<p>Carlton Cuse</p>

Carlton Cuse

Credit: FX

Press Tour: Carlton Cuse teases first footage from 'The Strain'

'Lost' veteran promises you'll never look at vampires the same way again
Directed in pilot form by Guillermo del Toro, who also adapted from his novel with Chuck Hogan, "The Strain" won't premiere until July and there wasn't a finished episode to send critics. 
 
However, showrunner Carlton Cuse was sent before the TCA press tour audience as an emissary to answer a few questions and present the first teaser for the vampire drama.
 
"You'll never look at vampires the same way again," Cuse promises. "These are not sparkling, brooding dudes with fangs and romantic problems."
 
Cuse promises these are "really scary creatures" and notes, "This is a really original reimagining of vampire lore and I think it also says some things about the precariousness of our modern world."
 
How did the clips look?
 
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<p>Timothy Olyphant of &quot;Justified&quot;</p>

Timothy Olyphant of "Justified"

Credit: FX

'Justified' Season 5 Press Tour Live-Blog

Graham Yost, Timothy Olyphant and company discuss the penultimate season

We were never going to have troubles filling a TCA press tour panel for FX's "Justified," which started its fifth season last week, but Tuesday's (January 14) panel got an extra jolt when the network announced that next season will be the show's last.

At his executive session, John Landgraf said that the decision to end "Justified" came entirely from producer Graham Yost and star Timothy Olyphant. 

Let's get down to the business of learning why...

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<p>I believe this picture of John Landgraf is from his August 2013 press tour appearance.</p>

I believe this picture of John Landgraf is from his August 2013 press tour appearance.

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FX Executive Session with John Landgraf Press Tour Live-Blog

Expect 'Sons of Anarchy,' FXX, 'The Strain' and W. Kamau Bell questions

FX's John Landgraf is an always-candid TCA press tour presence. 

Normally we're happy to see him and reasonably gentle, leading to a positive tone. Will things be any different on Tuesday (January 14) morning after the somewhat bumpy FXX roll-out, including the abrupt cancellation of W. Kamau Bell's late-night show? 

We'll see. Click through to see what Landgraf has to say...

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<p>James Spader of &quot;The Blacklist&quot;</p>

James Spader of "The Blacklist"

Credit: NBC

TV Ratings: 'Intelligence' flops on Monday, 'Almost Human' rises and 'Blacklist' holds decently

'Bachelor' and 'Castle' help ABC win Monday overall
Fast National ratings for Monday, January 13, 2014.
 
So much for those CBS boasts about "Intelligence" as the year's most watched new series premiere.
 
After drawing a big number in a post-"NCIS" Tuesday preview, "Intelligence" tanked in its Monday premiere, drawing "Hostages" numbers among young viewers and getting spanked by "The Blacklist," which held decently in its first airing away from "The Voice."
 
Meanwhile, with ABC getting OK "Bachelor" numbers and FOX seeing "Almost Human" rise, there was a four-way tie atop the key demo, with ABC leading overall.
 
On to the numbers...
 
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<p>The &quot;Rake&quot; TCA panel</p>

The "Rake" TCA panel

Credit: Richard Shotwell/AP

Press Tour: Peter Tolan's diary dominates 'Rake' panel

Also, the thought process on the title and new premiere episode
If there were a Hall of Fame for Television Critics Association press tour panelists, writer-producer Peter Tolan would surely be inducted as part of the inaugural class. 
 
It was back in July of 2011 that Tolan livened up an already-terrific "Rescue Me" farewell panel by dropping his pants.
 
It was a threat that hovered over Monday (January 13) morning's TCA panel for Tolan's new FOX legal dramedy "Rake." In one lull as microphones were shifting around the room, Tolan announced, "All right. The pants are coming down if the questions don’t come. It's No Underwear Monday!"
 
Tolan didn't actually need to worry. The room was fairly lively and the "The Job" veteran had a big part of that. 
 
Asked about the difference between being on a network and being on cable, Tolan came prepared. Very prepared.
 
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<p>&quot;American Idol&quot; Season 13</p>

"American Idol" Season 13

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'American Idol' Season 13 Press Tour Live-Blog

J-Lo, Keith, Harry, Ryan and the 'Idol' team talk about bouncing back

It's time for our latest "American Idol" panel. 

Season 13 starts on Wednesday and I can tell you that the new judging panel of Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. isn't the toxic cesspool that FOX created that season when they thought drama between Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey would be a big draw. The judges have a nice chemistry and, at least in the first episode, it's true that the good singers have been foregrounded and there are only a couple time-wasting joke auditions.

Expect the judges and Ryan Seacrest to talk about putting the emphasis back on the contestants as they meet with the Television Critics Association press tour. 

Click through for the full live-blog.

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<p>FOX Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly</p>

FOX Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly

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FOX Executive Session with Kevin Reilly Press Tour Live-Blog

Expect discussion of 'Dads,' '24,' 'Gotham' and more

Thanks to Sunday's Golden Globe awards, FOX Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly has plenty to celebrate at his Television Critics Association press tour pow-wow with reporters. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" was a surprise double-winner and it's always good to have positives.

How long will Reilly be able to remain chipper? 

Follow my live-blog and see for yourself!

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<p>Kiefer!</p>

Kiefer!

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'24: Live Another Day' Press Tour Live-Blog

Kiefer Sutherland, Howard Gordon and the '24' team return to Press Tour

It's only 9:15 a.m. Pacific and it's already been a big day for "24: Live Another Day."

We started with the news that Yvonne Strahovski was joining the cast.

That was followed by an announcement that "24: Live Another Day" will have a two-hour premiere on Monday, May 5.

Now? It's time for the "24: Live Another Day" TCA press tour panel, featuring Kiefer Sutherland, Howard Gordon, Mary Lynn Rajskub and a bunch of other folks.

Click through for all of the highlights...

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<p>Phillip Rivers and Peyton Manning hob-nob post-game</p>

Phillip Rivers and Peyton Manning hob-nob post-game

Credit: AP

TV Ratings: AFC Playoff overrun, Golden Globes lead Sunday

Broncos-Chargers game is huge for CBS
Fast National ratings for Sunday, January 12, 2014.
 
CBS' coverage of the AFC playoff game between Denver and San Diego stretched into primetime and drew huge numbers, helping the network eke out ratings wins over NBC, which is boasting that the Golden Globes were up year-to-year.
 
Sunday's ratings are, of course, all catawampus. CBS' football overrun stretched roughly four minutes into the 8 p.m. hour and skewed everything accordingly. And the Golden Globes were, of course, aired live across the country, which doesn't convert properly in Fast National numbers, which reflect only time period data.
 
On to those faulty numbers...
 
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<p>&quot;Surviving Jack&quot;</p>

"Surviving Jack"

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FOX set '24' return, 'Gang Related' and 'Surviving Jack' premieres

The 'American Idol' finale date is also set
I'm tired of typing "Jack's back" when it comes to the return of "24," but at least now we know when Jack is actually coming back.
 
As part of its Television Critics Association press tour appearance on Monday (January 13) morning, FOX announced spring premieres for the comedy "Surviving Jack," the action-drama "Gang Related" and, of course, the event series "24: Live Another Day."
 
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