Saturday, September 13, 2008

MY TV FIX -- (an ongoing tale of dependence)

To fuel my telly addiction, I attended an event (back on September 10th) at the Paley Center for Media co-sponsored by TV Guide. They held fall preview parties for Fox, the CW, NBC, CBS and ABC. I ended up going to the ABC night. Pushing Daisies, Private Practice, Eli Stone and a little preview of Life on Mars were showcased.

Each night featured a panel of series talent before the preview of shows. I had forgotten about that, so I was surprised to see Paul Adelstein, Swoozie Kurtz and Victor Garber (love him!) in front of press and photogs .

The reception before the screenings was an exercise in enduring a potential feeling of claustrophobia. The popularity of the free-to-the-public event was evident in the gathering in the lobby beforehand. The close quartered hobnobbing TV fans had me traversing the throng, dodging swinging elbows and ducking under beverage glasses hoping that the imbiber was sure-handed. Thankfully, I made it through the crowd but didn't have my camera in hand to take a few pics. (You can see and read about the festivities at this site:

I hadn't watched the original BBC series Life On Mars, but I've been a fan of Jason O'Mara for quite some time and I'm happy that the American version of the show is getting good buzz.

(update -- added October 18) -- On the other hand, some of the shows highlighted at the Paley Center: Pushing Daisies, Eli Stone, and Life are having a little trouble recovering from the strike shortened season last year. I thought that the Emmy nods for Pushing Daisies would have attracted more viewers. All three shows have great male leads with unconventional character backstories, I hope their ratings will improve. Tell a friend about these shows...

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