Exclusive interview with journalist Anne Louise Bannon covering the Television Critics Association fall 2013 network presentations
By Robin Rowe
HOLLYWOOD, CA (Gosh!TV) 2013/8/10 – 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 shows, and where we can read their best coverage.
Editor Anne Louise Bannon writes for YourFamilyViewer.com.
GoshTV: Do you have a particular approach, angle or mandate?
Bannon: I’m always on the lookout for programming that is both family-friendly and family-safe. I do want to see programmers think about what’s really the best for our society. I want to see more accurate representation of our population both in front of and behind the camera. You don’t tend to get problems with insensitivity and negative stereotypes when you have more culturally diverse writers and directors.
GoshTV: Which shows and stars most intrigue you at this TCA?
Bannon: There’s Michael J. Fox and his show. That looks pretty good and unusually appropriate for
a family audience. Actually, it also looks like it might really be funny, which is more than I can say about most of the new comedies.
GoshTV: For how many years have you covered TCA?
Bannon: I’ve been covering TCA since 1997 and the more things change, the more they stay the same. There’s always the nitpicking and the politics between the organization and the networks. But the event is also changing along with the media business…lots more bloggers, everyone has their laptop and it’s a lot easier to listen to the panels and clear out your email. When I started, those three weeks meant a lot of work piling up at home. But now we can work right through the sessions, even if that means updating social media and the like.
GoshTV: What do you like best about TCA? What would you change?
Bannon: I love the opportunity to learn about what’s coming up and to meet with my friends once again. I’ve established some pretty strong friendships with other members over the years and that’s precious to me. If I could change anything, I would add some breaks between sessions. It’s a pretty intense haul nowadays, with so much packed into fewer days, that you barely have time to catch your breath.
GoshTV: Is there a favorite story you can share from your current TCA coverage?
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