The CW Upfronts 2010

On Thursday, the CW presented their fall 2010 schedule, and introduced their newest TV shows at the Theater at Madison Square Garden. The presentation, called an upfront brought many of the networks newest stars and old favorites out to promote their shows.

I arrived around 9:45 am, right after most of the stars first started arriving. I decided to go to the upfronts to see Jensen Ackles (from Supernatural) who was in town earlier in the week—turns out he’d left the night before! I was bummed out, but was almost as excited to see the cast of the Vampire Diaries. I read the books back when I was 12, and it’s now one of my favorite guilty pleasure TV shows.

One of the first celebs out was Connor Paolo, of Gossip Girl:
Connor Paolo 1

I spotted Ian Somerhalder of the Vampire Diaries talking to press in the tents. And then Paul Wesley appeared!

Ian Somerhalder 1

Paul Wesley 2
Paul seemed to be in a bit more of a hurry, but was still friendly.

Shortly after, Nina Dobrev came out:
Nina Dobrev 11

Nina looked gorgeous in person, and was by far the nicest female celeb there! She signed autographs for dozens of fan, and posed for photos with nearly everyone who asked.

Nina Dobrev 12

When she got to me, she said “Whoa, big camera!”. I got another fan to snap a photo with us—with my much smaller and easier to handle disposable camera. (I’m now trying to use it up as fast as I can. I really want to see the photos!)

Nina Dobrev 4

Shiri and Kerr from Life Unexpected (such a cute show!) stopped to sign some autographs:
Shiri Appleby and Kerr Smith

Shiri Appleby 1
I’ve been a fan of both since their early days on the WB on Roswell and Dawson’s Creek! Kerr was really good looking in person.

Nigel Barker and Jay Manuel briefly appeared, representing America’s Next Top Model:
Nigel Barker
Nigel had quite a few women in a the crowd in a tizzy.

Jay Manuel
Love Jay’s pink outfit!

Next was this incredibly nice and friendly fellow. And I had no clue who he was Robert Buckley, from One Tree Hill:

He’s not included in the AP’s photos from the event, so if anyone knows, please let me know! And I feel awful for not being able to find out his name. One Tree Hill is one of the only CW/former WB shows I’ve never really watched, so I didn’t even realize that’s where he was from! Thank you readers for IDing him! He was really great to all the fans wanting his autograph.

When Ashley Tisdale walked out of the tent, the crowd went wild!
Ashley Tisdale 1

Ashley got just as excited, after spotting a friend:
Ashley Tisdale 4

Ashley Tisdale 7
She was another celeb who signed for almost everybody.

Aly Michalka, who will be starring in the new show Hellcats with Ashley Tisdale greeted some fans, but didn’t stay very long:
Aly Michalka 2

Her dress, which I’m assuming is Herve Leger, was crazy tight:
Aly Michalka 3

Chace Crawford walked by, but didn’t stop:
Chase Crawford 1
Lame! He actually got booed.

Lyndsy Fonesca of Nikita and the movie Kick Ass:
Lyndsy Fonseca 1

Maggie Q, who plays the title role in Nikita:
Maggie Q, Star of Nikita

Shane West is also starring in Nikita. He was another star who interacted quite a bit with his fans. Shane was very personable! When I asked him for a photo he volunteered to take it, then wound my camera for me before handing it back.
Shane West
Someone in the crowd asked him where Mandy Moore was! Haha.

Last but not least was Tom Welling, of Smallville. He’d spent so long talking to reporters that he had only minutes left to dash into the venue before the presentation started. But he promised fans he’d be back after.

Tom Welling 2

I was going to head home once the green carpet arrivals had ended. It was hot, and starting to feel like my skin was burning it was so sunny! I started talking to some girls I’d met at another event last year, and before I knew it the hour had passed and the celebs started pouring out the doors and heading to their SUV’s.

People started screaming when Zuzanna Szadkowski, Dorota on Gossip Girl came out!
Zuzanna Szadkowski (Dorota)
Zuzanna was another total sweetheart. I think she’s my favorite Gossip Girl character.

Annalynne McCord was in a bit of a rush, but stopped for a few photos:
Annalynne Mccord 1
She’ll always be the crazy girl from Nip/Tuck to me.

Paul Wesley:
Paul Wesley 3
Who says all vampires don’t sparkle?

Paul Wesley 4

Nina greeted everyone she had missed earlier:
Nina Dobrev 8

Ian went wild when fans started screaming his name:
Ian Somerhalder 4
He ended up kissing quite a few girls on the cheek. Ian really has both the looks AND the personality!

Tristan Wilds, who plays Dixon on 90210:
Tristan Wilds 4
Another crazy friendly dude. He was pretty funny too. I like him, even though I gave up on 90210 after the first season.

Hot Teacher on 90210:
Ryan Eggold 2
Ryan Eggold

Kristoffer Polaha:
Kristoffer Polaha 1
The “Hot Dad” Baze on Life Unexpected.

Aly & AJ:
Aly & AJ
They didn’t even bother stopping.

Kerr Smith, looking dreamy:
Kerr Smith 2

Shiri Appleby:
Shiri Appleby 3
I told her I was a huge Roswell fan, and she smiled.

The gorgeous Tom Welling:
Tom Welling 4

He seriously deserves some kind of award for his dedication to his fans. He signed autographs and posed for photos for over twenty minutes before leaving. When we took a photo together, he volunteered to take it because he “had longer arms”. Hahah.

Tom Welling 6

Tom Welling 8

I’ll have to make another post once I get the photos back from my disposable camera. I had so much fun, and almost everyone I met was friendly and great with their fans. I’m still sad I missed out on seeing Jensen, but the great experience at the upfronts pretty much makes up for it. Upfronts are only once a year, but I definitely recommend going next summer if you want an easy way to meet some of your favorite TV stars. ❤

33 thoughts on “The CW Upfronts 2010

  1. That guy you don’t know: the nice and friendly fellow, I’m pretty sure is Robert Buckley from One Tree Hill.

    I can understand why you’re bummed to miss out on the handsome Jensen Ackles.


  2. That nice fellow is Robert Buckley – starres in One tree hill ^_^
    and i have to say – these photos are amazing buddy!)
    amazing crop and everything – you really know how to work your way with the camera)


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  4. I loved reading your account of the CW Upfronts! The details you shared and your amazing photos made me feel like I was right there with you. Thanks so much, especially for the gorgeous pics of (and nice comments about) Tom Welling!


  5. Wow, so many pretty people in one place =) Thank you for all the pictures and details. I am still especially envious of seeing the VD cast so up close! And haha, Jay Manuel’s ensemble is *amazing*.

    I admit I haven’t watched OTH since the first season but I recognized Robert Buckley from his stint on Lipstick Jungle. Yeah, I watch *that* much trashy TV.


  6. Thank you so much for taking and sharing all of these pictures – especially the TomWelling ones. I love how he took the picture for you with those wonderfully long arms of his. Thanks also for allowing these to be shared.


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  8. Thank you for sharing your pictures with the world, especially fans who couldn’t be there.

    Gah! Your gorgeous pictures of Tom Welling make me so happy!


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  10. Thank you for sharing your wonderful day with us. You really gave us a taste of what it was like to be there. I especially loved the pictures and kind words about Tom Welling. 🙂


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  14. Oh&i was gonna go but thought itz gonna be one of those things I’m gonna have to stand around for hrs&might not get 2 see who I want,I wanted to see Jared&Jensen of supernatural but knew they weren’t gonna b there sides them I wanted to see Chace,Ian&Paul&mostly Tom Welling,Tom Welling is the reason I wanted to go…didn’t know Shane West was gonna b there would have been cool 2 see him,I have bad luck thought I’d b there for hrs&wouldnt see anybody I wanted(mostly Tom) now I’m kicking myself in the @$$,&is this the last season of Smallville 


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  16. urgh im so pisesd i coudl of met ashley again but i didnt think fans were allowed :/ tell me did you talk to ashley? what did she say? you get pics? i love that girl.


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  18. thank you for sharing your photos and stories! i was there as well and from the looks of the pictures, we were only a few people away from each other – you even caught one of my friends in the corner of your shots.

    might i ask what camera you use? your photos are gorgeous! (i’ve also added your journal to my favorites if you don’t mind)


    • Hi Andrea. I use a Canon d-60, which is actually rather old! The best thing I can recommend, regardless of camera you own is getting good lenses. I use a 50mm 1.4 lens for a lot of my photos. I’ve noticed a big difference!


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