TCA Yanks Bill Cosby’s Career Achievement Award In “Decisive” Vote
Television Critics Association has rescinded the Career Achievement Award it gave to Bill Cosby in 2002.
The group announced the decision today, as Cosby was sentenced to 3-10 years in state prison, for the 2004 rape of a former Temple University employee Andrea Constand.
It marks the first time the organization of TV critics, reporters, bloggers and tweeters had pulled one of its awards.
Voting among TCA members closed Friday. Org president Daniel Feinberg called the… Read
Facebook Hazed, Kelly Kahl Singed, John Oliver Jests, Donald Trump Looms At TCA
Facebook made its TCA debut in hopes of talking up Facebook Watch, but wound up swatting at questions about its distribution of conspiracy peddler InfoWars. Netflix and Amazon returned to the semi-annual TV confab after being MIA for two years.
Broadcasters took a back seat, literally and figuratively, at this year’s summer press tour, with ABC and NBC’s presence shrinking to half a day each that wound down the 15-day event. But CBS programming chief Kelly Kahl may have… Read
Bravo’s ‘Dirty John’ Series Won’t Follow ‘Walking Dead’s Path – TCA
Bravo’s new crime anthology Dirty John is based on the podcast from Los Angeles Times crime reporter Chris Goffard, and it detailed the case of Orange County mom and successful interior designer Debra Newell and her seduction by “Dirty” John Meehan, a guy with a treacherous track record when it came to women.
Connie Britton, who recently finished work on the Fox Ryan Murphy series 9-1-1, stars as Debra while Eric Bana plays the sociopath Meehan. Goffard’s podcast detailed… Read
Amy Poehler On Potential ‘Parks And Rec’ Reunion, NRA’s Use Of Leslie Knope & ‘SNL’ In Trump Era – TCA
“I’m tech avail,” beamed Amy Poehler today if there’s a Parks and Recreation reteam in the works.
In regards to a realistic timeline for a reunion, Poehler said “God, I have no idea. Everybody has my number…we all have a text chain and talk to each other almost everyday. So I think everybody would be excited to do some version of it — hopefully on ice.” Indeed pulling that cast back together would take a miracle: Chris Pratt has graduated to marquee cinema work in Jurassic… Read
‘I Feel Bad’ EP Aseem Batra On Working In Male-Dominated TV Writers Rooms – TCA
There’s a line in the pilot of NBC’s new comedy series I Feel Bad where the show’s working mom and boss Emet, played by Sarayu Blue, asks her millennial staff “Am I still do-able?”
One TCA reporter remarked to series EPs Aseem Batra and Amy Poehler that the line is in “the wrong time, wrong place” in the current #MeToo era. Why go with it?”
Batra said that the comedic instance “was really real for me.” That being a woman in a male-dominated writers room “I had to cut it… Read
‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Hopes To Tackle #MeToo As Terry Crews Celebrates “Summer Of Freedom” – TCA
“I like to call it the Summer of Freedom,” Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Terry Crews said during the NBC show’s panel at TCA, when asked about having come forward with his own report of having been sexually harassed in Hollywood.
Crews famously testified in June before the Senate Judiciary Committee, saying Expendables producer Avi Lerner called his manager and asked the actor to drop his case against a Hollywood agent in order to appear in the fourth installment of the action… Read
‘The Rookie’s Nathan Fillion Tailor-Made To Play Oldest Rookie In LAPD – TCA
"Kneeling is a stunt for me," 47-year-old Nathan Fillion told TV critics at TCA of the rigors of starring in ABC's new cop drama The Rookie.
Written by former Castle executive producer/co-showrunner Alexi Hawley, The Rookie stars Fillion as John Nolan, a guy who leaved his comfy small-town life after a divorce and moves to LA where he becomes the oldest rookie in the LAPD. Playing a guy who has trouble scaling a fence, and gets winded chasing bad guys, was no stretch… Read
ABC In Talks For Another Marvel Series, Net’s Boss On Life Without Shonda Rhimes & Kenya Barris In the Fold – TCA
ABC kicked off the current Marvel Television’ live-action series ramp-up with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which is heading into its sixth season, to air next summer. With Agent Carter and Inhumans gone, there will be no Marvel series on ABC during the 2018-19 broadcast season schedule for the first time since the launch of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. While ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey made it clear in May that she does not necessarily envision the upcoming sixth… Read
ABC’s Channing Dungey On Canceling ‘Roseanne’ & What To Expect From ‘The Conners’ – TCA
In one of the fastest meteoric rises and falls for a TV show, ABC’s Roseanne revival burst onto the scene last spring, breaking ratings records to quickly establish itself as broadcast television’s No. 1 show. Just a couple of months later — and days after ABC had unveiled its fall schedule with Roseanne on it — the revival was abruptly canceled, hours after a racially insensitive tweet by star and executive producer Roseanne Barr.
“It was actually made very swiftly, and… Read
‘Modern Family’: ABC In Talks For Season 11 Of Comedy Series – TCA
Nine seasons in, Modern Family remains a tentpole and a great launch pad for ABC. Additionally, besides the short-lived Roseanne revival, it’s been the network’s highest-rated half-hour series for years. So, it’s not a surprise that, despite comments by co-creators Steve Levitan and Christopher Lloyd that they were looking to wrap the series with its upcoming 10th season, the network is eyeing an 11th.
“We have had some conversations with 20th (the studio that produces Mod… Read
Why Tim Doyle Kept His Upcoming ABC Series ‘The Kids Are Alright’ An All-Boys Family Comedy – TCA
There’s four-time Oscar nominated film The Kids Are All Right and of course there’s the famed 1966 Who song “The Kids Are Alright”.
So why couldn’t ABC come up with a better title for its 1970s-set comedy series from Tim Doyle, even though it’s a nod to the Pete Townsend ditty?
“We wanted to obliterate the memory of those other products,” joked Doyle, “They don’t deserve the public eye.”
“There were 80 titles we were working with and ABC selected this. This is the one… Read
‘Single Parents’ Will Be ABC’s “Edgy” Family Comedy, Creators And Cast Promise – TCA
ABC scheduled only an afternoon at TCA, bailing on having an executive panel because, a network rep said on stage, they had an earnings report coming out today and "thought it best not to have an executive session compete."
Instead, ABC’s first panel, Single Parents competed with news creator Liz Meriwether had extended her overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV for another year.
Meriwether created, wrote and executive produced all seven seasons of Fox's New Girl, which… Read