Nellie Andreeva

This has become an integral part of TV industry’s annual post-holidays hangover TCADeadline– the winter TCA press tour in Pasadena. It’s usually a lot more somber than the summer one, not only because everyone is cranky about returning to work, but because the pre-fall launch excitement and anticipation are gone, replaced by the grim realization that 2013 Winter TCA Tour - Day 10once again most new shows didn’t work. ABC will be facing tough questions about its streak of disappointing launches, which stretched into the new year with The Assets and Killer Women. (The latter is slated to have a session, so let’s hope for a Week 2 ratings uptick for the talent’s sake). NBC’s Achilles’ heel is the Thursday comedy block, though the network will no doubt bring up the success of The Voice and The Sound Of Music any chance it gets. A&E has a session, and you know what that means — more Duck Dynasty talk. As usual, there will be new outlets making their TCA debut, like WGN America, showcasing its first original series Salem, and El Rey. And HBO once again is turning up the star power with a marathon of sessions, including one for the new Woody Harrelson-Matthew McConaughey drama True Detective. Here is the schedule of the tour, which kicks off today:

Jan. 9 – Cable: Discovery, IFC, TV One, Lifetime/A&E, HBO
Jan. 10 – Cable: Sportsman Channel, Viacom, Starz, Turner, Ovation, National Geographic Channel
Jan. 11 – Cable: AMC/Sundance, Weather Channel, Pivot, ESPN, BBC America, Up, Hallmark Channel
Jan. 12 – Cable (emerging networks): WGN America, Al Jazeera America, Revolt, El Rey Network
Jan. 13 – Fox
Jan. 14 – FX
Jan. 15 – CBS, the CW, set visits
Jan. 16 – Showtime, set visits
Jan. 17 – ABC, ABC Family
Jan. 18 – NBCU cable: USA, CNBC, Sprout, Telemundo, Esquire
Jan. 19 – NBC
Jan. 20-22 – PBS
Jan. 23 – Set visits

TV Editor Nellie Andreeva - tip her here.