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TCA Postmortem: Consolidation News Framed Press Tour Conversation

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With the power of fans growing and the influence of TV reviews declining in the age of social media, the once marque summer TCA press tour has been taking a back seat to Comic-Con. Once again, the Los Angeles critics convention served as a warm-up for the San Diego geekfest, with the networks trying to save their noisy announcements for the Con. But what would've been another uneventful summer TCA was livened up by two big consolidation stories that broke in the first and… Read

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Hollywood “Obsessed” With Human Torture, And Other TCA Highlights

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The TCA Summer TV Press Tour 2014 has wrapped its 16-day run. Here is what we learned: Most Searing Description Of Hollywood David LaChapelle, who famously became a photographer for Andy Warhol's Interview magazine in his teens, has been called The Fellini of Photography, and has photographed the likes of Hillary Clinton, Lady Gaga, Tupac Shakur, Madonna, Eminem, Warhol, Lil' Kim, Elizabeth Taylor,  Leonardo DiCaprio, and Muhammad Ali, was asked yesterday to discuss the… Read

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TCA: PBS ‘Nova’ Panelists Scorch Jenny McCarthy Over Vaccine Position

Jenny McCarthy Vaccine Debate

During a PBS Q&A session for its Nova program, Vaccines: Calling The Shots, the conversation eventually wound its way around to Jenny McCarthy. Which is to say a TV critic asked the panelists to weigh in on McCarthy, who has become the celebrity most closely associated with the vaccine debate. (McCarthy has said in interviews she is not “anti-vaccine” — she's demanding “safe vaccines” and to “reduce the schedule and reduce the toxins.” In a 2009 interview with Time, she… Read

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Jon Stewart Launches Kickstarter Campaign To Buy CNN: Video

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Because Rupert Murdoch wants to buy Time Warner, and journalists have reported Murdoch would sell off Time Warner's cable news network CNN, Jon Stewart last night launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $10 billion in order to buy the network “and do…something with it. Not quite sure what yet.” “CNN, America's first 24-hour cable news network, has been terrible for many, many years. Does it have to be that way? Who knows, maybe it does,” The Daily Show host's campaign… Read

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TCA: Ken Burns’ Talks ‘The Roosevelts: An Intimate History’ And Whether FDR, Teddy Roosevelt Could Get Elected President In Cable News Era

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Cable news networks would not allow for Teddy Roosevelt or Franklin Delano Roosevelt to become POTUS today, the creators of PBS' new Roosevelt family documentary suggested at TCA today. Teddy was too eccentric, and FDR was stricken with polio. "I'm not sure they could have been president now," Geoffrey Ward, an authority on FDR and longtime Ken Burns collaborator, told TV critics at Summer Press Tour, where they'd come to plug The Roosevelts: An Intimate History. "TR was… Read

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TCA: Nathan Lane Talks About Starring In PBS’ Broadcast Of ‘The Nance’ And Hopes For ‘Modern Family’ Spinoff, ‘Dash Of Pepper’

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Taking questions from TV critics about his performance for PBS in Douglas Carter Beane's Tony-nominated play The Nance, Nathan Lane got asked if he thinks gay characters should be played only by gay actors. In The Nance, Lane plays Chauncey Miles, a nance performer working during the period when New York City Mayor Fiorello La Guardia was trying to do away with burlesque. “No,” he replied. “We just had The Normal Heart [with] Mark Ruffalo — fantastic job. … I certainly… Read

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TCA: ‘Downton Abbey’ Returning January 4, PBS Chief Paula Kerger Says

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Downton Abbey's fifth season will debut on January 4, PBS chief Paula Kerger said this morning. She boasted the fourth season was up 16% year over year — among the reasons PBS will not consider an airdate that more closely coincides with the British play-pattern — and that the Masterpiece franchise within which Downton Abbey airs is up 24%. "We're extremely proud of this growth and continue to focus on Sunday night drama," she told TV critics at TCA Summer TV Press Tour… Read

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TCA: PBS Announces Walt Disney Bio, ‘The Brain’ Series, Navy SEALS Story, And Season 4 Pickup For ‘Call The Midwife’

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PBS chief Paula Kerger this morning made a slew of announcements from TCA Summer Press Tour 2014: – Call The Midwife will be back for a fourth season. BBC announced in February it would produce a fourth season of the period drama about  a group of nurse midwives working in the East End of London in the 1950s — only it will be set in the 60's for the next season. –  American Experience will debut Walt Disney in the fall of '15.  The four-hour, two-night film will explore… Read

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TCA: FX’s ‘Fargo’ Coming Back As Prequel Set In ’79, With All-New Cast But Same Cold

Fargo, Normal Heart part of Movie/Mini Resurge at Emmys

The second season of FX's Fargo will take place in Sioux Falls, S.D., in 1979, creator Noah Hawley said this afternoon at the TCA  Summer Press Tour. "If you were paying attention to Season 1, we made a lot of references to Sioux Falls," he said told TV critics. Some of the second season also will take place in Luverne, Minn. The season will be a prequel of sorts, in that the Lou Solverson character, played in Season 1 by Keith Carradine, will be back, only this time… Read

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TCA: How Violent Is Too Violent For Kurt Sutter On ‘Sons Of Anarchy’?

How Violent Is Too Violent For Kurt Sutter?

SPOILER ALERT: This story contains details of the Season 6 finale and other episodes of Sons Of Anarchy. For some of the reporters at the TCA panel for Sons Of Anarchylast season's ending exceeded their expectations for violence with Eli being shot in the back by Juice and Gemma's forking of Tara. For Sons creator Sutter, it's just all part of the process when you're producing a pulp novel every week. “I don't have a filter,” said Sutter, “I rely on (FX CEO) John Landgra… Read

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TCA: FX’s “Revolting” ‘The Strain’ Bucks Romantic GQ Vampire Trend, Creator Guillermo Del Toro Says

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Before FX developed The Strain for its lineup, Guillermo del Toro says a broadcast network suggested developing it as a comedy. The Strain, based on the trilogy of novels by del Toro and Chuck Hogan, follows Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll) as the NYC head of the Centers for Disease Control Canary Team, leading the effort to discover the root of a viral outbreak that seems to have killed all the passengers and crew of a Berlin-originated airplane that turns out to be… Read

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TCA: Throwing The Serial Killer Premise Off ‘The Bridge’ In Season 2

The Bridge Throws Serial Killer Convention Away

“I didn't want to do the serial-killer-of-the-year story. I can't compete with the genre that's out there,” The Bridge executive producer Elwood Reid said today at TCA about his primary objective for Season 2 of the FX thriller. “If I'm going to tell a story about the U.S.-Mexican border, one which these characters warranted, I couldn't tell that story while they were tracking a serial killer,” said the EP. Departing Bridge EP Meredith Stiehm, who developed the series… Read

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