Category Archives: Summer TV Press Tour

‘Brady Bunch’ Restores Own Fake House

It takes more than a cheesy reunion movie to get the six original “Brady Bunch” kids together these days. But when HGTV won a bidding war against Lance Bass to buy the nondescript North Hollywood house seen in the establishing shot in every episode of their iconic 1970s sitcom, the once young cast — now aged [...]

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The Brash ‘Florida’ Show That Could

The last great new series of the summer comes to TV after a rough ride through two earlier companies. First announced as an AMC project, “On Being a God in Central Florida” (Showtime, 10 and 10:45 p.m.) was bumped to lowly YouTube Premium before being picked up on premium cable, where its first two episodes [...]

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‘Fleabag’ Leads Winners at TCA

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — “Fleabag” flew at the 35th annual Television Critics Awards Saturday night, and David Milch was honored for a lifetime of television writing as well as his last great opus, “Deadwood.” Phoebe Waller-Bridge – a winner last year for co-creating “Killing Eve” - won program of the year for the second season of her [...]

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Female Superheroes on TCA Day One

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — She spent 12 seasons in a show about comic book-crazy nerds, so maybe it’s no surprise that the first project for Kaley Cuoco after “The Big Bang Theory” is an adult animated show about Joker henchwoman. Cuoco produces and provides the voice for “Harley Quinn,” coming this fall for DC Universe, [...]

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Say Hello to FX’s New ‘Mr Inbetween’

Amid the avalanche of mediocrities premiering this week on broadcast TV, one shining spot will be the fleeting new Australian import “Mr Inbetween” (FX, 10 p.m.). It can be found in the corners of cable, premiering after “Mayans M.C.” (FX, 9 p.m.) in half hour slots. They’ll play two episodes of the six-episode season over [...]

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Nixon Introduces Jane Fonda Documentary

The lengthy documentary “Jane Fonda in Five Acts” (HBO, 8 p.m.) begins not with any men who define four of the five “acts” in which the film is divided. It starts with Richard Nixon on one of his tapes, just musing. “Jane Fonda,” he says on the tape from September, 1971. “What in the world [...]

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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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