Exclusive interview with journalist Gabrielle Pantera covering the Television Critics Association fall 2013 network presentations
By Robin Rowe
HOLLYWOOD, CA (Gosh!TV) 2013/9/2 – Part of our exclusive series, we asked all 234 listed members of TCA and many independent journalists covering the TCA press tour what are their favorite new TV shows, and where we can read their best coverage.
Do you have a particular approach, angle or mandate?
I like to lead my stories with quotes. I also host on-camera interviews.
Which shows and stars most intrigue you at this TCA?
The fall season has many sitcoms that look really good. I prefer dramas that are more cerebral, not so violent. A few that fit the bill. And Hulu has new shows that are exiting to see. I like the CBS sitcom The Crazy Ones with Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Geller. The ABC drama Once Upon a Time in Wonderland is an imaginative combination of many classic fairy tales. The ABC drama Resurrection, about people coming back from the dead, is very suspenseful. The ABC sitcom Trophy Wife is a funny situation with a young wife trying to fit in to the family of her older husband. The NBC sitcoms Welcome to the Family and the Michael J Fox Show are about families trying to get along. The Fox sitcom Enlisted is a comedy about brothers in the military reconnecting. And there’s CW Reign about Mary Queen of Scots. I love historicals.
For how many years have you covered TCA?
I’ve covered TCA for the last four years. In the beginning it was very difficult to get approved for all the networks, but over the years I’ve forged relationships with the publicists. TCA members are approved automatically, don’t have the barrier to entry that independent journalists must overcome.
Sometimes the network publicists make inexplicable decisions. PBS, which had been considered a friend of independent press, announced a new policy for this TCA that independents must have more than 25k monthly unique visitors and less than 50% bounce rate, a combination of stats that few TCA members could meet.
The Hollywood Reporter and The Wall Street Journal couldn’t qualify for both those numbers. What do you like best about TCA?
I like that journalists can come to one place to learn about the upcoming TV shows twice a year.
Is there a favorite story you can share from your current TCA coverage?
I don’t have a particular favorite. You can find my stories posted during TCA here and I write more stories about series I encountered there throughout the year.