The Television Critics Association press tour begins on Wednesday, Jan. 7 at the Universal Hilton a long, long way from my apartment. 

Starting Wednesday and stretching through Jan. 16, the major broadcast and cable networks, plus PBS, will be presenting their midseason and spring shows to a cadre of television critics from newspapers and websites across the United States and Canada. For more background on the press tour process, I recommend Sepinwall's primer.

Last year's January Tour was cancelled due to the labor unrest in Hollywood, but the July 2008 Tour went off without a hitch, unless you count electing me to the TCA Board (the Board's first-ever online-exclusive member) as a hitch. I don't. Others may disagree. 

So for the next 9 days, I'll be filing news stories and blog posts from the Universal Hilton, reporting on panels, parties and set visits.

I'll also be tweeting like a lunatic, so if you aren't already following my Twitter feed, expect a  deluge of updates whenever the spirit moves me.

Things will start a little slow with PBS on Wednesday and half-of-Thursday, though PBS has a strong line-up featuring Sir Ian McKellen (talking about "King Lear" on Wednesday, though he'll be back on Thursday for AMC's new version of "The Prisoner"), Kenneth Branagh (talking about "Wallander") and the ever-awesome Stacy Peralta (director of "Crips and Bloods: Made in America").

I'll try to update you each day on what you can expect, though perhaps much of the fun will be in the unexpected. 

Stay tuned to HitFix for full TCA coverage...