Zone coverage: Dawidziak’s clever book will serve man

My Television Critics Association pal Mark Dawidziak has come out with one of those, “Why didn’t I think of that!” ideas. He’s written the perfect book for classic TV lovers and knowledge-seekers in general: “Everything I Need to Know I Learned in The Twilight Zone.” Mark is a very funny man who has my respect for a lot of… Read on


Slice is back with more Canadian First Dates

I asked Adam Snider, who plays the chipper bartender on First Dates, how he thought he’d do on the series. Season Two begins Tuesday, March 14, on Slice. “Good question,” he said on the phone from Vancouver (the series is shot there in a downtown restaurant). “I think I would fare well. I can pretty much talk to… Read on


Robert Osborne 1932 – 2017

Turner Classic Movies almost never takes part in the semi-annual Television Critics Association press tours. I’m always a little disappointed about this, because it is one of my favourite channels. Around ten years ago, TCM cracked open the vault and hosted an evening event outdoors at the Beverly Hilton. They brought a few movie stars from… Read on



Murphy, Lange & Sarandon make Feud feisty fun

You’d have to think Joan Crawford and Bette Davis would have cackled over last week’s spectacular screw up at the Oscars. The sight of Hollywood’s elite being humiliated on stage in from of millions around the world probably would have taken 10 years off each of their faces. Executive producer/director Ryan Murphy  pays homage to both… 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


Bill Paxton 1955 – 2017

I met Bill Paxton, with other reporters,  on a couple of occasions. Once or twice during the run of HBO’s Big Love, and just last month in Pasadena during the TCA press tour where he was promoting his new CBS series Training Day. He was his usual, good-natured self on that day, dominating the session.… Read on



Late Night joke of the week

From Monday night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live: Kimmel addresses speculation that the Oscar screw-up was some sort of planned prank. As I walked offstage, people started to speculate that maybe I was pulling a prank. Which… trust me – if I had pulled a prank in that situation, I wouldn’t have just had the wrong winner’s name… Read on


This week’s podcast: the wrong envelope please

Scott Thompson called Monday to talk day-after Oscar fiasco. I explain to the CHML Hamilton News Radio host how mistakes are gold on live TV and how this is now the Best Oscars Ever. Scott says he was tipped off when some guy wearing a head set was running around on stage during the Best… Read on