Sizing up the 2012 midseason TV schedule

Fox hit “New Girl,” starring Zooey Deschanel, is opening its set to the TCA press tour.

It’s that time of year when everyone is making resolutions — even television networks. Midseason offers programmers another shot at tweaking schedules and wooing audiences with new programming. So I’ve headed to Pasadena, Calif., where the semi-annual Television Critics Association press tour is taking place, to view the new offerings and see if the networks’ promises of fresh, exciting shows are  long-term commitments or doomed to be forgotten two weeks from now.
For live reports from the TCA press tour, follow me on Twitter @amberatmetro and visit Here are a few TCA highlights that I’ll be covering:
There hasn’t been a show with this much pre-premiere buzz since “Glee.” Perhaps because this is also a music-centric series. On Friday I talk to star Katharine McPhee and the rest of the cast in this Spielberg-produced drama, detailing the opening of a Broadway musical. (Premieres Feb. 6 on NBC)

Set visits: “Suburgatory” and “New Girl”: Funny ladies have been the toast of the TV season, and two of my favorite female-centric sitcoms open their sets to critics Monday. (“Suburgatory” airs Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. on ABC. “New Girl” airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on Fox.)

Vice presidents new and old: Al Gore, Current TV chairman and co-founder — and, of course, our former vice president — speaks to critics about the state of cable news on Jan. 13. Julia Louis-Dreyfus, meanwhile, just plays the vice president on TV. Still, she’ll be talking about the gig and her new HBO comedy, “Veep,” on Jan. 13. (“Veep” will premiere in April on HBO.)



Florida man charged with murdering son to play…

A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler, police said on Friday.


Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico Friday, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street, although there were no reports of major damage.


OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…


Oval oasis: Summer of fun kicks off this…

A bold partnership between the Fairmount Park Conservancy and the city's Parks and Recreation Department is kicking off this weekend with family activities re-activating this unused public space.


Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."


'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…


Jimmy Rollins is key to Phillies success

When John Kruk was asked about what the Phillies need to contend for a playoff berth, the ESPN analyst said Jimmy Rollins needs to play like a MVP again.


Ben Revere lifts Phillies to avoid sweep

Ben Revere came through with a two-out RBI single against Atlanta’s tough lefthander Alex Wood.


Season wrap: 76ers make the grade

The 76ers opened the 2013-14 season with a victory over the Miami Heat. The Sixers closed the season with a win at Miami.


Fantasy basketball: Finding next year's NBA studs

Before we put the 2013-14 fantasy basketball season to bed, it’s worth thinking about next year’s breakouts while they’re fresh in our mind.


VIDEO: 'Vein-scanning' may become the future of paying

Designed to make transactions quicker and easier, the technology works by scanning the unique vein patterns in each person's palm.


#FollowFriday: 10 of the smartest Twitter accounts

Spending lots of time on Twitter? You might as well learn something. Here are some of the smartest accounts to follow.


Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.


Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.