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Fox Reinstates TCA Exec Session After Learning Press Interested In What They Have To Say

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TV Critics Association president Amber Dowling announced to members this afternoon that Fox broadcast network has changed its position on not putting an exec on stage to take questions from members at January’s TCA winter tour, and will schedule an exec panel after all. Dowling said the association received this email from Fox: “We heard from many TCA members this week about how they value having an executive session twice a year. We were focused on presenting our… Read

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TCA Goes Virtually Exec Q&A-Free In January As TV Networks Take Cue From Donald Trump

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ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox will not host executive sessions at January’s TCA press tour, the TV Critics Association revealed today. That means journalists attending will not have the opportunity to ask questions of any execs of those networks during the semi-annual confab. Reporters Who Cover Television weren’t actually called “disgusting” in today’s news, but otherwise the move bears a certain resemblance to the campaign strategy of Donald Trump during his successful run at… Read

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‘Homeland’ Elects Female NY Senator Next POTUS But Injects Her With Donald Trump Traits – TCA

Showtime 'Homeland' Panel at the TCA Summer Press Tour, Day 15, Los Angeles, USA - 11 Aug 2016

“Terrified” is how Homeland exec producer Alex Gansa described his feelings about the possibility that Season 6 might be “counter factual” or “irrelevant” by the time it debuts in January, given that it explores the period of time between Election Day and the swearing in of the new American president. Homeland‘s newly elected POTUS will be female and a junior senator from New York, where Season 6 is set. But, Gansa hastened to add, “Although she’s a woman, she’s a little… Read

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‘The Circus’ “Holding Donald Trump Peyote Scene Until After Election,” Mark Halperin Jokes – TCA

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Showtime 'The Circus' Panel at the TCA Summer Press Tour, Day 15, Los Angeles, USA - 11 Aug 2016

“We are holding the Trump peyote scene until after the election,” The Circus EP Mark Halperin told TV critics this afternoon when asked if there was any embargoed footage they were going to air later. Asked if they were going to air some sort of post-mortem program, he said The Circus team was discussing doing “something bigger afterwards” with Showtime, adding, “I confess I don't' know where it stands.” When Showtime chief David Nevins first suggested the show name The… Read

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Showtime Bosses Give ‘Twin Peaks’ Update, Talk ‘Roadies’ & ‘Dice’s Future – TCA

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As can be expected, there was a lot of talk about Twin Peaks during Showtime’s TCA executive session. Also as expected, there was little information provided as execs continued to stick closely to the strict cone of silence imposed by David Lynch, who co-wrote and directed all episodes and also is editing and scoring the series. This is what we learned: Twin Peaks still is looking at a launch in the “first-half to midyear, the early side of mid-year 2017.” The number of… Read

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Showtime’s Streaming Service Has 1M+ Subs But Won’t Lead To Cord-Cutting – TCA

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Showtime President David Nevins was excited to announce that Showtime’s stand-alone $11/month streaming service, which has been made available to those without cable, has topped 1 million subscribers. It’s a whole new terrain for Showtime, bringing the premium cabler closer to its consumers and changing its mind-set on how to spike their streaming numbers further. The app is available over the Internet and to Hulu and Amazon Prime consumers as an add-on, or straight from… Read

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‘Ray Donovan’ Renewed For Season 5 On Showtime

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The Donovans’ saga is hardly over. Showtime said today that its gritty drama Ray Donovan has been renewed for a 12-episode fifth season. David Nevins, the premium cabler’s president and CEO, made the announcement at TCA today. Liev Schreiber last month scored his second consecutive Emmy nom for playing the title role, a Boston-bred fixer who makes bad stuff go away for his rich, high-profile L.A. clients. Now if only he could fix his family, which includes his wife Abby… Read

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‘Homeland’ & ‘Billions’ Get Premiere Dates On Showtime – TCA

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Showtime announced its winter lineup today at TCA, setting return dates for its Emmy and Golden Globe-winning drama series Homeland and critically praised Billions. Homeland Season 6 will premiere Sunday, January 15 at 9 PM and Season 2 of Billions debuts Sunday, February 19 at 10 PM. Both series are shooting in New York this summer with Homeland returning to the U.S. after spending the last two seasons shooting in South Africa and Berlin. New seasons of both series will… Read

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Is 16-Year-Old Film ‘Frequency’ Ripe For A TV Reboot? – TCA

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When the 2000 New Line sci-fi dramatic feature Frequency was released, it wasn’t a mass-appealing success, opening third at the box office with $9M and legging out to $45M. The film starred Jim Caviezel as a grown man who communicates with his late father, a former fireman (Dennis Quaid), across 30 years via a ham radio and attempts to save dad’s life before he perishes in a warehouse fire. The pic is one of two written by New Line chief Toby Emmerich, the second being The… Read

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‘No Tomorrow’ Is A Bright, Sunny, End-Of-World Comedy – TCA

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The CW’s new series No Tomorrow centers on a risk-averse procurement manager named Evie who falls for a handsome guy, Xavier, who has no job because his mathematical equation proves the world is ending in less than nine months. Xavier helps Evie bravely do things, like singing karaoke in the pilot. TV critics, who sweat details, wondered if they will see some kind of CNN countdown-to-the-next-CNN-debate clock, only this one would be an end-of-world clock on the show to… Read

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DC Superhero EPs At TCA: ‘Flash’ & ‘Supergirl’ Musical Crossover, Dolph Lundgren On ‘Arrow’ & More

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When it rains it pours. Today at the CW combined panel for Supergirl, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow and The Flashthe series EPs dropped a number of announcements. –There will be a musical crossover between Supergirl and The Flash later in the season. A number of those in the cast can sing, and the EPs are taking advantage of that. This will be two musical crossover episodes. There will be one original song per episode, with the musicals consisting of pre-existing songs… Read

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CW Chief Mark Pedowitz On Blowback After Killing Off ‘The 100’ Lesbian Character

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Back in March, on an episode of The 100lesbian character Lexa (Alycia Debnam-Carey) was killed by a stray bullet. The plot move set off a firestorm on social media over her death and the treatment of LGBTQ characters in general. Fans went after the CW show's writers, accusing them of the "Bury Your Gays" or "Dead Lesbian Syndrome" trope. EP/showrunner Jason Rothenberg was essentially just looking to amp the show’s drama and stakes. When asked about the aftermath of the… Read