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TCA 2009: Cable Roundup; What to Expect From Broadcast

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Cable coverage at The 2009 Summer Press Tour continued at the tail-end of the week, with Sundance Channel, WE tv and TV One represented on Friday. PBS stepped up to the plate on Saturday and Sunday. 

You might feel old when I tell you that PBS kids classic Sesame Street is turning 40 years old on Nov. 10. Seems like only yesterday when some of us were watching it, doesn’t it?  Saturday night featured The 25th Annual TCA Awards, which honors the best in TV as picked by the critics across the country. My personal favorite, Betty White, was cited for her amazing (and still very active) career.  
 
To whet your appetite for the network portion of the tour, CBS is here today with an executive session with Nina Tassler, president, CBS Entertainment, followed by panels (in chronological order) on new drama The Good Wife, Craig Ferguson of The Late Late Show, new sitcom Accidentally on Purpose, syndicated talker The Doctors, relocated Medium and The 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, which airs on Sunday, Sept. 20. 

Missing from the agenda are new dramas NCIS: Los Angeles, which cannot miss out of parent NCIS, and Three Rivers, which were both represented at the set visits last week. Out of picturesque The Amazing Race, depressing medical drama Three Rivers is my pick for the first cancellation of the season.
 
As always, I will give you the scoop on each new network show versus the reality, with my prediction on what is expected to work and what is most likely to flop based on a scale of 1-10 (with 10 the best and 1 the worst).

Direct any questions to my e-mail address (at the top of this article).