Wednesday, December 21, 2016

KCRW's The Spin-Off: The Year in TV, and Debating the Usefulness of TCA Press Tour

On the latest edition of KCRW's The Spin-Off, Joe and I were joined by Variety's Oriana Schwindt, and we discussed the big TV stories of the year -- plus previewed the upcoming Television Critics Association press tour:

Earlier this month, four out of the five broadcast networks (ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox) announced they would not be holding executive panels at January's upcoming Television Critics Association press tour. Fox later backtracked and said they would be there after all. The Spin-off crew discusses the utility of the TCA press tours in the age of Twitter, and whether it matters that outlets like Netflix and Amazon are skipping it all together.

Then, we dive into the sliding ratings of this season of The Walking Dead, as well as other shows that experienced a year-end dip. Finally, a year-end Download where we look ahead to 2017, give a shout-out to some of our favorite holiday episodes from across the decades, and pour one out for the TV moms and dads we lost this year, including Growing Pains' Alan Thicke.

Listen below!

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