Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Dispatches from press tour: Fox potpourri

I had planned to do a lot more session blogging today, but other things -- an off-campus interview, plus two looming column deadlines -- have gotten in the way. Fortunately, there are a lot of other reporters in the room, so I can link to their accounts of some of the sessions I won't have time to write up immediately:

• From James Hibberd: Kiefer Sutherland and "24" showrunner Howard Gordon say the To Torture Or Not Torture? question won't be resolved until the end of the season.

• From Rob Owen: Joss Whedon (appearing via satellite) says he almost prefers the Friday timeslot for "Dollhouse" to the original Monday timeslot after "House," because the expectations are lower.

• From Rick Porter: a grab bag about "Fringe," Tim Roth getting to use his native accent on "Lie to Me," and the future of Fox comedies.

I'll be back later tonight (West Coast time) to write up "House" creator David Shore discussing the amount of Thirteen screentime this season.

12 comments:

Dan Coyle said...

BIG WHEDON IS WATCHING YOU

Man, I can't wait for his next X-Men run.

Pamela Jaye said...

saw this on Dan's Press Tour Twitter -
David Shore thinks 13 is a "cool interesting" character and doesn't understand why people would think she's been too central

yeah, right

I'll pop in later, cause I want to hear what Joss said too, but I'm watching a show I didn't watch Sunday, and I have a book I was 35th in queue for from the library, and I hope to get thru it - i'm sure there are people behind me (just smile and nod and be happy you don't have to review Jon & Kate Plus Eight)

I'll be back. I haven't even watched Scrubs.

Jordan said...

we have a lot to talk about with scrubs (the ending of the second episode could have been awful...a few seasons ago i would have been disappointed, but they handled it so so well it reminded me why i kept coming back after all those midling seasons of diminishing returns)

dez said...

David Shore thinks 13 is a "cool interesting" character and doesn't understand why people would think she's been too central

OhDearGod.

Thank God for Scrubs, tonight, though. "I'm Norm in this bitch!" :-D

Alan Sepinwall said...

Guys, no talking about TV episodes I haven't posted about yet. I have yet to see "Scrubs."

dez said...

Sorry, Alan :(

Jordan said...

Also sorry...oops

Craig Ranapia said...

Joss Whedon (appearing via satellite) says he almost prefers the Friday timeslot for "Dollhouse" to the original Monday timeslot after "House," because the expectations are lower.

I guess he couldn't say, "I never learn, do I?" :) Then again, why the hell was 'Dollhouse' following 'House' (a show I think is auditioning sharks for the final jump anyway) in the first place? Yes, I worship Joss Whedon but let's face it, he doesn't do obvious.

Anonymous said...

Remind me when Whedon was ever relevant.

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Craig Ranapia said...

Anonymous:

This is probably the wrong thing to say on a TV critic's blog, but no television drama is every "relevant". It can be enormously pleasurable -- there's a reason why I own complete runs of 'Battlestar Galactica', the revived 'Doctor Who', 'Babylon 5', 'Twin Peaks', 'The West Wing', 'Sopranos' and other shows. Including 'Buffy', 'Angel' and 'Firefly'.

Having said that, if my house burnt down today losing my DVD collection would be the least of my worries.

My point (and one I didn't make as well as I should have) is that I wasn't seeing in the first place an obvious mesh between the audience for 'House' and people who would get into a sci-fi/thriller about a shadowy corporation using human beings as organic hard drives. Perhaps I'm totally wrong, and my career as a network scheduler is over before its begun. But I'm still not seeing it.