Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Scoops Ahead as TV Critics Trek to Los Angeles

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Scoops Ahead as TV Critics Trek to Los Angeles

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The weather has been chilly in Los Angeles lately, often dipping into the 50s. People have been forced to don sweaters and summon heat lamps while dining on restaurant patios. A few days, rumor has it, the sun even refused to shine.

But I'm not deterred. As you read this, I'll be getting ready to head west for the winter meeting of the Television Critics Association and the TV networks. Henceforth, we'll refer to this get- together simply as "TCA."

In January, in addition to having a chance to acquire whatever virulent bugs their colleagues have brought from the four corners of the country (plus Canada), critics quiz network executives about the season to date and preview what's to come.

We'll be headquartered again this year at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena, Calif., a lovely pink palace that takes on a distinctly downscale vibe with TV critics in residence. Every day, we set up in the big International Ballroom while a parade of producers and actors (or, as they're called, "talent"), come to us. We drink lots of coffee or, in my case, Diet Coke.

Beginning Sunday, look for my blog posts, Facebook updates and tweets from Los Angeles.

Here are some expected highlights:

CBS will introduce James Corden, who takes over "Late Late Show" in March. Perhaps he'll sing a number from "Into the Woods" (he plays the Baker).

Other CBS panels are for drama spin-off "CSI: Cyber," comedy remake "The Odd Couple" (with Matthew Perry) and miniseries "The Dovekeepers."

CBS will bus us to Hollywood to preview the network's annual Diversity Comedy Showcase, featuring 22 diverse actors selected from more than 4,000 submissions.

Showtime (sharing time with sibling networks CBS and the CW) has planned a fascinating-sounding panel offering a woman's perspective on sexuality on TV. Included are (female) panelists from "Masters of Sex," "Shameless" and "The Affair. …

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