<p>Cote de Pablo of &quot;NCIS&quot;</p>

Cote de Pablo of "NCIS"

Credit: CBS

Press Tour: Les Moonves insists CBS offered Cote de Pablo 'a lot of money'

CEO says leaving 'NCIS' was her decision
In the days leading up to CBS' Monday (July 29) presentation at the Television Critics Association press tour, a number of emails began to circulate to a wide array of reporters.
 
Fans of "NCIS" wanted to make it clear both that they were able to dig up the email addresses for dozens of TCA members, but also that they were concerned about a recent departure from the show's cast.
 
Claiming to represent Operation Bring Back Cote, the emails requested that we ask CBS about the recent announcement that Cote de Pablo would be leaving "NCIS" and that her character, Ziva David, would get only a one-episode send-off at the start of the upcoming season. 
 
The campaign emails suggested the Cote de Pablo's exit was money-based and that it continued a trend of CBS procedurals undervaluing female talent. [While the former may or may not be true, negotiations with female cast members on "Criminal Minds" certainly give credence to the latter.]
 
It's unclear if the emails had any impact on the reporting body of the TCA -- "NCIS" is still TV's most watched drama and a show of that stature losing a prominent star is the kind of thing we'd normally inquire about --  but CBS Corp CEO Les Moonves was, indeed, asked about Cote de Pablo on Monday morning.
 
He was prepared.
 
"I really want to clarify," Moonves began. "We offered Cote de Pablo a lot of money, and then we offered her even more money because we really didn’t want to lose her. We love her. We think she was she was terrific. And we, obviously, were in discussions. And the rest of the cast and the producers were aware what’s going on. And ultimately she decided she didn’t want to do the show. It was purely her decision. We’re, obviously, getting a lot of emails. There’s a lot of Twitter buzz about her, and rightly so. She’s a wonderful lady." 
 
He concluded, "Look, 'NCIS,' the highest rated show on television last year. We don’t like losing anybody. But we did everything humanly possible. We feel like we exhausted every opportunity, and she just decided she didn’t want to do the show."
 
More details as they emerge. Or not.
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<p>Les Moonves</p>

Les Moonves

Credit: CBS

Press Tour Live-Blog: CBS CEO Les Moonves

The Big Boss makes a rare press tour appearance

It's been several years since we've had a Television Critics Association press tour session with Les Moonves, but with Nina Tassler unexpectedly called out of town CBS Corp's president and CEO is taking the dais on Monday morning.  

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<p>Mike O'Malley</p>

Mike O'Malley

Credit: FOX

Press Tour: Mike O'Malley discusses Cory Monteith, 'Glee' tribute return

TV step-father calls Monteith 'the very real quarterback on that set'
There's probably no "right" way to interrupt a comedy panel at the Television Critics Association press tour to discuss a recent tragedy, but in the case of NBC's "Welcome to the Family," it was probably inevitable.
 
The "Welcome to the Family" cast and creator met with reporters on Saturday (July 27) morning and it took at least a few questions before star Mike O'Malley was asked about the death of Cory Monteith. While several of my colleagues expressed disgust about the question on Twitter, it wasn't like Monteith was being brought up with an actor who had minimal ties with "Glee" or minimal ties with the late star. No, O'Malley was an Emmy nominee for Glee and his character was step-father to Finn Hudson, sharing several powerful scenes with Monteith.
 
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<p>NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt</p>

NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt

Credit: NBC

Summer Press Tour Live-Blog: NBC's Robert Greenblatt

Was it a good year for NBC? Let's hear about the unqualified successes.

Last time we met with NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt, he was celebrating a relatively successful fall and telling us that the first season of "Smash" was "an unqualified success."

Let's see how Greenblatt handles questions on Saturday (July 27) morning...

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<p>Michael Lombardo</p>

Michael Lombardo

Credit: HBO

Press Tour Live-Blog: HBO's Richard Plepler & Michael Lombardo

What's new in HBO-dom? Find out!

It's time for my first Television Critics Association press tour live-blog of Summer 2013.

We've got an HBO executive session with Richard Plepler, CEO, and Michael Lombardo, President, HBO Programming.

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<p>Dan Harmon at Comic-Con last week</p>

Dan Harmon at Comic-Con last week

Credit: Jordan Strauss/ABC

Press Tour: Dan Harmon talks 'Rick and Morty,' 'Community' and creative freedom

What can you do in animation that you can't do in live-action?
Adult Swim's "Rick and Morty" represents a whole new world for co-creator Dan Harmon, making the leap from live action to animation.
 
"You can make a banana purple. You can put three hats on a cowboy," Harmon tells reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour on Wednesday (July 24), explaining the limitless possibilities of the hand-drawn comedy. 
 
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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 193 - Comic-Con Roadtrip

Dan and Alan drive north on the the 5 freeway talking Comic-Con

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Happy Monday, Boys & Girls! It's time for our annual Comic-Con Roadtrip Podcast.
 
In the past, this podcast has, of course, been only variably successful. I still insists that the unlistenable first Roadtrip Podcast was among the most entertaining hours we've ever done, even if you can't understand any of it. 
 
This year's Roadtrip Podcast is much more listenable. In fact, other than the hum of my car and the occasional passing truck, you might not necessarily know it was even taking place on the road. That's a bit disappointing as well. We were stuck in traffic exiting San Diego for most of the time, so we didn't get to any notable roadside landmarks and because I was taking Sepinwall to the John Wayne Airport in Orange County, we didn't go on the toll road, so there was no toll-collector cameo.
 
Instead, it's just a pretty straight-forward 73-ish minutes of Comic-Con chatter. No Emmy talk. We covered that in the video podcast. No "My So-Called Life." We'll get to that in a week or two. Just All-Comic-Con!
 
So the breakdown this week is really easy:
Comic-Con (00:00:00 - 01:14:00)

As always, you can subscribe to The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast over at the iTunes Store, where you can also rate us and comment on us. [Or you can always follow our RSS Feed.] 

And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.

 

 

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<p>Charlie Hunnam</p>

Charlie Hunnam

Credit: FX

Comic-Con 2013: 'Sons of Anarchy' Live-Blog

Kurt Sutter leads SAMCRO back to Hall H

That FX's "Sons of Anarchy" has now established a tradition of being the final entertainment panel of San Diego Comic-Con is one of the funniest developments in the recent history of this event.

But here we are again, celebrating SAMCRO and Kurt Sutter on Comic-Con Sunday and, once again, we'll doing it in Hall H.

Whee! Let's find out what's in store for Jax and company this fall!

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<p>The Comic-Con &quot;Under the Dome&quot; logo is awesome.</p>

The Comic-Con "Under the Dome" logo is awesome.

Credit: CBS

Comic-Con 2013: 'Under the Dome' Live-Blog

Popular Stephen King adaptation hits Comic-Com

This is an odd one. In terms of pure ratings, CBS' "Under the Dome" is certainly one of the most watched TV shows to hit Comic-Con this year. And yet here it is, squished into a mid-sized ballroom on the last afternoon of Comic-Con when everybody is either scurrying around on the floor looking for bargains or else celebrating the return of Dan Harmon to "Community" over in Hall H.

Weird.

Let's see if there's any enthusiasm at all from the Comic-Con faithful for CBS' summer smash.

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<p>Stephen Amell of &quot;Arrow&quot;</p>

Stephen Amell of "Arrow"

Credit: The CW

Comic-Con 2013: 'Arrow' Live-Blog

What's in store for Oliver and company in Season 2?

I always find it hard to write about "Arrow," because I never remember if Stephen Amell spells his name with one "m" and two "l's" or if it's two "m's" and one "l." I've always had the same problem with Steve Carell. I can't explain it.

Anyway, I've already live-blogged "Bates Motel," "True Blood" and "The Vampire Diaries" today.

So... On to "Arrow."

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