Category Archives: Winter Press Tour 2016

On Tonight: Fresh Bunch of ‘Teachers’

The surprisingly fresh “Teachers” (TV Land, 11 p.m.) grew out of a Chicago improv group where too many of the people have a name related to “Kate” — Caitlin Barlow, Katy Collation, Cate Freedman, Kate Lambert, Katie O’Brien and Kathryn Renee Thomas — hence their name “The Katydids.” What was some teaching experience and some [...]

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James Corden Sings with Adele

In seven months on the air “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS, 12:37 a.m.) has established its tone — an entertainment show that has pioneered a roundtable chat of celebrities to a recurring bit (“Celebrity Noses”) that never quite gets delivered. The show hit the jackpot with “Carpool Karaoke” in which Corden, an [...]

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Cameron Crowe on David Bowie

At the TV Critics Association winter press tour Tuesday to roll out his entertaining-looking new Showtime series “Roadies,” of course Cameron Crowe had something to say about David Bowie. ” I wrote about him a lot for Rolling Stone magazine and Playboy and Creem magazine. He was an amazing,” Crowe said. “He was the most [...]

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‘Homeland’ Comes to New York City

The domestic terror threat might inch up with the news Tuesday that the next season of “Homeland” will be shot in New York City. Showtime CEO David Nevins shared the location when I asked about “Homeland” updates at the TV Critics press tour Tuesday. Last season’s “Homeland,” shot in Berlin, had an eerie similarity to [...]

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ABC Family Becoming Freeform

The channel that has been known as ABC Family over the past 15 years (and was a couple of other names before that) will change its name once more on Tuesday to something strange: Freeform. It sounds like a 1970s FM rock radio format or a brand of bra, but it’s custom made for its [...]

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Anthony Hopkins Talks ‘The Dresser’

If you want to add a little prestige to your network, you could do no worse than hire Sir Anthony Hopkins and Ian McKellen as leads in the first filmed production of Ronald Harwood’s play “The Dresser” in 30 years. The production, directed by Richard Eyre and also starring Emily Watson, Sarah Lancashire and Edward [...]

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How Mick and Marty Made ‘Vinyl’

The unusual new HBO series “Vinyl” deserved an unusual panel at press tour Thursday and certainly got it. One one side of the ballroom at the Pasadena hotel was the giant projected head of co-executive producer Mick Jagger, live from the English countryside, the birds and bugs buzzing behind him. On the other side of [...]

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Harvey Weinstein Meets Tolstoy Again

Prolific film producer Harvey Weinstein was among the TV critics Wednesday at press tour  to help promote the upcoming four night, eight-hour mini-series adaptation of Tolstoy’s epic “War and Peace” for A&E Networks. The production shot over six months in Lithuania, Latvia and Russia stars Golden Globe nominee Paul Dano, Lily James of “Downton Abbey” [...]

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Here Comes God

And on the second day of press tour, Morgan Freeman visited. He’s host and executive producer of an upcoming  National Geographic Channel series called “The Story of God.” It’s an outgrowth of a previous science series “Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman” and involved travels to 20 cities in seven different countries to get to [...]

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Old Guys Start the Winter Press Tour

The TV Critics Association Winter Press Tour plugged in Tuesday in Pasadena, where over the next two weeks nearly 200 writers will be presented more than 100 panels about new and upcoming TV shows on dozens of networks and online as well. Or as “The Wire” auteur David Simon tweeted to my colleague Tim Goodman, [...]

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