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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- From the Television Critics Association summer 2015 press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif., Candace Haves of FYI Television, Jeff Hidek of the Wilmington Star-News, Scott Pierce of the Salt Lake Tribune and Gwen Reyes of FreshFiction.com join me to preview fall programming on cable, including AMC's "Fear the Walking Dead."

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New 'Looney Tunes' Bugs Bunny movie on DVD

Wednesday, 05 August 2015 12:00 AM Written by

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Not sure how fans of the old, orginal "Looney Tunes" will feel about this but it's interesting to see a new direct-to-DVD Bugs Bunny release, "Looney Tunes Rabbits Run," which debuted Tuesday.

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – Based on quality, ABC’s “Quantico” (10 p.m. Sunday starting Sept. 27) looks like the network’s best chance for a drama hit even if structurally the show suggests the nickname “How to Get Away with a Terrorist Bombing.”

Like last year’s ABC drama hit “How to Get Away with Murder,” the “Quantico” pilot introduces a raft of young students enrolling in the FBI training academy. And like “HTGAWM,” the pilot begins with a flash forward to the terrorist bombing and the series will spend its first season exploring the mystery of who among the newbie students perpetrated the bombing. (In success, a second season would track a different inciting event.)

Executive producer Josh Safran said he was unaware of the structure of “HTGAWM” whe he developed “Quantico.”

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ABC’s critically acclaimed family sitcom “Fresh Off the Boat” returns for its second season Sept. 22, but will narrator Eddie Huang, who wrote the memoir the series is based on, will be back?

Mr. Huang, a renowned chef/restauranteur and one-time University of Pittsburgh student, was critical of the show because it took liberties with his story, which is pretty much what filmed entertainment always does (it’s a sitcom, not a documentary).

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PRESS TOUR: Greg Louganis doc debuts on HBO

Tuesday, 04 August 2015 10:18 AM Written by

louganis 1BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- HBO's "Back on Board: Greg Louganis" (10 tonight) profiles the American Olympic diving champion who may be unknown to younger generations.

"My producer Will Sweeney had read an article that Greg was returning to diving as a mentor and a coach and was sort of asking himself where has he been; why would the greatest diver in the world be away from diving for 20 years; what's the story there; and, you know, it sounds like there's more there than meets the eye," said the film's director Cheryl Furjanic at an HBO press conference last week. "He contacted me.  I had made a previous documentary about synchronized swimming. I was already in the pool, and I reached out to Greg."

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PRESS TOUR: 'UnREAL' packs plot twists in season finale

Monday, 03 August 2015 02:30 PM Written by

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Thursday night I attended a screening of the "UnREAL" (10 tonight, Lifetime) season one finale at The Paley Center, followed by a Q&A with the show's cast and producers (see the stars, pictured above, on the red carpet).

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- For the upcoming two-part, four-hour biography "Walt Disney" (9 p.m. Sept. 14-15, PBS), "American Experience" executive producer Mark Samels said he went to the notoriously controlling Walt Disney Company and asked for their cooperation.

"There was an expectation of editorial input and I said it's going to be very simple, 'You'll get to see the show when the American public does,'" Samels said. "I figured it would be over at that point. I think it wasn't because of our series' reputation and the trustworthiness of the PBS brand. And I have to tell you we have gotten unprecedented access to the world of Walt Disney."

And it's true that there's an amazing amount of footage from Disney movies and archival film.

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- With all its success with British drama, PBS will once again dip its toe into American drama with "Mercy Street" (10 p.m. Sundays starting Jan. 17), debuting a few weeks after the final season premiere of "Downton Abbey" (9 p.m. Jan. 3).

Filmed in Richmond, Va., "Mercy Street" is set during the Civil War at an Alexandria, Va., hotel-turned-hospital.

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