Disney Upfront Highlights: Here’s What Happened At North Javits Center With Bob Iger, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds & First Golden Bachelorette

Sheryl Lee Ralph and Lisa Ann Walter from Abbott Elementary got to call roll at the start of the Disney Upfront Tuesday, which allowed many of the stars from the studio’s movies and networks to sound off (in a video) before the presentation kicked off at the North Javits Center.

And what’s an ABC upfront without the voice of Walt Disney? Yup, he was (heard) there, too. Here’s what else happened at the afternoon shindig:

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  • Emma Stone, whose Oscar acceptance speech for Poor Things was replayed during the opening montage, kicked off the event to remind everyone that the studio was founded more than 100 years ago. Her primary job, though? She was there to introduce Disney CEO Bob Iger.

Disney CEO Bob Iger (Disney/Jennifer Pottheiser)
Disney CEO Bob Iger (Disney/Jennifer Pottheiser)
  • Iger returned to the upfront stage, sans tie with his white shirt, for the first time in 30 years. He promised that Jimmy Kimmel would come later to “tear everyone apart,” including himself. Pictures of Iger then flashed in the background from when he did the ABC upfront three decades ago. After an optimistic speech about the company (you can read it here), the camera panned to the three Disney co-chairs in the audience who hope to someday occupy his chair. Best of luck, kids!

  • A Family Guy clip features an animated Rita Ferro, the president of global advertising for Disney, as she talks up the Disney library. Now this is the way to do an upfront presentation; none of that awkward Teleprompter reading. She doesn’t get to stay as a cartoon for long, though; she appears in person at Javits in a bright yellow suit and gigantic gold dragonfly butterfly handmade flower brooch from M&S Schmalberg to talk about Disney’s connective storytelling.

  • Ryan Reynolds — last seen on ABC in the comedy Two Guys, A Girl and a Pizza Place — gets a turn on the stage to joke about how everyone “primarily knows me for my work in marketing,” but he’s an actor, too! His touts his new family friendly show on NatGeo before bringing out Rob McElhenney so they can talk about the fourth season return of Welcome to Wrexham. McElhenney also reminds everyone that his show It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia has been on FX for something like 57 years.

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  • Kaitlin Olson introduces her new ABC drama High Potential from ABC Signature. She plays a single mom with three kids and an exceptional mind, who helps solve an unsolvable crime when she rearranges some evidence during her shift as a cleaner for the police department. When they discover she has a knack for putting things in order because of her high intellectual potential, she is brought on as a consultant to work with a by-the-book seasoned detective Karadec (Daniel Sunjata), and together they form an unusual and unstoppable team.

  • Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts and Abbott Elementary creator Quinta Brunson revealed that Jason Kelce will be an ESPN Monday Night Countdown commentator. Party boy comes on stage and picks up Brunson but only hugs Hurts. “As somebody who just finished a 13-year career, I know what it takes to be great,” he said. “Its Monday Night friggin’ Football! My brother and I grew up watching Monday Night Football … I know what’s going on in those guy’s heads.” Scott Van Pelt, Ryan Clark and Marcus Spears join Kelce on stage.

  • Ryan Seacrest talked up ABC’s live events like New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, the Oscars, and upcoming ESPY Awards on July 11. Serena Williams will host. He also shared some good news for Golden Bachelor fans: a Golden Bachelorette is coming featuring Joan Vassos, a former bachelorette on Golden Bachelor who left after week 3 due to a family emergency.

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  • ABC News anchor David Muir takes the stage to say “I’m not here to talk about the news, Stormy Daniels. You are welcome.” Instead, he’s there to introduce Robin Roberts, who is about to celebrate 20 years as co-anchor of Good Morning America.

  • Nathan Fillion and The Acolyte‘s Kelnacca take the stage just so Fillion can say Disney programming varies from “Wookiees to Rookies.” Buh da-dum. The rest of the Acolyte cast come out to promote the series’ June 4 premiere on Disney+. It takes place 100 years before The Phantom Menace.

  • Selena Gomez boasts her multiple projects at Disney, including a new take on her old Disney Channel show called Wizards Beyond Waverly Place, and of course her work on Only Murders in the Building, which returns Aug. 27. Steve Martin and Martin Short join her on stage to share a few bon mots like this: “Steve is whiter than a Michael Bublé concert in Utah on a pickle ball court.”

  • Marvel TV presents! Cast of the upcoming Agatha All Along do a spiel for their show that’ll bow Sept. 18 on Disney+. They also offer a first look trailer of Kathryn Hahn reprising her role of Agatha Harkness. Dominique Thorne and Anthony Ramos talk up Ironheart that’s coming next year. Charlie Cox and Vincent D’Onofrio follow to premiere footage from Daredevil: Born Again, which will bow on Disney+ in March 2025.

  • Sterling K. Brown and James Marsden preview their new Hulu show from Dan Fogelman called Paradise. Marsden plays a former U.S. president and Brown is his security man. Julianne Nicholson also stars.

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  • A 2-minute-plus trailer for the new season of The Bear! But it was only available for folks in the room. Sigh.

  • Desmond Howard, Vince Young and Adrian Peterson from ESPN drone on about men’s college basketball.

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  • NCAA women’s basketball stars take the stage with South Carolina Gamecocks’ head coach Dawn Staley to tell us that Disney+ is running three of Caitlin Clark’s games, yes!

  • Emma Roberts, Kim Kardashian, Michelle Williams and Angela Bassett wax poetic about their Disney shows (American Horror Story, 9-1-1, The Kardashians, and Dying for Sex).

  • The Jimmy Kimmel monologue! Transcript coming shortly….

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