As we close the book on a wild upfront, with a lot of drama, some last-minute pickups, many cancellations and one resurrection, here is Deadline’s annual honor roll of those who excelled at the 2018 upfronts. Also included is a list of pods and independent production companies with multiple series on broadcast and cable.
Greg Berlanti and Aaron Kaplan lead the pack this upfront with three new series each.
Berlanti just set a new record for the most on-air series with 14 — all live-action dramas — 10 of them on broadcast. Berlanti Prods.’s three new broadcast shows God Friended Me and The Red Line for CBS; and All American for the CW, join returning Arrow, Black Lightning, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Riverdale and Supergirl for The CW and Blindspot for NBC as well the upcoming Chilling Adventures of Sabrina for Netflix; Titans and Doom Patrol for the DC Universe digital service; and You for Lifetime. Berlanti runs the company with president Sarah Schechter.