“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



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