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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.
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...
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.
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.
Dan and Alan drive north on the the 5 freeway talking Comic-Con
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)
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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!
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.
Let's see if there's any enthusiasm at all from the Comic-Con faithful for CBS' summer smash.
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."
After 'True Blood,' it's time for Elena, Damon and Stefan
Vampires, werewolves, faeries and other critters hit Ballroom 20
Hey Gang. Welcome to Saturday's (July 20) second live-blog.
I've already done "Bates Motel" today. Here comes "True Blood" and then "The Vampire Diaries" and Arrow" will be back-to-back.
Whee! Follow along!