Best of TCA: Latin Heat Columnist Julio Martinez

Julio Martinez reports on The Fosters

Julio Martinez reports on The Fosters

Exclusive interview series with the journalists covering the Television Critics Association fall 2013 network presentations

By Robin Rowe

HOLLYWOOD, CA (Gosh!TV) 2013/7/27- Networks and stars converge for TCA press event. We asked all 234 listed members of TCA what they think and where we can read their best coverage.Here’s VIP Latino Magazine columnist Julio Martinez, who also writes features for the Writers Guild Magazine, Written By.

Gosh: Do you have a particular approach, angle or mandate?

Martinez: I do features on Latinos who make it to primetime TV. Written By has me interview whole writing staffs for significant series, i.e HBO The Pacific and Boardwalk Empire. I also did the staff of Ugly Betty.

Gosh: Which shows and stars most intrigue you at this TCA? Why?

Martinez: So far, I have drawn to writer Shawn Slovo /Muhammed Ali’s Greatest Fight, whose own autobiographical film /A World Apart, was one of the finest examples of screenwriting craftsmanship I have ever read.Stephen Merchant of /Hello Ladies /was a pleasure to interview. he is relentlessly funny. I am really looking forward to interviewing Robin Williams of CBS The Crazy Ones.

Gosh: For how many years have you covered TCA? How has your experience at TCA changed over time?

Martinez: I’ve been a member of TCA since July 1997. TCA has gotten more contained and restrained over the years. In 1997, there was an actual press room with land-line phones, copying machines and a relentless pile of VHS pilot tapes. There were no dead spots in the schedule because a network had cancelled an event. That was unheard of. Every meal was a sit-down affair and the evening network affairs could get quite rowdy.

There was also mountainous amounts of swag. I am not saying it was better back then, just different. The advent of social media, the rise of cable and now the emergence of Internet programming, has changed everything.

Gosh: What do you like best about TCA? What would you change?

Martinez: The best part of the TCA is the opportunity to get to people I ordinarily wouldn’t have a chance to meet.
I don’t like getting up this early for breakfast.

Gosh: Is there a favorite story you can share from your current TCA coverage?

Martinez: This is my interview of the Latino teenagers starring in The Fosters

Taking a break during the filming of the ABC Family series, The Fosters, where they play adopted fraternal twins, Mariana and Jesus Foster, respectively Cierra Ramirez and Jake T. Austin, are only to happy to blurt out their ethnic roots. Ramirez giggles, “I am Mexilumbian:  Mexican and Columbian, all Latina. I don’t speak Spanish. I know it’s a disgrace to my last name. My parents spoke fluently but while I was growing up they wanted… [More at Latin Heat]


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