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



PBS salute to Mary Tyler Moore no hat tosser

I can’t quite say hats off to PBS for airing Mary Tyler Moore: A Celebration. (Tuesday night at 8 p.m. PT; check local PBS listings). It’s listed as a PBS Pioneers of Television presentation. Having just watched the special on the East Coast, I have to agree with many critics who already pointed out that it… Read on


MIPCOM 2015: Chris Carter brings The X-Files to Cannes

CANNES, France–Chris Carter was asked Tuesday night at the world premiere of The X-Files miniseries: How long will Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny keep coming back to playing Scully and Mulder? He answered without hesitation: “Until they’re wheeled off the stage.” The creator and executive producer was the star attraction at the MIPCOM screening of the Fox… Read on


Throwing conventional network TV into The Grinder

A lot of shows this fall seemed designed to cut through the “too much TV” clutter by offering a connection or two to the past. They’re built around familiar stars (Don Johnson from Blood & Oil, John Stamos from Grandfathered, The Muppets), familiar concepts (Heroes Reborn, Fuller House, The Muppets), familiar movie titles (Minority Report, Limitless,… Read on


Fall Preview: Toronto stars in Minority Report

Goodbye, reruns and summer shows. Hello new network cannon fodder. The fall TV season officially begins tonight and there are big budget new American shows plus new episodes of returning favourites. Among the prime time offerings: At 8 p.m., Gotham returns for a second bat-season, opposite the opener for The Voice as well as a… Read on