TCA’s Best Moments: David Lynch, ‘Bones,’ ‘Harlots’ & Of Course Donald Trump
With most network execs following Donald Trump’s strategy of not taking journalists’ questions from the stage and thespians pontificating about not being a method actor — and, in fact, not knowing what it means — or boasting about not reading the book on which their project is based lest they become “oversaturated” with “too much information,” this TCA ran the risk of being a total bust.
Happily, that was not the case for the TCA Winter Press Tour in Pasadena. Here’s… Read
‘Great News’ EPs On How This Workplace Comedy Differs From ’30 Rock’ (Hint: It Stars An Overbearing Mom) – TCA
In a primetime TV schedule where there is a longstanding hole left by the absence of Tina Fey and Robert Carlock’s Emmy-winning workplace comedy 30 Rock, along comes their next 9-to-5 high jinks, Great News.
The NBC show, which follows a news producer (Briga Heelan) whose overbearing mother (Andrea Martin) comes to work as an intern in her newsroom, is inspired by the mother-daughter relationship of the show’s EP Tracey Wigfield.
“It’s a funny with a fast-paced dialogue… Read
‘Shades Of Blue’ Panel Cautiously Handles In-The-News Cop Question– TCA
Shades of Blue star Ray Liotta, star/EP Jennifer Lopez, and EP Jack Orman got sucked into a question about news reports questioning "whether cops are either heroes or creepy murderers," during their TCA Q&A, by a journalist who wondered how making their NBC drama series might have changed how they participate in that conversation.
Lopez, who plays a single-mom NYPD detective forced to work in the FBI's anti-corruption task force, in the NBC drama, answered cautiously… Read
‘Powerless’ EP: Bruce Wayne Puts Dim Cousin In Charge Of Company, Like Donald Trump And “Idiot Sons” – TCA
Set in the DC Comics universe, Powerless is a workplace comedy set at Wayne Security, run by Van Wayne, dim-bulb cousin of billionaire crimefighter Bruce Wayne. Van is angling for a job closer to Bruce at mothership company Wayne Enterprises in Gotham. EP Justin Halpern likened it to the Rockefellers and all the hangers-on relatives they’d employed, or how “You’ve got Trump and then you’ve got the idiot sons.”
“Is that a secret?” he asked, when some onstage gasped, as did… Read
‘Taken’: TV’s Bryan Mills Isn’t Just Another Guy With A Particular Set Of Skills – TCA
“We’re watching the planting of the seed and watching the plant grow.”
That’s Taken co-star Jennifer Beals’ take on the TV series origin story of Bryan Mills, the CIA agent with a particular set of skills made famous by Liam Neeson on the big screen but played in the upcoming Europa/NBC show by Clive Standen.
“It's not about his set of skills,” EP Matt Gross said about the differences between the film and TV versions of the franchise, “It’s about understanding him as a… Read
‘This Is Us’ Creator On Maintaining The Surprise & Avoiding A Spinoff – TCA
The biggest takeaway for audiences as they soak in NBC’s This Is Us is the element of emotional surprise.
And with the network announcing two more seasons today–a total of 36 episodes–the question is how long can this motif remain fresh.
“Our theme on the show is how life will surprise you. We attack it as writers,” said creator Dan Fogelman at TCA today, “you can take your family and the revealing pieces of information aren’t necessarily that a young woman wound up with… Read
‘Pitch’ Creator Dan Fogelman “Optimistic” About Season 2 On Fox
At last week’s TCA, Fox chairman Gary Newman and entertainment president David Madden told the press corps that there weren’t final decisions yet on the second season of Pitch.
The baseball drama, which focused on the first female pitcher playing in the major leagues on the San Diego Padres, was one of the fall’s best reviewed shows. But it didn’t score many runs in the ratings. Its 10-episode first-season run complete, no back order was given.
Following the session for… Read
‘Trial & Error’ Mockumentary Series To Feature New Case Each Season – TCA
Jeff Astrof, who wrote, with Matt Miller, NBC’s upcoming mockumentary Trial & Error, said he came up with the idea about five years ago in the early days of the super-hot murder-docu genre, when watching the documentary The Staircase, about a novelist tried for murder after his wife was found dead at the bottom of the staircase in their Durham, NC mansion. At TCA today, Astrof says he commented to his wife, "if this guy was played by Steve Carell it would be the funniest… Read
‘This Is Us’ Upcoming Guest Stars: Katie Couric & Brian Tyree Henry
This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman told TCA press corps today that Katie Couric and Brian Tyree Henry will guest star on future episodes of the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominated series.
Former Today host Couric will make a cameo appearance as herself while Henry will play a friend from William’s (Jermel Nakia/Ron Cephas Jones) past in the present day and in flashbacks. Couric will appear in an episode where she interviews Justin Hartley’s Kevin Pearson… Read
How ‘Redemption’ Will Coexist In ‘The Blacklist’ Universe – TCA
James Spader’s “Red” won’t be pulling the strings, that’s for sure, when NBC’s The Blacklist: Redemption premieres at 10 PM Thursday, February 23.
While The Blacklist is “a cop show in many ways, this is a spy show,” EP John Eisendrath said about the series’ latest spin.
Redemption follows Ryan Eggold’s operative character Tom Keen as he begins to learn facets about his past, specifically his mother, military intelligence op Susan Hargrave (Famke Janssen), who lost him… Read
‘Imposters’ Creators: “We Wanted To Con The Audience” — TCA
The creatives behind Bravo’s new con series Imposters are not only out to deceive the characters, but also want to get the audience. “The cons are not just happening within stories but we wanted to con the audience whenever possible,” said exec producer Adam Brooks, during the show’s presentation at TCA. “It's a show full of twist and turns.”
Continuing on the topic, EP Paul Adelstein added, “one of the fun things” about a con-theme series “is that the rug can shift… Read
Andy Cohen’s Donald Trump Inauguration Plans: Deep Breathing And Yoga – TCA
Andy Cohen plans to avoid watching the festivities when Donald Trump is inaugurated on Friday. This is a shame, given that Cohen is perhaps best suited — as a former NBCUniversal programming exec, a reality TV series creator and executive producer and a nonscripted series star — to explain the made-for-TV coronation of the billionaire NBC reality star-turned-alt-right darling-turned 45th president of the United States. Asked how he planned to spend the day, Cohen listed… Read