Wake up to The Great American Dream Machine

What to get the TV DVD box set collector who has everything? This Christmas try The Great American Dream Machine. It is just out this month from S’More Entertainment, Inc. This is a trippy blast of public television from the early ’70s. It aired on PBS from 1971 to ’73, back when the American public… Read on

TIFF salute to 19-2 reveals S3 will begin with a bang

Friday night in downtown Toronto I found myself surrounded by cops. It wasn’t one of those, “Is this some kind of bust?” Leslie Neilsen-like thing. It was a screening of 19-2, the Montreal-based police drama returning for a third season early next year. Friday night, the Season 3 premiere was screened for around 200 fans at… Read on

The Man in the High Castle is high art from Amazon

For those of you who may be thinking that whole second (or third) Golden Age of TV thing ended with the finales of  Breaking Bad and Mad Men, brace yourselves for The Man in the High Castle. The alternate history drama launches Nov. 21 on Amazon Prime. Ten hour-long episodes will drop at once, so… Read on

This week’s podcast: last one out turn off the lights

There was much to cover on this week’s radio chat with CHML’s Scott Thompson. Among the topics was the job slashing this week carried out at Bell Media. The axe swung in several newsrooms, with long-time CTV News Network veteran Dan Matheson among the victims. A couple of times in recent years I’ve driven out to… Read on

Cosby, Brokaw get “Flipped” in NBC 30 Rock makeover

NEW YORK–Last time I was in Manhattan, Bill Cosby was one of the TV icons featured in this wall-sized mural inside Comcast’s fabled TV shrine, 30 Rock. That was before dozens of allegations that the 78-year-old entertainer had used pills as far back as the late ’60s in order to have sex with women. One year later,… Read on

Colbert and Maher stage their own Holy War

NEW YORK–Did you see Colbert Monday night? I had a studio seat–front row, middle, balcony–thanks to CBS. That privilege comes with a “do not report” rider. CBS’s PR department and The Late Show insist press guests put away their notepads for a night and just enjoy the show. What a wonderful condition, I wish it… Read on

HBO’s Getting On is going out feet first

The past four or five years I feel like I’ve been a researcher for the HBO series Getting On. The dark comedy, based on a British series, is airing its final short season on HBO Canada (Sundays at 10 p.m.). I’ve had my dad pass away during those years and my mom has recently transitioned to a… Read on

Everybody loves PBS foodie Phil Rosenthal

I’m a little late to this table, but here’s my new favourite reality show–I’ll Have What Phil’s Having. The first six episodes aired Mondays at 10 p.m. ET on PBS and can be streamed here at pbs.org. Time magazine’s Joel Stein calls it “Not only the funniest travel show on television, but also the warmest.” I’d… Read on