TCA News: Is PBS becoming the new HBO with quality hits like DOWNTON ABBEY?

DOWNTON ABBEY | ©PBS

PBS kicked off the Winter 2012 Television Critics Association this week with its executive session with President and CEO Paula Kerger. One of the talking points was a recent story in the New York Times that said PBS is giving the premium channels like HBO and Showtime a run for their money – especially with the success of such quality programming as DOWNTON ABBEY. “It’s funny how may people have said to me, ‘oh, PBS looks cool again,’” admits Kerger. “I’ve always thought PBS was cool, but that’s just my opinion. I think what we’re trying to do … is […]Read On »

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TCA 2011 News: THE CHEW producer talks about replacing ABC’s daytime soaps ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE

Carla Hall, Mario Batali, Michael Symon, Daphne Oz, Clinton Kelly host THE CHEW - Season 1 } ©2011 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Soap fans were obviously upset that ABC cancelled their long-running daytime soaps ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE, and that’s extended to the promise of boycotting the reality shows replacing them on ABC’s daytime schedule. Executive producer Gordon Elliott of THE CHEW, a new food talk show (think THE VIEW with food) that will air in that soap time slot, addressed this concern to the press today during a Television Critics Association session. “We hope that [soap fans] will enjoy our show,” says Elliott who was thrilled to hear ALL MY CHILDREN and ONE LIFE TO LIVE will […]Read On »

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TCA 2011 News: PAN AM producer/director talk about how the 1960s set series is nothing like MAD MEN

Christina Ricci in PAN AM - Season 1 | ©2011 ABC/Patrick Harbron

With NBC debuting the 1960s set THE PLAYBOY CLUB this fall and ABC airing the 1960s set PAN AM (a serialized drama about the legendary international airline), questions have arisen whether or not these series would not have made it on the air without the success of the AMC period drama MAD MEN. While at today’s Television Critics Association session for the new ABC series PAN AM, executive producer  and director Thomas Schlamme says a good show has nothing to do with its setting. “Television is execution, and not the time period it takes place in,” says Schlamme. “All I […]Read On »

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TCA 2011 News: ABC very pleased with the summer performance of ROOKIE BLUE

Missy Peregrym in ROOKIE BLUE - Season 2 - "In Plain View" | ©2011 ABC/Annabel Reyes

One of the biggest summer scripted success stories has been ABC’s Canadian co-production cop show ROOKIE BLUE starring Missy Peregrym  that has performed solidly last summer and this summer as well. At today’s Television Critics Association press session, ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee says he would love to see ROOKIE BLUE graduate to the regular season at some point if the ratings continue to thrive during the summer months. “It’s a timing issue,” Lee admits. “It’s a really good issue, but I would happy to see it in the [regular] season.” Click on Link: For More news from the Summer […]Read On »

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TCA 2011 News: ABC talks about its midseason cross-dressing comedy WORK IT

Amaury Nolasco and Ben Koldyke in WORK IT - Season 1 | ©2011 ABC/Eric McCandless

While ABC has filled its new schedule some pretty amazing new programs, the one series that is having many critics scratching their heads is WORK IT – a cross-dressing comedy about two men, who dress like women, to get a job in the working woman’s world. At today’s ABC Television Critics Association session, ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee defended his decision for picking up the series. “I’m a Brit – I have to do a cross-dressing show,” says Lee. “And I grew up with Monty Python.” Of course, Lee admits he didn’t expect the new show would be embraced by […]Read On »

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TCA 2011: ABC talks about new series ONCE UPON A TIME and its sustainable concept

Jamie Dornan, Lana Parrilla, Ginnifer Goodwin, Josh Dallas, Robert Carlyle, Jared Gilmore, Jennifer Morrison in ONCE UPON A TIME - Season 1 | ©2011 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Dealing the real and fairy tale worlds, ABC’s new fall series ONCE UPON A TIME is filled with the kind of scope that most network’s would be fearful to embark on because of its sustainability. However, Paul Lee, ABC’s Entertainment President feels the show is really going to surprise audiences and at today’s ABC Television Critics Association executive session, he revealed he’s very excited about the future of the show. “We were initially worried we couldn’t sustain it as a full series, but I’ve seen the second and third episode and I’m now fully confident we can sustain it,” says […]Read On »

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TCA 2011 News: ABC still working on THE INCREDIBLE HULK TV series (and a Marvel character will also be on CASTLE this year)

THE INCREDIBLE HULK | © Marvel Studios

With Marvel now part of the Disney (and ABC fold), ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee said today during his Television Critics Association executive session that he’s very eager to bring Marvel characters to the network. Currently in development are possible TV iterations of THE INCREDIBLE HULK and AKA JESSICA JONES. “We’re extremely excited about having Marvel in the fold,” says Lee. “With AKA JESSICA JONES and THE HULK, we hopefully have great choices to look at when they come around.” Lee also adds that he would be a hero to his kids if THE HULK works out. “If we got […]Read On »

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TCA 2011: Fox addresses recent GLEE controversy, spin-off status and Season 3

The cast of GLEE (L-R: Ashley Fink; Dianna Agron; Lea Michele; Heather Morrison; Kevin McHale; Jenna Ushkowitz; Amber Riley, Naya Rivera) visits New York in the Season 2 finale - "New York" | ©2011 Fox/Craig Blankenhorn

With GLEE entering Season 3, controversy has dogged the Fox show in the last few weeks. Some of it stems with co-creator Ryan Murphy talking about writing three of the show’s primary leads off the show (Chris Colfer, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith) at the end of this season by having them graduating, but failing to mention he was quietly developing a spin-off for them. It all blew up in everyone’s face, with tons of back-pedaling, and at today’s Summer 2011 Television Critics Association executive session, Fox Entertainment President Kevin Reilly spoke about it from the network perspective. “The public nature […]Read On »

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TCA 2011: HOUSE – Season 8 may or may not be the final season on Fox

Hugh Laurie in HOUSE - Season Seven | ©2010 Fox Broadcasting Co./ Justin Stephens

With HOUSE returning for Season 8 with a leaner cast this fall, and a long negotiation process that delayed the announcement it would be returning, the question mark of whether the show will return for a Season 9 was in the air at today’s Summer 2011 Television Critics Association session for Fox. Fox Entertainment President Kevin Reilly says he still has no word if this will be the show’s final season. “I can’t confirm it’s the last season,” says Reilly. “Hugh [Laurie] is mulling it. The producers are. This is the original team of creators who have been there from […]Read On »

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TCA 2011: NBC reveals the status of THE EVENT wrap-up movie

Jason Ritter in THE EVENT - Season 1 - "Inostranka" | ©2011 NBC/Chris Haston

While speaking with NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt at this summer’s 2011 TCA, ASSIGNMENT X asked about the status of THE EVENT wrap-up movie. Although things aren’t set in stone, Greenblatt does hint that a final decision about its ultimate fate could be decided quite soon. “It’s been discussed with Syfy and a few weeks ago it seemed more possible than it does today, but I honestly don’t know,” says Greenblatt. However, Greenblatt is quick to point out that THE EVENT, if it does get this last-minute reprise, will not air on NBC. “If it happens, it would definitely be […]Read On »

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