Day 2 At TCA: Heavy On Star Power

Day two at the Television Critics Association summer press tour was all about the star power as big names such as Matt Damon, Paul Walker and Lucy Lawless took to the stage to promote the various TV projects they have coming up. Check out some of the hottest new shows heading your way after the jump.


Gone Too Far‘ is DJ AM’s new show about 18-25 year olds who have a serious addiction and need help. DJ AM is uniquely qualified to help young addicts, having formerly suffered from multiple addictions, weight problems and depression. The series premieres in October, and is part of MTV’s move toward more realistic programming, ala ‘16 and Pregnant.’

TV Land:

Joan Rivers had the ballroom in stitches with her jabs at Jay Leno and her explanation of her new series ‘How’d You Get So Rich?‘ The series, in which Joan goes around the country and into some of the most fabulous homes to find out where their owners got their money from. (Premieres August 5th)


The People Speak‘ focuses on the concept of democracy, based on the lives and experiences of ordinary Americans who, through their words and actions, changed the course of history. This is one of Matt Damon’s passion projects and he will be on the series, along with other big names such as Marisa Tomei, Danny Glover and Don Cheadle.

National Geographic Channel:

Paul Walker talked about his role as a deckhand during Expedition Great White, a race against time to safely haul in wild SUV-sized sharks, conduct a barrage of tests and release them minutes later unharmed. This will be part of Expedition Week, which premieres in November 2009.


Spartacus: Blood And Sand‘ is an entirely new and modern, yet authentic vision of the ancient legend of Spartacus. The series was inspired by the story of a slave in the Roman Republic who in 73 BC led a slave revolt that grew to more than 120,000 fighters. Lucy Lawless (of ‘Xena’ fame) will star and from the footage shown at the panel, this show will make HBO’s ‘Rome’ look tame. Blood, gore and lots of nudity will definitely test the limits of even premium TV when the series premieres in January of 2010.

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