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NBC Wraps TCA With a Tearful Tribute to a Quirky Sitcom

Ted Danson was choking back tears. It was the final session of the final day of the Television Critics Association summer press tour at the Beverly Hilton and he was getting misty-eyed talking about the fourth and final season (September…

Aug 14, 2019

Fox Entertainment, Post-Disney Acquisition: A Whole New Ballgame

It’s a whole new ballgame for Fox Entertainment since 20th TV and 21st Century Fox were absorbed by Disney, making Fox an indie without a studio partner. Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier touted the appeal of being a slimmed-down network…

Aug 13, 2019

FX at TCA: ‘Mayans M.C.’ Violence, Landgraf’s ‘State of Peak TV’ Report Card and More

FX made headlines when it announced that the new installment of “American Crime Story” will focus on the events that led up to impeachment proceedings of President Bill Clinton — even as it was criticized in some quarters for slotting…

Aug 13, 2019

ABC Previews Its Upcoming Shows at TCA

Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel was up early in the morning to kick off ABC’s TCA day at the Beverly Hilton’s International Ballroom Monday, cracking jokes with abandon and riffing off of reporter’s questions fired at him. His series with Norman…

Aug 8, 2019

A Look at What’s Coming Up on Showtime and the CW

It’s been more than a decade since “The L Word” signed off on Showtime, and details of the revival of the groundbreaking LGBTQ show about a group of lesbian friends living in Los Angeles were a highlight of the cable…

Aug 7, 2019

CBS Makes a Case for the Broadcast Model

Even as audiences continue to fragment in this multiplatform world, there’s no question that broadcast network television has still got game — and lots of it. Perhaps the argument for the desirability of network TV was most succinctly made by…

Aug 6, 2019

PBS Unveils Slate of New Programming at TCA

While other networks are undergoing the aftereffects of consolidations and management changes, PBS remains under the steady hand of Paula Kerger, whose contract as president and CEO has been renewed for five years. Kerger kicked off the public broadcaster’s TCA…

Aug 1, 2019

Cable Highlights From Summer TCA

It’s not often when someone gets a warm round of sustained applause at the Television Critics Association press tour, but that’s what happened when HBO’s Quentin Schaffer took the stage at the Beverly Hilton last week. The week before, he…

Jul 30, 2019

Television Takes a Giant Leap Into the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing

July 16, 1969, dawned bright, hot and sunny on Florida’s Atlantic coast. It was the perfect weather on Earth to send its very first three inhabitants to the moon. As the clock ticked down to the moment Neil Armstrong, Buzz…

Jul 16, 2019

With Many Top Media Executives Ensconced in Sun Valley This Week, the Biggest Pending Deal – the Rejoining of CBS and Viacom –Is Not on the Agenda

As media moguls were huddled in Sun Valley this week at the 36th annual Allen & Co media conference, the biggest pending media deal being talked about in the press wasn’t coming from Idaho. “While the resort town of Sun…

Jul 12, 2019