<p>&quot;Downton Abbey&quot;</p>

"Downton Abbey"

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Press Tour: PBS chief repeats the party line on 'Downton Abbey,' 'Sherlock' premieres

'Downton' will continue to air late in the States
It's been nearly eight months since PBS President Paula Kerger last met with reporters to discuss why the blazes "Downton Abbey" and other PBS programs don't air domestically at the same time as they do Across the Pond.
 
On Tuesday (August 6), Kerger had her latest Television Critics Association press tour panel with reporters and was, predictably, asked the same familiar questions about spoilers and online piracy and whether or not those threats might lead to a premiere shift for PBS' ratings standard-bearers. 
 
The short answer? Nope! It'll be delays-as-usual for "Downton Abbey," which hits PBS on January 5, and probably for "Sherlock," which has a yet-to-be-determined spring return.
 
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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 195

Dan and Alan talk TCA Press Tour, 'Broadchurch,' 'Breaking Bad' and 'The O.C.'

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Happy Late Monday, Boys & Girls! It's time for another installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.
 
We were originally gonna do a podcast, plus a little little video thing, but there were hiccups. 
 
Instead, it's a full podcast without our faces. In this installment, we talk for a long while about the second half of TCA press tour, review "Broadchurch" and "Low Winter Sun" and we enthusiastically endorse the new season of "Breaking Bad," even if we can't say much.
 
And then, even though we said this week's Summer Pilot Rewatch was going to be "The Wonder Years," we decided instead to talk about the pilot for "The O.C.," which celebrated its 10th anniversary today. 
 
Here's today's breakdown:
TCA Press Tour (00:02:20 - 00:38:50)
"Broadchurch" (00:39:30 - 00:51:15)
"Breaking Bad" (00:51:15 - 00:54:50)
"Low Winter Sun" (00:54:50 - 01:06:00)
The 10th Anniversary of "The O.C." (01:06:00 - 01:24:30)

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>Paul Lee at the January 2013 TCA press tour</p>

Paul Lee at the January 2013 TCA press tour

Credit: ABC

Press Tour Live-Blog: ABC's Paul Lee

Expect talk about 'S.H.I.E.L.D.,' 'Wonderland' and more

Paul Lee is just moments away from taking the stage to justify another season of mixed ABC ratings, but most of the buzz in the ballroom is about the new Doctor.

We're easily distracted.

Let's see if Paul Lee can get our attentions back with his usual talk of ABC's brand and the scrumptiousness of the network's programming!

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<p>John Landgraf at January's Television Critics Association press tour</p>

John Landgraf at January's Television Critics Association press tour

Credit: FX

Press Tour Live-Blog: John Landgraf on the State of FX Networks

Critical favorite will discuss the FX/FXX split and probably mock Netflix

It's Friday (August 2) morning at the utterly endless Television Critics Association press tour.

Today is FX's day, featuring panels for "Sons of Anarchy," "American Horror Story: Coven" and "The Bridge," among many others.

But first? FX CEO John Landgraf.

Click through for updates on all things FX...

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<p>FOX Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly at January's TCA panel</p>

FOX Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly at January's TCA panel

Credit: FOX

Press Tour Live-Blog: FOX's Kevin Reilly

Expect talk about 'Idol,' Cory Monteith and more from FOX's chief

It was a mixed-to-negative season for FOX Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly.

Yes, he developed and launched "The Following," which was one of the year's biggest drama hits.

However, he also watched as "The X Factor" continued to struggle, "American Idol" became increasing mortal and both reality shows continued to hemorrhage judges. He was forced to continue to renew struggling comedies and pretend they were successes. And after giving a surprising two-season renewal to "Glee" last spring, Reilly and FOX now face the challenge of promoting a show coping with a very real tragedy.

Click through to follow Reilly's Thursday (August 1) morning executive session at the Television Critics Association press tour.

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 194

Dan and Alan talk TCA Press Tour, 'Clear History' and 'My So-Called Life'

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Happy Wednesday, Boys & Girls!
 
It's a double-dose of Firewall & Iceberg this week!
 
On Monday, we did a videocast, discussing the first couple days of TCA Press Tour.
 
And today? It's a full-on Firewall & Iceberg podcast, complete with lengthy chatter about the past few press tour days, as well as the slightly delayed Summer Pilot Rewatch of "My So-Called Life." 
 
Because next week's podcast (posting at a time TBD) is potentially jam-packed, we also moved our review of Larry David's HBO telefilm "Clear History" up to today.
 
Oh and our next Summer Pilot Rewatch? We're sticking in the coming-of-age vein, but we're transitioning to comedy with "The Wonder Years."
 
Here's today's breakdown:
TCA Press Tour (00:02:00 - 00:45:30)
"Clear History" (00:45:30 - 54:30)
Summer Pilot Rewatch: "My So-Called Life" (00:54:30 - 01:11:30)

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>David Nevins</p>

David Nevins

Credit: Showtime

Press Tour Live-Blog: David Nevins on the State of Showtime

Will the Save the 'Borgias' airplanes be mentioned?

An airplane flew back and forth and back and forth over the Television Critics Association press tour lunch on Tuesday (July 30). The plane dragged a banner urging Showtime Entertainment President David Nevins to reconsider the cancellation of "The Borgias."

Will he reconsider? Probably not! 

Will he be asked about "The Borgias" at his executive session? Probably!

Click through for the full live-blog.

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<p>Mark Pedowitz</p>

Mark Pedowitz

Credit: The CW

Press Tour Live-Blog: Mark Pedowitz on the State of The CW

Network president explains how The C-Dub stays in business

Mark Pedowitz has been The CW's president for a couple years now. He's done multiple Television Critics Association press tour panels, so we're pretty accustomed to his relatively brief answers and to the ongoing proof that he's watching all of his network's shows.

He's also got a new drama hit in "Arrow" and a surprising new comedy hit in "Whose Line Is It Anyway?"

Click through for The State of the CW courtesy of Mark Pedowitz's TCA press tour executive session...

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<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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