CTV hopes The Launch will make beautiful music

PASADENA, Ca. — Are music talent based reality shows still something to sing about? It’s a topic being kicked around in the US and Canada this week. During the current winter TCA press tour, there was a press conference Monday promoting ABC’s revival of American Idol (featuring returning host Ryan Seacrest along with new judges Katy… Read on


30 years later, Roseanne can still grab headlines

PASADENA, Ca. — Monday was that point in press tour when somebody almost had to toss a hand grenade to wake up the room. Enter Roseanne Barr. The comedienne — now 65 with six grandchildren — was at TCA to promote the re-boot of her classic sitcom of the late-’80s and ’90s, Roseanne. She and co-stars… Read on


Jerry Van Dyke 1931 – 2018

Who didn’t like Jerry Van Dyke? Dick’s banjo-playing younger brother never failed to warm up any TV show or movie. He passed away Friday at his ranch in Hot Springs, Arkansas. He was 86. I was fortunate to interview Van Dyke on a few occasions, once on the phone. At the end of that conversation, he kindly volunteered… Read on



Rose Marie 1923 – 2017

Rose Marie died over a week ago on Dec. 28, and I’ve been searching for my cassette tape of our interview ever since. The interview, over the phone, occurred probably 14 years ago at the time The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited — Carl Reiner’s coda to his classic ’60s sitcom — aired on CBS. I remember… Read on


Galecki: 12 years might be it for The Big Bang Theory

PASADENA, Ca. — The Big Bang Theory will blow up for good in a season-and-a-half. That seems to be Johnny Galecki’s view. The Big Bang co-star is at the winter TCA press tour today to promote the new sitcom he is executive producing, Living Biblically. Speaking with a few reporters on stage at the end of the… Read on


Landgraf delivers subdued state of the union post-Louie

PASADENA, Ca. — “The most fearless originals are on FX.” That tag line played Friday morning at the end of an FX clip reel heading into CEO John Landgraf’s executive session. It certainly applies to FX programming, but it also sends a message Landgraf was careful to plant before reporters:  the notion that in the… Read on



Netflix Letterman news revives FX’s other Feud

PASADENA, Ca. — I’ve been in the main TCA banquet room a mere four minutes and already witnessed the first F-U of the winter press tour. Today is FX Day, and this morning TV critics and reporters gathered from across Canada and the United States to hear from the Mayor of TCA, FX present and… Read on


Billy Campbell lives by the Cardinal rules

Last June, I made my second trip on location with Cardinal, which returns Thursday night on CTV. The noir crime drama premiered with a white, wintery season, shot mainly in Sudbury. Season Two takes place a few months later, and the cast and crew had shifted to North Bay, Ontario. Instead of snow and ice, the… Read on