Don Rickles 1926 – 2017

Please observe a minute of insults. Mr. Warmth is no more. Don Rickles passed away Thursday at 90. He was the ultimate stand-up funnyman, heckling his audience for more than 60 years. His shtick was so abrasive he never had his own hit series. No matter; he livened up plenty of other hits, with memorable appearances on… Read on



24 Legacy star Smits never wears out his welcome

Jimmy Smits has been an A-List TV star since he broke out on LA Law over 30 years ago. With nine TV series on his IMDb list, he’s been a familiar face for decades at TCA press tours. I joined a scrum of reporters who spoke with him on stage following the TCA session for… Read on


TCA17 ends as the “Trump? Can’t Answer” press tour

Whew! Scrambled back across the border Thursday night before all hell breaks loose! Donald Trump’s latest reality show “Impeached by America” begins Friday morning on all networks. The limited run series features the bombastic New York billionaire being sworn in as President of the United States. There was no joking about this during the just-ended… 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



Grant Tinker 1926 — 2016

In 1985, TV critics held the first Television Critics Awards. Handing out engraved plaques — “hastily designed at Trophy World” recalled one of the first TCA presidents, Ed Bark — had been a contentious move for the group. Several scribes were wary of creating something that could grow into that ultimate horror — another televised awards show.… Read on


Ron Glass 1945 – 2016

Ron Glass was often, to borrow a phrase used to describe Reggie Jackson when he was with the Yankees, the straw that stirred the drink on the classic ABC sitcom Barney Miller (1974 – 82). A gifted character actor, he passed away Saturday at the age of 71. Glass added a little edge to one of… Read on


Mayor Landgraf gives annual TCA state of the union

Today was the day the man Alan Sepinwall calls “The Mayor of TCA,” John Landgraf, addressed the TV press. Landgraf is the President of FX Networks and during his dozen years at the helm, the cable network has been a driving force in television’s second “Golden Age.” Not only has he commissioned hit after hit, including last… Read on


George Martin 1926 – 2016

“God, can we get away from The Beatles for a moment?” Sir George Martin had had enough. The 82-year-old music icon had been fielding questions about John, Paul, George and Ringo for half an hour. This was in 2008, at a Television Critics Association PBS press conference. The public broadcaster had brought Martin before the press… Read on