The 2019 Summer Television Critics Association tour kicks off tonight with the annual welcoming event held by National Geographic. And then a 15-day crash course in upcoming content from broadcast and cable networks and streaming services gets underway, as hundreds of critics and reporters from the U.S. and Canada arrive at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles to participate in approximately 200 press conferences and events. There are no days off during this one-of-a-kind event, from beginning to end. And there is much work to be done all day, every day. But you'll get no complaints here. (I've heard that Ted Danson has an expression he makes use of on the set of NBC's The Good Place: "No whining on the yacht." Apologies if I have misquoted him. But that is my sentiment, exactly.) This certainly isn’t the only gig out there that requires a lot of stamina. And in this era of Peak TV, with its insurmountable output of new programming coming from every direction, TCA has never felt more essential.