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TCA Tidbits: Some Final Thoughts From Universal City

The Winter TCA press tour is all over, and I'm back catching up on all the things I missed while I was camped out in Universal City. I got some great interviews and previews of some new TV shows that I'll be sharing soon, but for now, I wanted to wrap up some of the best, worst, and most awkward moments from my days in LA:

  • Wittiest Line: Jimmy Fallon at the session for his new stint on Late Night, after being asked whether he'd still have time to do romantic comedies: "If you want to meet me at the Empire State Building after this, I'll tell you the truth."
  • Best Comeback: Amy Poehler after being asked whether she often wakes up in the morning and thinks something along the lines of, "Tina Fey, I'll show her": "Yes. And then I turn around and I wake her up, and we have breakfast together."
  • Oddest Wording: ABC Entertainment President Steve McPherson calling Shonda Rhimes "one of the most, if not the most talented woman writer out there right now." Really? Woman writer? That prompted a lot of raised eyebrows.
  • Most Honest Moment: Fox Entertainment President Kevin Reilly calling his former employer, NBC, "the crazy ex-wife I can't get away from."
  • Best Answer to a Question That Didn't Actually Answer a Question: Joss Whedon describing his original, scrapped pilot for Dollhouse as "Balinese shadow puppet theater."

To hear about the most awkward moment, the idea with the most potential, and one seriously awful mustache, just


  • Greatest Untapped Potential: "I have this whole concept about a singles hotel that I think would be amazing." — Veronica Mars and Cupid creator Rob Thomas
  • Most Awkward Moment: The panel for NBC's miniseries The Last Templar probably would have just been boring, had Scott Foley and Mira Sorvino not told a story about swapping mucus during an on-screen kiss. Then . . . it was just gross.
  • Worst Mustache: Adam Goldberg's ridiculous '70s-style stache for The Unusuals. According to Goldberg, they worked a lot on determining the appropriate stache length so it doesn't verge "into porn territory or Old West," but, um, they need to keep working. It was enough to put Victory Garber's odd-looking little mustache out of my head.
  • Best Breakdown: Steve McPherson freaking out when asked about people leaving Grey's Anatomy. Unfortunately, I missed this for myself, but check out a transcript over here.
  • Most Endearing Moment: Joss Stone on trying not to speak her Tudors lines musically: "You can't talk with rhythm. That's rappin'!"


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Phil Phil 8 years
Really, Steve? Elizabeth Sarnoff on a bad day is consistently better than Shonda Rhimes. Shonda in a rut (as she has been for quite some time now) is pretty awful.
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McPherson seems to be having many bad moments these days. His comment about Shondra Rimes and his behavior at the executive session are bizarre at best. He really does seem to be overly sensitive about Grey's.
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