A day in the life of press tour '12: CBS
Good morning, all. Now that the TCA Awards are all done with, it's time to get back to the more typical business of press tour. Today we welcome the last of the Big Four broadcast networks, with a full day of CBS panels. Here's a quick run-down to give you a sense of what a day on tour looks like. After this we have a combined CW/Showtime day tomorrow, a day of set visits on Tuesday, and then various cable channels on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. (HBO is paneling "The Newsroom" on Wednesday, which should be... interesting.)
9:35-10 a.m.: Nina Tassler's executive session has the shortest allotted time of any of the four network entertainment presidents, but given CBS' sustained run of success under the same management team using the same formula, we tend to have less to ask her about than we do, say, whoever's in the same chair over at NBC that year.
10:15-10:45 a.m.: It's "Elementary," my dear Watson, as Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu and several producers of the modern-day Sherlock Holmes story field questions about the inevitable comparisons to Steven Moffat's "Sherlock," making Watson a woman, etc.
11-11:30 a.m.: "Partners," the new Monday sitcom created by the "Will & Grace" guys and starring Michael Urie, David Krumholtz, Sophia Bush and Brandon Routh, whom I'm sure will be asked for his feelings about "Man of Steel."
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.: Lunch/writing time
1-1:30 p.m.: "Vegas," the new period crime drama starring Dennis Quaid as legendary '60s Vegas sheriff Ralph Lamb and Michael Chiklis as the local mob boss. Quaid will be asked about doing TV for the first time, Chiklis about playing another heavy, etc.
1:45-2:15 p.m.: "Made in Jersey," with Janet Montgomery from "Human Target" as a big-haired Jersey girl trying to succeed at a posh Manhattan law firm. Montgomery's English, so unless she pulls a Damian Lewis — who once appeared on a panel for "Life" using his fake American accent, because that's what he thought we'd want to hear — there should be some amusement in contrasting her native dialect with the subject matter.
2:15-3 p.m.: Another break.
3-3:30 p.m.: Jeff Probst comes out not to talk "Survivor" (though there will be questions on that, I suspect), but "The Jeff Probst Show," his upcoming daytime talk show.
3:45-4:30 p.m.: The revamped "CBS This Morning" is the last panel of the day.
6 p.m.: A press tour party featuring stars from CBS, Showtime and the CW. I'm told they're expecting over 900 people, between actors (and their entourages/handlers), producers, executives and press.
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
2013 | Thriller | RSummary: Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle (D...Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
1996 | Crime | RSummary: Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to be a snap and nobody's going to get hurt... until people start ...Director: Joel Coen
Cast: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
2007 | Comedy | PGSummary: Newlyweds Nick (Ice Cube) and Suzanne (Long) decide to move to the suburbs to provide a better life for their two kids. But their idea of a dream home is disturbed by a contractor (McGinley) with a bizarre approach to business.Director: Steve Carr
Cast: John C. McGinley, Ice Cube, Nia Long, Aleisha Allen
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
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