We’re definitely hitting a surreal place at the Television Critics Association Press Tour and Sunday was only the second day. This is the twice yearly network dog and pony show put on for the critics to make it easier for us to write about all the shows you’ll be seeing over the next six months or so.
This past weekend was PBS and I’ve already busted a couple executives on gender issues in TV, been bored to tears by a press conference on the latest historical documentary, and wowed by a great live performance. But then there was the surreal stuff, such as listening to David Geffen not answer reporters questions during the press conference for his upcoming American Masters special. Yeah, that David Geffin, as in DreamWorks, Asylum Records and a host of other movies that he produced. Interestingly, he just predicted that we’ll be able to stream every movie ever made, which was probably the most interesting thing he said during the whole hour-long press conference.
I’m here as the critic for YourFamilyViewer.com, which is why I was concerned about the gender issues. I like to think of myself as an advocate for all you parents who’d really like to find some good, fun programming to watch with your kids, but are instead wondering why there’s still so much violence and sex and bad advertising, and, and, and… Which means I’m trying to find something (anything) interesting about Cloris Leachman trying to undress fellow actor Bryan Brown during the Pioneers of Television session on mini-series and funny women (Brown was in Thornbirds, which I never saw).
Monday was the Fox presentation day – with the big announcement that Mariah Carey will be the new American Idol judge. I’d have also posted the Fox honcho Kevin Reilly is really happy with the next season of Glee – he said the story will continue to follow our new graduates in New York as well as Ohio – but, really, you can’t exactly trust what these guys have to say. So while the odds are somewhat better than even that this is the case, do I want to post something that all 200-other of my colleagues have already posted. Seriously – the only thing that has to be more boring than sitting through a press conference with a TV executive is reading tweets about it.
Ah, well. This upcoming season is a mixed bag re the new shows and I will be doing full reviews at a later date. In the meantime, I sit here listening to Dana Fox describe the crazy things her brother Ben (on whom she based her show Ben & Kate) did when they were young, such as microwaving his feather pillow because it was cold. And how he scammed his way into an Industry event. NBC is today. And if any of you have any questions about TV, please feel free to post them in the comments and I’ll try to get them answered.
Anne Louise Bannon is the founder and owner of YourFamilyViewer.com, the place to find television to watch together!