“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



Tonight: PBS profiles “Honest Liar” The Amazing Randi

Usually, a gathering of professional skeptics is commonly referred to as “a newsroom.” In January, I met a skeptic who made even cranky reporters gathered at the winter TCA press tour look unsuspecting: James “The Amazing” Randi. The Toronto-born magician was at the TCA press tour in Pasadena, Calif., promoting the documentary about his life:… Read on


King, Kennedy and Canada convene with 11.22.63

In January at the TCA winter press tour, Sarah Gadon said something that brought out the boomer in me. Gadon appears opposite James Franco in 11.22.63, a nine-hour limited series based on the Stephen King novel of the same name. The series premieres Wednesday, February 17 at 9 p.m. ET in Canada on on Super Channel… Read on


Gambon stars in Churchill’s Secret, shares his own

PASADENA, Calif.–Michael Gambon is an acclaimed Irish actor who never seems to stop working. Recent hits include the Harry Potter films and “The King’s Speech.” His latest, for PBS’ Masterpiece, “is Churchill’s Secret,” which will premiere next fall. The TV-movie looks at WWII icon Winston Churchill’s second go-round as British prime minister, and how a… Read on



Fox sees plenty of rocket fuel left in The X-Files

PASADENA, Calif.–“Think of it as a bento box full of X-Files.” That’s how David Duchovny describes the new, six-episode mini-pack of The X-Files. The first episode premieres Sunday on Fox and CTV. Back in the day, Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, along with creator/executive producer Chris Carter, cranked out 24 episodes a year. They were originally… Read on


PBS profiles “Honest Liar” The Amazing Randi

PASADENA, Calif.–“No matter how smart of well-educated you are, you can be deceived.” That’s the message delivered by James “The Amazing” Randi in The Independent Lens production “An Honest Liar.” The entertaining and surprising doc airs March 28 on PBS. At 87, Randi looks more like Jasper Beardly on The Simpsons than Harry Houdini. His… Read on


Century-old studio perfect place to salute Mack Sennett

After a week or so watching a ton of brand new TCA offerings, I had to cleanse the palate by screening content from the silent era. Thanks to my LA archivist pal Stan Taffel, I had an opportunity to do just that at the premiere of “Silent Legend: The Mack Sennett Story.” The Canadian-made documentary was screened… Read on


This week’s podcast: getting Sirius about the TCA tour

Arlene Bynon tracked me down on the phone in Pasadena and spoke with me Friday on SiriusXM’s “Canada Talks” (Channel 167). She wanted the scoop on the TCA Winter press tour and I was happy to deliver the goods on some recent sessions, including the E! network panel featuring I am Cait‘s Caitlyn Jenner, the whole Donald Trump/NBC… Read on