Rob Owen

Rob Owen

Press tour: 'Prison Break' back

Monday, 14 July 2008 08:46

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Fox's "Prison Break" was particularly ill-served by the timing of the writers' strike because the writers had set up clues and plots in the first half of the season that they didn't get the chance to pay off later in the season because there was no latter half of the season.Wentworth Miller stars in

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- At the Turner Networks' party Friday night, "10 Items or Less" star Roberta Valderrama told me the late-night comedy shoots in an actual working grocery store.Roberta Valderrama, Chris Payne Gilbert, Kirsten Gronfield, Robert Clendenin and John Lehr star in

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Press tour: PBS off the cuff

Sunday, 13 July 2008 10:02

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- PBS's "NOVA" will air "The Bible's Buried Secrets" this fall and the special seems likely to stir up some viewers who prefer their religion with blinders on.

The two-hour program reveals new historical research about the origins of the ancient Israelites, the evolution of their belief in one God and the creation of the Bible. Some of what it reveals may force some Christians to re-evaluate the Bible, particularly those who take all of it literally. Panelists discussing the show were asked if the program will change the embedded beliefs of people who don't understand or appreciate science.

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Press tour: Visiting The Jim Henson Co.

Saturday, 12 July 2008 21:01

Kermit greets visitors to The Jim Henson Co. studio in Hollywood (Rob Owen)HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- PBS took TCA members on a field trip to The Jim Henson Co. studios Saturday night for a preview of the upcoming series "Sid the Science Kid," which is created using some pretty amazing technological innovations in live digital puppetry.

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Press tour: Retiring 'Mister Rogers'

Saturday, 12 July 2008 09:41

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Of course, I couldn't let the PBS executive press conference with PBS president Paula Kerger pass without asking about PBS's decision to reduce the number of episodes of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" it sends to member stations weekly from five to one beginning this fall.Mister Rogers (Family Communications)

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Press tour: "Hey, you guuuuyyss!"

Saturday, 12 July 2008 08:28

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- PBS's revamp of "The Electric Company," premiering in January, was too hip for the room Saturday morning at press tour.When Hector is challenged to a game of one-on-one basketball, Keith, Shock, Jessica, Lisa and the Gorilla all lend their support from the sidelines as part of Season 1 of

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Last post for today, lots of news and notes.

Lifetime renewed "Army Wives" for a third season of 18 episodes for next summer. Carson Kressley hosts

Lifetime's uplifting, "You-don't-have-to-be-perfect-to-be-beautiful" makeover show "How to Look Good Naked" returns for a second season with hour-long episodes at 10 p.m. July 22. Host Carson Kressly said when he first heard the title of the show his response to the title was, "That's easy: Box of wine and dimmer switch." Kressly will also tape a pilot for a Lifetime daytime talk show this fall.

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'BSG' toaster: So munch we all

Friday, 11 July 2008 11:11

Dear Santa,

All I want for Christmas is a "Battlestar Galactica" toaster. Thank you.



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Press tour: 'Clone Wars' screened

Friday, 11 July 2008 09:54

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- With Cartoon Network's "Star Wars: The Clone Wars," the animated "Star Wars' universe comes a long way from those late '80s "Star Wars" cartoons "Droids" and "Ewoks." Premiering sometime this fall (no date set) after next month's big screen premiere of an introductory animated "Clone Wars" movie, the series features beautiful, 3-D computer-generated animation, less stilted dialogue than the recent live-action "Star Wars" films and a fair bit of humor.Anakin Skywalker, right, and new character Ahsoka Tano. (Cartoon Network)

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Press tour: Harry Potter works at CNN?

Friday, 11 July 2008 09:11

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- During a session for CNN's political coverage, a TV critic asked if the network risked credibility by branding itself as "the bets political team on television." CNN's Wolf Blitzer, who's been parodied on ABC's "Boston Legal," defended the use of the slogan.Wolf Blitzer (CNN)

"I wouldn't say it if I didn't believe it. It has the advantage of being true," Blitzer said. "We have wizards back there who are doing an amazing job assessing what's going on."

Who knew Harry Potter worked at CNN? Hmmm, I wonder if Voldemort works at Fox News Channel? It would explain a lot.

"We're glad you've noticed and you've made your point," said CNN president Jon Klein, curtly cutting off discussion.

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