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PRESS TOUR: party patrol at winter TCA 2019

Wednesday, 13 February 2019 05:13 PM Written by

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PASADENA, Calif. – The 2019 winter TV critics press tour ends today with Amazon and that means it's time to rate the parties and networks' assorted press tour performances in hopes of encouraging improvement for the summer 2019 TCA, and to offer a little behind-the-scenes glimpse. (Of course, these are just one guy's opinions and agreement will vary wildly depending on the critic. Also, I skipped a few parties to write.)

While going to parties for work sounds fun, these are working parties where TV critics are often rushing from one celeb to another to get short interviews.

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PASADENA, Calif. – The year’s most insane new TV series arrives in the form of Starz’s crazy-sexy-cool “Now Apocalypse” (9 p.m. March 10) co-written and directed by indie film auteur Gregg Araki (“The Doom Generation”).

At a Starz press conference during the Television Critics Association winter 2019 press tour, Araki said he envisioned the series as a “Girls” meets “Sex and the City” sex comedy with a David Lynchian vibe and a possible UFO conspiracy.

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PASADENA, Calif. -- The 1992 Eddie Murphy comedy “Boomerang” gets a next-generation reboot on BET with a series (10 p.m. Tuesdays) focused on Simone Graham (Tetona Jackson), adult daughter of the Mr. Murphy and Halle Berry characters, and Bryson Broyer (Tequan Richmond), the adult son of the Robin Givens character in the film.

Ms. Berry is an executive producer on BET’s “Boomerang” with Lena Waithe (“The Chi”). Ms. Berry said, “You might see me at some point,” but otherwise the movie’s stars make no appearances in the first season of this half-hour, single-camera comedy-drama that premieres this week.


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TBS's 'Miracle Workers' is heaven sent

Monday, 11 February 2019 12:00 AM Written by



Heaven sure has become a popular place for setting comedies. “Miracle Workers” (10:30 p.m. Tuesday, TBS) joins NBC’s “The Good Place” as another comedy set in the celestial realm, but “Miracle Workers” is less concerned with moral philosophy than it is heaven as a cube farm run by an uninterested CEO, God (Steve Buscemi).

Watching reports on climate change, God is pretty bummed about his creation to the point he’s ready to destroy Earth and move on to a new project.

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PRESS TOUR: Fox plots its future post-Disney deal

Wednesday, 06 February 2019 04:19 PM Written by

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PASADENA, Calif. – The Fox network is probably just weeks away from its de-coupling from its sister-studio, 20th Century Fox which is being purchased by the Walt Disney Company along with FX and National Geographic Channel, and with that sale a new era for the broadcaster will begin.

The resulting “New Fox,” as it has been called since the Disney deal was announced, will officially be re-christened Fox Entertainment, which recently appointed Charlie Collier, formerly of AMC, as its CEO. Mr. Collier christened Fox Entertainment “a start-up company with roughly $26 billion valuation” and three decades of experience as a broadcaster.

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Big-screen Mister Rogers documentary comes to TV

Monday, 04 February 2019 12:00 AM Written by

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Less than two months after it debuted in theaters, this Mister Rogers documentary “Won’t You be my Neighbor?” (8 p.m. Saturday, PBS and HBO) became the top-grossing feature film biography documentary of all time, taking in $22 million. It’s also among the Top 12 most popular overall feature documentaries of all time, according to Deadline.com.

Fred Rogers has been a local hero for decades so it’s no surprise this story of the gentle man and defender of childhood would connect with viewers seeking joy in a contentious time freighted with bad news at every turn.

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