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Amazon and Execs from NBC, ABC, CBS to Skip January TCA Press Tour *Updated with FOX Deciding to Attend*

Update Dec 2: Fox Backtracks on Skipping January TCA

That was fast.

Days after announcing that executives from the Big Four broadcast networks would skip executive sessions at January's Television Critics Association press tour, Fox has backtracked on the decision.

Executives from Fox will now take the stage during the network's daylong presentation on Wednesday, Jan. 11. It's unclear which of Fox's executives — Dana Walden, Gary Newman or David Madden or any combination of the three — will take part in the panel. TCA president (and THR contributor) Amber Dowling confirmed the move in an email to members Friday, with the following statement from Fox:

"We heard from many TCA members this week about how they value having an executive session twice a year. We were focused on presenting our midseason programming and we underestimated the interest in this panel. We are happy to accommodate the TCA members and we have adjusted our schedule to include an executive session this January. We look forward to seeing you in Pasadena."

Nov 29: Amazon and Execs From NBC, ABC, Fox, CBS to Skip January TCA Press Tour

January's semi-annual Television Critics Association press tour will be without some of the industry's biggest executives as well as another streaming outlet.

Amazon has opted to join Netflix and completely sit out the January TCA press tour. Additionally, NBC, ABC, Fox and CBS have all eliminated executive panels from their day-long panels. Instead, insiders say, each of the Big Four networks want to focus on their midseason fare. Sources suggest that the networks will resume executive panels during the summer as they look to heavily promote their 2017-18 fall lineups. (The exec panels will return for summer 2017.)

The news comes as a recent poll of the TCA membership found that more than 60 percent of members felt it was important to have an executive panel twice a year. The bulk of the news that comes out of TCA largely stems from executive panels in which Bob Greenblatt, Channing Dungey, Gary Newman and Dana Walden as well as Glenn Geller are quizzed about trends, returning and new shows as well as hot topics in the industry including Peak TV, dwindling viewership and the struggle to cut through the increasingly cluttered landscape. (The CW's Mark Pedowitz as well as all the cable toppers will participate in January.)

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