Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Psst: Here's What We Heard at TV Critics Gathering; Actors and Producers Say the Darndest Things

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Psst: Here's What We Heard at TV Critics Gathering; Actors and Producers Say the Darndest Things

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I'm just back from a week in Los Angeles, where the Television Critics Association met with broadcast and cable networks and streaming services to find out what's new and what's due.

You'll be hearing a lot more in the coming weeks about what I learned, as shows make their debuts. In the meantime, though, I wanted to share some of the best quotes I collected during dozens of panels, one-on-one chats and party schmooze.

"It never once occurred to me that I would leave. I've never even asked myself the question. That was never a thing that would happen." Chris Pratt on why he stuck with "Parks and Recreation" (7 p.m. Tuesdays on NBC) despite a booming movie career.

"It was never our desire to try to exploit any of these things. But ... we're trying to acknowledge things that are going on." Executive producer John Ridley, asked about a "hands up, don't shoot" clip in ABC's "American Crime," due March 5.

"My first reaction was that I have to call my mom because she's going to be real conflicted." Nahnatchka Khan, executive producer of ABC's upcoming "Fresh Off the Boat," on breaking it to her mother that it will air opposite CBS' "NCIS" beginning Feb. 4.

"We don't have the ending yet." Executive producer Graham Yost on how "Justified" will wrap up. The 13 final episodes begin airing at 9 p.m. Tuesday on FX.

"I don't know why we would ever stop." Rob McElhenny on the future of FXX's "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," renewed through its 12th season.

"An 0.8 meant the best day of your life and 0.7 meant no doughnuts." Dan Harmon, taking "Community" to Yahoo! from NBC, on why he's glad to be free of Nielsen rating. The Yahoo! debut for "Community" is March 17.

"We have chemistry, we have history." Wentworth Miller on reuniting with former "Prison Break" co-star Dominic Purcell as Heat Wave and Captain Cold on the CW's "The Flash."

"I just like it when there are fight sequences with shirts off." John Barrowman on the CW's "Arrow."

"There's a new TV generation born every 15 years." Producer Rebecca Eaton on why PBS' "Masterpiece" will remake previous hits, starting with "Poldark."

"My vanity will always relish a challenge." Damian Lewis, late of Showtime's "Homeland," who'll play Henry VIII in "Wolf Hall," beginning April 5 on PBS.

"My brother says I make two types of films: depressing and really depressing." Rory Kennedy, bringing her Oscar-nominated "Last Days in Vietnam" to PBS on April 28. The movie will also stream free on PBS websites in February.

"The sky is the limit in the sense that all the characters who are deceased when 'Breaking Bad' ends could theoretically show up. Although Jesse would be tricky because I think he would be in late middle school." Vince Gilligan, executive producer of "Better Call Saul," debuting Feb. 8 and set six years before "Breaking Bad" began. …

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