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Turns Out Gloria Steinem Not a Fan of The Playboy Club

One of the more comical incidents of the recent TCA television critics’ press tour was the attempt by the makers of The Playboy Club to defend its romanticization of its eponymous Bunny hutch as “empowering” to women. A lot of the critics assembled laughed it off. But you know what would really help to bolster their case? An …

Credit Downgraded, Intensity Upgraded on Cable Biz News

As you know, the stock market is way down. Or way up. Or in between, or both—I’m going to have to hedge my bets, because as I write this, the markets are whanging up and down like a telephone wire that an elephant just jumped off. Within the past hour or so, the Dow has been down about 200 points, because traders were apparently …

Test Pilot: Once Upon a Time

Test Pilot is a semiregular feature sharing my first impressions of the pilots for next season’s shows. These aren’t reviews, since these pilots can be rewritten, recast and retooled before airing, and the shows that eventually get on the air can prove much better or worse. But premature opinions are why God invented the Internet, so …

TCA Roundup: ABC Plays Dress-Up

I checked out of the TCA television critic’s press tour a day and a half early, missing out on the final network to present, ABC, but plenty of TV writers have stayed to the bitter (except for the network-provided chocolate-chip-cookie swag) end. Here’s what they have to report.

* As I wrote earlier this summer, ABC this season will …

Game of Thrones, Mad Men and Nick Effing Offerman Top TV Critics' Awards

Sunday night, the TCAs—the Teen Choice Awards—will be handed out on Fox, with millions watching. Saturday night, a less-lauded TCAs—the Television Critics Association awards—were handed out at the Beverly Hilton, away from the cameras but with (I have to assume) much better winners.

Among the winners (full list appears after …

FX at TCA: More Louie, Wilfred, Philly. Less Pants.

Saturday is my last day at TCA TV critics’ press tour in LA (my colleagues will have to soldier on without me for ABC’s final presentation), and the network of the day was FX, which updated us as to what’s going on in the worlds of tortured male antiheroes and raunchy comedy. Some of the highlights:

* In the last year, FX was the …

Fox at TCA: Dino-Drama Terra Nova Is Still, Slowly, Evolving

Friday afternoon, Fox held a panel for the new sci-fi series Terra Nova at the TCA TV critics’ convention. Unfortunately, they only had about half the session ready, and the CGI rendering still wasn’t done for most of the panelists.

I’m kidding! Friday afternoon, Fox held a panel for Terra Nova, about a family who time-travel to the …

CW at Press Tour: Sarah Michelle Gellar and I Are Getting Older

This is what the TV obsession with demographics hath wrought: at TCA press tour session for the new thriller Ringer, Sarah Michelle Gellar, a 34-year-old woman, was fielding questions that implied she might be too old to be starring in a show on the CW network.

The meme began when one reporter at the panel began a question by …

Press Tour: Paul McCartney Says His Phone Was Hacked, Will Go to Police

The TCA TV critics’ press tour tends to exist in a bubble separate from the breaking news of the world, but it ended up producing some news in the British phone-hacking scandal by way of a satellite appearance by Paul McCartney, the subject of an Albert Maysles documentary on Showtime about his post-9/11 Concert for New York.

McCartney …

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