Daily Archives: January 5, 2012

Thursday TV: “Project Runway All Stars,’ ‘Stuffers’

There will be a lot of familiar faces in the first “Project Runway All Stars” (Lifetime, 9 p.m.) from Mondo Guerra and Austin Scarlett to Elisa Jiminez, Kara Janes and Gordana Gehlhausen. But the host and judges for the spin-off, which was bumped from its original start date in November, will be very different. Isaac […]

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The Panapoly of PBS at TCA

The PBS sessions are a high point of the TV Critics Association because the panels, like the programming, offers such a wide variety. Kids programming, “Downton Abbey,” a big array of documentaries, a serious broadcast news staff, substantial history and at the end of the day, The B-52’s performing. There were tantalizing details on the […]

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A Warning About a Witch Hunt: A TCA Tale

Harry Thomason, the TV producer (“Designing Women”) and friend to President Clinton said he got a call just before the former Arkansas governor was sworn the White House from an adviser in the George H.W. Bush administration who was also from Hollywood. It was from Jerry Weintraub, the Hollywood producer, he told reporters at a […]

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How Politicians First Got on Late Night TV

The other unusual thing Harry Thomason said about the Clinton years in a TV Critics Assocition panel on an upcoming two-part film on the former president was the first to break an unwritten ban on politicians on “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.” Nowadays, it’s expected to see a politician make a late night appearance […]

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‘Downton’ A Boost for PBS

PBS chief Paula Kerger rode to the TV Critics Association fresh on the success and Golden Globe nominations for “Downton Abbey” and the burgeoning publicity for season two, which starts Sunday. And though she said it was averaged more than 4 million viewers a week “Downton” was only “the third most watched ‘Masterpiece’ in the […]

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