Cavanagh, Bellows do Christmas in July

BEVERLY HILLS, CA–If you spot Tom Cavanagh on the streets of Toronto today, wish him luck. The former Ed star is competing in an Iron Man marathon Sunday, a challenge he’s tackling along with a bunch of his Queens University pals who are also turning 40 this year. Cavanagh looked in shape at press tour a few… Read on

Hugh Laurie a Galaxie man

BEVERLY HILLS, CA–Hugh Laurie knows how to make an exit. The star of House blasted away from the TCA press tour hotel in his fire engine red, ’66 Ford Galaxie 500. The Hilton car jockeys left it parked right outside the front door as Laurie worked press tour, promoting PBS’s Let Them Talk–A Celebration of New… Read on

It’s “Television,” not “TV,” says Jerry Lewis

BEVERLY HILLS, CA–The amazing this about Jerry Lewis is that he’s still here.Dean’s long gone. Sammy’s gone, Frank’s gone, almost all of those ring-a-ding-ding rat packers checked out years ago. Lewis, the subject of Encore’s biographical documentary Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis (airing this fall), has had ticker problems for decades but endures. He’s… Read on

VIDEO: TCA critics sample Ludo Bites America

TCA TV critics were treated to dinner Friday at Mel’s Drive-In in West Hollywood. Sundance Channel EVP and GM Sarah Barnett hosted the event. Instead of the usual menu of burgers and fries, Chef Ludovic Lefebre (Sundance’s Ludo Bites America) prepared a four course meal. It included a Red Beet Gazpacho, a Honey Grilled Summer Fig… Read on

Oprah vows to smarten up OWN. Will the CRTC buy it?

The Rosie Show launches Oct. 10 on OWN BEVERLY HILLS, CA—Oprah Winfrey says she wants to turn OWN into “the world’s biggest classroom.” Will that be enough for the Canadian broadcast regulator who this week threatened to revoke OWN Canada’s license?Winfrey made a brief appearance Friday at the Television Critics Association press tour. She was… Read on

Belafonte and Steinem help HBO aim higher at TV critics press tour

BEVERLY HILLS, CA—Like television itself, the TCA press tour is often more about the sizzle than the steak. Especially during cable days, animal acts, multiple-partner families and Kardashians tend to drown out the smart stuff.Day Three of this press tour aimed higher. It helped that HBO and BBC America were both part of the mix.… Read on

VIDEO: bathing beauties at BBC America bash

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA–BBC America hosted an evening event for the TV press at an appropriate venue–the swank London West Hollywood Hotel. Critics partied poolside on the rooftop while local mermaids performed their water ballet. Some guy by the name of Gordon Ramsay cooked up the tasty vittles. The stars and creators of such BBC America… Read on

Late night joke of the week

From Conan: The government is less than a week away from not being able to pay its bills. We may have to move in with Canada for a while.