There wasn't a lot of suspense - but there were a lot of American Gladiators.

Upfronts - the week when television networks unveil their upcoming programming slates to advertisers in hopes they will make ad buys - kicked off on Monday with NBC's presentation; however, NBC jumped ahead of their rivals this year by unveiling their programming in April.

That left just two announcements today: the confirmation of the long-rumored appointment of Jimmy Fallon to host "Late Night" when Conan O'Brien leaves for "The Tonight Show" in 2009.

And, of musical note among today's announcements, was the programming slate of Telemundo, which revealed a special that will be a tribute to Mexican ranchera singer-songwriter Jose Alfredo Jimenez. Entitled "El Rey: Tributo a Jose Alfredo Jimenez," the night will air later this year and will consist of performances from to-be-named artists. (Telemundo-owned Mun2 also announced their programming today.)

In lieu of a traditional upfront, what took place Monday was dubbed the "NBC Universal Experience," and advertisers and press were lead through something of a sideshow tent in Rockefeller Center that featured displays from the array of NBC Universal properties: among them, "American Gladiators" battling each other and a talking KITT from the upcoming series "Knight Rider."

Attendees were then lead into a party on the covered ice rink where they could have their photos taken with stars of NBC Universal shows; those smiling for the camera included Coolio of Oxygen's reality show "Coolio's Rules."

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