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'iZombie' crew on eating fake brains, 'Veronica Mars' comparisons & more

Why doesn't Rose McIver get a spray tan? And what do the brains taste like?

Rob Thomas is a writer, so he's obviously concerned with story and character and other matters creative. But he's also a veteran writer/producer — and, as creator of "Veronica Mars," a man who had to do a lot of selling over the last couple of years — so he also is well aware of when art has to bend for commerce.

So when Thomas — who, with fellow "Veronica Mars" vet Diane Ruggiero-Wright, has adapted the Vertigo comic "iZombie" for the CW — was asked why Rose McIver's character, Liv, doesn't bother with spray tanning, hair dye, or other attempts to disguise her condition as an intelligent zombie, he was very blunt.

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<p>Jack McBrayer and Robert Smigel as Triumph</p>

Jack McBrayer and Robert Smigel as Triumph

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How Triumph the Insult Comic Dog mocked me — but asked for permission first

A press tour session for Adult Swim's 'Jack and Triumph Show' sheds light on Triumph's method

First, the joke. In the middle of today at press tour, Adult Swim paneled "The Jack and Triumph Show," an upcoming multi-cam sitcom starring Jack McBrayer and the show's creator Robert Smigel in his guise as Triumph the Insult Dog. Smigel began the panel hiding behind a chair and letting Triumph roast the room, which included this bit:

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<p>Mad Men</p>

Mad Men

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'Mad Men' cast says farewell: Press tour live-blog

Jon Hamm, Christina Hendricks and company say goodbye

This winter press tour is going to feature goodbye sessions for several beloved, long-running series, and few shows have been as loved by the TCA as "Mad Men," which is bringing creator Matt Weiner and stars Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Christina Hendricks and John Slattery to the stage to reminisce about their time together. (Earlier today, AMC announced that the final season will resume on April 5.) Though AMC has done a few "Mad Men"-related events since the series premiere, this will be the first formal TCA panel since then, and it should be an interesting time, especially with this mix of strong talent and personality.

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<p>Better Call Saul</p>

Better Call Saul

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'Better Call Saul' stars and creators meet the press: TCA live blog

Our first detailed chat with Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks and company

This morning's "Better Call Saul" panel isn't the first time Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould have come to press tour to discuss the "Breaking Bad" prequel, but their panel back at summer tour was incredibly light on details and didn't feature any actors. So this session — featuring Gilligan, Gould, "Breaking Bad" alums Bob Odenkirk and Jonathan Banks, plus fellow "Saul" castmembers Michael McKean, Rhea Seehorn, Patrick Fabian and Michael Mando — should be much livelier, and not just because critics have now seen the first two "Saul" episodes(*).

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Ask Alan, Episode 4: 'Banshee,' 'Togetherness' & TV awards

Ask Alan, Episode 4: 'Banshee,' 'Togetherness' & TV awards

In an age of Too Much Good TV, should we care if shows get snubbed by the Emmys or Globes?

Welcome to 2015, and time for another installment of Ask Alan, where I take your questions about TV, past, present and future and try not to ramble too much in my answers.

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Review: 'Parenthood' - 'How Did We Get Here?'

The family spends a long, tough day at the hospital waiting for news on Zeek

A quick review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as I have the route to the hospital MapQuested...

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Review: The Duplass brothers' intimate HBO indie comedy 'Togetherness'

Another story of mid-life marital crisis, but told very, very well

The revolution in TV drama that HBO kicked off with "Oz" and "The Sopranos" involved cable television filling a void that the movie studios had created by focusing mainly on big-budget franchise movies and low-budget awards bait. If you wanted to make a middle-class drama for adults, you now had to go to HBO (David Chase had once dreamed of making "The Sopranos" as a two-hour feature), or FX, AMC, Showtime, etc.

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Netflix announces 'Daredevil,' 'Bloodline' & 'Kimmy Schmidt' premiere dates

Look for Marvel's famous blind crimefighter before spring

Winter press tour just started, and already there's news, with Netflix announcing premiere dates for many of its new 2015 shows — including a much earlier debut than we expected for "Daredevil."

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TCA press tour preview: Hello 'Better Call Saul,' goodbye 'Mad Men' & 'Parks and Rec'
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TCA press tour preview: Hello 'Better Call Saul,' goodbye 'Mad Men' & 'Parks and Rec'

An interesting mix of new and returning shows for the winter tour

We're about 15 minutes from the start of the winter 2015 Television Critics Association press tour, or TCA for short. If you've been following me for a while, you know all the ins and outs of press tour. If you haven't, the primer that I published again back in the summer is still very useful(*).

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<p>Cougar Town</p>

Cougar Town

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Season premiere review: 'Cougar Town' - 'American Dream Plan B'

The Cul-de-Sac Crew enters their final season

A few quick thoughts on the final season premiere of "Cougar Town" coming up just as soon as I flirt with a Fu Manchu...

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