Steven Bochco 1943 – 2018

Way back when I was a young Turk at TV Guide Canada I was asked to get Steven Bochco on the phone. I thought the request was pure madness. At that time and for many years afterwards, Bochco was TV’s top showrunner, the much-admired writer/producer behind such groundbreaking hits as Hill Street Blues and L.A.… Read on



Roseanne revival roars back to record ratings

Think viewers weren’t ready for another visit from the Conners? Tuesday night’s revival of Roseanne on ABC drew an overnight, average audience of 18.2 million viewers from 8 to 9 p.m. The audience was higher in the second half-hour than it was in the first, and it’s likely to go higher again — perhaps beyond… Read on


REVIEW: Roseanne’s well-timed reunion really works

There’s a surprising amount of comfort — along with laughter — with the triumphant return tonight of Roseanne. The first  of nine new episodes of the groundbreaking comedy from the late-’80s/’90s premieres Tuesday, March 27 at 8 p.m. on ABC and CTV. At 65, the comedienne at the centre of the show has mellowed, as… Read on


Blindspot’s Martin Gero now a master of Deception

The Canadian Screen Awards air Sunday night at 8 pm on CBC but not every talented Canadian working in television will be among the many nominees. Many are in New York, LA, Atlanta and elsewhere, starring in, writing or making American network TV shows. One such lad is Martin Gero, who I got re-acquainted with last… Read on



TONIGHT: new man Kimmel on an Oscar roll

Jimmy Kimmel says this about last year’s Oscar “Best Winner” screw up: “If it happens again, literally everyone that works at ABC should be fired, right?” he told reporters in Pasadena in January.  “If it happens a second time, no one is competent enough to be running a television show or network.  So I don’t think it’s going… 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


WEDNESDAY: Sutherland remains a Designated Survivor

Tom Kirkman would never tell NFL players to stand for the national anthem. At least, that’s my hunch. I didn’t get to check that with the man who plays president Kirkman on Designated Survivor, Kiefer Sutherland. I interviewed the Emmy-winning actor late last week, before Trump’s latest howler. Still, I’m pretty sure he’d agree. “I don’t believe you should be using… Read on


When you lose Kimmel, you lose America

“We haven’t seen this many people come forward to speak out against a bill since Cosby.” On Thursday night, Jimmy Kimmel gave a brilliant and blistering, ferociously funny rebuttal to the Louisiana senators who are trying to — in the face of tremendous opposition from national health organizations and specialists — repeal and replace Obamacare.… Read on