December 12, 2013 Sections
Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION
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.
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Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 24, 2013 C1
Updated on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 8:21 AM CDT: