TCA

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Now that the seemingly months-long summer session of the Television Critics Association press tour (or just the “TCAs,” if you’re feeling the need for brevity) has finally concluded, it’s time to check back in with the television-centric conference for another look at recently-announced projects we’re actually eager to see. Around the tour’s midpoint, we explored eight new titles introduced at the TCAs that we would like to see, oh, right about now. With the back half of the tour including talking head panels from networks like CBS, The CW, Showtime, Hulu, Fox, FX, Disney, and PBS, it certainly seemed as if there would be plenty to get pumped up about when it comes time to gather around your small screen, but the pickings do seem awful slim. Perhaps it’s hard for us to get excited about a predictable string of half-hour comedies that feature both fantastic comedic talent and tired fart jokes, and maybe we’re already burnt out on historical offerings after the first half of the tour, but the last few days at the TCAs haven’t rolled out too much to get jazzed about. At the very least, the stuff we’re excited about is all very, very different, and if we’re struck by television-based ennui, we can attempt to get out of it by thinking about the surprising width of new offerings, even if they’re not very deep. And, hey, we might finally watch American Horror Story this year. (And maybe even some new stuff.)

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Twice a year, the Television Critics Association descends on Hollywood (or, as was the case recently, Hollywood-adjacent Pasadena) for their “Press Tours,” weeks-long presentations that allow the various networks to unveil their upcoming slates (including returning and new series) to various entertainment reporters for their informational edification. It all sounds a bit like summer camp crossed with Comic-Con pumped up with a lot of foodstuffs and swag up the wazoo. It also sounds deeply exhausting, and this summer’s Press Tour (affectionately just called the “TCAs,” a confusing moniker if we’ve ever heard one) is only halfway complete. Networks that have rolled out their slates to the TCA attendees so far include NBC, Reelz, National Geographic, OWN, and a whole mess of other cable outlets. Upcoming panels include CBS, The CW, Showtime, Hulu, Fox, FX, Disney, and PBS, and we’ll be sure to cover their exciting shows once they’re announced (assuming, of course, that they’ll be much to get pumped over from those networks, but considering that PBS gets two whole days, our expectations are high). With so many of the traditional networks next up on deck, most of the newly announced programs we’re most interested in seeing aren’t hour-long dramas or half-hour sitcoms or similar, they’re one-off specials, miniseries, and made-for-TV movies. Is this the future of television? Sure!

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