Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION
Posted: 07/24/2013 1:00 AM | Comments: 0
Last Modified: 07/24/2013 8:21 AM | Updates
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Some people go to the lake. Some people go camping. Some people go on long, lazy driving trips. And some people just stay home.
It's summertime, the time of year when TV critics do none of the above. Instead, like wild creatures following a migratory instinct, people who get paid to watch and write about television pack up their laptops and luggage each July and head for hot and smoggy Los Angeles where they spend two crazy weeks previewing the upcoming TV season. They interview the stars, producers and network executives who make the shows and shmooze with Hollywood types at an ongoing series of elaborate and entertainingly show-bizzy receptions and cocktail parties.
Well, it's that time again. This summer's version of the U.S. networks' semi-annual press tour (there's also a January version of the event) takes place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, a wedge-shaped slice of L.A. history that is famous for, among other things, being the site of the annual Golden Globe Awards each January, the former home of the renowned showbiz hangout Trader Vic's, the place legendary producer Robert Evans made his first Hollywood connections while loitering daily at poolside, the rendezvous destination where philandering former U.S. senator John Edwards was cornered by a tabloid reporter and confronted about his infidelity and the hotel in which Whitney Houston died the night before the 2012 Grammy Awards.
It's a stone's throw from Rodeo Drive's ultra-luxurious shopping strip, a short stroll from Fox TV's studio lot and, literally, across the street from the palm tree-lined streets whose opulence was showcased on a weekly basis back when The Beverly Hillbillies loaded up the truck and moved here in the early '60s.
As business trips go, this would surely rank among the most entertaining.
This edition of the TV press tour shows some definite promise, both for the lineup of network and cable shows being introduced this fall and the roster of talent that will parade through the Beverly Hilton's lobby and hallways during the next couple of weeks. Here's a quick look at who and what we're looking forward to as the summer press tour unfolds:
We'll be here, from the start of the TV press tour right through to the foggy, smoggy finish, filing frequent dispatches to our printed pages and to www.winnipegfreepress.com, and posting pithy tidbits on Twitter. Stay tuned. It'll be fun, I promise.
firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @BradOswald
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 24, 2013 C1
Updated on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 8:21 AM CDT: adds photo
Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories? Please use the form below and let us know.
Having problems with the form?Contact Us Directly
'Pawn Stars' TV star plans stores near famous shop
The Situation agrees to anger management classes
'Crazy Eyes' actress Uzo Aduba is crazy about fans
Take off your clothes to make it in TV
TV Blog Buzz: News on final season of 'Sons of Anarchy'
Fargo embraces Canadian winter
Seth Rogen surprised at North Korea's ire
Montreal chef Normand Laprise mentors youth
Zimmerman says he'll appeal NBC lawsuit dismissal
Scientists make love, war weapons in 'Manhattan'
CBC launches search for comedic talent
'Under the Dome' cast teases possibility of escape
A look at some of fall TV's best shows
New 'Hemlock Grove' showrunner moves away from myth
Pop star Azalea talking fashion on MTV
FX says overnight ratings becoming meaningless
TV picks of the week
On TV: July 24
Follow the script
Bing Crosby's kids recall dad's duet with Bowie
Musician Nas finds his family tree in PBS series
CBS event marks civil rights anniversary
4-day Comic Con festival kicks off in San Diego
Long wait over for odd-couple cop show
Dumb Starbucks explained on Comedy Central show
Ousted 'Amazing Race' duo touched by response
Love, Manson to guest on Sons of Anarchy
No romance for 'Downton Abbey' in-laws, say actors
Nathan Lane: Straight actors can play gay roles
Jeter, Bauer give Fox a strong week in TV ratings
'Downton Abbey' back on Jan. 4 for season 5
'Transcendence' among new DVDs
'Killjoys' cast includes Ashmore, Macfarlane
Local doc tells immigrant mothers' stories