Charlie Sheen’s stealth press tour session

PASADENA, CA–Maybe it had something to do with the connection with his father, but encountering Charlie Sheen Sunday night at press tour was almost like coming face to face with Kurtz in Apocalypse Now.The Warlock dude had been snuck in to the Fox TCA press tour party, skipping the red carpet and sticking to a… Read on

The Firm opens soft due to Tebow time delay

Josh Lucas of The Firm: still in witness protection plan? PASADENA, CA–In Canada, The Firm got off to a so-so start. In the United States, it was sacked by football.The two-hour pilot, which aired Sunday from 9 to 11 p.m., opened to an overnight, average audience of 1,075,000 viewers in Canada. Less promising for Global… Read on

Tonight: O’Leary behind bars in Redemption, Inc

It is a sight to put a smile on the face of anyone ever given the bum’s rush out of the Dragon’s Den: Kevin O’Leary, the belligerent, bald-headed bully dragon, behind bars. The venture capitalist didn’t pull off a ponzi scheme or abscond with his O’Leary Fund assets. He trades in his designer duds for… Read on

TCA testiness: Watching The Firm cast squirm

The cast of The Firm: wishing they were still in Mississauga PASADENA, CA–The stars and showrunner of The Firm met with critics Friday at press tour and faced a pretty stiff cross examination.The shot-in-Toronto legal thriller stars Josh Lucas, Molly Parker, Juliette Lewis and Callum Keith Rennie and premieres Sunday night at 8 p.m. on… Read on

NBC TCA Winter 2012 press tour party a Smash

This is as close as I got to Adam Levine, ChristinaAguilera, Blake Sheldon and Cee Lo Green at theNBC Winter 2012 press tour party PASADENA, CA–It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that NBC needs a lift to get back in the ratings race. Nonetheless, the Peacock network held the first network party of… Read on

Tonight: Marketplace outs Canada’s worst store

Who has Canada’s worst customer service? Marketplace answers the question tonight when the CBC consumer watchdog series returns tonight at 8 ET/PT.We’ve all had to wait on-line or on the phone for lousy customer service, or been treated like a hitch hiker with pets in person at a returns desk. Host Erica Johnson and her… Read on

NBC: Stern rules, Community lives (sort of), House off market: Robert Greenblatt

PASADENA, CA–What did NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt tell critics attending TCA Friday morning?The first network executive session of the tour will be hard to top for candor. Unlike long time CBS programming boss Nina Tassler, for example–the Queen of the non-answer–Greenblatt actually answers questions.As usual, a few of the best goodies came in the… Read on

Tony Bennett wows TCA critics at PBS gig

The one and only. Photo: Rahoul Ghose/PBS PASADENA, CA–Tony Bennett forgot a few words to one of the songs he sang for critics attending the TCA press tour Thursday night–evidence that he is mortal.Otherwise, the legendary singer ran up the steps leading to the stage, in the dark, and belted out one show-stopping tune after… Read on