Ridley’s Guerrilla tactics effective at TCA

John Ridley is always a welcome addition to any TCA press tour gathering. The American Crime showrunner never fails to express how much he values the opportunity to speak before TV beat writers. It never comes across ass-kissy, although that’s always welcome, too. Time to return the favour. Ridley is the John Landgraf of executive producers.… Read on



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



Dying for some Sex? Season Three begins Sunday

There are so many terrific dramas on TV these days it seems impossible to keep up with them all. One such series is Masters of Sex, back for a third season on Showtime, The Movie Network and Movie Central starting Sunday at 10 p.m. ET. If you’re missing Mad Men, this series might satisfy your ’60s… Read on


A quick guide to a Zoo full of summer shows

Summer’s here and the time is right for…watching television? Yes, ignore that warm weather and get back inside. There’s a ton ‘o TV comin’ atcha. The success of Under The Dome two years ago seemed to spike a renewed interest in scripted network drama. That series is back for a third season (how do they… Read on


Review: Happyish is supremely unpleasant

Warning! Do not watch Happyish. I’m still trying to scrub the first two episodes out of my eyes. If the miserable, aggressively unlikable characters from the series were reviewing it they would call it a total piece of s—. There would be swearing. I’ve never heard so much cursing and I’m a Leafs fan. The… Read on


Joshua Jackson opens up about “The Affair”

Joshua Jackson has come a long way from his teen-crush days on Dawson’s Creek. The Vancouver lad survived Fringe and is now , at 36,plunged straight into The Affair. The eight-part Showtime series begins Saturday on The Movie Network/Movie Central. I spoke to Jackson, always good-natured and articulate, at the summer TCA press tour in… Read on