CW prez not checking out of The L.A. Complex

BEVERLY HILLS, CA–The president of The CW has no idea why The L.A. Complex is not drawing more viewers.Mark Pedowitz says he loves the Toronto-produced serial and plans to air all 13 season two episodes, even though last Tuesdays hit a new low of 390,000 overnight, estimated viewers in the United States. The same episode… Read on

The stars come out at lively CBS press tour party

CBS president Nina Tassler (middle) with Elementary stars Lucy Liu andJonny Lee Miller. Cliff Lipson/CBS  BEVERLY HILLS, CA–CBS threw a perfect press tour party Sunday, offering plenty of access to the biggest names across their various network and cable properties. Stars from fall shows like Vegas (CBS) and Beauty and the Beast (The CW) walked… Read on

Message in a bottle changed Jeff Probst’s life

BEVERLY HILLS, CA–Jeff Probst usually does more listening than talking at Survivor tribal councils.On Sunday, he spoke up, telling critics an amazing story about how his Tikki torch first got lit on the long-running reality show.The 50-year-old was before critics to promote his new daytime talk series, The Jeff Probst Show. Probst joins Katie Couric and Rikki… Read on

Dave, Danes and Downton winners at TCA Awards

Not David Letterman. BEVERLY HILLS, CA–David Letterman was among the no-shows Saturday night at the 28th Annual Television Critics Association Awards. The low-key gala took place at the main ballroom at the Beverly Hills Hilton.In recent years, stars such as Tom Hanks, Alex Baldwin and Tina Fey have partied with critics but this year, for… Read on

Jimmy Kimmel, Emmy host: no longer the outsider

BEVERLY HILLS, CA–The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television is struggling to re-invent the Canadian TV Awards, formerly known as the Geminis. They’ve already announced the annual Canadian TV and movie awards will be combined into one televised gala. Categories are also being scrapped in an effort to get more viewers to actually watch it… Read on

Palin, Pammy among ABC’s Dancing All Stars

Hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke-Charvet, above, with their all-stars BEVERLY HILLS, CA–ABC had seven of the 12 competitors for Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars before critics Friday at press tour–but only one got the lion’s share of the questions.Bristol Palin was asked about everything from her family’s growing involvement in reality television to would… Read on

ABC loves Rookie Blue, looking for more co-pros

BEVERLY HILLS, CA–ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee says he loves Rookie Blue and is looking to add more scripted–and perhaps Canadian–co-productions onto his schedule next summer.“Those co-productions are super smart,” he said in Friday’s post-executive session press tour scrum. “They’re cheap, they get watched around the world but they’re high quality. It’s a good model… Read on

TCA 2012 SET VISIT: ABC’s Revenge

BEVERLY HILLS, CA–Called on the Graysons today in the Hamptons but they weren’t home. Damn–I wanted to borrow some Grey Poupon!Actually, I was down in Manhattan Beach, south of Inglewood, with dozens of other TCA journalists as well as some international press. We were shuttled in to the Raleigh Studios soundstage where the ABC hit… Read on