Today at TCA: Cable network FX tackles ‘Tyrant,’ ‘The Strain’ and more
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It’s always a treat to hear from FX Networks chief John Landgraf, one of the most thoughtful, articulate TV execs in the industry.
Landgraf will get things started Monday morning at the TV critics’ press tour and my guess is he’ll spend some of his 45-minute Q & A addressing the need to rethink the way networks, advertisers and the media quantify “hits” in today’s time-shifted viewing universe. (The network recently decided to stop reporting Live+Same Day numbers for its shows, saying that only captures a fraction of the true audience.)
A couple of new FX relationship comedies, “Married” (with Highland Park native Brett Gelman) and “You’re the Worst” (co-starring former Chicago stage actor Desmin Borges), will each have morning panels, followed by the Chicago-set sports sitcom, “The League.” (We’ll see if there are any plans to bring back Jay and Kristin Cutler.)
After lunch comes the drama. The network’s controversial, Middle Eastern-set series, “Tyrant,” should make for some interesting discussion. The show has drawn criticism from Muslim groups about the way Arabs are portrayed. Several wonky Mideast experts will be here to throw in their two cents, along with executive producer Howard Gordon, who might face one or two questions about whether “24” will indeed live another day.
Guillermo del Toro’s new gorefest “The Strain” is on the agenda, as is the Mexican-American cross-cultural cop show “The Bridge” and the soon-to-be-retired motorcycle drama “Sons of Anarchy.”
In case you missed it, Sunday was Fox day at TCA. Here’s a round up of my stories:
— READ: Chicago native Michael Pena can relate to his role on “Broadchurch” remake “Gracepoint”
— READ: Nasim Pedrad talks “Saturday Night Live” exodus, new Fox sitcom “Mulaney”
— READ: Fox chief says “American Idol’s” ratings problem isn’t the judges, it’s the contestants
And here’s the scoop from Saturday’s TCA Awards night, attended by winners Matthew McConaughey, Bryan Cranston, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.