Kinnear gets Raked over by the foreign press

Kinnear (front, centre) was one of many at the main TCA Rake session… The economy being what it is, networks presenting new shows at the TCA press tour have been doubling up in recent years. While the American and Canadian critics and reporters get the main show in the big room, Fox and HBO and… Read on



Short Address for Burns a pet project

PASADENA, CA–That Ken Burns. He pays attention to detail.Monday afternoon, he was back at press tour for the umpteenth time, this season promoting The Address. At 90 minutes, The Address is about four score and seven years shorter than many of Burns’  epic docu-films of the past. That’s because it is based on Abraham Lincoln’s… Read on


Valerie Harper: living one day at a time

PASADENA, CA–Earlier in the tour, Valerie Harper was here to promote The Town That Came A-Courtin’ on UP. UP (“Uplifting Entertainment”) is a new, Hallmark-y U.S. cable channel and it’s also where Harper is these days despite her grim lung cancer diagnosis of less than a year ago.The reason the 74-year-old is so positive is… Read on


Benedict Cumberbatch, TCA superstar

Benedict Cumberbatch (left) with Sherlock co-star Amanda Abbington UPDATEDPASADENA, CA–Julia Roberts, Matthew McConaughey, Jimmy Fallon…stand aside. The biggest draw at this Winter’s Television Critics Association press tour was from PBS.No, not Grover or Cookie Monster, or even Ken Burns. The star who caused the biggest stir this January was Benedict Cumberbatch.Fans with autograph books, some… Read on



Leary wakes up TCA with typical F-bomb attack

TCA wiseguy Denis Leary PASADENA, CA–“Now, how fucking bored are you guys?”Hello Denis Leary, and welcome back to press tour.The 56-year-old comedian and former Rescue Me star did his usual shtick, peppering his remarks with plenty of F-bombs.Leary can always be counted on for finding the nerve and hitting it. “How bad is it?  How… Read on


ABC’s Agents of Party Shield

ABC’s crack security professionals worked their party PASADENA, CA–If you want to clear a room and bring a party to a full stop, call ABC.Nobody does it better.The folks who run “the happiest place on earth” run a tight ship down here on press tour. They hosted an all-star cocktail reception Friday night, allowing reporters… Read on


Juan press tour gimmick too many

PASADENA, CA–Here’s how you know it is ABC Day on press tour: That skeevy Bachelor dude, Juan Pablo, broke into my hotel room and left a dozen roses. That’s all well and good, but next time leave the seat down, pal.


Thunder Bay’s Avgeropoulos is one in 100

Avgeropoulos (left) with co stars at The CW press tour session for The 100 PASADENA, CA–Marie Avgeropoulos was all glammed up on stage at press tour, but she gets down and dirty on The 100. The apocalyptic sci-fi drama comes to The CW in March.“It’s such a dark show, especially for this network,” she said… Read on