experiencing this year, I think people have generally been having pretty good luck. The CW upfront is likely to be more crowded this year as all of the up fronts have been more crowded. Also, since the Vampire Diaries, Supernatural , and Gossip Girl cast will definitely be there I would expect crowds. I would go at least 2 hours before for the up fronts and an hr or so before for the party. People do seem to be getting photos with cast which is great. I hope yo have luck tomorrow, wish I could be there. but alas I have work.

  17. Hey,
    Is it okay to ask here where the actors are staying? I saw pics on someone’s flickr outside a hotel that looks like it’s in midtown (with Ian Somerhalder, Jensen Ackles etc) but couldn’t place which one it was. Anyone know? It seemed in past years that there was a main hotel where most of the actors stayed. Thanks.

  18. Any idea if the USA network is having an after party?? And where it is?

    I would LOVE to go to the upfronts but I can’t make it…

  19. Does anyone know where to stand for the CW UPFRONTS? I’m here and there are barricades everywhere but I don’t know where to go. If anyone is here, please comment!

  20. From the twitter feed this morning it looks like fans made out really well at the CW upfronts. I’m probably going to be down at the party later. Anyone else going?

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