TCAs: Highlights (and Lowlights) From TV's Summer Press Tour

8:00 AM 8/10/2016

by Marisa Guthrie and Lesley Goldberg

Critics jumped on HBO and Amazon, were charmed by a double-threat producer and cringed at a 'Botched' spinoff as THR breaks down the annual peek at fall TV.

NBC

  • The 'Botched' Docs

    Brandon Hickman/E!

    The stars of E!’s Botched by Nature, which treats survivors of trauma, got testy over the spinoff’s cringeworthy title. People are usually just happy to see “Botched doctors,” they argued.

  • Casey Bloys

    Jeff Kravitz/Filmmagic

    Critics showed no mercy on HBO’s new top programmer, who was forced to endure multiple questions about the sexual violence in several of the network’s dramas.

  • Roy Price

    Jim Spellman/WireImage

    The Amazon Studios head irked many when asked to reflect on the new Woody Allen comedy. “My reflection is that it comes on in September,” he said to eye rolls. “Check it out. See what you think.”

  • 'The Man in the High Castle'

    Amazon

    Rather than focus on story arcs or critical praise, the Amazon series’ lack of a showrunner took center stage as producers called it a “republic.”

  • 'Stranger Things'

    Curtis Baker/Netflix

    It’s the breakout hit of the summer, but what should have been a victory lap for the Winona Ryder series was marred by dodged questions about why Netflix hasn’t renewed it.

  • Chris Albrecht

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    Critics lapped up the Starz CEO’s candor (of Emmy snubs, he said, “Trust me, it’s not a level playing field”), but it likely won’t win him any fans at (or additional statuettes from) the TV Academy.

  • Baz Luhrmann

    Jim Spellman/WireImage

    The Get Down producer managed to get through his entire panel without having to address the reported production difficulties and bloated budget on his Netflix hip-hop drama.

  • Dan Fogelman

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    With two network series — This Is Us (NBC) and Pitch (Fox) — that have critics excited, the producer exuded a mix of charm, candor and endearing pleas not to spoil his shows.

  • 'Superstore'

    NBC

    Lest its Olympics placement wasn’t big enough, NBC’s Bob Greenblatt suggested its 2015 premiere is on par with top-rated The Voice, according to long-tail ratings. Yes, really.

  • Kenya Barris

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    ABC’s Black-ish creator passionately articulated the call to move beyond the often-divisive diversity debate: “I’m so tired of talking about diversity.”

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