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Facebook Braces For Hero’s Welcome As Streamers Return – TCA Preview

If there’s a spring in the step of TCA media members these days, it’s because their semi-annual confab might  have been snatched from the brink with word that Facebook is making its debut at the July event, while Netflix and Amazon are returning to the fold after going missing for two years. Facebook, which recently got trashed over its Cambridge Analytica data scandal, then hit a record stock price on news that of its biggest sports streaming deal yet, has been given a… Read


Rebecca Eaton Explains How To Get BBC To Tackle Quintessentially American ‘Little Women’ – TCA

Masterpiece's Little Women marks a breakthrough for PBS: It’s produced by BBC, which, producer Rebecca Eaton noted, "does not do American drama.” “It's hard to get America novels done with BBC because they are BBC – they have a mandate,” she said. Additionally, it can be expensive. “If you shoot in this country, it’s twice as expensive.” Set in Concord, MA, Little Women was filmed in Ireland. It helped that Colin Callender was “the guy who was going to drive the train”… Read


Ruth Wilson To Play Her Grandmother In Masterpiece’s ‘Mrs Wilson’ For PBS, BBC

Ruth Wilson will star in Mrs. Wilson, a three-part drama inspired by the memoir of her grandmother, Masterpiece chief Rebecca Eaton told TV critics at TCA on Tuesday. Set in 1940s and 1960s London and 1930s India, the series follows Alison Wilson, who is happily married to her husband, who is a mystery writer. When he dies a woman shows up at her door, claiming that she too is Mrs. Wilson and was married to her husband. Turns out, Rebecca Eaton told TV critics, that… Read


PBS CEO Paula Kerger Takes Questions On Charlie Rose, Tavis Smiley At TCA

Paula Kerger

PBS CEO Paula Kerger spent much of her semi-annual Q&A at TCA today taking questions about decisions to jettison Charlie Rose and Tavis Smiley after both men were accused of sexually harassment. Kerger is one of the few TV industry executives brave enough to stand before reporters at the semi-annual TV-industry gathering; her appearance was especially impressive, given that her network fired not one but two on-air hosts and scrapped their programs. “Even though we are a… Read


Margaret Atwood & George R.R. Martin Booked For PBS’ Reading Competition – TCA

Margaret Atwood, George R.R. Martin, Gaye King, Lauren Graham, John Irving, and Bill T. Jones are among those lending their voices to PBS's The Great American Read. PBS CEO Paula Kerger announced the celebs at TCA Tuesday morning, also including Devon Kennard, Diane Lane, Lesley Stahl Junot Diaz. They will share personal stories about their favorite titles for the Nutopia-produced eight-part TV competition PBS says in in service of promoting reading. The Great American… Read


‘Native America’ To Explore Interconnectivity Of Ancient Indigenous Cultures On PBS – TCA

Native America, a four-part series will premiere in the fall on PBS, CEO Paula Kerger announced Tuesday morning at TCA. The series will weave history and science with living indigenous traditions, to look at massive ancient cities connected by social networks spanning two continents, with unique and sophisticated systems of science, art and writing, PBS described. PBS said recent discoveries informed by Native American oral histories have produced "new perspective" on… Read


PBS Announces Five-Part Series On #MeToo Movement Debuting February 2 – TCA

PBS will air a five-part, half-hour series about the #MeToo movement, premiering on Friday, February 2. #Metoo, Now What? will engage both women and men from in dialogue about how the movement started and how to effect lasting change for the better, PBS CEO Paula Kerger said in announcing the series Tuesday morning at TCA. Each episode will focus on an aspect of sexual harassment, and will include reporting from host/executive editor Zainab Salbi. Topics to be explored… Read


‘Girlfriends’ Phyllis Logan, Miranda Richardson Discuss Industry Ageism – Or Not – TCA

Girlfriends star Phyllis Logan says she never planned to play housekeeper Elsie Hughes fox six years and that had she been told her run on Downton Abbey would last that long it would have given her pause. At TCA to discuss playing newly widowed Linda on Acorn TV’s Girlfriends, Logan noted she embarked on her acting career in “nineteen hundred and frozen to death” with a goal to play as many different roles as possible, including playing “old grannies and young blokes.”… Read


How To Reach Young Millennials? The Studios & TV Networks Can Find 47M Of Them On Snapchat – TCA

At today’s TCA Snapchat, content bosses Nick Bell and Sean Mills asked how journalists in the ballroom at Pasadena’s Huntington Hotel used Snapchat. Few hands in the 30-plus demo room shot up. “It’s what I expected,” said Nick Bell. The reason being is the social media platform’s prime demographic are between 12 and 24 and at a count of 47 million in the U.S., 88 million overall. Of that core 12-24 demo, that’s 9M more than Facebook and 15M users than Instagram. Given… Read


Comedy Central Boss On Future Of ‘The Opposition With Jordan Klepper’ & ‘The President Show’

With Trevor Noah getting a five-year contract extension last year and The Jim Jefferies Show just renewed for a second season, the focus shifts to Comedy Central’s two other late-night shows: The Opposition with Jordan Klepper and The President Show. Speaking with Deadline, Comedy Central President Kent Alterman mentioned that the cable channel remains in discussions about how The President Show will continue. “We’re working that out,” said Alterman. “we’ll have something… Read


Paramount Network Bosses Talk Programming Strategy, Stay Mum On Possible Viacom-CBS Merger – TCA

Just three days before Viacom’s Spike relaunches as Paramount Network, President of Spike/Par Network, TV Land and CMT Kevin Kay and the three networks’ head of development Keith Cox laid out their plans for the Paramount Network, designed to be Viacom’s leading scripted brand. “We want to be in the hourlong drama business,” Kay said of Par Network, which is launching with three hourlong series, Waco and Yellowstone — both from the Weinstein Co.. — and Heathers, and one… Read


‘In Contempt’: BET’s Heightened-Reality Look At Legal Defenders In Manhattan

Terri Kopp acknowledged that she gives the lead character of her new BET legal drama In Contempt a lot of lines she wished she could have said during her 3 1/2 years working at the Legal Aid Society in Manhattan. “It is a little heightened reality,” she told TV critics happily, after the sizzle reel in which Erica Ash’s Gwen Sullivan uses a middle finger to make a point in court, for instance. Kopp has been trying to get the series made for a long time, saying it has had… Read