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Food, fun and football: more from NBC - TCA report

by Michael Maloney, posted Jul 18th 2007 2:01PM
Adam Baldwin and Alec Baldwin NBC's new lineup continued on day two of its press presentation with Chuck, a one-hour drama by Josh Schwartz and McG, the creative team that brought viewers The O.C. The new series stars Zachary Levi, best known for his four years on Less Than Perfect.

If we're supposed to like Chuck, Levi's well cast in the role. He has a self-effacing way about him, especially when asked if he's bulked up over the last few years. He jokes he's eaten a lot of pizza and doesn't work out as much as he should.

Co-star Adam Baldwin is asked a question pretty much everyone knows the answer to. No, he's not related to the famous acting Baldwin brothers of Long Island. Baldwin jokes he hopes to meet Alec Baldwin (30 Rock) now that they're both on NBC so they can settle this in person.

Next, we go to lunch; don't get me wrong, the Hilton is doing a great job. The food's not bad and they're good at varying the meals. I just wish we'd have a panel for The Biggest Loser and we might actually, oh, I don' t know, skip a another tempting feast.

Fortunately, there's no tempting dessert. I spoke too soon. We're invited to an informal dessert conference with Steve Wilkos star of (what else?) The Steve Wilkos Show, set to debut in syndication in September. Wilkos, known for his "Steve to the Rescue" episodes on The Jerry Springer Show is married to one of the big shot producers of TJSS.

I'd love to ask if there was any nepotism involved, but Wilkos is 6'3" and is a former Marine, so I'm just going to eat my ice cream and shut up.

Next, it's back to the International Ballroom for a panel on The Singing Bee, a Joey Fatone-hosted game show in which contestants try to sing along with song lyrics. It's harder than it sounds.

I don't think I've ever seen anyone up on stage as likeable as Fatone. Then again, he gets to hang out with "The Honeybees" -- dancers who could easily pass for briefcase models on Deal or No Deal. Guy's got reason to smile.

Fatone says he's working at keeping off the 20 to 25 pounds he lost by doing Dancing with the Stars.

A panel on the time-traveling themed series Journeyman is next. The show's about a San Francisco newspaper reporter, played by Kevin McKidd, who inexplicably travels through time. (Ironically, Universal Studios time traveling series Voyagers! came out on DVD today...but I digress.)

One journalist that I'm guessing has read lots of Superman comics asks how can McKidd's character dabble in his own past? Doesn't that affect the future?

"I don't think that's ever been proven," hedges Kevin Falls, executive producer/writer.

Critics darling Friday Night Lights -- which is finally moving to Friday nights this fall -- takes the stage next.

It's always nice when actors from a show that's benefitted from critical praise take a moment to thank the press, which is what one of the producers just did. Shucks, we're just doing our job by writing what we think, but a "thank you" is always appreciated.

How'd producers feel when ex-NBC president Kevin Reilly, one of FNL's biggest supporters, stepped down? "Before or after the sucide attempt," quips Jason Katims, executive producer.

Yikes! C'mon guys -- it's just a TV show. It's not like it's a, well, football game.

I think Katims is kidding. Just in case though maybe he should skip the all-star party that's coming up next. NBC's holding it on the hotel's parking lot roof!

Party report next.

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Adam Baldwin was in a classic movie made in 1980 called "My Bodyguard."

July 18 2007 at 2:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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