Cable Portion of TCA Concludes

THE PROGRAMMING INSIDER

Monday, January 10, 2011

 

LIVE FROM THE TCA WINTER PRESS TOUR IN PASADENA

 

On the Winter Press Tour Menu:

Day Three of Cable

 
Primetime Ratings:
Weekend Results
 

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What’s Hot/What’s Not

 

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On the Winter Press Tour Menu:

Day Three of Cable

 

The third, and final, day of the cable portion of the Winter Press Tour kicked-off with WE tv and sessions on new docu-soaps Joan Knows Best?, with Joan and Melissa Rivers; and Braxton Family Values, featuring singer Toni Braxton, Mama Evelyn and her four sisters. Could this be the Kardashians of WE tv? Mr. TV favorite Joan Rivers got the festivities going with a zinger on long-winded Oprah Winfrey from one day earlier. “I wish we had started this half an hour earlier so we could have seen the end of Oprah,” she joked.

 

Joan on plastic surgery: “I knew that I was doing a lot of plastic surgery because Melissa, one time, called me when Cooper was four years old and they had “Return of the Mummy,” and he ran to the TV and went, “Grandma, Grandma.”

 

Leading out of WE tv were sessions on two shows on IFC, Onion News Network and Portlandia, a comedy that takes a unique look at Portland, Oregon though the eyes of SNL’s Fred Armison and Carrie Brownstein. 

 

Next up was upcoming AMC drama The Killing, which is based on Danish series Forbrydelsen and tells the story of the murder of a young girl in Seattle. The first of 13 episodes premieres on Sunday, April 3 at 10 p.m. ET. Each episode consists of one day in the life of the investigation. “Being on AMC can either be a blessing or a terrible challenge,” said writer/executive producer/showrunner Veena Sud. “They have had the best dramas for the past couple years, and they had one failure. Do you worry about being the second failure or are you sort of reveling in the idea that you are going to ride the coattails of Mad Men and Breaking Bad?”

 

Coming up next was a session on new drama Breakout Kings on A&E, followed by new Lifetime series Seriously Funny Kids, hosted by Heidi Klum, and original Lifetime made-for movie The Amanda Knox Story, which looks at the events of how the Seattle honor student allegedly murdered her college roommate Meredith Kercher in 2007 with her boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito and friend Rudy Guede. Hayden Panettiere, who plays Amanda, had this to about whether she is innocent or not:


“We spent five weeks every day talking about it and reading about it and looking at new evidence, trying to form some sort of opinion about it. And it’s like she’s innocent; she’s guilty; she’s innocent; she’s guilty; she’s innocent. I can’t say that I have an opinion, and that’s why the story is so interesting. It really all comes together to form this incredible story that I think people are really genuinely interested and curious in. And I don’t know that we’ll ever really know.”

 

Immediately following the movie at 11 p.m. ET will be hour-long documentary Beyond the Headlines: Amanda Knox, which will take a look at what really happened the night Meredith Kercher was murdered. 

 

In addition to Seriously Funny Kids, hosted by Heidi Klum, Lifetime will launch three new reality programs: One Born Every Minute, Quad Squad and Glamour Belles. One Born Every Minute, which focuses on the maternity ward at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, launches on Tuesday, Feb. 1 at 10 p.m. ET (out of back-to-back episodes of Seriously Funny Kids). Quad Squad, which follows a set of identical 17-year old quadruplet sisters, opens on Wednesday, Feb. 9 at 9 p.m. ET. And workplace docu-series Glamour Belles, which is set at a pageant gown shop in Tennessee, leads out of Quad Squad at 10 p.m. ET.