Carrey relives his past with I’m Dying Up Here

I’m Dying Up Here rings true as a study of the peculiar, sometimes cruel comedy club culture I grew up with. It’s a bit like Vinyl, HBO’s study of rock ‘n’ roll around the same early ’70s era, only funnier. The Showtime series premiered Sunday in Canada on CraveTV. Among the executive producers on the series… Read on



Critics weigh in on David Lynch’s new Twin Peaks

“Filled with giants, dwarves, monsters and ghosts, Twin Peaks most resembles a modern fairytale written on LSD then heavily redacted by the CIA.” That’s Mark Lawson’s take in The Guardian on Sunday night’s reboot of Twin Peaks. The Showtime series is seen in Canada on CraveTV. Their publicity department send  over a large crumpled box… Read on


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