Sunday, September 27, 2020

T C A

The Television Critics Association represents more than 200 professional journalists who cover television for publications across the United States and Canada. The members reach tens of millions of consumers each week, and are considered experts within the industry, representing their employers as moderators, panelists, radio/TV guests and more.

  • He Ain’t Heavy, But He’s Still A Brother
    Woke on Hulu tomorrow night By Valerie Milano Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 9/8/20 – If the Hallmark Channel ever decided to tackle the thorny issue of race relations in America, it might look something like Woke. Not necessarily a bad thing. The last few months our senses have been bombarded on a minutely basis online, ...
  • Dan Rather and Adam Bolt back again on PBS tomorrow
    By Valerie Milano Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 9/8/20 – From executive producer Dan Rather and director Adam Bolt, the co-writer and editor of the Oscar-winning film Inside Job, comes the story of the biggest tech revolution of the 21st Century. And it isn’t digital, it’s biological! On September 9, NOVA, PBS’ premier science series is ...
  • NeXt: John Slattery Makes This Network Drama Worth Watching
    By Ethlie Ann Vare Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 9/7/20 – Remember The Fall Season, that exciting time of year full of new school outfits, freshly sharpened pencils, and the premieres of primetime network television shows? Remember networks? Remember school? Remember outfits? Just when it seemed like hour-long scripted drama was a thing of the Before ...
  • He Ain’t Heavy, But He’s Still My Brother
    Woke on Hulu Premiering September 9th By Valerie Milano Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 9/2/20- If the Hallmark Channel ever decided to tackle the thorny issue of race relations in America, it might look something like Woke. Not necessarily a bad thing. The last few months our senses have been bombarded on a minutely basis online, ...
  • Showtime Serves Up LOVE FRAUD
    By Valerie Milano Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 8/24/20 – An unremarkable-looking man with the unassuming name Richard Scott Smith used the Internet and his dubious charms to manipulate women out of their money–and their love–for over 20 years.  Warning blogs notwithstanding, Smith proved very difficult to stop. The true story of Smith will at last be ...
  • Horndogs and Englishmen
    PBS Masterpiece Theater presents four-part political thriller Roadkill By Valerie Milano Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 8/14/20 – When viewed against the current backdrop of pestilence, racism, economic depression, and Trumpism, the garden variety graft and sex imbedded in Roadkill goes down easy as light entertainment. American audiences came to love Hugh Laurie as the pill popping ...
  • Horndogs and Englishmen
    PBS Masterpiece Theater presents four-part political thriller Roadkill By Valerie Milano Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 8/1/20 – When viewed against the current backdrop of pestilence, racism, economic depression and Trumpism, the garden variety graft and sex imbedded in Roadkill goes down easy as light entertainment. American audiences came to love Hugh Laurie as the pill-popping physician ...
  • The Kids Were Alt-Right
    The documentary ‘’Feels Good Man” details the misappropriation of Pepe airs Oct. 19 By Valerie Milano Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 7/30/20 – Cartoonist Matt Furie was a nice kid who liked to draw frogs. On his artistic journey he stumbled onto a cute and cuddly character he dubbed Pepe (a juvenile euphemism for urination). He eventually ...
  • FRONTLINE: The Choice 2020: Trump vs. Biden
    “The Choice 2020: Trumps vs. Biden” airs Tuesday, September 22, 2020, 9:00-11:00 p.m. ET. By Valerie Milano Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 7/29/20 – In an interview hosted by PBS and Frontline’s Raney Aronson-Rath,  Mike Kirk, filmmaker and part-designer of the program, promises that his new film takes a deep dive into the lives—past and present—and psyche ...
  • Virtual World
    PBS Exec Session Kicks off the 2020 Fall Press Tour By Valerie Milano Hollywood, CA (The Hollywood Times) 7/29/20 – PBS and Paula Kerger kicked off the 50th anniversary of PBS and its summer press tour in our new, dystopian cyberworld Tuesday. Judy Woodruff, Ken Burns and Dr. Louis Gates Jr. were on hand at the PBS executive ...
  • THE TELEVISION CRITICS ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES 2020 TCA AWARD NOMINATIONS
    HBO Leads All Networks with 16 Nominations, HBO’s Hit “Watchmen” and the Netflix Drama “Unbelievable” Lead All Series with Four Nominations Each   Other Notable Nominees Include the Disney+ Epic “The Mandalorian,” ESPN’s “The Last Dance,” Hulu’s “Ramy,” HBO’s “A Black Lady Sketch Show,” FX on Hulu’s “Mrs. America” and AMC’s “Better Call Saul”  The 36th Annual TCA ...
  • Blessed Be: Catching Up with The Handmaid’s Tale Stars Elisabeth Moss, Yvonne Strahovski & Ann Dowd
    Blessed Be, Fam! By Kat King and Valerie Milano Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 6/15/20 – While Season 4 of the critically-acclaimed Hulu adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s famous novel, The Handmaid’s Tale may currently be on pause, as it has been for a cool minute (or, more accurately, like a million minutes, but I mean who’s ...
  • All Aboard: TNT Set to Air SNOWPIERCER May 31st
    By Valerie Milano Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 5/29/20 – The first ten-episode season of TNT’s post-apocalyptic dystopian thriller series SNOWPIERCER will hit the small screen on Sunday, May 31st, 2020.  It is based upon the 2013 South Korean/Czech co-production directed by multiple Academy Award winner Bong Joon-ho (PARASITE).  The film in turn was adapted from ...
  • And what a Life it Is! 
    By Valerie Milano Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 5/21/20 – Arguably one of the most prolific, prominent, and well respected activists of American history, feminst forewoman Gloria Steinem was and is a force to be reckoned with and revered. Who better to awaken the role of her in an autobiographical play but Academy Award nominated Christine ...
  • Holland Taylor is Ann Richards!
    By Valerie Milano Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 5/21/20 – The power house that is late Governor Ann Richards of central Texas is brought back to life in a time appropriate stage play starring Emmy award winning mega-star Holland Virginia Taylor. This play takes an earnest look at the life of Richards, and the many ...
  • “W” to Premiere on PBS AMERICAN EXPERIENCE in May as Part of THE PRESIDENTS Series
    By Valerie Milano Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 5/4/20 – George W. Bush, son of former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, is known as one of the least prepared U.S. Presidents who faced some of the greatest challenges the country has ever known.  George W. Bush took office less than ten months before 9/11 and the ...
  • HBO to Launch I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE on May 10th
    By Valerie Milano Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 4/21/20 – Veteran Italian-American actor Mark Ruffalo executive produces and stars in a new HBO limited series called I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE that is scheduled to launch on Sunday, May 10th, 2020.  Based on the best-selling novel by Wally Lamb, the series was written and directed ...
  • EPIX Premiered Carnival Films’ BELGRAVIA last night
    By Valerie Milano Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 4/12/20 – Julian Fellowes’ 2017 novel BELGRAVIA (Orion Publishing) is set amongst the upper echelon of London society in the 19th century.  The now legendary ball hosted by the Duchess of Richmond for the Duke of Wellington in Brussels on the eve of the fateful Battle of Waterloo ...
  • Sisterhood is Powerful: The Clark Sisters Come to Lifetime tomorrow April 11
    By Valerie Milano Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 3/15/20 – The Clark Sisters are an American gospel group consisting of five sisters: Denise, Dorinda, Elbernita, Jacky, and Karen.  They are the daughters of indomitable gospel musician and choral director Mattie Moss Clark, who married and divorced twice.   With 20 albums and counting plus 3 Grammy Awards, the Clark ...
  • If You Can Do It, Do It: WAYNE BRADY’S COMEDY IQ to Premiere on BYUtv tomorrow April 6th
    By Valerie Milano Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 4/5/20 – Wayne Alphonso Brady (b. 1972) is an American actor, singer, comedian, producer, game show host, television personality, and presenter.  With a an unusually eclectic entertainment resume that continues to expand, Brady shows no signs of slowing down.   Wayne Brady is a regular on the American version of the ...
  • WORLD ON FIRE to Premiere on PBS tomorrow night April 5th
    By Valerie Milano Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 4/4/20 – MASTERPIECE on PBS is set to premiere the new seven-part series WORLD ON FIRE on Sunday, April 5th, 2020 from 9/8c.  This resonant World War II drama was written by Peter Bowker for the BBC. The series follows the intertwining fates of ordinary folk in five countries ...
  • The Future is Female: HOME BEFORE DARK Comes to Apple TV+ tomorrow April 3rd
    “Even a child’s voice can be heard around the world.”–Malala Yousafzai By Valerie Milano Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 4/2/20 – HOME BEFORE DARK is an American mystery drama web television series produced for Apple TV+ that is set to premiere on Friday, April 3rd, 2020.  The series was created by Dana Fox and Dara Resnik.  It ...
  • Seek and Ye Shall Find: NOVA Returns tonight PBS April 1st
    By Valerie Milano Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 4/1/20 – How did our ancestors live?  Are we alone in the universe?  Why do we fight wars?  Can we find a cure for cancer?  What will happen to our planet?  Inquiring minds have long wanted to know the answers to questions like these. America’s science culture is ...
  • One Network at a Time! Watch One Day at a Time tonight, March 24
    “Did you decide on what we are watching for Movie Night?” “No. Its like there’s nothing good on Netflix anymore.” By Valerie Milano Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 3/24/20 – Hilarious opening line from brand new season of One Day at a Time. As the quote expresses, the hit shows 4th season isn’t the only thing that’s new. ...
  • Finding the World in a Grain of Sand: EAST LAKE MEADOWS: A PUBLIC HOUSING STORY airing tonight March 24, 2020
    By Valerie Milano Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 3/24/20 – In 1970, the Atlanta Housing Authority opened a public housing community called East Lake Meadows on the edge of the city.  Thousands of Atlanta residents came to call East Lake Meadows home over the next 25 years.  For many, it looked like a promised land. But the ...
  • If Good People Don’t Vote, Bad Things Happen: PBS GREAT PERFORMANCES to Launch ANN and GLORIA: A LIFE in June for the Women’s Centennial Celebration
    By Valerie Milano Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 3/21/20 – Older actresses often lament the lack of quality roles in Hollywood.  Undaunted, two of Hollywood’s most talented leading ladies of any age have turned to PBS Great Performances to showcase their sizzle.   ANN, the life story of Texas governor Ann Richards, will star Emmy Award winner Holland ...
  • Eight-Episode Limited Series ‘Little Fires Everywhere’ Brings the Heat tonight
    ↓ Skip to Main Content By Valerie Milano Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 3/17/20 – Starring Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington, Hulu limited series Little Fires Everywhere takes a look at unconscious racism using a story based on a 2017 novel written by Celeste Ng of the same name. This particular topic is all the more relevant ...
  • PENNY DREADFUL: CITY OF ANGELS Soon to Launch on Showtime
    By Valerie Milano Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 3/17/20 – PENNY DREADFUL: CITY OF ANGELS is a new eight-part series created by John Logan for Showtime.  Set in 1938 Los Angeles, the series is infused with a strong sense of place and grisly motifs from Mexican-American folklore. The series stars Natalie Dormer as Magda, a supernatural creature who ...
  • BLACK MONDAY Begins Its Second Season on Showtime this Saturday
    By: Valerie Milano Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 3/13/20 – Showtime has renewed the hit comedy series BLACK MONDAY for a second season. BLACK MONDAY is a co-production between Showtime and Sony Pictures Television Studios. The show stars a group of outsiders who hilariously take on the system established by the blue-blood, old-boys club of Wall Street ...
  • There’s Something About Hillary!
    By Valerie Milano Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 2/23/20 – Respect her, love her, loathe her, Hillary Clinton is tied deeply into the fabric of American History. This Spring on Hulu, take a deep dive into the mind, life and character of arguably the most ambiguously infamous icons of the twenty-first century. From scandal, to woman’s ...
  • Twenties- A New Quirky Show By Lena Waithe.
    By: Valerie Milano Pasadena, CA ( The Hollywood Times ) 02/16/20 – ‘Twenties has had a long road. I mean we went from — we started at BET under a different regime, then went to Hulu, then TBS, and back to BET again. So Twenties is the show that I wouldn’t let die, because I don’t ...
  • Reboot or Boot: Extreme Makeover: Home Edition 2020!
    By Valerie Milano Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 2/16/20 – The debut of one of the most inspirational and rejuvenating shows, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition will grace our television screens and change lives every Sunday! Giving back to those who give, this show aims to take the burden and stress out of home renovations for a ...
  • The Sound of Sacred Music
    By Valerie Milano Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 2/14/20 – The mysterious and almost spellbinding series Sacred Lies makes its huge return to Facebook Watch later this February with a new installment: Singing Bones. Following the chilling Cult escape from it’s debut season, Singing Bones documents a young girl who is the unfortunate victim of abandonment by ...
  • Visible: Out on Television
    By Valerie Milano Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 2/13/20 – A five-part docuseries broken into five hour-long episodes narrated by Janet Mock, Margaret Cho, Asia Kate Dillon, Neil Patrick Harris and Lena Waithe will debut this Friday on Apple TV+. From executive producers Wanda Sykes and Wilson Cruz, Visible: Out on Television combines archival footage and interviews with ...
  • “Critter Fixers: Country Vets premieres on Saturday, March 7th at 10/9c on Nat Geo WILD”
    By Valerie Milano with Darlene Gautier Century City, CA (The Hollywood Times) 2/11/20 – Two Tuskegee University veterinary medicine alumni and owners of a middle-Georgia veterinary practice will be featured on a new Nat Geo Wild television show this March. “Critter Fixers: Country Vets” will feature veterinarian stars Drs. Terrence Ferguson ’98 and Vernard Hodges ’97, and capture ...
  • Parents just Dont Understand!
    By Valerie Milano Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 2/5/20 – Arguably, the best part of having children with the love of your life is the fact those children will get older, and begin lives outside of their home, leaving the parents to enjoy a quiet home in anyway they choose. What is NOT the best part of ...
  • Tomorrow Night – Polar Extremes: The Race against Climate Change
    By Valerie Milano Beverly Hills, CA (The Hollywood Times) 2/4/20 – Deep into the excavating journey to the hidden pockets and far reaches of the world, nationally renowned station PBS brings us Polar Extremes! Viewers are taken through eclectic journeys from the golden brown flat land terrains of Death Valley, to the mountainous icebergs of the ...
  • The Secret Ingredient is: Cookies!
    By Valerie Milano Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 1/29/20 – The beginning of a brand new year means resolutions are being set, fresh perspectives are being pondered upon, and Girl Scout Cookie season is just around the corner! Food Network teams up with Girl Scouts USA for the sweetest baking competition yet. In the 2 part ...
  • We Believe in Miracles!
    By Valerie Milano Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 1/29/20 – Literal and off-beat, the comedy which starred names like Geraldine Viswanathan and Daniel Radcliffe, Miracle Workers returned for its second season set in the Dark Ages! Based on the Simon Rich novel, What in God’s Name, villagers in their twenty-somethings sift through emotions surrounding living up ...
  • Who Run the World? Tommy! 
    By Valerie Milano Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 1/21/20 – Sopranos and 30 Rock actress Edie Franco stars in new CBS thriller Tommy premiering February 6th! Moving from New York to the crime heavy streets of SoCal, angelino officers welcome their new chief of police to lead the force to a more positive status quo, whilst taking ...
  • BRAIN GAMES Returns to the National Geographic Channel tomorrow January 20th
    By Valerie Milano Beverly Hills, CA (The Hollywood Times) 1/19/20 – National Geographic has re-imagined its mind-bending program BRAIN GAMES and added an all-new Hollywood twist!  The new season scheduled to air on Monday, January 20th, 2020 at 8/7c will challenge some of the world’s biggest celebrities to realize how their brains work through highly entertaining ...
  • The series premiere of Heartland Docs, DVM, airs on Nat Geo WILD on Saturday, January 25 at 10/9c
    By Valerie Milano Century City, CA  (The Hollywood Times) 1/19/20 – “In a picturesque rural part of Nebraska, Drs. Ben and Erin Schroeder are lifesavers for the farmers who need these dynamic animal loving superheroes. They care for livestock and pets and rush to help during the toughest weather from blizzards to searing heat.” – Valerie Milano About the ...
  • Nora Lum is actually Awkwafina from Queens!
    By Valerie Milano Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 1/18/20 – Icon in the making and Crazy, Rich Asians star Awkwafina- government name: Nora Lum- is back on the small screens with a hugely hysterical role: Awkwafina is Nora from Queens! The 30-something actress ironically dives into character ‘Nora’, hilariously capturing some aspects or the rap stars ...
  • Freeforms’ Party of Five Cast interviews today at TCA
    By Valerie Milano Beverly Hills, CA (The Hollywood Times) 1/17/20 – Christopher Keyser and Amy Lippman, original series creators of the 90s Fox television drama Party of Five, have teamed up again for a television reboot of the same name. The revitalized show will premiere on the Disney-owned channel Freeform this month and is slated for a ...
  • Freeform’s “Everything’s Gonna be OK” Cast Interviews Today at TCA
    By Valerie Milano Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 1/17/20 – Freeform’s “Everything’s Gonna be OK” is a comedy with a pretty dark setup. Nicholas (Josh Thomas) is a 20-something year old Australian who becomes the caretaker of his teenage American half-sisters—one of whom is on the autism spectrum—after his semi-alienated father passes away after a bout ...
  • Hidden Treasures – Seven Worlds, One Planet at TCA and premiering tonight
    By Valerie Milano Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 1/18/20 –  The visually captivating and unique BBC America program Seven Worlds, One Planet beautifully details the rich, significant and wondrous beauty that are the 7 continents of the world. Beginning with Africa, Seven worlds illustrates profound histories, rare wildlife, and the ways in which our world is ...
  • The Outsider – a chilling new HBO drama series.
    By Valerie Milano Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 1/15/20 – “People are blind to explanations that lie outside their perception of reality,” says Stephen King is his novel The Outsider and it also appears to be the central theme in the new HBO’s series which is based on the novel and adapted by Richard Price (The ...
  • EXPEDITION WITH  STEVE BACKSHALL – THT Exclusive
    By Valerie Milano Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 1/15/20 – Steve Backshall, BAFTA-winning adventurer and wildlife expert has been doing wildlife television programs for twenty years now, mostly with the BBC, programming worldwide. He is well-known for his adventures with predators- venomous snakes, spiders, scorpions. With sharks and crocodiles, big cats, and wolves- predators excite this ...
  • 68 Whiskey – Paramount Network’s smash hit
    By Valerie Milano Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 1/15/20 – From Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Television Studios and CBS Television Studios and created by Roberto Benabib (Weeds, The Brink, Ally McBeal), 68 Whiskey is the first scripted follow-up to Paramount Network’s smash hit Yellowstone, starring Kevin Costner, cable’s #1 original series for the past two summers. 68 ...
  • Showtime/TCA Announcements Today
    The announcements below were made today by Gary Levine and Jana Winograde, Presidents of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc., at the Television Critics Association’s Winter Press Tour. SHOWTIME® ORDERS SECOND SEASON OF THE L WORD®: GENERATION Q LOS ANGELES – January 13, 2020 – SHOWTIME has ordered a ten-episode second season of THE L WORD: GENERATION Q, the ...
  • SHOWTIME® ANNOUNCES 11TH AND FINAL SEASON OF SHAMELESS TO PREMIERE THIS SUMMER
    LOS ANGELES – January 13, 2020 – SHOWTIME has announced that it has picked up an 11th and final season of its hit comedy series SHAMELESS, premiering this summer. SHAMELESS, which originally premiered in the winter of 2011, ranks as the network’s no. 1 comedy, its longest-running series and has the youngest-skewing audience of any ...
  • CBS ALL ACCESS RENEWS “STAR TREK: PICARD” FOR SECOND SEASON
    Terry Matalas Joins Series as Executive Producer PASADENA, Calif. –– Jan. 12, 2020 –– CBS All Access today announced the second season renewal of its upcoming original series STAR TREK: PICARD.The announcement was made by Julie McNamara, Executive Vice President of Original Content for CBS All Access, during the service’s biannual Television Critics Association presentation. “The energy and excitement around ...
  • Evil is as Evil Does
    By Valerie Milano Beverly Hills, CA (The Hollywood Times) 1/12/20 – Truth and the supernatural are at odds in the new chilling CBS series Evil. From serial killing to demonic possessions, viewers are being called distinguish between fact and fiction along with cast members including but not limited to Mike Colter, Aasif Mandvi, and Michael Emerson. ...
  • NBC TCA announcements
    ELLEN’S GREATEST NIGHT OF GIVEAWAYS NBC has renewed its highly successful first-ever holiday special event series “Ellen’s Greatest Night of Giveaways” for a new season. “Ellen’s Greatest Night of Giveaways” scored among this year’s the top holiday specials. The Dec. 10 premiere earned 1.2 rating in adults 18-49, according to “live plus same day” Nielsens, tying as ...
  • BREAKING NEWS FROM ABC’S 2020 WINTER TCA PRESENTATION
    Jan. 8, 2020 In connection with the ABC portion of the 2020 Winter Press Tour, below are several network announcements with additional news to break during ABC’s executive session and throughout the day. Please note: Scripted announcements below are followed by news regarding alternative content and live event programming as well as spring scheduling.   Scripted Announcements:  ABC’S GROUNDBREAKING SERIES ...
  • “Much Ado About Nothing”–TCA panel
    By Valerie Milano Beverly Hills, CA (The Hollywood Times) 10/28/19 – David Horn directed Tony Award-winning director Kenny Leon’s bold production of “Much Ado About Nothing” as part of the PBS GREAT PERFORMANCES series.  Shakespeare’s timeless comedy comes to life with an all-black cast featuring Danielle Brooks and Grantham Coleman as the sparring lovers Beatrice and ...
  • PBS AMERICAN EXPERIENCE McCarthy
    By Valerie Milano Beverly Hills, CA (The Hollywood Times) 10/24/19 – Joseph McCarthy and McCarthyism were discussed in detail at a PBS 2019 TCA Summer Press Tours panel taking place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on Tuesday, July 30th.  Present were Susan Bellows, the senior producer at PBS AMERICAN EXPERIENCE; David Oshinsky, professor ...
  • The Secret Museum and the Gems they Keep!
    By Valerie Milano Beverly Hills, CA (The Hollywood Times) 10/24/19 – Who knew that a children’s program could possess all the ingredients of a great show to even keep this adult entertained? PBS does it again with their stimulating new series Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum! Together, 3 children teleport using hidden passages in their ...
  • Giving Voice to the Voiceless
    By Valerie Milano Beverly Hills, CA (The Hollywood Times) 10/15/19 – The twists and turns of criminal cases are oftentimes a long, winding, and convoluted road. With such little time until a case runs cold, the victims of these tragedies rarely are granted the honor of having their stories told, let alone receive justice. Former prosecutor ...
  • MADE IN BOISE
    By Valerie Milano Beverly Hills, CA (The Hollywood Times) 10/15/19 – The new feature-length documentary MADE IN BOISE was discussed at a 2019 TCA Summer Press Tours panel held on Tuesday,  July 30th at the Beverly Hilton.  Present were founding  executive producer of PBS – INDEPENDENT LENS Lois Vossen.; director Beth Aala; neonatal intensive care unit nurse Cindy Floyd; healthcare and surrogacy agency administrator Nicole Williamson; and surrogate mother Shannon Rayner and her husband Tom. Boise, Idaho has become the unregulated and unofficial “surrogacy ...
  • NOW HEAR THIS–TCA
    By Valerie Milano Beverly Hills, CA (The Hollywood Times) 10/11/19 – NOW HEAR THIS is a four-part music appreciation program that aired Friday nights on PBS from September 20th through October 11th, 2019.  Violinist Scott Yoo and his wife, flautist Alice Dade, hosted the one-hour segments that sent them to Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Morocco, and ...
  • PBS – POV “The Feeling of Being Watched”
    By Valerie Milano Beverly Hills, CA (The Hollywood Times) 10/11/19 PBS – POV hosted a panel to discuss “The Feeling of Being Watched” at the Summer TCA Press Tours taking place on Monday, July 29th, 2019 at the Beverly Hilton.  Present were Justine Nagan, Executive Producer of POV and Executive Director for its producing company, American ...
  • Nancy Drew Comes to the CW
    By Valerie Milano Beverly Hills, CA (The Hollywood Times) 10/10/19 – “Born” in 1930, Nancy Drew is now an American cultural icon.  This amateur teenage sleuth was conceived by publisher Edward Stratemeyer as the female counterpart to his Hardy Boys series, which was hugely popular with both boys and girls.  The books have been ghostwritten by a number of authors and published under the collective pseudonym Carolyn Keene. Over time, the character and appearance of Nancy Drew have evolved in response to changes in U.S. culture and tastes.  She remains continuously popular worldwide, and indeed has traveled all over the United States and throughout the world in her never-ending pursuit of the truth.  The Nancy Drew books in their various redactions have been translated into over 45 languages, and millions of the multilingual copies continue to sell very well. This reporter can attest to Nancy Drew’s global popularity through personal experience as many of her overseas friends have told her how much they loved the books.  Nancy Drew has been cited as a formative influence by a number of famous American women, from Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Sonia Sotomayor to U.S. Presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton and former First Lady Laura Bush.(Photo: Rob Latour/Shutterstock) An all-new television version of Nancy’s adventures launched on the evening of Wednesday, October 9th, 2019 on the CW Network.  The leading role of Nancy is played by Kennedy McMann.  Key supporting players are Nancy’s co-workers Bess Marvin (Maddison Jaizani), George Fan (Leah Lewis), and Ace (Alex Saxon); boyfriend Ned Nickerson (Tunji Kasim); and father Carson Drew (Scott Wolf).  Pamela Sue Martin, who once played the part of Nancy Drew on ABC, has a small guest role. Viewers familiar with the Nancy Drew books should be prepared for many surprises from this multicultural cast.  Ned is now an African-American mechanic with a sealed record rather than a squeaky-clean collegiate WASP.  George and Bess are Asian Americans, and Nancy is a redhead rather than a blonde!  If one can accept them for what they are rather than what they were, all should be well. When Episode 1 opens, Nancy has just lost her mother after graduating from high school and is working with George and Bess as a waitress in Horseshoe Bay.  While making plans for college, Nancy is quickly drawn into a supernatural murder mystery involving social butterflies named Tiffany and Ryan Hudson and the friendly neighborhood ghost who went by the name of Lucy Sable in life.                   Will Nancy be able to solve the mystery and clear her own name as well as those of her friends?  Find out by watching the CW on Wednesday nights at 9!
  • Fall TV Preview: What to Watch (and What’s Not Worth It)
    https://considerable.com/fall-tv-preview-2019/ Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 9/24/2019 – ON THIS DAY – Series that launched: “The Munsters” (CBS) in 1964; “The Mod Squad” (ABC) and “60 Minutes” (CBS) in 1968; “The Odd Couple” (ABC) in 1970; “The Love Boat” (ABC) in 1977; “Growing Pains” (ABC) in 1985; “A Different World” (NBC) in 1987; “Boy Meets World” (ABC) in 1993; “Dharma & Greg” (ABC) in 1997; and “The Big Bang Theory” on CBS…Celebrity Birthdays: Actress Nia Vardalos (“My Big ...
  • Country Music, Y’all! New Ken Burns Documentary to be Featured on PBS this Sunday Sept. 15th
    I don’t know what could have more mass appeal than country music, but if you need a little arguments for your cocktail party, the fact that every one of the Beatles enters into music inspired by country music in another country that isn’t ours is pretty interesting – Ken Burns By Valerie Milano and Judy Shields Beverly ...
  • Tonight – The Horrifying Mr. Mercedes
    By Valerie Milano Beverly Hills, CA (The Hollywood Times) 9/10/19 – Immediately on the tail end of climatic and chilling finale, season 3 returns this fall to continue the thrilling saga that is Mr. Mercedes!  Following closely the Stephen King series The Bill Hodges Trilogy, this beautifully written adaptation re-captures the story of ‘cat-and-mouse’ between retired detective ...
  • The Brady’s are Back Tonight
    By Valerie Milano Beverly Hills, CA (The Hollywood Times) 9/9/19 – Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!!  One of America’s first beloved TV families, The Brady Bunch, comes back to our TV screens to reveal the iconic remodeling of the famous Brady Bunch house! Chalk full of nostalgia and memories of simpler times, President of HGTV Jane Latman sat ...
  • FOX lays the SMACKDOWN for Sports this Fall!
    By Valerie Milano Beverly Hills, CA (The Hollywood Times) 9/5/19 – ‘Tis the glorious season of Sports! The FOX network and celebrity analysts took to the stage to discuss the HUGE weekend line-ups beginning in September that will cover not just Football, but sports like Baseball, and the historical WWE! The new and incredible FOX sports family ...
  • Bless This Mess
    By Valerie Milano Beverly Hills, CA (The Hollywood Times) 9/3/19 – A tale of country living and new beginnings, the 6 episode first season of Bless this Mess returns to ABC for their second season! Following the theme of the show, we were extremely privileged to join the cast for horseback riding throughout the Hollywood Hills, ...
  • Mayans M.C. on FX
    By Valerie Milano Beverly Hills, CA (The Hollywood Times) 9/2/19 – From the hard streets of Charming California to the California/Mexico border, Sons of Anarchy spin-off, Mayans M.C. is back for another suspenseful second season on FX. The cast of Mayans took to the stage of the TCA Press Tour to discuss the highly anticipated thriller.  It’s ...
  • No Bad Dogs
    By Valerie Milano Beverly Hills, CA (The Hollywood Times) 9/1/19 – All dogs go to heaven and all dogs deserve redemption! The founder of Zen Dog, a behavioral training facility, teamed up with producer and show runner Corinna Robbins for a new series on National Geographic, Dog:Impossible!  Zen Dog, the company and brainchild of Matt Beisner, equips ...
  • Amazon Prime Video’s Latest Attempt ‘Carnival Row’ is Now Available to Stream
    By Valerie Milano Beverly Hills, CA (The Hollywood Times) 8/30/19 –  “Carnival Row”, a new Amazon Prime original series, will star Orlando Bloom (Pirates of the Caribbean) and Cara Delevingne (Suicide Squad). The series takes place in a Victorian fantasy world filled with mythical creatures whose homelands were occupied by humans. The creatures and humans seem to ...
  • Killer Women!
    By Valerie Milano Beverly Hills, CA (The Hollywood Times) 8/26/19 – Early August saw the introduction of the cutting-edge new CBS series, Why Women Kill! Combining indulgence, levity, sex, and a dash of murder, Desperate Housewife creator Marc Cherry brings the tale of 3 different women, in 3 very different eras; combing through the struggles and pressures ...
  • Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted Explores Yet Another Facet of Gordon Ramsey
    By Valerie Milano Beverly Hills, CA (The Hollywood Times) 8/24/19 – National Geographic Channels took the stage at the iconic Beverly Hilton this month, to discuss their new series Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted for the summer 2019 TCA press tour. Present were producer Jon Kroll, Hawaiian free diver and spear fisher Kimi Werner, Ramsay, New Zealand chef Monique ...
  • On Becoming a God in Central Florida
    By Valerie Milano Beverly Hills, CA (The Hollywood Times) 8/7/19 – For the love of money! Kirsten Dunst produces and stars in the newest Showtime dramedy On Becoming a God in Central Florida. Accompanied by fellow co-stars, executive producers and show runners, the cast discusses the premise and the detail that went into this off-beat yet ...
  • HBO Renews “Succession” for Season 3; Netflix Orders Family Comedy “The Upshaws”
    Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) August 21, 2019 – ON THIS DAY Season seven of the Fox drama “Beverly Hills, 90210” began in 1996. It ran for 10 seasons and is currently rebooted as “BH90210”…Lesley Stahl of the CBS newsmagazine “60 Minutes” was named host of the network’s “48 Hours” in place of Dan Rather in 2002…HBO drama “Six Feet Under” concluded its five- ...
  • Netflix Orders Elvis Presley Animated Series “Agent King;” CBS Cancels “Instinct”
    ON THIS DAY ABC was the first television network to begin Saturday morning programming for children beginning in 1950 with informational program, “Animal Clinic” and the western circus setting of “Acrobat Ranch,” where kids competed in games and stunts. Both programs originated from Chicago…“The Midnight Special,“ a 90-minute late night musical variety series following the Friday edition of “The Tonight ...
  • “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” Turns 20; E! Orders Reality Sitcom “Meet the Frasers”
    Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) August 16, 2019 – ON THIS DAY – “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” debuted on ABC with host Regis Philbin in 1999 in a two-week summer window but returned on January 8, 2000 as a regularly scheduled series. The recent syndicated daytime version of the game show was hosted by Chris Harrison. For more on “Who Wants ...
  • HBO Max Announces “Starstruck;” The CW Debuts “Mysteries Decoded”
    Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) August 13, 2019 – ON THIS DAY The master of the macabre, Alfred Hitchcock, was born on this day in 899…Theatrical “Bonnie and Clyde,“ starring Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty, was released in theaters in 1967…Animated “South Park” debuted on Comedy Central in 1997. A total of 297 episodes have been produced to-date. -Did You Know?: VH1 ...
  • New CBS dramedy Why Women Kill written by Desperate Housewives Creator Set to Premiere August 15th
    By Valerie Milano Beverly Hills, CA (The Hollywood Times) 8/8/19 – In the series premiere of Why Women Kill, a CBS All Access series written by Marc Cherry (Desperate Housewives), we’re introduced to a Pasadena, CA home that provides the backdrop for three couples living in three different decades. Ginnifer Goodwin, Lucy Liu, and Kirby Howell-Baptiste ...
  • ‘THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON’ OPENS THE NEW FALL SEASON WITH SUNDAY POST-FOOTBALL TELECASTS AND A WEEK OF LIVE SHOWS
    Fallon to Air Five Times Following “Sunday Night Football” and Late Local News Beginning Sept. 8  Thrills Continue With Full Week of Live Shows Sept. 23-27 From Home Studio at 30 Rock NEW YORK – Aug. 8, 2019 – In a late-night first, “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” is getting into the gridiron groove with five ...
  • ANIMATION DOMINATION RETURNS WITH A-LIST OF GUEST VOICES
    ON  “THE SIMPSONS,” ALL-NEW SERIES “BLESS THE HARTS,”  “BOB’S BURGERS” AND “FAMILY GUY,” BEGINNING SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, ON FOX  John Legend, Chrissy Teigen, Jason Momoa, Bryan Cranston, Niecy Nash,  Megan Mullally, Holly Hunter, Mary Steenburgen and Billy Eichner among Featured Guest Voices Get ready to hear your favorite stars when a top-notch roster of guest voices line up this ...
  • FOX ENTERTAINMENT SIGNS WRITER/CREATOR JEFF DAVIS TO EXCLUSIVE, BROADCAST-ONLY DEAL
    Agreement Marks Company’s First Direct Overall Term Deal FOX Entertainment has signed writer/creator Jeff Davis (“Criminal Minds,” “Teen Wolf”) to a direct, exclusive, broadcast-only talent deal, it was announced today by Michael Thorn, President, Entertainment, FOX Entertainment. Under terms of the agreement, Davis will develop scripted dramas for the FOX network. The agreement marks FOX Entertainment’s first ...
  • HBO’s The Righteous Gemstones
    By Valerie Milano Beverly Hills, CA (The Hollywood Times) 8/6/19 – Creator of HBO’s Eastbound & Down and Vice Principals, funny man Danny McBride returns with yet another comedy that some might call blessed and highly favored! The cast of The Righteous Gemstones had some time to discuss this new satirical show, as it delves into ...
  • AMC’s The Terror: Infamy
    By Valerie Milano Beverly Hills, CA (The Hollywood Times) 8/5/19- Returning for a chilling second season on AMC, The Terror is back with  Infamy; an account of the terrible fate a Japanese American family faces in internment camps during WWII, with a supernatural twist. Co-creator Alexander Woo, along with actors Derek Mio, George Takei, join costume ...
  • ABC at TCA; Positive Return for “Bachelor in Paradise”
    Live from the 2019 Summer Television Critics Association Press Tour Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) August 6. 2019 – ON THIS DAY Don’t be ridiculous! ABC sitcom “Perfect Strangers,” starring Mark Linn Baker and Bronson Pinchot, ended its 150-episode run in 1993. The series spun-off “Family Matters”…Garth Brooks performed at a free concert in New York City’s Central Park for HBO in 1997…Celebrity ...
  • The Television Critics Association Announces 2019 TCA Awards Winners
    Amazon Hit ‘Fleabag’ Finds Love at the TCAs, Earning Top Honors for Program of The Year, Outstanding Achievement In Comedy, & Individual Achievement in Comedy for Series Star and Creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge Additional Winners Include ‘Russian Doll,’ ‘Chernobyl,’ ‘Better Call Saul,’ Celebrated Writer & Producer David Milch, and Groundbreaking Western Epic ‘Deadwood’ The Evening was Emceed by ...
  • Robin Thede – A Black Lady Sketch Show
    By Valerie Milano Beverly Hills, CA (The Hollywood Times) 8/2/19 – The beautiful, talented, and seasoned comedic writer and actress Robin Thede teams up with Issa Rae and Dime Davis on the upcoming and highly necessary HBO comedy A Black Lady Sketch Show. The women graced the stage to answer a few questions at the Summer 2019 ...
  • 2019 TCA Awards
    The Television Critics Association honors David Milch with the Career Achievement Award and “Deadwood” with the Heritage Award at this Saturday’s 35th Annual TCA Awards ceremony. THE TELEVISION CRITICS ASSOCIATION SADDLES UP WITH DEADWOOD, HONORING THE FRANCHISE WITH THE HERITAGE AWARD & PRESENTING SERIES CREATOR DAVID MILCH WITH THE CAREER ACHIEVEMENT HONOR   ...
  • MASTERPIECE on PBS to Air Epic World War II Drama World on Fire
    Cast Includes Helen Hunt, Sean Bean, Jonah Hauer-King, Lesley Manville Los Angeles, CA; July 29, 2019: MASTERPIECE announced today that it will broadcast World on Fire, an adrenalized, emotionally gripping and resonant World War II drama that follows the intertwining fates of ordinary people in five countries as they grapple with the effects of the war ...
  • Our Boys is Poised to “Do Something About It”
    By Valerie Milano Beverly Hills, CA (The Hollywood Times) 7/28/19 – The summer TCA press tour wouldn’t be a TCA press tour without some HBO. And HBO wouldn’t be HBO without the innovative and addictive series they’re famous for. So last week, the minds behind “Our Boys”, a limited series based on true events that took ...
  • LUPITA NYONG TO NARRATE DISCOVERY CHANNEL’S SIX-PART SERIES SERENGETI
    By Valerie Milano Beverly Hills, CA (The Hollywood Times) 7/27/19 –  – “Many tales have been told of Africa… but none like this. This is our story. This is Serengeti,” says the voice of Academy Award®-winner Lupita Nyong’o as she narrates a new graphically stimulating series called Serengeti. The six-part series created and directed by Emmy® winners Simon Fuller ...
  • WarnerMedia TCA presentation
    At the WarnerMedia TCA presentation, TNT released an extended new trailer for the upcoming groundbreaking series, Chasing the Cure. Chasing the Cure brings together a weekly 90-minute LIVE television broadcast with a 24/7 global digital platform in an effort to help people who are suffering from undiagnosed, misdiagnosed or uncured medical mysteries. Anchored and executive produced by Ann Curry, this initiative will feature a panel of top doctors ...
  • “Animal Kingdom” on TNT and “Younger” on TV Land Renewed for New Seasons
    Programming Insider © by Marc Berman Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) July 25, 2019 – ON THIS DAY Broadway musical “A Chorus Line”  opened in 1975…Roseanne Barr made headlines, and they were not positive, for singing (or screeching) the National Anthem at the San Diego Padres baseball game in 1990. It was “Working Women’s Night” at ...
  • “Flip or Flop” Star Tarek El Moussa Gets His Own HGTV Series; USA Renews “The Purge”
     Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) July, 24, 2019 – ON THIS DAY CBS sitcom “Morton & Hayes,” produced and hosted by Rob Reiner, began its six-episode run in 1991…NBC announced in 2003 that Matt LeBlanc would be featured in spin-off “Joey” after “Friends” concluded in the spring of 2004. “Joey” lasted two seasons, producing 46 episodes from 2004-06…Celebrity Birthdays: “Wonder Woman” star Lynda Carter is 68; Kadeem Hardison ...
  • NBC Orders New Ted Danson Sitcom; “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” to Conclude in 2020 on ABC Inbox x
    Programming Insider by Marc Berman Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) July 21, 2019 – ON THIS DAY (July 19) Short-lived ABC sitcom “Hi Honey, I’m Home!,” which was repeated on Nick-at-Nite and was based on the 1989 theatrical of the same name, debuted in 1991. It aired for six episodes on ABC and an additional seven on ...
  • Pennyworth Is A Visual Carnival Worth Visiting
    By Valerie Milano Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 6/17/19 – The Epix series Pennyworth, now airing its first season, is quite the mashup. It boasts the intelligence of public television, costumery worthy of a James Bond installment, and the sensuality of a Cinemax series. For the uninitiated, Pennyworth is set up as a sort of prequel, or ...
  • HBO’s “Game of Thrones” Tops 2019 Emmy Award Nominations
    PROGRAMMING INSIDER by Marc Berman Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) July17, 2019 –ON THIS DAY John Chancellor replaced Dave Garroway as host of NBC’s “Today” show in 1961…NBC police drama “CHiPS,“ with Erik Estrada, sailed into the sunset after a six-season run in 1983. Larry Wilcox, Estrada’s original co-star, exited in 1982…Celebrity Birthdays: Donald Sutherland (“MASH”) is 84; London’s Camilla Parker Bowles is 72; Lucie Arnaz is 68; David Hasselhoff (“Baywatch”) is 67; country ...
  • “Making the Band” to Return on MTV; Sci-fi drama “Pandora” Debuts on The CW
    Programming Insider by Marc Berman Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) July 16, 2019 – ON THIS DAY Late fringe talk show “Into the Night Starring Rick Dees” debuted on ABC in 1990. It lasted one season…The “Stargate SG-1” spin-off “Stargate: Atlantis,” which chronicled the exploits of a team that was dispatched from Earth to explore Atlantis, made its debut on the ...
  • Quality or Quantity? What do you look for in today’s original content?
    Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) July 12, 2019 – ON THIS DAY Game show “Family Feud” debuted on ABC in daytime in 1976…There were also two primetime drama premieres: “Northern Exposure” on CBS in 1990 and “Monk” on USA in 2002. For his role as Monk, Tony Shalhoub received eight consecutive Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, resulting in ...
  • Night 2 of “Love Island” Negatively Impacts “Big Brother” on CBS; “Jersey Shore” Returns on MTV
    Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) July 11, 2019 – ON THIS DAY The classic game show “The Newlywed Game,“ hosted by Bob Eubanks, premiered on ABC in 1966. On December 20, 1974, “The Newlywed Game” concluded its run as the second longest running game show on ABC. To-date, there have been five revivals (including the most recent ...
  • “Love Island” on CBS Left at the Overnight Starting Gate
    Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) July10, 2019 – ON THIS DAY NBC introduced the television version of music series “Your Hit Parade” in 1950 as a replacement for dramatic anthology “Robert Montgomery Presents.” The concept was introduced on NBC Radio in 1935 in a format featuring the top songs of the week countdown to the number one ...
  • Remembering Cameron Boyce; “Seinfeld” Celebrates 30 Years
    ON THIS DAY Variety hour “The Everly Brothers Show” began on ABC in 1970 as a summer replacement for “The Johnny Cash Show”…The final episode of “Police Squad,” which spawned the “Naked Gun” film franchise, aired on ABC in 1990. Only six episodes were produced…ABC sitcom “Mr. Belvedere” concluded its five-and-one-half season run in 1990…The original “Melrose Place” from Aaron Spelling, which was spun-off from “Beverly Hills, 90210,” debuted on ...
  • ABC Announces Fall Series Premiere Dates; Freeform Benches “Unrelated”
    Note: We will not be publishing the remainder of the week. See you back on Monday, July 8. ON THIS DAY ABC introduced variety half-hour “The Andy Williams Show” as a summer replacement for “The Pat Boone – Chevy Showroom” in 1958. The following summer, the series expanded to one-hour and shifted to CBS as a replacement for “The Garry Moore Show.“ In ...
  • Netflix Orders Dramas “The Sandman” and “Midnight Mass”; HBO’s “Divorce” to Conclude
    ON THIS DAY “The Lawrence Welk Show,“ which was initially a summer replacement series, began its 16-season run on ABC in 1955. When the alphabet net canceled the series in 1971 because of the older audience skew, it remained in original production in first-run syndication in 1982…Brian Wilson in 1976 joined the Beach Boys on stage for the first night ...
  • Programming Insider by Marc Berman – “Divorce” Returns on HBO; “Gone With the Wind” Star Olivia de Havilland Turns 103
    Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) July 1, 2019 – ON THIS DAY The beginning of commercial television broadcasting began in 1941. The Federal Communications Commission licenses went into effect, allowing broadcasters to transmit programs and advertising. The first channels to receive FCC licenses were WNBT in New York (the precursor to WNBC), operated by the National Broadcasting Company, and WCBW (now CBS), operated ...
  • The 2019 TCA Awards Nominations are…
    THE TELEVISION CRITICS ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES 2019 TCA AWARD NOMINATIONS HBO Leads All Networks with 15 Nominations, First-Year Hits FX’s “Pose” & Netflix’s “Russian Doll” Lead All Series with Four Nominations Each Other Notable Nominees Include HBO’s “Game Of Thrones,” NBC’s “The Good Place,” HBO’s “Leaving Neverland,” Amazon’s “Fleabag,” Starz’s “America To Me” and Showtime’s “Desus & Mero” The 35TH Annual ...
  • Frankie Drake Mysteries and Murdoch Mysteries
    By Valerie Milano Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 6/16/19 – What’s it like, theoretically, to be the first female private detective in 1920’s Toronto? Lauren Lee Smith plays the title role in the Frankie Drake Mysteries, a drama series out of Canada, which premiered in late 2017. And it sets out to answer that question with ...
  • American Masters -Terrence McNally: Every Act of Life
    By Valerie Milano Pasadena, CA ( The Hollywood Times) 6-12-2019- ‘When people say: ‘When are you gonna retire- I wanna hit them’, jokingly says one of the greatest American playwrights and LGBTQ activist Terrence McNally in the new documentary Terrence McNally: Every Act of Life, premiering nationwide Friday, June 14 at 9 p.m. on PBS. McNally was ...
  • THE TELEVISION CRITICS ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES ACCLAIMED COMEDY DUO DESUS & MERO AS HOSTS OF THE 35TH ANNUAL TCA AWARDS ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 3 
    Held at the Beverly Hilton, the Exclusive Event Recognizes the Top Television Series & Performers from the 2018-2019 Season LOS ANGELES – The Television Critics Association (TCA) is proud to welcome comedy duo Desus & Mero—hosts of the popular Showtime series Desus & Mero—as emcees of the 35TH Annual TCA Awards. The popular duo will kick off the night’s ...
  • How Grandma Freud changed sex in America
    By Valerie Milano Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 5/16/19 – ‘Respect is not debatable, there is no such thing as normal,’ says the most renowned sex therapist in the country- Ruth Westheimer also known as Dr. Ruth in a new documentary Ask Dr. Ruth directed by Ryan White, released earlier this month. Her media career began in ...
  • Emilio and Gloria: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song
    A PBS Special By Valerie Milano Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 5/3/19 – If you grew up in the 80’s, the inescapable influences of Gloria and Emilio Estefan are simply inescapable. Now, for the first time in history, a couple–a hispanic couple, no less–are being honored for their indelible cultural contributions to the landscape of American ...
  • Starz Reveals ‘Vida’ Season 2
    By Valerie Milano Beverly Hills, CA (The Hollywood Times) 3/30/19 – The second season of Starz Network’s VIDA, which is set close to home in East LA, was discussed at a Winter 2019 TCA Press Tours panel taking place on Tuesday, February 12th at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena. Present were creator/showrunner/executive producer Tanya Saracho and ...
  • Let’s talk about God! Season Three
    National Geographic would like to you to! By Judith O. Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 3/27/19 – Morgan Freedom and Sal Masekela will do all they can to make The Story of God an amazing adventure for you. I asked both gentlemen the why of this presentation.. is it to convince us to believe, if so in what ...
  • Review: The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley
    By Valerie Milano Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 3/17/19 – The career arc of Elizabeth Holmes is a fascinating study in ambition. Shrewd, corrupt, and brilliantly intelligent, Holmes is known for a new “invention” that promised to entirely revolutionize blood testing. Through her company, Theranos, Holmes became the globe’s youngest self-made billionaire. But within two years, the ...
  • Shrill Lives Up to its Title: In a Good Way
    By Valerie Milano Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 3/14/19 – Aidy Bryant represents the best of modern womanhood. She’s taken ownership of her full figure, her womanhood, her comedic career, and her feminism, and made clearly defined positives of grossly unfair cultural biases surrounding each of these classifications. In Shrill, Bryant plays professional writer Annie, who is ...
  • Superstore Is More Than Just a Sitcom
    By Valerie Milano Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 2/24/19 – Superstore has been widely hailed as a modern comedy done the way it should be. Each episode, the staff of Cloud 9 do their utmost to make their customers happy, while dealing with hot button issues like immigration, worker’s rights, gender equality, and human rights.  If ...
  • AMAZON STUDIOS ANNOUNCES NEW OVERALL DEAL WITH THE AWARD-WINNING WRITERS, PRODUCERS, AND DIRECTORS AMY SHERMAN-PALLADINO AND DANIEL PALLADINO
    PASADENA, Calif. – February 13, 2019 – Amazon Studios announced it has reached a new overall deal with Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino, the writing, producing, and directing duo behind the critically-acclaimed Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning comedy, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Sherman-Palladino and Palladino will develop Amazon Studios projects that will premiere exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in more than 200 countries ...
  • DISCOVERY ANNOUNCES NEW NATURE SERIES “SERENGETI”
    DISCOVERY CHANNEL ANNOUNCES NEW SERIES WITH EMMY®-WINNERS SIMON FULLER AND JOHN DOWNER SHOWCASING LIFE ON THE “SERENGETI”  Pasadena, Calif. – Tuesday, February 12, 2019 – Discovery Channel is set to premiere SERENGETI, a new innovative six-part series by American Idol creator Simon Fuller and multi-award-winning wildlife film maker John Downer. It was announced today by Nancy Daniels, Chief Brand Officer, ...
  • HULU PRESENTS
     UPCOMING NEW ORIGINAL SERIES “CATCH-22,” “SHRILL,” “THE ACT,” “RAMY” AND OFFICIAL SUNDANCE SELECTION DOCUMENTARY “ASK DR. RUTH” AT 2019 TELEVISION CRITICS ASSOCIATION WINTER PRESS TOUR  Premium Streamer Confirms New Series Orders for Reprisal from Executive Producer Warren Littlefield and The Great Starring Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult  Hulu and Marvel Television Strike New Partnership to Bring Four New Adult Animated Series and an Animated ...
  • BritBox Announces New Originals, Co-Productions, & Groundbreaking Programs at TCA
    BritBox, the streaming service from BBC Studios and ITV, today announced a multi-series partnership with Oscar nominee Jeff Pope (Stan & Ollie, Philomena), the broadstreamer’s presentation to TV critics at the semi-annual gathering of the Television Critics Association (TCA). Only two years old, BritBox – which boasts the largest streaming collection of British TV in ...
  • American Masters–Charley Pride “I’m Just Me” Premieres Feb 22nd
    By Valerie Milano Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 2/8/19 – He began as a humble sharecropper’s son, and rose to become a celebrated Negro American League baseball player, and then a trailblazing country music star.  Now, PBS is telling his story in a highly anticipated documentary film narrated by Tanya Tucker. Pride himself spoke about his life, ...
  • Comcast Adds True Royalty TV to Xfinity X1
    Xfinity Customers from Coast-to-Coast Can Access the First and Only Subscription Video On Demand Service Dedicated to Royal Programming Just In Time For The Premiere of Its New Original Series The Royal View, Featuring Host Tim Vincent LONDON/PASADENA — February 8, 2019  True Royalty TV, the first and only subscription video on demand service created to satisfy the millions of ...
  • PBS Press Day One Announcing New Upcoming PBS Shows at TCA-Langham Hotel, Pasadena
    By: Judy Shields Pasadena, California (The Hollywood Times) 2/2/2019 – “Good morning, everyone, and welcome to the PBS portion of Press Tour.” Lesli Rotenberg, Chief Programing Executive and General Manager of Children’s Media and Education at PBS told journalists at TCA PBS Press Tour.  The morning started off with “Mollly of Denali” (PBS Kids) press Conference and sneak ...
  • Charlie Collier Intends to “Go Crazy” at Fox
    By Valerie Milano Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) It was a full house in February for Fox’s Television Critics Association event. Fox Chief Charlie Collier was in attendance, and he entered the stage in style: announced by Jonathan Banks, with Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy.” Which also happened to be the theme of the day. “Being up here ...
  • Karey Burke is leading ABC Into a New Era, & Championing Women in the Process
    By Valerie Milano Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) Earlier this year, Jimmy Kimmel and a few of his closest friends from the TCA, gathered for a panel discussion about ABC and Freeform. Kimmel introduced new ABC president Karey Burke, who was appointed in November. “Karey Burke’s story is the American dream,” he joked. “She was born in ...
  • Let’s Go Luna
    By Valerie Milano Beverly Hills, CA (The Hollywood Times) 11/13/18 – The PBS KIDS program LET’S GO LUNA! was featured at a Summer 2018 Television Critics Association Press Tour panel taking place on Monday, July 30th, 2018 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.  Present were series creator Joe Murray; cultural anthropologist Erik Messal; and Vice President of Children’s Programming Linda Simensky.  The ...
  • Happy Together Episode Brings Together Real-Life Father-and-Son Duo in Episode Airing Tomorrow
    By Valerie Milano Beverly Hills, CA (The Hollywood Times) 10/28/18 – Happy Together is ostensibly a comedy about a happily married, 30-something couple looking to re-energize their lives by bringing a young pop star into their lives in the form of a client looking for refuge from the paparazzi.  But when the cast and producers sat ...
  • “Legacies” Brings Vampires Back to Your Lineup
    By Valerie Milano Beverly Hills, CA (The Hollywood Times) 10/24/18 – Nearly a decade ago, “The Vampire Diaries” began a saga that, ironically enough, won’t die. Now its newest spinoff, “Legacies” lurks on your television, starting tomorrow. Paul Hewitt, creator Julie Plec, and stars Danielle Rose Russell and Matt Davis joined an informal Television Critics Association discussion ...
  • My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Season 4: The Madness Begins Tomorrow
    By Valerie Milano “My Crazy Ex Girlfriend”, which ends its run with a hilarious final season on CW starting tomorrow, has been a hit with a certain demographic from the start. The unique, Golden-Globe winning musical comedy has caught on in a way that hasn’t really been seen, or understood, since “Glee” catapulted into the national ...
  • My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Season 4: The Madness Begins Tomorrow
    By Valerie Milano Beverly Hills, CA (The Hollywood Times) 10/11/18 – “My Crazy Ex Girlfriend”, which ends its run with a hilarious final season on CW starting tomorrow, has been a hit with a certain demographic from the start.  The unique, Golden-Globe winning musical comedy has caught on in a way that hasn’t really been seen, ...
  • Murphy Brown Reboot Premieres Tonight
    By Valerie Milano Beverly Hills, CA (The Hollywood Times) 9/27/18 – As the world hinges on the upheaval of Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony, one of the most prominent feminist figures of television, Murphy Brown, makes her return to network TV Thursday night. In its heyday, Murphy Brown ruffled more than a few conservative feathers as she carved ...
  • Rachel Brosnahan Enjoying the Peak of Her Career
    By Valerie Milano Beverly Hills, CA (The Hollywood Times) 9/14/18 – In the midst of finding out there will be a second season of the popular “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” Rachel Brosnahan has announced she will be executive producing her own project.  The series “Femme” will be based on the short film of the same name; ...
  • American Horror Story: Apocalypse Terrorizes FX With World’s End, Starting Today
    By Valerie Milano Beverly Hills, CA (The Hollywood Times) 9/12/18 – As a longtime television critic, I’m granted access to the best, behind-the scenes cast and character information from the most high-profile programming in television.  American Horror Story: Apocalypse did not disappoint—the hotly anticipated season 8 premiere, tonight on FX, kicked off with a late summer ...
  • Ozark Returns With Highly Anticipated Season 2
    By Valerie Milano Beverly Hills, CA (The Hollywood Times) 8/31/18 – The second season of Jason Bateman’s Netflix drama “Ozark,” which earned itself a divided reputation among both critics and audiences last season, returns tonight—only this time around, the consensus is stronger.  And for good reason; Ozark is only getting better. It’s a highly anticipated event—in spite ...
  • The Innocents Premieres on Netflix
    By Valerie Milano Beverly Hills, CA (The Hollywood Times) 8/24/18 – “The Innocents,” Netflix’s ambitious shapeshifter romance, premiered last night.  And it was everything it promised.  At a Television Critics Association Press Tour Event, a panel of cast and crew sat down with TCA members.  Comedian, actress, and writer Nicole Byer; Percelle Ascott (“Harry”); Sorcha Groundsell ...
  • Betty White: First Lady of Television
    Premieres on PBS  By Valerie Milano Beverly Hills, CA (The Hollywood Times) 8/19/18 – To hear Betty White tell it in her own words, an entire television career just fell, rather graciously, into her lap.  To hear her peers in Hollywood tell it, she’s put in the years, blood, sweat and tears, and deserves the respect to ...
  • Summer Television Critics Association: All eyes on Les Moonves
    by Marc Berman To stay or not to stay? The future of Les Moonves was on the forefront at the Summer TCA. Normally the highlight of any Summer Television Critics Association (TCA) Press Tour are the new TV show panels, where each broadcast network tries to spin the attributes of a pending show that you know will probably ...
  • NBC Closes TCA With Promises and Remakes
    By: Nathan Wildes Beverly Hills, CA (The Hollywood Times) 8/8/18 The TCA summer session came to a close on Wednesday at the Beverly Hilton with NBC’s presentation of a few new things and a couple old favorites. Things opened up with comedienne Amy Poehler’s first foray into sitcom producing. I Feel Bad is another sitcom about imperfect people ...
  • The CW Network Brings Out Its Best at TCA
    By Nathan Wildes Beverly Hills, CA (The Hollywood Times) 8/6/18 – CW’s presentation to the collected media of the Television Critics Association consisted of shows about to debut and one of its best on its way out.  CW’s ever-consistent dependence on superheroes and supernatural characters is now wrapped in the prevailing theme of the entire TCA event: ...
  • FRONTLINE’S “The Facebook Dilemma” is Coming in the Fall!
    By Valerie Milano Beverly Hills, CA (The Hollywood Times) 8/5/18 – FRONTLINE (PBS) believes that serious times need serious journalists.  A FRONTLINE panel to discuss “The Facebook Dilemma” was convened on Tuesday, July 31st for the Summer 2018 Press Tours taking place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.  Present were Roger McNamee, Facebook investor and venture capitalist; Dana Priest, Washington Post journalist and ...
  • THT Exclusive: Raelle Tucker – Sacred Lies Creator
    By Valerie Milano Beverly Hills, CA (The Hollywood Times) 8/3/18 – The Facebook Watch executive panel was convened on Wednesday, July 25th at the 2018 TCA Summer Press Tours held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Present were Fidji Simo, Vice President of Product, and Ricky Van Veen, Head of Global Creative Strategy.  Both were attending the ...
  • BET Networks Launches THE BOBBY BROWN STORY
    By Valerie Milano Beverly Hills, CA (The Hollywood Times) 8/2/18 – On Tuesday, September 4th and Wednesday, September 5th BET Networks will delve into the unpredictable and captivating life of Bobby Brown in THE BOBBY BROWN STORY, which picks up where the 2017 series THE NEW EDITION STORY left off.  With a career that spans decades — from the R&B supergroup New Edition ...
  • KCET Wins 11 L.A. Area Emmy Awards, Garners Most of Any Broadcast Station
    THT SUPPORTS PUBLIC BROADCASTING – Congratulations KCET! August 1, 2018 – Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) –  KCET received 11 awards at the 70th Annual Los Angeles Area Emmy® Awards presented by the Los Angeles Television Academy. Nominated for the most of any station in the region, the network’s honorees for KCET original programming include two awards each ...
  • The Hunt For The Trump Tapes at TCA
    By Valerie Milano Beverly Hills, CA (The Hollywood Times) 7/29/18 – Comedian Tom Arnold’s controversial and timely new show THE HUNT FOR THE TRUMP TAPES was featured at an A+E Viceland panel convened during the 2018 TCA Summer Press Tours taking place on Thursday, July 26th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.  Present on the panel were Marc Liepis, Vice President of ...
  • Starz TCA Lineup Summer Tour 2018
    STARZ ANNOUNCES CASTING FOR “VIDA” SEASON TWO AND DROPS NEW “AMERICA TO ME” KEY ART AND OFFICIAL TRAILER FOR “WARRIORS OF LIBERTY CITY”  Beverly Hills, Calif. – July 28, 2018 – Today at the Television Critics Association (TCA) Summer 2018 Press Tour, Starz announced Roberta Colindrez (“I Love Dick,” “The Deuce”) will be joining the cast of “Vida” as a new series ...
  • Starz announcements at TCA Summer 2018
    STARZ RELEASES EXCLUSIVE FOOTAGE OF “POWER” CREATOR COURTNEY KEMP’S SIT DOWN WITH KENDRICK LAMAR IN ADVANCE OF HIS GUEST APPEARANCE ON THE SERIES SUNDAY, JULY 29 “POWER” RANKS AS THE HIGHEST RATED PREMIUM CABLE SERIES OF THE SUMMER AMONG ADULTS 18-49 AND AFRICAN AMERICAN AUDIENCES SEASON FIVE EPISODE STREAMS UP 90% Beverly Hills, Calif. – July 28, 2018 – Today at the Television Critics Association ...
  • Facebook Watch Executive Panel Summer TCA 2018 Press Tour
    By Valerie Milano Beverly Hills, CA (The Hollywood Times) 7/27/18 – The Facebook Watch executive panel was convened on Wednesday, July 25th at the 2018 TCA Summer Press Tours held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Present were Fidji Simo, Vice President of Product, and Ricky Van Veen, Head of Global Creative Strategy. Both were attending the ...
  • David Tennant Joins Voice Cast of Rooster Teeth Animated Series “gen:LOCK”
    Los Angeles, California – July 27, 2018 –  At the Television Critics Association (TCA) tour, during the Rooster Teeth panel, Burnie Burns, co-founder and Chief Creative Officer at Rooster Teeth, announced the addition of David Tennant (Dr. Who, Jessica Jones, Broadchurch) to the gen:LOCK voice cast. In gen:LOCK, Earth’s last free society is on the ...
  • MR. MERCEDES Set to Launch Second Season in August on the Audience Network
    By Valerie Milano Beverly Hills, CA (The Hollywood Times) 7/29/18 – The second season of the critically-acclaimed series MR. MERCEDES based upon the 2014 Stephen King novel was discussed at a 2018 TCA Summer Press Tour panel taking place on Friday, July 27th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.  Present were Jack Bender, series director and executive producer, along with talents Breeda Wool ...