TCA Show Turns to Broadcasters

Jul 17, 2006  •  Post A Comment

With the cable portion of the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour ending last Friday, CBS was scheduled to kick off the broadcast network presentations in Pasadena, Calif., over the weekend.

The bulk of the networks’ press tour sessions will focus on new fall prime-time series, but one of the highest-profile scheduled sessions is a Q&A with CBS’s new “CBS Evening News” anchor, Katie Couric, that was set for Sunday.

ABC and NBC also are flying out their evening news anchors. Charles Gibson, the new anchor of “ABC World News Tonight,” is scheduled to appear Wednesday, while the relative veteran of the news wars, “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams, is scheduled to take reporters’ questions Friday.

One 11th-hour reschedule was hastily arranged last Thursday, when CBS announced its top research executive, David Poltrack, will lead a Q&A today on Nielsen Media Research’s new commercial ratings measurement system. Mr. Poltrack is scheduled to take a half-hour of The CW’s inaugural TCA press tour day.

The first panel for the soon-to-launch MyNetworkTV is scheduled for Thursday afternoon.

Hosts of new syndicated shows also are set for a presence at the press tour. NBC Universal is throwing a lunch for Megan Mullally on Saturday. Sony’s Greg Behrendt and Warner Bros.’ Keith Ablow will participate in sessions in support of their new shows Sunday. King World’s Rachael Ray was scheduled to present July 16.

Fox and PBS are due to present next week, rounding out the 18-day tour.