January’s scheduled Television Critics Association winter press tour is shaping up to be a relatively sparsely attended affair, with The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reporting that Amazon will join Netflix and Starz in completely sitting out the event.
“Additionally, NBC, ABC, Fox and CBS have all eliminated executive panels from their day-long panels,” THR reports. “Instead, insiders say, each of the Big Four networks want to focus on their midseason fare. Sources suggest that the networks will resume executive panels during the summer as they look to heavily promote their 2017-18 fall lineups.”
The report notes that much of the news that typically surfaces at TCA comes from the executive panels.
“Many networks have voiced concerns about the rising costs and questionable value of TCA — as well as the impact on shows that take the time away from production,” THR adds. “What was initially conceived as a way for press to have access to executives, producers and talent for both new and returning shows has evolved, given the 24/7 news cycle and digital era. Gone are the days when talent was inaccessible and rarely did press.”
The winter TCA press tour is scheduled for Jan. 5-18 at the Langham in Pasadena.