PRESS TOUR: Why TV critics do not clap for the celebs at TCA

Tuesday, 28 July 2015 08:06 AM Written by 

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Today the Television Critics Association Summer 2015 press tour begins at The Beverly Hilton with Netflix first up to present. My coverage will begin later today with posts to, here in the Tuned In Journal blog and in print beginning Wednesday.

But before TCA gets started, I want to offer a PSA directed at networks publicists and personal publicists, in particular, so they can help advise their clients about how to avoid looking silly.

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Every six months the nation's TV critics come to TCA for press conferences with network executives and the stars of upcoming new and returning TV series.

And at every TCA, some of the actors seem to forget that this is not Comic-Con. The stars walk on stage, wave and then make a comment, like, "Please, that's too much!" when there are no applause or a smattering of applause from publicists at the back of the room. It's like the actors are so accustomed to being lauded for their mere presence that they forget that:

-- Reporters in the press room at the White House do not clap when the President takes to the dais for a press conference.

-- Reporters in the locker room do not applaud when the coach and star players appear for a press conference after a  big game.

Press tour is no different. Yes, TV critics express opinions and may very well really like the show represented by the cast on stage at TCA, but in addition to being critics, we're reporters and reporters don't clap. 

Publicists, please share this reminder with your clients and/or the stars of your shows.

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