Production designer casts spell over The Magicians

VANCOUVER — One of the most magical parts of making a TV series is set design. This is especially true on The Magicians, back for a second season. Seen also on Syfy, the second episode of season two premieres this Thursday at 10 p.m. on Showcase. I visited the set last September in Vancouver along with… Read on


More on Moore: her quality shone through, even in tough times

It has been a 24-hour MTM marathon ever since the news broke Wednesday that Mary Tyler Moore has passed away. I was honored to be asked to share memories of watching and, on a few occasions, meeting Moore. The first time I met Moore was in January of 1986 at a TCA press tour gathering in… Read on


Mary Tyler Moore 1936 – 2017

What makes even a crusty TV critic cry? News that Mary Tyler Moore has passed away. I first fell in love with her on The Dick Van Dyke Show, but who didn’t? Certainly Dick Van Dyke did. Look at the photo above — how much in love were these two kids? They were even asked,… Read on



Dhavernas injects life into Mary Kills People

A few months ago, I ducked into one of those boxy new modern mansions down by the lake in Mississauga in search of Mary Kills People. The Global series, which premieres Wednesday night at 9 p.m. ET/PT, was shooting on location. Inside the house, cardboard covered all the floor surfaces and visitors had to sneak… Read on


Man Seeking Woman finds woman in Katie Findlay

Has Man Seeking Woman found its Mary Tyler Moore? The FXX network comedy has shaken things up in this its third season. Gone are the series of disastrous dates inflicted upon Josh Greenberg (Jay Baruchel). Instead, lovable loser Josh finds himself matched up in a steady, season-long relationship with Lucy — played with pluck and panache… Read on


TCA17 ends as the “Trump? Can’t Answer” press tour

Whew! Scrambled back across the border Thursday night before all hell breaks loose! Donald Trump’s latest reality show “Impeached by America” begins Friday morning on all networks. The limited run series features the bombastic New York billionaire being sworn in as President of the United States. There was no joking about this during the just-ended… Read on



Trump no joke to Obama fan Keegan-Michael Key

STUDIO CITY, Calif. – Donald Trump is promising jobs once he’s sworn in as president of the United States. One guy, however, is about to lose his job:  Keegan-Michael Key. Key spent several years playing President Barack Obama’s “Anger Translator,” Luther, opposite comedy partner Jordan Peele on Key & Peele. While Peele calmly played the… Read on


From TCA17 to Taffel’s 16mm TV rarities

Did you know Sammy Davis Jr. could not land a special on a U.S. network TV schedule in the late ’50s — so he made one in Canada instead? That’s just one of the things I learned Monday from my pal Stan Taffel, 16mm film collector extraordinaire. Taffel is the president of Cinecon, an annual Los… Read on