Let’s be upfront: this fall looks pretty familiar

Upfronts have become look back week, and that’s bad news for broadcast television. This used to be draft day, a chance to look forward, to see where the smart minds of broadcasting were taking the medium. Now the big news is the return of shows that failed 20, ten or two years ago. Is there… Read on



Downward Dog is doggone funny

Stick around after the season finale of Modern Family Wednesday for the series premiere of Downward Dog. The early “summer series” will move to Tuesdays at 8 p.m. the following week. Based on a web series, Downward Dog is about a struggling millennual named Nan (Allison Tolman from Fargo) who is adored by her pooch,… Read on


Ain’t no cure for upfront fever

NEW YORK — One of the sure signs of spring is the annual promotion of the next fall TV season. There are signs all over Manhattan, including illuminated ads on top of Yellow Cabs promoting the return of Will & Grace. That’s a straight-to-series reboot NBC will flaunt next week when all the US networks unveil their… Read on


Late Night joke of the week

From Monday night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live: Kimmel addresses speculation that the Oscar screw-up was some sort of planned prank. As I walked offstage, people started to speculate that maybe I was pulling a prank. Which… trust me – if I had pulled a prank in that situation, I wouldn’t have just had the wrong winner’s name… Read on



Spectacular screw-up ends Oscars’ Best. Night. Ever

“Guessing that’s not the first time Warren Beatty has called out the wrong name at the end of the night.” The Twittersphere had a field day with the crazy mixed up 89th Annual Academy Awards. The above witticism was contributed by Modern Family writer/producer Danny Zuker. Oscar So What turned into Oscar — so, Whaaaat??… Read on


Jimmy Kimmel hosts star-studded Trump roast

I’m glad Jimmy Kimmel is finally getting his chance to host the Academy Awards. Nonetheless, I’ve never been less interested in the Oscars in my entire life. Oscars So White has become Oscars So What. It doesn’t help that I seldom go to movies anymore. I like comedies. Finding a comedy you want to pay to… Read on


Reality show trumps ABC press party at TCA17

PASADENA, Calif. — A funny thing happened on the way to the Disney/ABC Television Group All-star cocktail party Tuesday night: a wake broke out. Critics and the talent from the network made their way to the Viennese ballroom at the Langham-Huntington Hotel. Many of us stopped before we went in, however, arrested by a TV… Read on


Alan Thicke 1947 – 2016

You never want to hear about anyone dying at 69, and I can’t imagine the heartache his 19-year-old son Carter experienced watching his dad being stricken right before his eyes. There is something so Canadian, however, about Alan Thicke meeting his end on a Burbank, Ca., hockey rink. Thirty years ago, Alan Thicke was one of the biggest stars… Read on