TV Critics Tour: News And Views From TCA 2008

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TV Critics Tour: Cable Tour Wrap
On the final night of the cable portion of the TCA press tour, Rainbow Media's IFC Channel organized the cherry on top of Turner Broadcasting's All-Star Party. >>>

TV Critics Tour: HBO Exec Bullish On Fall Lineup
Beverly Hills, Calif.--HBO programming and West Coast operations president Michael Lombardo outlines the pay network's upcoming programming lineup. >>>TV Critics Tour: From Toothless Dogs to Naked Men In A Locker Room
Beverly Hills, Calif.—After four long and busy days here in Beverly Hills, cable’s portion of the Television Critics Association is wrapping up. The event had its moments, to be sure

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TV Critics Tour: Lifetime Trots Out Diverse Mix of Movies, Series
Beverly Hills, Calif.—Lifetime will highlight its annual Stop Breast Cancer for Life campaign with an original movie Living Proof, the true story of the UCLA physician and researcher who developed the breast cancer drug Herceptin.

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TV Critics Tour: Lifetime's 'How to Look Good Naked' Goes to One Hour!

Beverly Hills, Calif.--Last night, I told myself, no, no, no - it's too late in the evening.  I'm not watching the entire preview episode of season two of Lifetime's How To Look Good Naked.>>>

TV Critics Tour: Hopper Heads Cast For Starz’s ‘Crash’
Beverly Hills, Calif.—Dennis Hopper knows he has a reputation for portraying crazy characters, but Friday he said he doesn’t see the maverick record producer he plays in Starz’s new series Crash “as a bad guy or a good guy necessarily.”

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TV Critics Tour: McGregor Hits The Road Again in ‘Long Way Down’
Beverly Hills, Calif.—Movie star Ewan McGregor said he found an Africa that was very different from the dangerous place depicted in the news as he traversed the continent filming Long Way Down, a travel adventure show that will debut on the Fox Reality Channel on Aug. 2.

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TV Critics Tour: Bochco Credits TNT For ‘Raising the Bar’
Beverly Hills, Calif.—Steven Bochco, creator and executive producer of TNT’s new legal show, Raising the Bar, Friday lauded the cable network for carving out a real identity and home for scripted dramas.

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TV Critics Tour: Great Legs, It's The Law
Beverly Hills, Calif.--TNT is showcasing their new Dean Devlin drama, Leverage, starring Timothy Hutton. >>>

TV Critics Tour: Lucas Brings ‘Clone Wars’ To Cartoon Network
Beverly Hills, Calif.—Cartoon Network is promising Star Wars fans the equivalent of a new movie every week with its Clone Wars series, executive produced by George Lucas and debuting later this summer

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TV Critics Tour: CNN Debuts iReport Film Festival
Beverly Hills, Calif.—CNN is launching the iReport Film Festival, the network’s first user-generated short film competition, to give voters a platform to document the presidential campaign from their personal vantage point, officials said Friday.

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TV Critics Tour: CNN Outlines Convention Coverage
Beverly Hills, Calif.—As it did in 2004, CNN will be anchoring its Democratic and Republican convention coverage live from the delegation floors, this time at the Pepsi Center in Denver from Aug. 25 to 28 and the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn., from Sept. 1-4.

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TV Critics Tour: America's Best Dance Crew: Fanny Pak Kills It!

Here at  TCA, waiting for the CNN panel to begin.  Just have to say... Last night on MTV's America's Best Dance Crew (also, in my opinion, America's best dance show...)>>>

TV Critics Tour: Spike Lee Plans ‘Levee’ Sequel for HBO
Beverly Hills, Calif.—Filmmaker Spike Lee says he wants to revisit the city of New Orleans for a sequel to his highly acclaimed Home Box Office documentary When The Levees Broke.>>>TV Critics Tour: Marines Give Thumbs Up To ‘Generation Kill’
Beverly Hills, Calif.—U.S. Marines at Camp Pendleton responded well to Generation Kill, the HBO miniseries about the 2003 invasion of Iraq, during a screening at the base this week.

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TV Critics Tour: Second ‘Sex Flick, ‘Sopranos’ Film May Be in the Cards
Beverly Hills, Calif.—HBO officials told TV critics Thursday that a second Sex and the City movie is being considered, and that they are open to the idea of making a Sopranos film.

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HBO Opens Door to Mad Men's Matt Weiner 

Beverly Hills, Calif.--During the HBO executive session at TCA, a journalist asked about the widely reported "legend" that HBO turned down Mad Men before AMC "snatched it up." >>>

TV Critics Tour: R.I.P. Deadwood
Beverly Hills, Calif.--From HBO's Television Critics Association executive session and not unexpected after last year's dissembling by HBO executives on the subject of Deadwood....>>>

TV Critics Tour: Elvis Costello To ‘Spin Plates’ On Sundance
Beverly Hills, Calif.—Elvis Costello will interview musical icons like Elton John, Lou Reed and…er, Bill Clinton in his upcoming series on Sundance Channel

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TV Critics Tour: TLC Offers ‘Hope’ For Financially Pinched Homeowners
Beverly Hills, Calif.—TLC is looking to put a new, more realistic spin on home-themed programming—to reflect the challenged real-estate market and tough economy—with its new show, Hope For Your Home, officials told TV critics Thursday.

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TV Critics Tour: Planet Green Offers The Sublime To The Ludacris
Beverly Hills, Calif.—Planet Green, doing its first TV critics tour presentation, Thursday trotted out part of its wide-ranging roster of talent, including ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff, rapper Ludacris and rocker Tommy Lee

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TV Critics Tour: Discovery Takes Wraps Off ‘Dinosaur Mummy’
Beverly Hills, Calif.—The prize for the most enthusiastic presenter at the summer meeting of the television critics meeting here so far goes to Dr. Robert Bakker, who will be featured in Discovery Channel's upcoming Secrets of the Dinosaur Mummy. >>>

TV Critics Tour: Discovery Channel Uses Eco-tainment To Save The Planet 
"Eco-tainment" - saving the planet by using entertainment techniques to promote the green movement.  Discovery Channel has mastered the art of eco-tainment. >>>

TV Critics Tour: Animal Planet Series Documents Anti-Whaling Efforts
Beverly Hills, Calif.—Animal Planet will document the anti-whaling activities of the controversial Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in Whale Wars, a seven-part series beginning in November.

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TV Critics Tour: 'Sandhogs', 'Truckers' Are Real History
Beverly Hills, Calif. – History once again defended its programming, shows ranging from a new series on Sandhogs to Ice Road Truckers, as being on target for the network and its brand

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TV Critics Tour: Bratt Finds That Art Imitates Life
Beverly Hills, Calif. – Actor Benjamin Bratt admitted that initially he thought the storyline for his new series on A&E Network sounded too farfetched – and then learned it was based on a real person.

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A&E's 'The Cleaner' on Deck

Beverly Hills, Calif.--A&E is currently unveiling their first original scripted drama in six years - The Cleaner starring Benjamin Bratt. Launching July 15, it's TNT's Saving Grace meets A&E's Intervention. >>>

TV Critics Tour: Nat Geo Gears Up For ‘Expedition Week’
Beverly Hills, Calif.—National Geographic Channel will take a page from the Discovery Channel playbook, creating an annual programming event it's calling "Expedition Week."

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TV Critics Tour: National Geographic Channel: Class Act at TCA

Beverly Hills, Calif.--National Geographic Channel is definitely putting on a show for the television critics, setting out cool swag - very handy rolling backpacks.  And enough press packets to go around.  (Thank you, Nat. Geo.!) >>>

TV Critics Tour: Comedy Central Goes 'Gonging'
BEVERLY HILLS -- What won't you see in the latest update of The Gong Show with Dave Attell on Comedy Central?

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TV Critics Tour: Comedy Central's 'Chocolate News'
Beverly Hills, Calif.--Here at the Television Critics Association press tour: MTV seems to have run out of press packets and, in spite of several (very polite) requests over the last hour, they still have not managed to located more.>>>

TV Critics Tour: A&E To Air First Live ‘Mindfreak’
Beverly Hills, Calif.—For the first time in Criss Angel Mindfreak history, A&E Network will broadcast a special live one-hour episode July 30, a week after the series’ fourth season premiere.

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TV Critics Tour: Cuban Says Web Not The Future For VOD ContentBeverly Hills, Calif.--HDNet president Mark Cuban discusses the high-definition channel’s new “Sneak Preview” VOD service, which premieres independent movies on cable and satellite before they hit movies. Check out MCN's video as he explains why the Internet will not supplant digital cable as the top. >>>TV Critics Tour: 'Attack Of The Show!' Hosts Cut Up
Beverly Hills, Calif. – The public-relations preparation that a host of G4's Attack of the Show!claimed she got in advance of appearing before TV writers apparently didn’t sink in too well.

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TV Critics Tour: Bio Channel Expands Slate With Shatner Show
Beverly Hills, Calif.--Bio Channel is aggressively expanding its original programming slate this year by adding four new series in primetime, including a talk show hosted by William Shatner and bringing back two others.

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TV Critics Tour: MTVN Churns Out Fresh Batch Of Reality Fare
Beverly Hills, Calif.—The reality genre continues to expand on MTV Networks, with shows ranging from a new competition show for fashion stylists and a peek at the home life of comic Margaret Cho to a look into the daily life of former heavyweight boxing champion George Foreman and his family.

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TV Critics Tour: TV Land's 'Run's House' For Boomers

Beverly Hills, Calif.--TV Land's Family Foreman - sorry, I can't tell you when this show debuts because (grumble!) MTV doesn't have enough press packets so I'm live blogging blind (here at Television Critics Association) - looks at least more interesting than MTV's highly scripted/contrived Run's House. >>>

TV Critics Tour: CMT Takes Singers To The 'Inn'
Beverly Hills, Calif.—Veterans of CMT's Gone Country reality singing competition will reappear on the network in a new reality show, Outsiders Inn. >>>TV Critics Tour: Weiner Calls 'Mad Men' A Success Despite Small Audience
Beverly Hills, Calif.—Mad Men creator-executive producer Matthew Weiner told TV critics Wednesday that he’s thrilled with the show’s success so far on AMC, even though the critically acclaimed drama didn’t draw a large audience its first season.

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TV Critics Tour: WE's Locator Offers An Emotional Hunt
Beverly Hills, Calif.—WE tv will forge deeper into the reality genre with its new series The Locator, which is about a man who has “located” more than 40,000 people since 1990, spurred on initially by his mother’s hunt for—and ultimate rejection—by her biological mother

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TV Critics Tour: E!’s McHale Has Plenty To Skewer
Beverly Hills, Calif. – Joel McHale, host of the E! Entertainment Television clip show The Soup, has no fear that he’ll run short of TV shows and people to skewer – and that celebrities don’t seem to take offense at his digs.

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TV Critics Tour: Style’s ‘Ruby’ Recounts Obesity Struggle
Beverly Hills, Calif. – The star of a new Style Network reality show, a Georgia woman who recently weighed in at 500 pounds, recalled how she was warned she would die if she didn’t lose weight.

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TV Critics Tour: TV One Sets New Fall Shows
Beverly Hills, Calif.--TV One will take a close look at unsolved civil rights cases from the 1950s as part of its fall programming lineup.

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TV Critics Tour: We Should All Be Watching TV One

Beverly Hills, Calif.--Television Critics Association press tour/summer '08 kicked off this morning with a series of TV One panels.  CEO Johnathan Rodgers said TV One is the "only network that targets African-American adults.  We also reflect the breadth and the depth of African-American culture.  We try to do programming that reflects positively on the lives of African-Americans." >>>

TV Critics Tour: BBC America Preps Eclectic Fall Lineup
Beverly Hills, Calif.—BBC America will debut a BAFTA award-winning thriller focusing on British Muslim siblings moving in different political directions as part of its programming slate this fall.

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TV Critics Tour: Koppel Lands BBC Gig
Beverly Hills, Calif.—ABC News and Discovery Channel veteran Ted Koppel will serve as a contributing analyst on BBC World News America, including coverage of the 2008 presidential race.

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TV Critics Tour: Cable TCA Lacks Some Big Guns This Year 
Beverly Hills, Calif.--TV writers—yours truly included—return to the Left Coast this week for the first Television Critics Association tour in a year where cable will kick off an event that normally takes place twice annually, in the winter and summer. 

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TV Critics Tour: Hallmark Is Reliably Comforting 
Beverly Hills, Calif.--While not quite as wacky fun as other years - when Hallmark EVP/Programming David Kenin leaped (on camera) trampoline -like - during Hallmark's Television Critics Association panel this morning, Kenin planted himself among the panelists (not at the podium), and read from prepared remarks. >>>

TV Critics Tour: Actors Weigh In During Hallmark Presentation
Beverly Hills, Calif.—The Hallmark Channel's presentation at the Television Critics Association was equal parts TV movie promotion and current events commentary, with classic TV stars asked to comment on everything from ageism in Hollywood to the prospects for an actor's strike

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