Two post press tour fallen Idol observations

There is always plenty to deal with every session of every day at the annual winter TCA press tour. Reporters need five hands these days just to raise them for questions, type stories, tweet snark, surf for press info and fill our bellies with food and candy. The daily tasks leave little time to reflect on… Read on

Videocast: Berman & Brioux put a bow on TCA15

TV Media Insights’ resident expert Marc Berman asked me to join him for a second videocast covering the just-concluded TCA 2015 winter press tour. Follow this link to the videocast here. Marc asks what my highlight was from the tour. Skipping over all of the meals and the weather, I mention the final ever Mad… Read on

Rainn or shine, Hart Hanson puts the bounce in Backstrom

I’m always happy to run into Hart Hanson at TCA press tours. The showrunner behind Bones was back before critics a few days ago promoting his new series, Backstrom. The “crimedy” premieres Thursday night at 9 p.m.ET on Fox and City. Hanson has deep roots in Canada. He grew up in North Van and has degrees from both the… Read on

Annie Lennox brings new meaning to Great Performances

PASADENA, Calif.–Annie Lennox put on a private concert for critics Monday night at press tour. Would I lie to you? PBS has spoiled critics rotten in recent years with private music shows featuring the B-52s, Tony Bennett (both on the same tour), Sting (albeit in his weirdo lute phase), Roseanne Cash and Harry Connick, Jr.… Read on

MONDAY: 19-2 raises the bar on Canadian drama

PASADENA, Calif.–Today’s FX Networks TCA press tour sessions flew by as usual. It was packed with great sessions from FX president John Landgraf, Man Seeking Woman star Jay Baruchel, Denis Leary, Billy Crystal, Danny DeVito, Louis CK, Matthew Rhys, Keri Russell, Timothy Oliphant and Graham Yost. There was also the giant distraction of an NFL playoff… Read on

Videocast: sharing insights with Media man Marc Berman

PASADENA, Calif.–On these TCA press tours, I always look forward to hanging with my old pal Marc Berman from TVMedia Insights. Marc carries more TV trivia in his head than a busload of network executives. He also has a better handle on ratings than anybody else on tour. Earlier this press tour we got together… Read on

Critics get a big bang out of their Evening with Chuck Lorre Productions

BURBANK, Calif.–Thursday night, critics took a trip over to Mr. Lorre’s neighbourhood. That would be on the Warner Bros. Studio lot, where sitcom King Chuck Lorre produces four CBS sitcoms: The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, Mike & Molly and Mom. The sitcoms make, like, a bazillion dollars for the studio as… Read on

Al Michaels takes the ball for his ninth Super Bowl

PASADENA, Calif.–The very first Super Bowl was played in Los Angeles on Jan. 15, 1967. Al MIchaels was there, in the stands, with his brother. It was easy to get tickets, he says. “There was about 35,000 empty seats.” Forty-eight years later, to the day, Michaels was at press tour Thursday to promote NBC’s coverage… Read on