This week’s podcast: TCA 2012 primer

Always curious Scott Thompson asks about the January Television Critics Association semi-annual  press tour taking place now until mid-month in Pasadena. I give him the scoop, plus we yak about the many new shows starting this month in the U.S. and Canada, including a whole whack of goodies from CBC (Mr. D, Redemption Inc., Arctic… Read on

TCA 2012: The B-52s take critics to Planet PBS

B-52s’ Pierson, Schneider and Wilson can still rock the Love Shack PASADENA, CA–Talk/singer Fred Schneider looks like Tintin at 60 and go-go babes Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson look like Snooki’s eccentric aunts but the B-52s got this TCA Winter press tour off to one hell of a start Wednesday.  The ultimate party band that… Read on

SFO salutes television when it first took off

“Lucy–you got some smokin’ to do!” SAN FRANCISCO—At first, I was kinda bummed my flight to Pasadena to attend the January 2012 TCA press tour would detour through the San Fran airport, a necessary stopover in order to cash in some Areoplan points. Mmmm–points. Then I happened upon a treasure trove of television history. Truly,… Read on

Josef Skvorecky: 1924-2012

The Canadian Press reports that author, activist and former University of Toronto professor Josef Skvorecky has passed away in Toronto. Skvorecky was 87.After helping to engineer the Prague Spring, the Czech nationalist and his wife Zdena fled their homeland in 1968 when tanks rolled in from the Soviet Union. Pals with Czech heavyweights Milos Forman… Read on

TONIGHT: Air Farce body slams the New Year

Having a New Year’s Eve special on New Year’s Eve seems so last year. That’s why Air Farce is airing their annual comedy special tonight, New Year’s Day, at 8 p.m. on CBC.Above is a clip posted on-line featuring guest Farcer Rowdy Roddy Piper with Craig Lauzon. Lauzon says it was a career highpoint getting… Read on

Set visit revisited: Rizzoli & Isles

Some U.S. cable shows still take a little longer to get to Canada. Take Rizzoli & Isles, which premieres Tuesday Jan. 3 at 10 p.m. on Showcase. The police series stars Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander and premiered in 2010 on TNT, where it was an instant hit. A third season has already been ordered.I’ve… Read on