Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline’s TCA coverage.
A relaxed and affable Anderson Cooper effortlessly worked the room this afternoon on the first day of the semiannual Television Critics Association press tour confab at the Beverly Hilton, promoting his forthcoming Telepictures-produced syndie strip Anderson. He addressed the often raised concerns over how production on the talk show would be impacted by his CNN job where, if a big news story breaks anywhere in the world he packs up and goes to cover it sometimes for weeks at a time. Cooper is not concerned that he would leave the producers of Anderson in the lurch. “I covered, over the past year, Egypt, the tsunami in Japan and the tornado in Joplin,” he said. “If I were away someplace, we could have shows (in the can) that we would run or we could actually do live shows from an event I was at. I’m not worried about it. It’s all very doable because I manage my time really well.” (more…)