Silicon Valley pair back for more laughs

Sunday marks the 3rd season premiere of one of TV’s funniest comedies–Silicon Valley (10 p.m. ET, HBO and HBO Canada). Some other show comes back right before that, Game of Something or other. Veep is also returning, but as Hugh Hefner used to say, let’s stick with Silicon. I had fun interviewing leads Thomas Middleditch… Read on


Prince 1958 – 2016

O lord how it rained. The story behind the greatest Super Bowl half time show ever is here. Production designer Bruce Rogers was in the truck in Miami for Super Bowl XLI and tells how, when Prince was warned it was pouring rain, he asked, “Can you make it rain harder?” Price was plugged into four,… Read on


With Canadian teams out, millions skipping Stanley Cup

He shoots he bleeds. Rogers was expected to take a beating in the ratings with Canada shut out of the playoffs. The numbers are starting to come in, and they’re at historic lows. On opening night, last Wed., April 13, Detroit v. Tampa Bay drew 618,000 on CBC. The Rangers v. Pittsburgh did 510,000 on Sportsnet… Read on



Get the Mack Sennett Story tonight on Documentary

One of the things that surprised Sean Patrick Shaul while making “Silent Legend: The Mack Sennett Story” was how few people, even in the film and TV business, had even heard of the man dubbed the original “King of Comedy.” The Vancouver-based filmmaker’s Sennett doc premieres Monday at 8 p.m. on CBC’s Documentary Channel. Having… Read on


Q&A: Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany

There are times when Tatiana Maslany really does wish she could clone herself. As fans know by now, Maslany is a one-woman ensemble on Orphan Black. The Temple Street Production returns Thursday, April 14 at 10 p.m. ET on Space as well as BBC America. In the forth-season premiere, “The Collapse of Nature,” we find that Sarah Manning’s hard-won… Read on


Woe Canada: Rogers stuck bundling all American playoffs

Hello Canada and hockey fans in Newfoundland. It’s hockey night in, uh, well, Tampa. Yes, all seven Canadian NHL teams have been shut out of the playoffs. This hasn’t happened since that other Trudeau was prime minister. Wednesday night’s first round openers feature games between Detroit Red Wings vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (7 p.m. ET on… Read on



Holy podcast, Batman! More TV blather from Steven & Bill

The one thing me and Steve Kerzner set out to capture with these podcasts was just the fun of two nerds getting together and talking about why we love television. I think that comes across fairly well with our second yak-a-thon: our homage to the original, 1966 series Batman. Both of us have encountered the great Adam West over… Read on


“Jackie Robinson” another home run from Ken Burns

Hard to believe “Jackie Robinson” is Ken Burns’ 29th documentary for PBS. Far from mailing it in, the 62-year-old filmmaker seems to grow as a storyteller with each project. This one is a collaboration, with his daughter, Sarah Burns, and David McMaron also credited as executive producers. The four-hour film airs Monday and Tuesday night from… Read on