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TCA 2011: Achieving Critical Mass

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With Comic-Con having just wrapped up, the reporting-about-TV business shifts immediately to LA, where the Television Critics Association summer press tour begins today. I’ll be going back this year, but only for part of it—I admire and weep for my colleagues who do the entire two-week stint, plus Comic-Con. I’ll be in LA next week, when I’ll catch the bulk of the broadcast networks’ sessions. (Last time I attended, in 2009, I went for the cable-networks’ and PBS’ week, so time to spread the love around.)

In the meantime, many of my colleagues in my blogroll list will begin filing from the panels and set visits this week, and for background I’ll direct you to this explainer about press tour–what it is and why it is–from Tim Goodman (now of The Hollywood Reporter), who coined the phrase “Death March with Cocktails” for the event. I’ll be arriving in LA next Monday, just in time to watch the stars of NBC get liquored up at the network’s party that evening. Before I go, what fall shows are you most curious to hear about?