Category Archives: Summer TV Press Tour

TCA: The Small Presence of the Big Three

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — You’d hardly know today that the the TV Critics Association and its press tours were built around what was once known as the Big Three networks. Several days were dedicated to the programming fare of ABC, NBC and CBS. Among the many changes at press tour, including the switch of the [...]

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The Last of ‘Homeland’ on Way

The upcoming season of “Homeland,” its eighth, will be its last, Showtime entertainment chief David Nevins said in his session at the TCA summer press tour. Creator Alex Gansa Alex Gansa will be bringing the show “to its proper conclusion,” Nevins said. But it wasn’t a cancellation, he emphasized. “When you tweet this out, I [...]

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FX: Upcoming ‘Fargo’ to star Chris Rock

 BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Easily the most welcome news at press tour has been the announcement of the fourth season plans for “Fargo,” Noah Hawley’s striking FX series inspired by the Coen Brothers film. Each season is in a different place and time and the details of what may well be the final season next [...]

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The Welcoming World of ‘Lodge 49′

Jim Gavin was raised in Southern California – specifically Long Beach, where the quirks and characters of the sun-kissed area belted the strip malls, and the struggles on the ground. It informed both his acclaimed 2013 collection of short stories “Middle Men” and now the charming, low key series “Lodge 49″ (AMC, 10 p.m.). “’Middle Men,’ [...]

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‘The Americans’ Sweep TCA Awards

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — The gathering clouds of Russian spying carried over to the TV Critics Association’s 34th TCA Awards ceremony Saturday, with “The Americans” winning program of the year, outstanding drama and outstanding individual achievement in drama for Keri Russell. The awards came against such strong nominees as last year’s winner “The Handmaid’s Tale,” [...]

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Sunday TV: Going Live from Yellowstone

What’s going on in Yellowstone tonight? Thirty-five cameras will be aimed from 25 locations at the landscape, natural events like Old Faithful or any of the 400 animal species in the first of a four night event called “Yellowstone Live” (National Geographic, 8 p.m.) hosted by Josh Elliott and Chris Packham. “Wildlife television is usually [...]

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Fox Day at Press Tour Turns Weird

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Things were already getting squirrelly a week into the TV Critics Association summer press tour, after the usual dizzying barrage of cable, streaming and public television panels. The parade of broadcast networks was only just getting started. Then all of a sudden, a woozy surrealism broke through, complete with a 12-foot [...]

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When Movie Stars Invade Press Tour

As high-quality as television has been over the past decade or more, there are still moments when movie stars can still cause their own commotion by their mere presence. It’s been happening at the TV Critics Association summer press tour in recent days, with a pair of box office stars appearing on behalf of impending [...]

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The Excesses of Press Tour

It was a session for a Starz documentary called “America to Me,” covering an academic year at a suburban Chicago high school and how issues of race and privilege affect education. And on the panel, one of its articulate subjects, a spoken word artist named Charles Donalson III couldn’t get over the opulent setting of [...]

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At TCA: Promotion Beyond the Call of Duty

Bob Odenkirk was not scheduled to stop into AMC’s session at the TV Critics Association summer press tour Sunday, but he did so in part to show his devotion to the show. He pulled down his pants to show a “Better Call Saul” season 6 (temporary) tattoo on his left butt cheek. It was off-putting [...]

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