|Brioux (left) & Ballsy: impactful|
PASADENA, CA–After all the heat and headliners on the Cable and PBS portions of this press tour, ABC decided to bring it down a notch with the dullest TCA network day ever. The Disney network did at least have an executive session (unlike NBC, which is being Comcasted and doesn’t plan to stand any of their suits in front of us just yet). Beyond that, however, they’re only paneling one new show–Off The Map–a new medical drama from Shonda Rhimes (Grey’s Anatomy) and featuring Canadians Caroline Dhaverneas and Rachelle Lefevre among the ensemble.The big ABC star in the house this morning was “Ballsy,” a big red ball that worked the lobby wearing a long scarf in order to promote Winter Wipeout. “Ballsy” was not there to represent ABC’s edgy new programming style, although that was what entertainment president Paul Lee tried to suggest during his session and after scrum.