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The Television Critics Association Press Tour is going to be crawling with TVWeek staffers. Check this space for observations from the presentations, hallway chatter and the dope on who was misbehaving at the parties. TVWeek’s Jon Lafayette, Josef Adalian, Andrew Krukowski, Sergio Ibarra and Vlada Gelman all will post as they scour the scene for news.


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CNN’s Magic Touch

July 11, 2008 12:48 PM

The big star at the TCA for CNN wasn’t Wolf Blitzer (live via satellite after pulling a hamstring), Soledad O’Brien, Gloria Borger or Suzanne Malveaux. It was the high-tech touchscreen that John King used during primary season to explain to viewers how election returns broke down on a county-by-county basis.

In the lobby of the ballroom at the Beverly Hilton, King demonstrated how the machine works for critics, who couldn’t keep their hands off of it. Turner wanted to get its hands on it, too.

“I’d love to have one of these in my office," said Phil Kent, chairman-CEO of Turner Broadcasting System.

Maybe after the election …

—Jon Lafayette

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