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There were notable post-pandemic differences to the annual event, but you can still count on TCA for a barometer of where the TV industry stands

From left, Michelle Yeoh in "American Born Chinese," Milo Ventimiglia in "The Company You Keep," and Gates McFadden in "Star Trek: Picard." (Disney+, ABC, Paramount)

The Television Critics Association Press Tour — during which networks, streamers and executives preview the TV ahead — reconvened in-person in Pasadena for the first time in about three years for an abbreviated session that lasted about two weeks (roughly a week less than usual). So, yes, TCA wasn’t immune to being transformed by the pandemic like the rest of the industry and world, but it’s still a good indicator of where TV stands today.

There appeared to be fewer journalists in attendance. For those that were there, N95 masks were required at all times in the ballroom. The after-panel scrums with participants were gone, and there are fewer one-on-one interviews and junkets.