Category Archives: Summer TV Press Tour

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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Stonewalling is His Prerogative

The success of BET’s 2017 docudrama “The New Edition Story” got the network motivated to make the sequel, “The Bobby Brown Story” which premieres Sept. 4 and 5. Brown, 49, was an adviser on the project which stars Woody McClain in the title role and Gabrielle Dennis as his wife Whitney Houston. It was odd [...]

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It Takes Tom Arnold to Take Down Trump

It takes a clown to take down another. That’s the basis of Tom Arnold’s ambitious “The Hunt for Trump Tapes” coming to Viceland Sept. 18. Arnold seems to know how ridiculous his premise may seem: that the fate of the country is in the hands of the goofy “True Lies” and “Soul Plane” costar. But [...]

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Report from TCA: ‘Deadwood’ is a Go

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — At a time when reboots are now a solid part of TV schedules, HBO’s Quentin Schaffer opened the TV Critics Association summer press tour here Wednesday by pointing out, “We’ve been asked a ‘Deadwood’ question for eleven consecutive years.” Critics took the bait and made the first question of the two [...]

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