Mad Men’s final season premiere: Is That All There Is?

Peggy Lee’s haunting “Is That All There Is?” plays a big part in Sunday night’s Seventh and final season opener of Mad Men (10 p.m., AMC). I remember first hearing the song back when I was in Grade school. It came out in November of 1969 and times in nicely as Mad Men closes out… Read on

Burnett & Downey spread the word on A.D. The Bible Continues

Finally a series of Biblical proportions. That would be A.D. The Bible Continues, the new 12-part miniseries from husband and wife power couple Roma Downey and Mark Burnett. Part One–depicting Christ’s death and resurrection–premieres Sunday night on NBC and CTV. The first hour is told at a brisk pace. Christ is condemned, crucified and entombed in just… Read on

Review: The Late Late Show with James Corden

It really isn’t fair to review a late night talk show after one episode. It took Conan O’Brien six months to a year to find his rhythm. Larry Wilmore new Comedy Central series continues to evolve. Still, if Corden’s mission was to establish himself as a clear alternative Monday it was pretty much mission accomplished.… Read on

No joke: Oscar ratings way, way down

UPDATE: Don’t have a bird, man. Oscar ratings plummeted across the U.S. The nearly four-hour statue-fest sank 12% nation-wide in overnights compared to last year. In Buffalo, N.Y., according to my colleague Alan Pergament, ratings were down a whopping 25%. More viewers watched last week’s equally long Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary special in Buffalo than… Read on

CBC WWII spy drama X Company hits the mark

I was snowed under with print deadlines yesterday so a day late with this but still wanted to draw attention to a fine show: X Company. It premiered Wednesday night sat 9 p.m. on CBC. The World War II spy drama hails from Flashpoint showrunners Mark Ellis and Stephanie Morgenstern. They’ve kept this idea simmering… Read on

SNL’s 40th: Michaels hosts the ultimate high school reunion

There was a lot of disappointment Sunday night, on Twitter at least, in Eddie Murphy’s return to Saturday Night Live. He was lionized by Chris Rock, walked out the door and down the steps past the band, and basically took a bow. It was anticlimactic, like when Dave Keon finally returned to Maple Leaf Gardens.… Read on

HBO’s The Jinx is the real How to Get Away with Murder

HBO’s best new offering at the January press tour begins tonight: The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst. The six-part documentary miniseries starts Sunday at 8 p.m. ET. on HBO and HBO Canada. HBO screened the first episode for reporters during the tour and held a session the following day. I got in… Read on

O yeah! Doyle drives off into the sunset after six seasons

Wednesday night, CBC airs the final regular season episodes of Republic of Doyle. The two-hour Doyle-fest begins at 8 p.m. This was a series that was easy to embrace for me right from the beginning. For one thing, it wasn’t another formulaic, procedural, Canadian cop show mimicking a formulaic, procedural, American cop show. It screamed St.… Read on