Happy Friday and welcome back to The Daily Courant, your pocket guide to the latest reporting from Puck.
Today, we lead with Matt Belloni’s candid assessment of the P.R. spin and ad-speak obfuscation that cast a pall over this year’s annual TV upfronts in New York.
Then, below the fold: Tara Palmeri rides shotgun with G.O.P. ’24 tease Chris Sununu as he details his private thoughts on the shadow primary. On The Powers That Be, Julia Ioffe joins Ben Landy to decipher the tensions between Russia’s mercenary leader Evgeny Prigozhin and Putin, plus how Republicans have turned the Pentagon into a political punching bag. And on The Town, Matt Belloni and Endeavor executive V.P.s Hilary Mandel and Karen Brodkin talk through the groundbreaking TV deal they brokered for Phoenix’s basketball franchises.