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


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


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



Clinton v. Trump: there’s no wall high enough to keep this out

Way back in 1960, during the very first U.S. presidential televised debates, it was said that if you listened to them on the radio, Richard Nixon won. If you watched them on TV, the winner was John Kennedy. I’m temped to repeat that experiment for Monday night’s first of three televised debates between Hilary Clinton… Read on


This week’s podcast: funding Can-con in a global TV age

This week, Scott Thompson at Hamilton’s CHML wanted my take on a thorny issue stirring up plenty of controversy in Canadian TV circles: changes to the CRTC regulations regarding funding. The rule change that rankles many in the Canadian writing, directing, acting and production communities: shows now only need to achieve a 6 out of… Read on


Fall Preview 2016: the new season in 5 minutes

There are many other Fall Preview guides out there this time of year. Some offer more depth, more insightful reviews. Few, however, can be read in under five minutes. Check back as shows will be added as screeners become available. Ready, set, go!:   American Housewife ABC/CTV Premieres: Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 8:30 PM (Saturdays… Read on


Bell beams up Star Trek with Space and Crave the final frontiers

Bell Media announced Monday they have exclusive rights to the new Star Trek series in Canada. The series–scheduled to premiere next January and begin production in September at Pinewood Studios in Toronto–was on every network short list in Canada. In America, it is the tentpole for the new CBS All Access digital service. Casting is underway but… Read on