The Television Critics Association media tour has been underway this week in Los Angeles, with representatives from major networks making presentations to the assembled reporters and critics. Here are some highlights:
Theme song back for Hall talk show
Arsenio Hall is eager to get back in the late-night talk show game, minus the big hair and shoulder pads that marked his initial foray nearly 20 years ago.
Joking on Monday that he’s been away making turkey bacon, Hall says the challenges are much bigger now than when he was a pop-culture hit on his old show that ran from 1989-94.
He gave away few details on the format and style of the new Arsenio Hall Show other than the old theme song is coming back.
Hall says no guests have yet been booked for the syndicated show debuting Sept. 9.
Showtime hints at ‘Dexter’ spinoff
Showtime’s president is hinting that a Dexter spinoff may be forthcoming.
David Nevins said Tuesday that Showtime has signed a two-year deal with Scott Buck, the executive producer of Dexter. The serial killer drama starring Michael C. Hall is in its eighth and final season.
At a Television Critics Association meeting, Nevins was asked whether there will be a follow-up series to Dexter. In response, the Showtime executive noted the deal with producer Buck and suggested that reporters draw their own conclusion.
Braugher enjoying turn in comedy
Andre Braugher has had two decades of acclaim for his serious TV roles, including on Homicide and Last Resort.
Now he’s playing it for laughs on the new Fox cop comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
Braugher said Thursday that there’s a little bit of a learning curve. He praised his fellow cast members as a funny group that he is watching like a hawk and learning from.
The ensemble includes co-star Andy Samberg as an NYPD detective who off-duty is a goof-off. Braugher plays his up-tight, no-nonsense sergeant.
Braugher said being part of a comedy is much more uplifting than the dramas he has done – and he’s loving it.
‘Reign’ bosses defend choices
The cast and creator of the upcoming CW series Reign, about the rise of Mary, Queen of Scots, are defending creative liberties taken for the show.
Reign stars Adelaide Kane as Mary, a 15-year-old who arrives at court because of an arranged marriage to Francis, the future king of France.
One issue: Francis is played by hunky actor Toby Regbo, when in reality Francis was a sickly child. Kane says the show’s target demo of 18- to 34-year-olds won’t care.
How many teenage girls do you know that are obsessed with history? I know I wasn’t at that age, Kane said Tuesday.
Reign premieres in October.
Series on Flash possible at CW
The upcoming season of The CW’s Arrow is getting some flash, as in the popular DC comic book character, the network announced Tuesday.
We plan to introduce a recurring character and the origin story of Dr. Barry Allen, who you know as The Flash, said network President Mark Pedowitz.
If all goes as planned, there could be a spinoff.
Arrow stars Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen, who is based on the DC Comics character The Green Arrow.
Latifah recruiting A-list names
Queen Latifah said Wednesday that her new daytime talk show is calling on A-list friends for support, including musicians Alicia Keys and Lenny Kravitz.
Keys has already participated in test runs of The Queen Latifah Show. And Kravitz’s design firm created the set.
Her syndicated show debuts Sept. 16.
‘Voice’ not focused on finding stars
The mentors on The Voice may be superstars, but the consensus is it’s not their fault the singing competition show has failed to find big stars such as themselves.
During Saturday’s panel, Adam Levine said finding a star would be really nice but it’s not the goal.
Christina Aguilera says it’s unrealistic to expect someone to turn into an overnight sensation.