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TCA Report: 'Pan Am' Panel Talks Espionage, Sexism and the Joy of Flying

by Laura Prudom, posted Aug 7th 2011 4:15PM
Nostalgia is a potent cocktail, and two new shows are hoping to capitalize on audiences' fondness for the swingin' sixties this fall: NBC's 'The Playboy Club' and ABC's 'Pan Am'. Of the two, 'Pan Am' has a little more meat on its bones -- while 'Playboy' is frivolous and soapy, 'Pan Am' is concerned with character backstory, probably due to the involvement of Jack Orman (executive producer of 'ER') and Thomas Schlamme (director of 'The West Wing').

Pan Am TCA panel
Though on the surface, the jetsetting series seems to have a lot in common with AMC's 'Mad Men,' the producers insist that the similarities stop at the time period. "TV is just execution," Schlamme pointed out. "It has nothing to do with 'Mad Men,' we just hope our show is executed in a good way. They are both set in the sixties because it's a great time period -- I hope there will be shows set in the seventies, in the 1880s, wherever we can tell good stories."

Check out more highlights from the Television Critics Association panel after the jump.

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Maybe NBC should change the name to Day One Season

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 6th 2009 5:27PM
Day OneLots of news coming out of the Television Critics Association press tour, and a lot of it makes you think that NBC is either a.) filled with mad geniuses who are so ahead of the rest of us that we'll all look back in a few years and realize how prescient they were, or b.) they have no idea how to run a network.

The latest move that TV fans will be talking about is this: prime time entertainment chief Angela Bromstad says that Day One, the new drama from ex-Heroes producer Jesse Alexander, might only last one season and then be done.

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HBO: Sex! Hollywood! Vampires!

by Jane Boursaw, posted Aug 2nd 2009 11:02AM
True Blood - Sookie Stackhouse and Bill ComptonI must confess that I really don't pay that much attention to TV ratings. I realize that I'm just one girl, and whether I love a show or not doesn't make a wit of difference as to whether other people will love it -- and love it enough to keep it on the air. As a TV writer, I've pretty much resigned myself to the fact that TV shows come and go, and sometimes nobody watches the good ones, which results in them leaving the air far too soon.

But I've found myself gravitating towards HBO shows, because they seem to be consistently good, no matter the ratings. Sometimes I'm crazy about the shows right off the bat. Such was the case with True Blood, which I review here on TV Squad.

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Comic-Con's over... on to the TCAs!

by Joel Keller, posted Jul 27th 2009 3:28PM
TCA LogoIt's a busy time of the year for those of us involved in the TV criticism business. First, a whole stream of pilots come in. Then, the insanity of Comic-Con descends upon us. But when that ends, there's hardly time to rest; many of the writers and critics who braved the crowds in San Diego are now headed up to Los Angeles for the Television Critics Association press tour

John Scott Lewinski did a bang-up job of covering the Con for us; now I'm off to L.A. for the press tour. This summer, the tour will take place at the lovely Langham Huntington Hotel & Spa in Pasadena, where cable, PBS, and the broadcast networks will parade their new and returning shows in front of critics and writers for almost two weeks. There will also be set visits and a few other fun things going on.

As I've done in the past, I'll try my best to give you the entire picture: dispatches from the panels, one-on-one interviews, executive tap-dancing, and more. I'll also be tweeting away on TV Squad's Twitter feed, so be sure to look there for the most up-to-the-minute news.

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TCA Awards: Mad Men, 30 Rock and The Wire are big winners - TCA Report

by Joel Keller, posted Jul 19th 2008 11:01PM
TCA logoTonight, the members of the Television Critics Association (including me) gathered at the Beverly Hilton to give out its annual awards. The membership voted on the awards in the month leading up to the press tour; we were given a number of candidates to choose from in various categories. The membership was also asked to choose recipients for an individual Career Achievement award and the Heritage Award, which recognizes a past show that had a big impact artistically and on the industry.

The members didn't reach back too far for the Heritage Award: it was given to The Wire. As for current shows, the members gave Mad Men a bushel of awards: Program of the Year, Outstanding New Program, and Outstanding Achievement in Drama. 30 Rock won for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy, and Tina Fey won the Individual Achievement in Comedy award for her performance. John Adams won the mini-series award; its star, Paul Giamatti, won the Individual Achievement in Drama award. Lorne Michaels of Saturday Night Live received the Career Achievement award.

A complete list of winners is after the jump.

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What happens to television if the strike lingers?

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 11th 2007 11:02AM

Bluestone Stoney RidgeWhat do you do when it's Fall Pilot season but there isn't anyone available to write pilots? Things are getting a little scary for next season's slate of new shows that don't exist yet. And last night, as our own Joel Keller reports, the networks and Television Critics Association (TCA) agreed to cancel the winter tour. It makes sense considering the TCA Tour generally involves the networks touting their upcoming programming to the 200 or so members of the association so as to get good press (hopefully) to build buzz. With the way things are going, had the event occurred, it would have been a very dry affair.

"So, we've got some reality shows coming up, and we're looking at doing some reruns."

"Really. Wow, that's interesting, which network were you again ... Oh that's right. It doesn't matter."

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TCA cancels winter press tour due to writers' strike

by Joel Keller, posted Dec 11th 2007 9:19AM
TCA logoLast night, Television Critics Association president Dave Walker announced that, because of the ongoing writers' strike looks like it won't be settled any time soon, the association's winter press tour will be canceled. The tour was scheduled for January 8 - 19 at the Universal Hilton in Los Angeles.

Even though the winter tour is less extensive than the summer tour, it is a good time for the networks to give critics a mid-season "state of the network" statement and introduce the stars of their midseason shows. None of the broadcast networks could commit to presenting at the tour, and when the cable nets and PBS started pulling out, the association felt it was best to cancel outright.

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Party on, Garth - TCA Report

by Michael Maloney, posted Jul 15th 2007 3:05PM

Garth AncierTCA parties are known for loud music, tons of actors, executives and producers, and lots and lots of reporters.

Friday night's bash thrown by Garth Ancier, the new president of US Operations BBC Worldwide America, had none of those things. As a result, it's become the party of the tour. Who talked the exec into opening up his private home to members of the TCA ? "Nobody," he tells TV Squad. "This way my idea. I've had many great parties here over the years."

Ancier entertained TCA members with stories of working with the late great Aaron Spelling and how the ex-head of The WB arranged a meeting with the series-making mogul. "He might have thought we were going to cancel Charmed," Ancier theorized.

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Hold the onion rings: James Gandolfini speaks - TCA Report

by Michael Maloney, posted Jul 13th 2007 9:22AM

James GandolfiniWill Nip/Tuck have a season six? Why is James Gandolfini going back to HBO and will Larry David end Curb Your Enthusiasm?

These tidbits -- and a tons of swag -- came out at today's TCA press sessions at the Beverly Hilton hotel. I had to remind myself that today was a cable day because the roster of talent read like a major network.

Jason Priestly (Beverly Hills 90210) led the cast of Side Order of Life, a Lifetime series in which star Marisa Coughlan has second thoughts about marrying Priestly. But, hey, if Big dumped Natasha on Sex in the City then I suppose anything's possible.

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Lifetime, F/X, HBO and more - TCA Report

by Michael Maloney, posted Jul 12th 2007 1:41PM

tca logoTCA - Day 1 (or 4, if you count PBS)

TCA -- aka the TV Critics' press tour -- is a convention for journalists where the major networks and cable outlets unveil their fall programs to the press for review. The tour, which is held at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, began on Monday (with PBS) and runs until July 26th with ABC.

About 200 plus members of the press from across the country are inundated with reality, comedy, drama and other types of programs. Interview opportunities are non-stop. We're fed constantly and given tons of free gifts -- trinkets, pens, paperweights, DVDs and press materials.

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Carol Burnett honored for career achievement at TCA Awards

by Joel Keller, posted Jul 24th 2006 8:59AM
Carol BurnettAt the TCA Awards presentation last night, TV legend Carol Burnett was given the critics' award for career achievement. The award is in honor of almost fifty years of entertaining audiences, mainly via her weekly variety series The Carol Burnett Show, which ran from 1967-78.

Burnett deserves any award she gets; I only remember watching her show in the syndicated reruns (I think the first-run show was on too late for me to watch it), but even a young kid like me appreciated the slapsticky, physical humor that was performed by Burnett and her cast. Of course, Carol is multi-talented; she is a heck of a singer and has done pretty well in dramatic roles, too.

The TCA also gave awards to Steve Carell and Hugh Laurie for their performances in The Office and House, respectively, and cited Grey's Anatomy as the program of the year. Other award winners are listed at the bottom of this article.

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Out of the Blogosphere

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 14th 2006 11:34AM

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