L'Espresso is first out of the gate. The guides come out earlier and earlier each year.
L'Espresso has really become a joke as far as we're concerned because its reviews are too short to be meaningful and there are far too many times when it promotes new restaurants based on hope... only to see them falter soon afterward.
No real changes at the top. The usual suspects which mostly serve food as theater, use culinary jokes, put far too many ingredients on a plate ,and where the ingredients are often synthetic (hadn't realized that liquid nitrogen and such were foods fit for a plate).
Oh, and did I mention that most of these places feature chefs who say "it's all about me."