Now that the damn thing is over, a few observations looking back at the summer 2011 TCA tour:

  • Pauley Perrette is not the star with the highest Q score in television, I don’t care what David Poltrack says.
  • CBS should have had Ashton Kutcher at press tour, that would have been the session of the summer.
  • More critics are going to write about how the Lifetime Network had a cash bar this summer than write about any of the Lifetime shows paneled at press tour. Hell, even PBS served drinks after their session on Prohibition!
  • Davy Jones is incredibly short.
  • Harry Belafonte is incredibly eloquent.
  • The cast of Rizzoli & Isles are way more fun than their show.
  • CBS always treated Flashpoint like a red-headed step child.
  • American Horror Story is going to give many people nightmares this fall.
  • MSNBC’s Chris Matthews still has a lot of Hardball left in him.
  • Critics are going to miss Peter Tolan and Denis Leary’s press tour antics even more than they miss their FX series, Rescue Me.
  • The grotto at the Playboy Mansion needs to be drained and fumigated.
  • The hashtag TCAs11 looks like a random security password.
  • Cake on a stick is apparently all the rage in Hollywood.
  • Paul McCartney is one thoughtful, charming Beatles person.
  • Conan O’Brien? Completely forgotten.

Here are 10 more things I learned at this summer’s TCA press tour, as posted over at

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