PASADENA — Ya gotta love TCA when…

Fox Cable throws a party, offers no real theme, piles on cholesterol-laden food (fries, steak and cheese subs, decadent desserts abounded) and still everyone has a great time, mostly because Danny DeVito shows up as does Fox Reality Channel‘s Kennedy, looking radiant in a bright red strapless number (I always wanted to write that). But the big hit was just outside the party room proper with Nat Geo Channel’s Cesar Millan and his pit bull, who was more press friendly than some of the day’s celebs (yes, we’re speaking of the dog).

…Networks actually do put some thought into their parties. BBC America, touting its new series Robin Hood, leaves fancy invitations to a Robin Hood-themed soiree on critics’ beds. The invite’s kicker: “Green tights optional.” (Of course, we remember a BBC A party from TCAs past that was hawking a particularly randy series, where the “entertainment” that night seemed to have received a memo that said: “Clothing Optional.”)

…When The History Channel touts that its special The Dark Ages was shot in HD.

…When Mo Rocca is shown in a clip from The Weather Channel’s 100 Biggest Weather Moments noting that “Look, when you’re that old, and you stay out in the rain that long, you’re going to die.” He was referring, of course, to president William Henry Harrison, who insisted on making his inaugural speech coatless, in the rain, and died after just weeks in office.

…When you learn that climate change may have had something to do with the end of the Dark Ages…and you learn this from The History Channel panel, not The Weather Channel’s.

…When the weather outside the Ritz-Carlton hotel is a balmy 75 degrees, but Tuesday’s meat-free lunch for GAC (Great American Country) is held in a hotel ballroom whose temperature is tantamount to a meat locker.



CableWorld Editor Seth Arenstein is covering the Television Critics Association January press tour (or TCA, as both the association and its semi-annual preview of upcoming broadcast and cable network TV shows is called) that kicked off Jan. 9th in Pasadena for CableFAX Daily, CableWorld Magazine and Cable360.net.

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