Review: Sensitive Skin

The folks behind Sensitive Skin are smart. Get too wordy in a review and you wind up sounding like Al, Skin‘s wannabe downtown Toronto hipster who clings to columnist status though he’s barely a blogger. Al is played by Don McKellar, also the director of this series which premiered July 20 on HBO Canada. I was… Read on

TCA’s Top 5 and other post tour tattle

Screening a bunch of pilots before, during and after the summer TCA press tour and then weighing in with reviews is pretty much judging a book by its cover. The networks discourage it with “work in progress” labels suggesting major elements are still to be added. (Usually that’s an over-statement, unless you count a occasional… Read on

Downton Abbey still a draw at TCA

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.—Downton Abbey is PBS’s Super Bowl. The BBC import draws the highest ratings on the public broadcaster and network officials once again gave it red carpet treatment at press tour. Reporters were given yellow wrist bands to get into Tuesday night’s dinner event, where four cast members, along with a couple of producers,… Read on

The Roosevelts is Ken Burns’ New Deal

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.—Bill Carter started something on this press tour I can’t get out of my head. It’ all has to do with this cool book idea which involves gathering names of celebrities that can also be interpreted as sentences. Think Hugh Downs, or W.C. Fields, or Jeremy Irons. Or Ken Burns. PBS’s documentarian-in-residence and frequent… Read on

Majumder Manor spotlights The Rock

Oops! Been overwhelmed by television down in Los Angeles and forgot to give as heads up on Monday’s season two premiere of Majumder Manor (the W Network). If its in your PVR, check it out and tune in again next week. The celebrity reality show features This Hour Has 22 Minutes comedian Shaun Majumder and… Read on

D’oh! Canada shut out of Simpsons World

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.–The folks at FXX got all of us excited Monday about this amazing new ap Simpsons World. Search and watch all 552 episodes. Create and curate your own playlists. Read scripts and watch episodes at the very same time! This is Nerd-vana for Springfield nation. Then comes the whammo–not available in Canada. D’oh! Thus… Read on

Baruchel seeking laughs on FX

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.–FX Networks are becoming major players on the Canadian TV production scene. Fargo shot season one in Calgary and network president John Landgraf indicated at press tour Monday he hopes to return there for season two. (Well, not he, personally, but whoever is in the all new cast). The Strain shoots in Toronto, and,… Read on

Supernatural: no end in sight

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.—Supernatural is the show you can’t kill with a stick. The CW fantasy-drama is entering a 10th season. Has anybody ever seen it? Seriously. Go ahead, fans, go nuts with the comments, I can take it. Certainly folks in Vancouver are darn glad there is a loyal fan base. The two leads, Jared Padalecki and… Read on