WarnerMedia dazzles at Winter Press TCA
WarnerMedia warmed up critics to its stellar line up of new and returning shows at the Television Critics Association (TCA) Winter Press Tour on Jan. 15 in Pasadena, Calif. The full day of panels and presentations brought star power and premium content from HBO, TBS, TNT, HLN and HBO Max on day nine of the 12-day press tour.
HBO’s star-studded lineup covered the morning session for WarnerMedia with panels for:
- “Avenue 5,” a space tourism comedy set 40 years in the future, debuts Sunday, Jan. 19
- “The Outsider,” a miniseries based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel, airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET
- “The Plot Against America,” a limited series, based on the acclaimed Phillip Roth novel, debuts Monday, March 16 at 9 p.m.
- “Insecure,” returning for its fourth season on Sunday, April 12 at 10 p.m. ET
- “I Know This Much is True,” based on Wally Lamb’s award-winning novel by the same name, debuts this April
- “The Undoing,” limited series based on Jean Hanff Korelitz’s novel “You Should Have Known,” debuts this May
“I wanted it to be set only 30 to 40 years in the future. I wanted it to deliberately not to be so futuristic. I wanted to focus on the human angle,” says @Aiannucci, executive producer of @HBO's new space tourism comedy #Avenue5. #TCA20 pic.twitter.com/qZBrNryKpM— WarnerMedia (@WarnerMediaGrp) January 15, 2020
"It’s a murder mystery thriller. We obviously knew who did it, but as an actor you have to be as truthful to your character as you can be. You're trying to fool the audience slightly," says Hugh Grant, star of @HBO's upcoming psychological thriller #TheUndoing. #TCA20 pic.twitter.com/oLnYgh4X1o— WarnerMedia (@WarnerMediaGrp) January 15, 2020
Next up was HLN’s reboot of “Forensic Files II” and the reveal of Bill Camp as the narrator. After eight years off the air, the premiere date was announced for Feb. 23.
"I'm honored and thrilled to be a part of this. It's really great storytelling. It's succinct and suspenseful. As a viewer and a storyteller myself, I was automatically engaged with it," says Bill Camp, the newly revealed voice of @HLNTV's #ForensicFilesII at #TCA20. pic.twitter.com/Lv3bQEF4lf— WarnerMedia (@WarnerMediaGrp) January 15, 2020
TBS and TNT took the stage following HLNT with panels from “Miracle Workers: The Dark Ages” (premieres Jan. 28) “Chad,” and “Snowpiercer.” As part of the announcements for the day, TNT’s highly-anticipated post-apocalyptic sci-fi series, “Snowpiercer,” starring Oscar winner Jennifer Connelly and Tony Award winner Daveed Diggs, revealed a May 31 premiere date. TNT also announced it was extending the start-up wrestling sensation All Elite Wrestling (AEW) and adding a second night of programming for fans.
"The show explores what it means to be an American boy today. We touch on themes like toxic masculinity, sexuality and racism. It’s very comedically driven but I also wanted it to have deep meaning," says Nasim Pedrad, creator & star of @TBSNetwork's #Chad. #TCA20 pic.twitter.com/yHibsp0toT— WarnerMedia (@WarnerMediaGrp) January 15, 2020
The day closed with an executive panel on HBO Max with Kevin Reilly, Sarah Aubrey and Michael Quigley. HBO Max also announced a slew of new greenlights and deals for the highly-anticipated direct-to-consumer offering, including “The Uninhabitable Earth,” an anthology series, written and directed by Adam McKay, a three-year overall deal with Steven Soderbergh and a three-part animated mini-series Aquaman: King of the Atlantis.
“It will be a deep experience and a broad experience. There will be a lot to choose from for everyone in the household including @FriendsTV, @bigbangtheory, @RickandMorty, @sesamestreet and more,” says Kevin Reilly on WarnerMedia’s upcoming streaming service @hbomax. #TCA20 pic.twitter.com/srZdoW2brN— WarnerMedia (@WarnerMediaGrp) January 16, 2020
For all the releases and assets from WarnerMedia’s TCA announcements, visit the WarnerMedia TCA Winter 2020 press site here. And to see more highlights and catch up on all things #TCA20, check out @WarnerMediaGrp on Twitter.