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Moraes on TV: July 16, 2006 - July 22, 2006

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Every season there's a troubled show. The show that is announced for a network's prime-time schedule but never actually debuts; or it debuts but gets yanked immediately. Critics know to look for the red flags. This season they've zeroed in on ABC's new "Brothers and Sisters," starring a large ensemble...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  July 20, 2006; 2:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Summer TV Press Tour 2006  
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Press Tour Serialized Drama

Note to cast and producers of the many new serialized dramas who plan to participate in Q&A sessions at Summer TV Press Tour 2006: Critics are going to ask how you plan to get viewers to commit to your show, given how many serialized dramas are already on the air,...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  July 19, 2006; 8:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Summer TV Press Tour 2006  
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Free to Be Cynical

TV critics attending the new CW network's Summer TV Press Tour 2006 party, in the garden of the Ritz Carlton Huntington hotel in Pasadena, jammed a so-called CW Lounge area, in which hostesses were printing T- shirts with the network's Free to Be [fill in the word] marketing campaign. They...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  July 18, 2006; 2:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Color-Blind Casting

"Friends" exec producer David Crane came to Summer TV Press Tour 2006 over the weekend to promote his next all-white ensemble sitcom about a bunch of people living in an urban East Coast setting - this time Philly. It's called "The Class," it's for CBS, and it's about a group...

By Maura McCarthy  |  July 17, 2006; 11:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Summer TV Press Tour 2006  
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Red Carpet

A Goodyear blimp hovers over the Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena, welcoming critics to the CBS Summer TV Press Tour Punt, Pass, and Kick party. Another sports-themed CBS party -- another opportunity for CBS to serve hotdogs to critics. Photographers are lined up outside the stadium at Gate A, next...

By Lisa de Moraes  |  July 17, 2006; 8:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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