Miley, Kanye, Taylor and Beyonce Head For MTV VMAs
Aug26

Miley, Kanye, Taylor and Beyonce Head For MTV VMAs

Even as the stock market was crashing Monday, Van Toffler’s spirits were heading in the other direction. “This is my favorite week,” he told me by phone from New York, referring to the days leading into MTV Video Music Awards this coming Sunday. Toffler is an executive producer of the show who has worked on the VMAs since 1987, just three years after its inception, when Madonna set the standard for opening performances with her...

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Networks Unveil New TV Shows at Television Critics Association Summer Tour
Aug16

Networks Unveil New TV Shows at Television Critics Association Summer Tour

From a reflection of how much the culture has changed in the past year– hello, Season 2 of “Transparent”– to the sci-fi special abilities of “Heroes Reborn,” the second half of the semi-annual Television Critics Association press tour showcased a diverse array of new programming, some old favorites, re-boots, spinoffs—and some star-making turns. New and returning shows were presented from August 3-13 by Amazon Studios,...

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TCA Awards Honor ‘Empire,’ ‘The Americans,’ Amy Schumer and Jon Hamm
Aug10

TCA Awards Honor ‘Empire,’ ‘The Americans,’ Amy Schumer and Jon Hamm

It was a big night for Jon Hamm, Amy Schumer, “The Americans” and “Empire” at the 31st annual TCA Awards held Saturday night at the Beverly Hilton. The non-televised ceremonies were hosted by James Corden of CBS’s “Late Late Show,” who got the festivities off to a rollicking, irreverent start with cracks about the awards themselves. “When I was first asked to host the TCAs, I thought it was the ‘Teen Choice Awards,’” he said, and went...

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‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Just One of Exciting Cable & Streaming Shows Previewed at TCA
Aug07

‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Just One of Exciting Cable & Streaming Shows Previewed at TCA

The wealth of programming riches was overwhelming during the first week of the summer TCA press tour being held at the Beverly Hilton as Netflix and cable nets including National Geographic Channels, Viacom, WGN America, Discovery Communications, UP, El Rey Network, AMC Networks and BBC America presented program clips and panels with creators and talent. Some, like Hallmark Channel and FUSE opted to showcase their programming during...

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Downton Abbey Cast Says Farewell to the Hit PBS Series
Aug03

Downton Abbey Cast Says Farewell to the Hit PBS Series

The mood in the Beverly Hilton’s International Ballroom was bittersweet as the producers and key cast members of “Downton Abbey” took the stage over the weekend for what was to be their last time at  the Television Critics Association summer confab. Series 6, as they call it in the UK, will finish taping on August 15, and the smash-hit period drama will air in the US beginning January 3, 2016 on PBS Masterpiece. It’s difficult...

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