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In Defense of the Type-O

julianna-margulies1.jpgTVGuide.com continues its TCA coverage with this funny — if improbable — story from Julianna Margulies:

What’s the secret to getting a big star to return to series television? Try a typo. At least that’s how Fox landed Julianna Margulies, after she inadvertently thought her new show, Canterbury’s Law, was for Fox’s cable network, FX. “I got the pilot and a cover letter, which said FX, because the ‘O’ was missing,” she told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour Monday. “I was incredibly excited to do cable.” Not only did it mean her character of a rebellious attorney could be dark and sexy, she said, but it also meant she would only have to shoot 12 or 13 episodes a season. Margulies balked when she learned the letter was a mistake, and that since it was for a broadcast network, she’d have to shoot 22 episodes a year. But after meeting with producer Jim Serpico and having “a few martinis” with Fox Entertainment Chairman Peter Liguori, she was persuaded to sign on. “It was too good to pass up,” she said.

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TCA Award Winners Announced

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The TCA gives awards? For what–best buffet? Greatest performance by a supporting bartender?

Tom O’ Neil has the goods on the awards handed out by television critics. He’s not exactly in the running for Most Popular with his fellow critics:

By the way, please note what program did not win anything: “The Wire.” Oooops, wait! It’s never won an award–ever– from these TV critics who love to bash the Emmys for failing to hail its greatness. At the TCA cocktail reception, several members got angry at me for pointing out this hypocrisy. When they were done fuming about what idiots the Emmys are for failing to nominate it this year, I pointed out that TCA did the same. They looked at me with fury, grumbled a few words, spun around on their heels and marched away.

We’re guessing O’Neil eats his lunch alone.

Ben Silverman Sick and Nervous In His National Debut

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FBLA guest blogger Dan Cox mined the cavernous troll-infested passages of TCA this morning, and files this bit of sparkly goodness:

Newly named NBC Entertainment co-chairman Ben Silverman looked particularly coiffed in that “I don’t give a shit” disheveled kind of way as he was faced for the first time with about 100 teeth-gnashing journos at a Critics Association breakfast with NBC co-chair Mark Graboff at the Los Angeles Hilton this morning.

Silverman, for better or worse, held his own.

“He knows that he’s in show business,” says J. Max Robins, editor in chief of Broadcast and Cable, who watched the fracas unfold.

Still, we detected the slightest scent of fear on Silverman. In his
unbuttoned white shirt, dark jacket and loafers, the smiling former William Morris agent was quick to field numerous questions about NBC’s sagging second-place sked, the potential of new stars, the conflict over whether he’ll divest his interest in production company Reveille Entertainment (he won’t) and his and Graboff’s controversial displacement of former chair Kevin Reilly last month.

“I have immense power,” Silverman boasted. “This is what I’ve always wanted to do. I always knew the place where I would have the greatest opportunity would be a network. I’ve wanted to do this since I was a young person.”

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