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"Fringe," "Dollhouse," "90210" and More: A Summer 2008 TCA Download - Ed Martin Live from TCA
By: Ed Martin   (07/24/2008)

For the first time in longer than any current TCA member can recall, hundreds of television critics from across the United States and Canada assembled to learn all they could about the new series set to debut during the upcoming television season without seeing pilots for most of those shows.

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NBC's Ben Silverman and Marc Graboff at TCA: It's All About Cars and Stars - Ed Martin Live at TCA
By: Ed Martin   (07/22/2008)

The broadcast network portion of the Summer 2008 Television Critics Association tour has run surprisingly smooth these last eight days, given that three of the five networks - ABC, The CW and NBC -- had no pilots to show the press prior to sessions with the producers and casts of their new shows. The critics have been good sports about it, conducting interviews and filing stories with far less information than usual to go on.

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"Gossip Girl" and "90210": The CW's Day at TCA - Ed Martin Live at TCA
By: Ed Martin   (07/21/2008)

It seemed as if every moment of The CW's morning at the Summer 2008 Television Critics Association tour throbbed with the influence of the two-year-old network's first true signature show, Gossip Girl. From the sessions for 90210 and Privilege, two new scripted dramas with canvases largely populated by wealthy and attractive young people, to the presentation of a new reality series about young people competing for a job at a fashion magazine that caters to the wealthy and the attractive, to a press conference with CW Entertainment President Dawn Ostroff, The CW's day at TCA felt as if it were all Gossip Girl all the time.

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Emmy Glory: "Mad Men," "Damages," "Monk" and More Make This a Big Year for Basic Cable - Ed Martin Live at TCA
By: Ed Martin   (07/18/2008)

The 2008 Summer Television Critics Association tour has been notable for showcasing an unprecedented number of successful scripted basic cable series. A press conference with the cast of AMC's Mad Men and, one week later, an unforgettable field trip to the show's set, where critics eagerly explored the offices of the Sterling Cooper Advertising Agency. A party with the casts of TNT's The Closer and Saving Grace. Press conferences with the casts of FX's Damages and The Shield (and the opportunity to talk with most of the actors in both casts at Fox's spectacular party Monday night on the Santa Monica Pier).

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TCA Terror! When Publicists Attack! - Ed Martin Live at TCA
By: Ed Martin   (07/17/2008)

I have watched a number of personal publicists express extreme displeasure with journalists during my almost 20 years of covering TCA tours, but I have never seen anything like the assault Tuesday night on Hal Boedeker, the hard-working and very well liked television critic for the Orlando Sentinel.

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"Grey's Anatomy:" It's All About Katherine Heigl and Shonda Rhimes at TCA - Ed Martin Live at TCA
By: Ed Martin   (07/17/2008)

Something major is going to happen to Katherine Heigl's character, Dr. Izzie Stevens, when Grey's Anatomy returns for its fifth season this fall.

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“The Walking Dead” continues to stand out from the rest of television and justify its buzz. In fact, five years in, its latest season finale was its highest-rated yet. As of this writing the show on Sunday – a killer episode featuring the return of Lennie James as Morgan (pictured below) -- drew almost 16 million viewers, 10.5 of them adults 18-49. Those numbers will only grow when Live +3 and Live +7 data is factored in. Yes, that’s true of almost every show these days, but “Walking Dead” is bound to kick butt in those measurements, we well.

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The ad market weakened by -4% in February as several large events had a major impact on how the month fared on a year-on-year basis. The absence of NBC’s Sochi Winter Games had the greatest impact on the market and caused TV ad revenues to drop 16% compared to last year. The month’s results couldn’t be helped by the Grammy Awards moving to February in 2015 -- a month later than last year. While major events like the Winter Games pulled the market down, the result would have been a lot worse if the Academy Awards on ABC didn’t fall in February this year rather than March, as they did in 2014.

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