Friday, July 27, 2012

Greetings from the TV Critics Press Tour: Sarah Palin, Crystal the Monkey and Downton Abbey

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Sending my regards from the Beverly Hilton's International Ballroom, where I've been holed up for a week covering the TV Critics Association press tour. It's popular to whine about the press tour, but even 16 years in, I still enjoy it. The opportunity to meet up with executives and producers is valuable, and it's still a great chance to hear a show's actors and writers justify their new program.

And then... there are the surreal moments, like Sarah Palin showing up at an NBC party (above). Palin was there to support hubby Todd, a participant on NBC's new reality show "Stars Earn Stripes." At the same party, Crystal the Monkey (star of NBC's new sitcom "Animal Practice") made friends with the crowd.

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Another perk: PBS held a "Downton Abbey" event, in which guests were invited, and gave us a first look at season 3. Above, Maria gets cozy with Mr. Bates (Brendan Coyle).

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Another surreal moment: The cast of this fall's "Dancing with the Stars" all-star version. OK, there have been way too many Palins at this summer's TCA.

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"You betcha!"

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