Greetings from Pasadena! I'm down here for the Summer installment of the TCA press tour, which gives TV critics from around the country a chance to hobnob with television stars, writers, and creators. After some cable events last week, the network portion of the tour kicked off this morning with CBS. I'll be blogging and Twittering the highlights all week long, so stay tuned! Here's some of the news so far:
- With Guiding Light ending after 72 years of radio and TV episodes, CBS is bringing back another classic to take its place: the game show Let's Make a Deal. The show's most famous edition, hosted by Monty Hall, aired in the late '60s and early '70s. This new version will have Wayne Brady at the helm. Brady and Hall will be here later today to chat about the show, and I'll let you know if any audience members show up in crazy costumes to get their questions chosen. (My guess: probably not.)
- At the first session of the day, CBS's entertainment president, Nina Tassler, talked a bit about CSI — and pointed out that if you didn't like Laurence Fishburne's character's wardrobe, you're in luck, because his clothes are getting a bit of a makeover this season. And that's not all: His character is "more settled in his role, he's in a leadership capacity, he's more versed in the language of CSI," Tassler said. She also confirmed that Jorja Fox's Sara Sidle will be back for the first five episodes of the season.
- If you're a fan of NCIS, CBS wants to get you hooked on NCIS: Los Angeles right from the start. The first few episodes of the new show will feature some actors from the original crossing over, including Pauley Perrette and Rocky Carroll.
For the rest of the day, we'll be hearing more about some upcoming shows on CBS, including Jenna Elfman's Accidentally On Purpose and this Fall's Emmy awards, before heading to a party tonight with CBS, CW, and Showtime stars. To hear about some events I'm looking forward to for the rest of the week, just
- On Tuesday, the CW will take the stage and give us our first chance to chat with the casts of Melrose Place and The Beautiful Life — though Mischa Barton isn't appearing on The Beautiful Life's panel because she's just started shooting in New York.
- Also on Tuesday, we'll head to the sets of Castle and Private Practice. Later in the week, we'll be on set at The Office!
- At lunch on Saturday, ABC will screen the first episode of Flash Forward. The bits I saw at Comic-Con had me intrigued, and I can't wait to see the whole thing.
- Fox has a So You Think You Can Dance panel scheduled for Thursday morning — just hours before we'll learn the identity of America's favorite dancer for season five! I'm also hoping to attend a couple of SYTYCD events this week to chat with the dancers and the cast of Glee.
If you've got any burning questions for the talent behind your favorite shows, leave me a comment or drop me a note on Twitter, and keep checking back all week for more news and highlights from Pasadena!
Photos courtesy of CBS