While I couldn't be in LA myself to cover the CBS portion of the TCA press tour, I've been keeping an eye on the news coming out of the sessions. Here are some of the best bits so far:
- "Jericho" producers promised their rabid fans a big-time payoff in the new season's first episode, wrapping up the cliffhangers left during the battle in the finale. And, if you were wondering, CBS did serve nuts at the session; they also gave out T-shirts emblazoned with a powerful peanut.
- CBS has been selling "Kid Nation," its fall reality show about a town completely run by kids, with the tagine "40 days, 40 kids, no adults." But that's not entirely true: A pediatrician and a child psychologist were among the grownups around.
- Do you ever get annoyed with the networks when live sports programs run into primetime, pushing out your favorite shows and throwing off your TiVo? CBS thinks it has the solution: Viewers can register with the new Eye-lert service to be notified by e-mail or text message when games run late.
- This TV Guide live blog includes some of the other tidbits from the sessions, including the "Survivor"-themed lunch (no, you didn't have to complete a challenge before eating) and some unintentionally funny bits from the "Viva Laughlin" panel.