Dry-Trumping The TCA Summer TV Press Tour
Donald Trump towered over the Television Critics Association’s Summer TV Press Tour 2015 like a “Great, Great Wall.”
Stephen Colbert, making his first press-tour appearance as David Letterman’s replacement on CBS’ Late Show, was supposed to be the star of the confab, but he too got sucked into the Trump universe:
"I'm hoping certain people stay in the campaign until September 9," said Colbert, whose debut on Late Show is scheduled for the night of September 8. "I'm not… Read
‘Heroes Reborn’ Creator Tim Kring On Why Some Characters Aren’t Returning – TCA
“I was watching the Winter Olympics and saw the ad for Heroes Reborn and the other actors and I began texting each other if we knew about this,” says actor Jack Coleman aka Noah Bennet, adopted father to cheerleader Claire, on how he found out about the miniseries reboot of the fan fave Heroes show on NBC.
He was one of the few actors to return to the show, a character who creator Tim Kring said at the TCA Summer Press Tour will be the window to the mythology of the old… Read
‘Best Time Ever’ Is No ‘Knock Knock’, Says Neil Patrick Harris – TCA
Neil Patrick Harris came to the TCA Summer Press Tour to plug his new, live, eight-week variety show for NBC, Best Time Ever. Asked if he’d watched Fox’s very short-lived Knock Knock Live, which the network put out of its misery late last month after just two low-rated episodes, Harris said, “I didn’t…I didn’t even know it was on,” adding, “it’s a hard conceit to do as a new idea.”
The Ryan Seacrest-hosted Knock Knock also was a live show; it traveled the country rapping… Read
NBC’s ‘The Player’ & Its Gambler Origins – TCA
After making a splash at Comic-Con, NBC brought its action series The Player to TCA today. The series follows Alex Kane, a former intelligence officer (Philip Winchester) who after losing his wife, becomes the muscle to Mr. Johnson, a mysterious billionaire (Wesley Snipes) who runs the Las Vegas game. Part of the suspense every week is that Kane, Johnson and femme fatale Cassandra (Charity Wakefield) don’t exactly trust each other as fellow team members.
Describing the… Read
Will Packer Talks ‘Compton’ Theater Security This Weekend & NBC Series ‘Truth Be Told’ – TCA
At the TCA Summer Press Tour today, producer Will Packer came to speak about his new NBC comedy series Truth Be Told. But the press also wanted to chat about another one of his hot projects, the movie Straight Outta Compton, which is opening tonight at 8PM.
One press member asked if Packer was concerned about security in theaters this weekend — a topic that has been getting headlines. Police violence happens to be one of the story details in the N.W.A biopic.
“I don’t… Read
Dolly Parton’s Next Movie For NBC: ‘Jolene’ – TCA
NBC’s second movie based on a Dolly Parton hit tune will be Jolene. John Sacret Young (China Beach, The West Wing) is writing the script, said Sam Haskell, Parton’s longtime agent, who is exec producing Coat Of Many Colors, their first project under the multi-movie deal with NBC.
Jolene is about a woman begging a beautiful woman not to steal “her man” just because she can.
Haskell, Parton and the cast of Coat Of Many Colors, came to NBC’s day at the TCA Summer Press Tour… Read
NBC Eyes Live Dramas & … ‘ALF’ Reboot’?! Bob Greenblatt On ‘Aquarius’ Renewal & Streaming’s Impact On Network’s Image
NBC already has a lot of live television, the network’s entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt admitted at TCA today, noting Saturday Night Live, America’s Got Talent, The Voice, and the holiday musicals. Comedy Undateable is being added to the list this fall with all-live episodes. “Well, I’m a live junkie and not only do I like it personally, but I think it’s one of the tools that we have available to us to try to compel the audience to watch something when we program… Read
‘Blindspot’ Creator On How His Tattoo Heroine NBC Series Tested – TCA
NBC’s new thriller series Blindspot tells the story of an enigmatic tattooed woman who is found in a bag in Times Square, her back leading to a number of clues to crimes around the city. The Jane Doe, played by Jaimie Alexander, doesn’t know who she is or where she’s been. Oddly, one of the FBI agents who discovers her (Sullivan Stapleton) has his name stamped on her body.
“It’s a bonkers premise,” admitted the series’ creator Martin Gero, who had been yearning to do a… Read
‘Chicago’ Franchise Might Grow, ‘Law & Order’ Limited Series Still Under Consideration Says Dick Wolf – TCA
Can Dick Wolf sustain the whole “ripped from the headlines” thing for the latest in his Chicago series franchise, reporters wondered this afternoon at the TCA Summer Press Tour. "The Ebola story was obvious because it was a matter of great concern,” but what are the other ripped-from-the-headlines medical stories out there, one reporter asked Wolf.
“‘Ripped from headlines’ is a good umbrella for 'transmission of information'," Wolf responded. "'Ripped from the headlines'… Read
NBC’s ‘Sunday Night Football’ Panel Waves The Flag For NFL In Wake of Deflategate & Player Scandals – TCA
“We got a cliffhanger!” NBC Sports analyst Chris Collinsworth said at the TCA Summer Press Tour session for Sunday Night Football. “We don’t know what’s going to happen on opening night!”
With the season kickoff set for September 10 between the Pittsburgh Steelers at the defending champion New England Patriots, Collinsworth of course is referring to the current four-game suspension for Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in the wake of his Deflategate and Steelers’ running… Read
‘Heroes Reborn’ Gets 2-Hour Premiere, Pushing ‘The Blacklist’ By A Week – TCA
NBC announced at the TCA Summer Press Tour today that the premiere of Heroes Reborn on September 24 will now be a two-hour affair, running from 8-10 PM. That means the network will push by a week the Season 3 premiere of The Blacklist, originally scheduled to bow in that 9 PM slot. It now will premiere on October 1 at 9 PM.
Heroes Reborn, which will run 13 episodes this fall, will be followed on September 24 by the series premiere of the Wesley Snipes-starring The… Read
Rihanna Joins NBC’s ‘The Voice’ As Key Advisor
Rihanna is joining The Voice.
She’s signed on as key advisor to the coaches on Season 9 of the singing competition series. NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt made the announcement this morning during the network’s exec session at the Television Critics Association’s Summer Press Tour. “This is one of music’s true superstars coming on board to influence the lives and careers of some hopeful new performers,” Greenblatt said.
Rihanna will act as advisor to coaches… Read