This week’s podcast: plenty of Sex talk

Scott Thompson was away this week, so it was Jamie West asking the TV questions on Wednesday’s CHML AM900 radio chat. Jamie wanted to know about season two of Masters of Sex, a Showtime original airing in Canada on The Movie Network/Movie Central.  Season Two is airing Sunday nights s on those East-West Canada premium… Read on



Partners a summer secret

You`d think a new sitcom starring Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence would get more promotion than a Rob Ford picnic. That doesn`t seem to be the case, however, as Partners gets set to debut Monday on FX and Thursday in Canada on Global. Neither network appears to be spending a dime on promotion and good… Read on


Sharknado 2 is here to save summer

When is a bad shark movie not a bad shark movie? When the director made it bad on porpoise. Such is the case with “Sharknado 2: The Second One,” a sequel to last summer’s unlikely hit “Sharknado.” The B-movie spoof premieres Wednesday night on Space and Syfy. The film was actually one of the high… Read on


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 ITV 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, sat… 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