Category Archives: Summer TV Press Tour 2015

Colbert Can’t Wait to Start ‘Late Show’

The hardest thing for Stephen Colbert, as he prepares to take over “The Late Show” on CBS Sept. 8, is waiting to get on. “This is the longest I’ve gone since I was 24 not performing in front of a live audience,” he told reporters in an expansive Q &A culminating CBS’ day at the […]

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On TV Tonight: Rodriguez Meets Mann

A new season of “The Director’s Chair” (El Rey, 9 p.m.) begins, with the director and network chief Robert Rodriguez in conversation with his favorite directors, starting with Michael Mann tonight “Michael is truly an iconic filmmaker whose distinctive style has been a favorite of mine for decades,” Rodriguez told reporters recently at the TV […]

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Schumer a No-Show at TCA Awards

Amy Schumer was queen of the 31st TV Critics Association Awards Saturday night in Beverly Hills, winning both outstanding individual achievement in comedy and outstanding overall achievement in comedy, given to her Comedy Central show “Inside Amy Schumer.” But she was a no-show at the low-key annual event, literally phoning in her acceptance speech, saying […]

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At TCA: Reassuring the Bachelorette

There wasn’t much exciting going on at the ABC Party of the TV Critics Association summer press tour. Mostly we were waiting around for the traditional Tienneman Square style security sweep they use to end the party — amusing to to watch if you’re not caught in it, drink in hand. But then I saw […]

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Tyra Returns, With Another New Word

Tyra Banks is back all over. In addition to a 22nd (!) cycle for her “America’s Next Top Model” (The CW, 8 p.m.) starting tonight, there is also a syndicated fall daytime show called “FABLife.” In the the chatty, seemingly-overcaffinated show from ABC Studios, she is listed as “Chief Lifestylist” among a cast of fellow […]

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Why Shonda Rimes Killed McDreamy

Shonda Rimes and her production company ShondaLand may own Thursday nights on ABC. But bring her before a group of reporters at the TV Critics Association summer press tour and it still doesn’t mean she’ll say anything. So Rimes sat almost silently at the press conference, stark still, swatting down questions like so many irritating […]

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Greg Louganis is ‘Back on Board’

One of the greatest divers in the history of the sport, Greg Louganis swept the springboard and platform competitions in back to back Olympic games in 1984 and 1988, a first for male athletes. Still, such fame led nowhere. He didn’t even get on a Wheaties box. In the new sports documentary “Back on Board: […]

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A Civil War of Facial Hair

With the end of “Downton Abbey” next year, PBS is looking for a replacement series to serve its large audience for historical costume drama. They’re trying to do so with not another British import, but their first home-grown series in a long time, “Mercy Street,” a saga set during the Civil War in Alexandria, Va., […]

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‘Finding Your Roots’ May Find Way Back

PBS chief Paula Kerger says she hopes “Finding Your Roots” returns after a Ben Affleck scandal that resulted in Henry Louis Gates’ genealogy show being pulled from the schedule earlier this year. As part of a cache of Sony documents released by WikiLeaks indicated that Ben Affleck, after being on the show with Gates, asked […]

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Back to the ‘Wet Hot American Summer’

It was kind of a dumb movie in 2001, but “Wet Hot American Summer” was full of a lot of future stars, from Bradley Cooper and Paul Rudd to Amy Poehler, Ken Marino, Janeane Garofalo, Mike Showalter and Michael Ian Black. They all agreed to come back for an eight-episode new series “Wet Hot American Summer: […]

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