Screening a bunch of pilots before, during and after the summer TCA press tour and then weighing in with reviews is pretty much judging a book by its cover. The networks discourage it with “work in progress” labels suggesting major elements are still to be added. (Usually that’s an over-statement, unless you count a occasional

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.—Downton Abbey is PBS’s Super Bowl. The ITV import draws the highest ratings on the public broadcaster and network officials once again gave it red carpet treatment at press tour. Reporters were given yellow wrist bands to get into Tuesday night’s dinner event, where four cast members, along with a couple of producers, sat

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.—Bill Carter started something on this press tour I can’t get out of my head. It’ all has to do with this cool book idea which involves gathering names of celebrities that can also be interpreted as sentences. Think Hugh Downs, or W.C. Fields, or Jeremy Irons. Or Ken Burns. PBS’s documentarian-in-residence and frequent

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.–The folks at FXX got all of us excited Monday about this amazing new ap Simpsons World. Search and watch all 552 episodes. Create and curate your own playlists. Read scripts and watch episodes at the very same time! This is Nerd-vana for Springfield nation. Then comes the whammo–not available in Canada. D’oh! Thus

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.–FX Networks are becoming major players on the Canadian TV production scene. Fargo shot season one in Calgary and network president John Landgraf indicated at press tour Monday he hopes to return there for season two. (Well, not he, personally, but whoever is in the all new cast). The Strain shoots in Toronto, and,

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.—Supernatural is the show you can’t kill with a stick. The CW fantasy-drama is entering a 10th season. Has anybody ever seen it? Seriously. Go ahead, fans, go nuts with the comments, I can take it. Certainly folks in Vancouver are darn glad there is a loyal fan base. The two leads, Jared Padalecki and

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.–Who turned out the lights? That’s what everybody was asking shortly after Saturday nights’s 30th annual TCA Awards. It was as if once all the stars left from the post awards party, they took all the electricity with them. With elevators out of commission, the party simply moved downstairs to the dimly-lit Trader

STUDIO CITY, Calif.–One of the delights of attending set visits on press tour is the opportunity to chat with some of the great character actors on television today. Such an occasion was the bus ride Wednesday to CBS Studio Center (generally referred to as “Radford”) and the set of Brooklyn Nine Nine. The Fox cop