John Landgraf talks shop with the TCA on Tuesday
FX is treating itself like a full-fledged TV network on Tuesday (Aug. 2), taking on a full day of press tour panels, which is certainly more than The CW could do. Since we (I) live-blogged the CW executive session, there's absolutely no reason not to give similar treatment to FX Chief John Landgraf.
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Daniel Fienberg and Alan Sepinwall talk Press Tour and 'Mad Men'
Will Jennifer Lopez or Steven Tyler make a surprise TCA appearance? Or will it be business-as-usual? No. And yes.
FOX is not opposed to big bombshell announcements at the Television Critics Association press tour. In fact, no other network can equal FOX's appreciation for TCA drama. Case in point: Simon Cowell coming out on stage to announce his "American Idol" departure and sign his "X-Factor" contract.
So if it's even slightly possible for FOX to bring out its new "American Idol" judging panel, you can be sure it'll happen during the network's executive session on Monday (Aug. 2) morning. And if it's not? Kevin Reilly and Peter Rice will be peppered with nonstop questions about the failure to supply Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler or Mystery Judge X.
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New Entertainment President Paul Lee meets the press before his first day on the job
ABC's Sunday (Aug. 1) Television Critics Association press tour day began with Communications EVP Kevin Brockman lugging a giant, stuffed pink elephant up on the stage. The pachyderm was a not-so-subtle representation of the elephant in the room, specifically last week's abrupt resignation by ABC Entertainment President Steve McPherson.
Boris Kodjoe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw topline NBC's new spy series
Jeff Gaspin and Angela Bromstad answer journalistic inquiries
On Friday (July 30), the NBC Universal Television Entertainment Chairman (Gaspin) and the NBC Entertainment President (Bromstad) should have an easier time, if only because they don't have to deal with an abrupt executive departure or with the disintegration of the "American Idol" judging panel.
It still probably won't be an easy Q&A. Click through for the details.
Dawn Ostroff meets with the press to discuss whatever is exciting at The CW
I wasn't sure that there was really anything that CW Entertainment President Dawn Ostroff could say at her Thursday (July 29) Television Critics Association press tour panel that could possibly be worth live-blogging.
I tweeted as much and at least 10 people tweeted me that I should live-tweet the session just in case it's announced that "Veronica Mars" will be back for a fourth season. And at least eight of those people were joking!
In the spirit of that joke (and the one or two people who just may have been serious), I'll live-blog the panel. Just in case "Veronica Mars" is coming back for a fourth season.
[Early hunch: It isn't.]
Click through. You never know...
Billy Gardell and Melissa McCarthy star in CBS' new romantic comedy
CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler discusses being No. 1 and whatnot
Welcome to the Television Critics Association press tour, kids. Tuesday (July 27) was the official kick-off with a day of set visits, but Wednesday is when things really get rolling, with CBS taking the dais to celebrate being No. 1 (in total viewers and Jerry Bruckheimer procedurals) and to express schadenfreude over the plight of the Lesser networks.
Sepinwall will be writing analysis based on CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler's executive session. I'll be live-blogging, if only as a way of taking notes for Sepinwall.
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Daniel Fienberg and Alan Sepinwall talk Comic-Con, 'Rubicon,' Press Tour and 'Mad Men'