The TCA (Television Critics Association) Press Tour is a semi-annual event (Winter & Summer) in which many of the 200+ TCA members converge on a hotel somewhere near L.A. to learn about upcoming programming direct from the key creatives, talent and executives involved. Each day, a different network or streaming service takes the stage to bring forth panel presentations and press conferences. It's a sorta old-school throwback to how the press covered media in the past - an era of newspapers and magazines that came far before the days of constant connection. It's something that I've long wanted to attend, if only to experience first-hand the unique culture that I'd heard of, with its strange rules (no applause for those on stage), and the post-panel "scrum," which is a mad rush of reporters that surround talent in a feeding frenzy of questions - not unlike those who hound politicians or criminals in hopes for a juicy soundbite. This year I finally did it, and it was Netflix that made it happen - an opportunity to observe from the sidelines not as "press," but as an extension of their marketing team, attending the panels, but also getting the bonus of Stream Team-Exclusive interviews with the folks behind DEGRASSI: NEXT CLASS and the aforementioned FULLER HOUSE. Again, it's being many things or everything, all at once.
A Gibbler, Two Tanners and The Rock Father. Never thought this would happen. The 11-year-old in me that watched #FullHouse in 1987 thinks I'm fibbing. #FullerHouse is out February 26, only on @netflix. Thanks to @andreabarber, @candacecbure , @jodiesweetin, Jeff Franklin and Bob Boyett for a good chat. #StreamTeam #RockFatherTour
Among the news out of Netflix was that Kids & Family content is getting a huge push; there's a ton of new stand-up comedy on the way; and overall, the investment in original programming will continue to be massive. Being a fan first, some shows I'm really looking forward to include THE RANCH, MARVEL's DAREDEVIL Season Two, UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT Season Two, and though it's a ways off, VOLTRON and the second season of MARVEL's JESSICA JONES.
Stay tuned, as in the days ahead, I'll be sharing with you my special features on DEGRASSI: NEXT CLASS (streaming now in the U.S.) and FULLER HOUSE (debuting February 26), along with additional news on what will be streaming that you'll need to watch.
I landed at LAX at 1:30pm on a Saturday, and at 5:20am on Monday I was back on the ground at O'Hare.
I wasn't kidding about the vacuuming...
#RockFatherStyle: 24 hours ago I was in Pasadena, CA with the cast of @fullerhouse (and Daredevil, Kimmy Schmidt, etc) working with the @Netflix #StreamTeam. Today I'm 2000 miles away, vacuuming the play area with one daughter, while the other one snaps pictures. Living on two completely different planes of reality at times. #RockFatherHQ #TheRockDaughters #FullerHouse #parenting
For some different perspectives on Netflix's upcoming slate, check out the other links below...