REVIEW: Hail to Sutherland, network television’s Designated Survivor

Kiefer Sutherland is the reason to watch tonight’s premiere of Designated Survivor. He’s nothing like Jack Bauer, dammit. Which is what makes this series interesting. Sutherland plays Tom Kirkman, a U.S. cabinet minister as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development about to get demoted outside the power circle. That’s before the U.S. Capitol Dome blows… Read on



Veep, Thrones, O.J. and Kimmel big winners at entertaining Emmys

Okay, it’s official: as television eclipses film, The Emmys is so much more the show to watch these days instead of The Oscars. Sunday night’s 68th Annual Emmy Awards was pretty terrific from start to finish. Host Jimmy Kimmel has played this room before and that helped. He knew how far to push things, kept his… Read on


Review: Better Late Than Never

This review is Better Late Than Never. That’s because the series Better Late Than Never has already aired two hour-long episodes. That’s already about 100 minutes too much of this sorry little celebrity travelogue. The casting is intriguing for TV buffs: William Shatner, 85, Henry Winkler, 70, Terry Bradshaw and George Foreman, both 67. Who… Read on


This week’s podcast: Baldwin a winner on Match Game

“Alec Baldwin is a good host for Match Game. When the first episode was over, he showed Rosie O’Donnell his blank.” Yes, the former 30 Rock star is hosting ABC’s new Sunday night version of Match Game, and CHML’s Scott Thompson wanted to know why. Probably because they offered him a blank-load of money. It also helps… 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


Verdict is in on “People v. O.J.”: TV’s Best Drama

The best drama on television ends its season tonight and everybody already knows how it ends. American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson signs off with a 99-minute finale Tuesday starting at 10 p.m. ET. on FX and FX Canada. SPOILER ALERT: O.J. gets off. What makes this series so compelling isn’t the way… Read on


Has Warburton been Crowded out of The Tick?

Patrick Warburton has plenty of reason to feel Ticked off. The actor has waited patiently for 15 years to see if anyone would finally do a re-boot of his favourite character–the big blue bug of justice, aka The Tick. Warburton squeezed into the outrageous muscle suit for nine amazing episodes that Fox all but hid from viewers… Read on


FX drama The Americans is a work of art

Nobody does network promotions like the folks at FX. This package arrived in today’s mail and the photo on the cover of the plain, brown shipping box is a work of art. The shot was taken by James Minchin, a Los Angeles-based photographer who has also provided key art for shows such as Mad Men, Sons… Read on