Murphy, Lange & Sarandon make Feud feisty fun

You’d have to think Joan Crawford and Bette Davis would have cackled over last week’s spectacular screw up at the Oscars. The sight of Hollywood’s elite being humiliated on stage in from of millions around the world probably would have taken 10 years off each of their faces. Executive producer/director Ryan Murphy  pays homage to both… Read on



TCA17: Lange, Sarandon are fabulous in “Feud”

PASADENA, Calif. — Hard to top Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon for star power here at TCA17. The two no-nonsense Oscar-winners star in Feud: Bette & Joan, an eight-hour series from executive producer Ryan Murphy (The People v. O.J. Simpson). The homage to Hollywood past casts Lange and Sarandon as two other formidable Oscar-winning actresses:  Joan Crawford… Read on


Banff Media Fest 2016: Future talk tops Day Two

BANFF, Alta.–There should be a law against blogging at Banff. It is just too damn beautiful outside. Everywhere you look is a picture postcard. So let’s run through Monday’s Banff World Media Festival experience as quickly as possible. I moderated two sessions. The first was called, “The Future of Canadian Content” and the Alberta room… Read on


FX drama The Americans is a work of art

Nobody does network promotions like the folks at FX. This package arrived in today’s mail and the photo on the cover of the plain, brown shipping box is a work of art. The shot was taken by James Minchin, a Los Angeles-based photographer who has also provided key art for shows such as Mad Men, Sons… Read on



Don’t miss a minute of The People v. O.J. Simpson

I’m sitting in an airport eatery (Wahlburgers–try the Dad burger). People keep walking past, a few take the moving sidewalk. I can’t help thinking of those old O.J. Simpson ads where he’s running through a terminal, trying to chase down a rent-a-car. Yes, I’m that old. Old or young, you’ll want to check out the premiere… Read on


The fine art of selling television in peak times

With the winter TCA press tour days away, networks in the US and Canada have been bombarding reporters with screeners. This being the age of “Too much TV,” according to FX boss John Landgraf, the screeners are arriving in more and more elaborate packages. Getting noticed has become Job One for PR departments. If content… Read on


Gooding, Travolta, Paulson shine in OJ Crime drama

“Why O.J., why now?” FX communications boss and TCA ringmaster John Solberg anticipated and posed the question Monday night in New York. A crowd had gathered at the Paley Centre to preview the first two episodes of American Crime Story: The People V OJ Simpson. It has been more than 20 years since The Juice… Read on


Denis Leary survives on Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll

August is fast coming to a close, but you can still have several weeks to catch Denis Leary’s new series Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll. Just past the half way point in the season, it airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET on FX and FX Canada. Leary, who created the black comedy and also writes several episodes, plays an aging rocker trying… Read on