It wouldn’t be a Television Critics Assn. press tour without some media outlet gently (or not-so gently) mocking the Reporters Who Cover Television for enjoying the hospitality of the host networks.
This year’s jab comes courtesy of the new digital reincarnation of Movieline. Correspondent Julie Miller doesn’t directly attack TCAers for eating network-purchased grub, but her wrap-up post does include several pictures of foodstuffs being served. Our favorite shot has veteran New York Times TV reporter Bill Carter scooping some food on to his plate at a buffet.
Miller makes sure to throw in the usual cliches about just how icky and annoying TCA is. Her most Katherine Heigl-esque gripe:
Forty-eight hours, two Silkwood showers and a jug of Livingston Cellars Chardonnay later, the aftertaste of the Television Critics Association press tour has still not left the old palate here at Movieline. While a few more items might trickle out over the next week, the critics are back home and the showrunners back on-set, both groups telling stories of the horrors of the past two weeks.
TV MoJoe is also proud that it also made Movieline’s recap, winning the site’s award for "Strangest Critic Question" with our awkwardly phrased grilling of Wayne Brady ("Is Wayne Brady going to have to choke a bitch?"). Movieline earlier insisted that the question brought the session to a halt, but we think Brady actually ended up giving a pretty interesting response about how he momentarily resented press coverage that presented him as the "whitest black comic" in America. But whatever.