TCA17 encounter with Jim Carrey tickles memories

PASADENA, Calif. — Finally made it to the Ice House, one of the oldest comedy clubs in America. It opened in 1960 and was originally a place where folk musicians shared the stage with comedians. Everybody played the Ice House over the years.  There’s a signed letter from Johnny Carson in the lobby, surrounded by… Read on


David Lynch Peaks interest at TCA17

PASADENA, Calif. — Weird sells at TCA. Take Monday’s Showtime session featuring David Lynch. The 70-year-old director was in the house to promote the re-boot of his early ’90s TV sensation, Twin Peaks. Showtime boss Gary Levine surprised reporters by bringing Lynch — to the stirring Angelo Badalamenti theme — on stage at the start of Peaks‘ press… Read on


Accountability takes a hit at TCA in the age of Trump

PASADENA, Calif. — I used to tell young journalists attending their first Television Critics Association press tours to make sure not to skip CBS  Day. “You’re not on the TV beat,” I would say, “until you’re in a scrum with Leslie Moonves.” This was way back before I started quoting myself on blog posts. In any… Read on



Pure, Schitt: CBC starts 2017 off with ye bang

It’s new year, Jacob, so walk away from ye (snow) plow; CBC has a barn full of new TV shows comin’ atcha. This week is especially big with the premiere of the Menonnite drug drama Pure Monday at 9 p.m. ET/PT. That’s followed Tuesday by the third season premiere of the hit comedy Schitt’s Creek  and the series debut… Read on


VIDEO: Preview Season 3 of Man Seeking Woman

“It’s the best job I’ve ever had as an actor,” says Jay Baruchel of Man Seeking Woman. back for a third season Wednesday night at 10:30 p.m. on FXX. The comedy welcomes Windsor, Ont., native Katie Findlay (The Carrie Diaries) for Season 3. She plays Lucy, Josh’s new steady. Can the dude handle a long-term relationship?… Read on


Luke Roberts ditches britches as Ransom’s man of action

The new year started Sunday with a new series: Ransom, which premiered Sunday on Global and CBS. If you missed it, don’t feel like you’ve been held hostage. Global’s got it again on Wednesday night and then again this coming Saturday. Global simulcast CBS’ 8:30-ish start (football over-runs play havoc with Sunday schedules). The series… Read on



The stars are dying for 2016 to end

A friend of mine who tends to joke about these things, emailed to say he was afraid to visit his mother-in-law “Endora” over the Christmas holidays. “Was worried that Doctor Bombay wouldn’t be around to turn me back into me at some point.” Just another reminder of all the people we grew up with on… Read on


TONIGHT: Air Farce New Year’s Eve arrives a day early

Do not adjust your set! CBC’s annual Air Farce New Year’s Eve special premieres Friday night at 8 p.m., 24 hours earlier than normal. Why? New Year’s Eve falls on a Saturday this year, and nothing bumps Hockey Night in Canada, not even now that it is really a Rogers/Sportsnet production. The cast has expanded to… Read on