This summer’s Television Critics Press Tour kicks off next week here in LA, and will be covered in all its Tinsel Town glory by Tim Goodman, ace TV critic of the San Francisco Chronicle. In those innocent, carefree days before blogging hit the interweb in a big way, Tim would write a series of wonderfully entertaining columns during all three weeks of the TCPT experience. Indeed, it was these "Death March with Cocktails" columns that first turned me on to Tim's writing several years ago. Things changed when technology allowed him to start live blogging from the various Industry forums, but the entertainment quotient remains high -- and from his most recent pre-TCPT post, he promises to keep writing those columns as well as posting. Although he can sling snark with the best of them, Tim Goodman is very serious about television – he loves the good stuff and loathes the bad, has a keenly observant and analytical mind, and isn’t the least bit shy about hitting those who run our silly business with some very blunt questions.
And for that, the TCPT offers the mother of all target-rich environments.
If you’ve got a little spare time during the next three weeks, and any interest at all in what’s going on in the world of TV, tune in early and often.
When you turn a brilliant writer with no fear and a taste for fine alcohol loose for three weeks in what amounts to an Industry orgy of self-promotion, the result is always worth watching.
This is gonna be good...