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TCA Summer Press Tour Roundup: CBS Starts It Off

CBS's The Talk

It’s the end of July, Comic-Con is over, and the TV world turns its attention fully into the start of production on the fall season and the networks present their fall slates again more formally at the Television Critics Associations Press Tour. The tour began today with CBS and continues with CW, Showtime, NBC, ABC, FOX in the coming days followed by a variety of cable shows. I scoured the web for the best highlights of today’s panels and check it out below….

  • Nina Tassler, CBS President, started the day off by commenting on the big news of the week that ABC executive Steve McPherson resigned yesterday. She said, “Damn it, he got out of doing press tour,” always good to start on a fun note.
  • CBS has five new series in the fall, Hawaii 5-0 airs on Monday and CBS wanted to make it clear it was not a remake, more of the new cool term, “re-imagaining.” The pilot will shine a light on island life and not be fully be procedural based.
  • The two new comedies, S&%* My Dad Says and Mike & Molly, received lukewarm feelings from critics, while the former’s star William Shatner is upset they aren’t using the real expletive in the title.
  • CBS is also premiering a new daytime talk show in October with the title, “The Talk.” The show centers around moms and the creator Sara Gilbert (Rosanne) recruited Julie Chen, Leah Remini, Holly Robinson Peete, Sharon Osbourne, and Marissa Jaret Winokur to talk about all the subjects they want too. Chen seems to be all over the net and will step down as a day-to-day duties at The Early Show.
  • Two surprising positives from the network seem to be the new Friday drama Blue Bloods about a family of New York Cops, with its star Tom Selleck and Donnie Wahlberg really selling the idea that it’s really about the family not the crime. Also The Defenders, where as much as Jim Belushi wants to shake off the hatred toward According to Jim, he just can’t with the critics, but his show is sure garnering positives.
  • Finally, Nina Tassler has no decision on Flashpoint‘s return next summer as nothing has been decided.

To read more in depth and full reports check out the following sites: The Futon Critic, Hollywood Reporter, Ausiello Files, and Variety.