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Heading West again for network TV "press tour" (but not before leaving behind a slew of reviews)

It can be both a break and a backbreaker. But who’s complaining? Your friendly content provider will be landing in Southern California on Tuesday, July 8th for the annual summer edition of the Television Critics Association “press tour,” which runs all the way through July 23rd.

Included is the 30th annual TCA awards ceremony. I was a presenter at the very first one in 1985. So here we go again.

I’ll be writing periodically but exclusively for the New York-based tvworthwatching website during my time out there. But I’ll also be tweeting frequently on breaking developments and other oddities. The Twitter address is @unclebarkycom.

In the meantime, the unclebarky.com website has posted eight reviews of upcoming new series, beginning with the Wednesday, July 9th premiere of CBS’ Extant and ending with the Thursday, July 17th launch of FX’s You’re The Worst. In order of their air dates, here are the shows and the links to our reviews:

Extant (Wed., July 9th on CBS) -- Review is here.
Welcome to Sweden (Thurs., July 10th on NBC) -- Review is here.
Working the Engels (Thurs., July 10th on NBC) -- Review is here.
Masters of Sex, Season 2 (Sunday, July 13th on Showtime) -- Review is here.
The Strain (Sunday, July 13th on FX) -- Review is here.
Matador (Tues., July 15th on El Rey Network) -- Review is here.
Married (Thurs., July 17th on FX) -- Review is here.
You’re The Worst (Thurs., July 17th on FX) -- Review is here.

Hope these are enough to tide you over. See you in a few weeks.
Ed Bark

CBS11 names Mike Garber as news director

CBS11’s new news director, Mike Garber, will be making a significant jump in market size when he joins the D-FW-based station later this month. Details are on our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.
Ed Bark

Suzie Humphreys comments on why she's leaving KTXD-TV's The Broadcast at the end of July

Veteran television/radio personality Suzie Humphreys has decided to leave KTXD-TV’s (Ch. 47) The Broadcast at the end of July. The program announced her departure on its Facebook page and now she tells unclebarky.com the reasons why. See the Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.
Ed Bark

NBC goes for post-Fourth funny with Welcome to Sweden and Working the Engels

Two new NBC comedies, both worth sampling, join the Peacock’s summertime lineup on Thursday, July 10th. Our review of Welcome to Sweden is here and our review of Working the Engels is here.
Ed Bark

CBS' Extant returns from outer space, grounds itself in intriguing storytelling

CBS hopes to replicate last summer’s big success story, Under the Dome, with another 13-episode “high-concept” drama. Extant, starring Halle Berry and backed by Steven Spielberg, premieres on Wednesday, July 9th. Our review is here.
Ed Bark