Don’t miss a minute of The People v. O.J. Simpson

I’m sitting in an airport eatery (Wahlburgers–try the Dad burger). People keep walking past, a few take the moving sidewalk. I can’t help thinking of those old O.J. Simpson ads where he’s running through a terminal, trying to chase down a rent-a-car. Yes, I’m that old. Old or young, you’ll want to check out the premiere… Read on



Canada AM: five new shows to watch this winter

If you’ve got 4 minutes and 10 seconds to spare, you can check out my appearance Wednesday on CTV’s Canada AM.  Please look past the bleary eyes and vacant stare; I’m fresh off a punishing winter TCA press tour crammed with “Too Much TV” that left colleagues staggering into Uber rides to the airport. I… Read on


Can comedy and children mix? Jim Gaffigan says yes

Jim Gaffigan says he’s proud to be doing the TV show he wants to do, which must be why he named it The Jim Gaffigan Show. The one-camera comedy stars Gaffigan as Gaffigan, a stand-up comedian who lives in New York with his wife and five children. Aside from the pilot (premiering Tuesday night at… Read on


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



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


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