The ABC Network Press Tour

On August 8th-9th I got the honor help out at the Summer ABC Press Tour. As a Page I escorted talent, steamed clothes and led actors to the media panels and interviews. While participating in coffee like errands I got first hand info on all the new ABC shows coming this fall. You should be excited because some of them sound pretty fun.

 My morning started out escorting Christina Ricci to the green room to get ready for the panel. Maybe it was the conversation about shoes or the fact that she is really cool but it got me pumped to watch her star in a new drama series called Pan Am. Directed by Thomas Schlamme from the West Wing, Pan Am is a period piece that takes place in the 1960s centered on one of America’s first airline companies. It portrays the glamorous and dramatic lifestyles of the pilots, flight attendants, and the guests of the plane.

One of the questions asked was if ABC was trying to complete with Mad Men. Schlamme responded that this show was trying to appeal to women as the story centers mainly around the flight attendants. Mad Men takes a very chauvinistic approach and all he is trying to show is that the lifestyle of air travel was a privileged one. There wasn’t much freedom for woman of the 1960s. Flying was a way to escape, to see the world and be in charge of their own lives. Kelli Garner who plays Kate in the show went on to say that many people don’t realize what pressure there was to be a flight attendant during the 1960s; not only did you have to be beautiful, but also well educated. Garner made a comment about how her past experience as a stewardess helped her with the reality of the role. Ricci added to Garner’s response by stating that in her own performance she tries to remember that flying is new and exciting and she shares that experience with the actors that play the guests on the show. Pan Am is scheduled to air September 25th 10/9c on ABC, so keep a look out.

 The Charlie’s Angel’s panel I was skeptical but seeing how Drew Barrymore was executive producer put me a little more at ease. A modern day remake of the popular show the cast, which includes Minka Kelly, expressed their fear of filling the shoes of such a big franchise. The show plans to focus more on the three ladies back stories as well diving into where Bosley came from. It was said that Barrymore also worked closely with the writers, reading all the scripts and making suggestions for the story lines.

I am always interested in the actor’s point of view. They always seem to confirm my theory that an actor doesn’t play a character but they just play themselves just with a kickass outfit on. Kelly also expressed that having a similar back ground to her character helped her to slide right into the role. Charlie’s Angels is scheduled to air Thursday September 22nd at 8/7c on ABC.

 This next panel I was so excited for, being a foodie and lover of life, this new talk show promises to satisfy all the taste buds. The Chew is a show that will explore life through food. It focuses on how most of life is spent surrounded by food and what you put in your body is also is what makes it feel good.

The show has five very fun and interesting hosts which include celebrity chefs Mario Batali, Michael Symon, and Carla Hall. As well as, (and yes OMG I freaked when he walked in front of me) Clinton Kelly from What Not to Wear, (I was like: Please Clinton, come to my house and tell me what to wear. It was awful because I was wearing the ugliest uniform. I’m sorry Clinton.) Last but not least the most adorable chef, Daphne Oz who is known for focusing on healthy living. I really liked what she had to say about how the show is about making healthy living affordable. She opened up to the media by expressing her struggle with weight gain and over eating. She wants to show people how to eat well but not get obsessed. Clinton added that he wants show how the atmosphere of your dining area also can affect the mood in which you consume food. The Chew is scheduled to air weekdays starting September 26th 1et/12pt/c.

 Now I know some of you are lovers of the show Lost, so I hope you’ll be excited to know that your beloved writers found a home on Once Upon A Time. As a lover of fantasy books, magic, and princesses this show takes twist on your typical fairytale. When an evil witch puts a curse on a prince and princess, their whole kingdom is forced to experience life in our world. Yup, its like the movie Enchanted except tad darker.

Although I didn’t get to see this panel, I did get to escort and chat with some of the cast members. One of them who really stood out was Raphael Sbarge, who you might not have heard of but trust me he been in a lot of good movies but usually as a supporting character. He talked me about how much fun he had working on this show and how blessed and humbled he was to have such a life doing what he loves. I hope one day to have a fraction of Sbarge’s career and to be as humbled. Please, watch him play Archie/ Jiminy Cricket in Once Upon A Time starting Sunday’s Oct 23rd 8/7c on ABC.

 For this next show you should be excited by the cast alone. Jeremy Sisto (you know Elton from Clueless), Alan Tudyk who played Wash on Firefly (by the way, he like such a goofball in real life) , Ana Gasteyer from Saturday Night Live, and bunch more all play in the new dramedy Suburgatory airing Wednesday September 28th at 8:30/7:30c. Sisto plays George, who moves his teenage daughter Tessa to the suburbs to keep her safe from the dangers of New York City. Tessa deals with the conformity of the suburbs and having to fit in with people who all act alike. Together Tessa and her dad grow closer as they explore the suburban life. I got to hear about what this panel as I was whisked away to do the most glamorous of jobs: steam clean a dress.

There were a lot of new shows as well as old ones and alas I was not able to sit in on all of them; but I will tell you to check out some of the new stuff coming to ABC. ABC always has a very wholesome approach to television. Something we see especially in the new popular comedies like Happy Endings and Modern Family. It allows all members of the family to get together, bond, relate and experience. I am interested and excited to see what the fall brings for the new shows on ABC.

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