Big Four Nets Bow Out of TCA Exec Sessions

ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC will present their shows, but not their top execs

ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC will not host executive sessions when the Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour goes down next month. While the broadcasters will program their allotted days with show panels featuring producers and talent, the entertainment chiefs will not deliver presentations, though TCA stressed that the execs will at least be on hand during their networks’ respective days, and might be reachable for comment through the appropriate publicists.

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The CW is the exception among broadcast networks, promising an executive session Jan. 8. All are expected to resume exec sessions when TCA’s press tour convenes in Beverly Hills over the summer.

The news comes on the heels of Netflix announcing it is skipping the TCA winter tour, held in Pasadena, altogether. A busy schedule, including CES (Jan. 5-8), the Golden Globes (Jan. 8), NATPE (Jan. 17-19) and a TV-enhanced Sundance Film Festival (Jan. 19-29), was cited as a factor for both Netflix and the broadcast nets.

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