TCA 2011

The Fashions Of Press Tour

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    Matt Smith (that's Dr. Who to you) has what may very well be The Most Important Hair Of The Tour. If he changed it, you would have a Felicity situation on your hands, is what you would have.
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    Anna Paquin's dress during the panel for True Blood (one of the few to discuss ongoing, rather than new, shows) featured these little circles. What magical powers they may possess, we do not know.
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    What was amazing about this Entourage panel was that in addition to executive producer Doug Ellin and the cast — including Jeremy Piven, Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Jerry Ferrara and Kevin Dillon, that's producer Mark Wahlberg — you know, the Oscar nominee — in the white cap at the end of the row. Several of us in the room had a moment of thinking, "Oh, THAT'S who that is under that hat."
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    This is Dan Stevens from Downton Abbey. He's just kind of here, because ... he is. HEY, IT'S MY SLIDESHOW.
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    One of the running themes — here shown by Beth Behrs of CBS's sitcom 2 Broke Girls — is looking at actresses up on stage and thinking, "Wow, there really are people who can wear shoes like that. And fold their ankles that way."
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    Damian Lewis is on Showtime's upcoming drama Homeland, which also stars Claire Danes. Here, he shows off the jaunty hat that makes any panel discussion more exciting.
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    The appearance of Zooey Deschanel, promoting her sitcom The New Girl, was like catnip to a room full of fellas whose ideal woman is the slightly clumsy, but still impossibly gorgeous, self-proclaimed nerd.
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    But in all honesty, she had some competition from Liz Meriwether, who created her show and is basically working the same angle.
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    Rescue Me had its last TCA panel, and executive producer Peter Tolan decided to bring a little surprise to the mix by declaring that he was going to drop his pants. Which he did. He is wearing underwear, by the way. They're just small.
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    You might not know this one — this is Rob Salem, a critic with the Toronto Star, seen here presenting at the TCA Awards on Saturday night. You have to give Rob credit for the Mickey Mouse tie and that jacket. He was also sporting Chuck Taylors. it was pretty rad.
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    I loved this dress on Elisabeth Moss — seen here, also at the TCA Awards, with John Slattery as Mad Men accepts for Outstanding Achievement In Drama. I have to admit — I saw her in the ladies' room earlier in the evening and I really, really almost said, "Holy cow, I love that dress." But you can't really do that in that setting. So I'm doing it now.
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    Christina Ricci, starring this fall in ABC's slick retro drama Pan Am, is teeny, teeny, tiny. But she is another one who really knows how to work the tall shoes. I also love this color.
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    Speaking of shoes and color, Minka Kelly's bright blue shoes were probably the most interesting thing about the panel presenting ABC's Charlie's Angels reboot.
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    Ginnifer Goodwin's dress sparkled like crazy, which you can't really tell from this photo. That stuff that looks like fur was diamond-sparkly, likely the skin of a disco Muppet, and I mean that in the nicest possible way. It was glorious. Also — cute hair, no?
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    But of all the tall shoes, I believe that these — worn by Ashley Madekwe of ABC's Revenge — were the ones that impressed me the most.
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As you may know, I recently spent two weeks at the Television Critics Association press tour, where I attended 85 panel discussions about coming attractions — or, if you like, "attractions" — on television over the next several months.

One peculiar thing about the tour is that as you become more restless, you start to notice what everyone is wearing. Thus, I bring you this slideshow: The Fashions Of Press Tour. You may want to check it out fullscreen, because these shoes must be seen to be believed.

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