Penny Marshall 1943 – 2018

Tributes are pouring in for Penny Marshall, best known for her years co-starring on Laverne & Shirley as well as directing such hits as “Big” and “A League of Their Own.” Marshall, 75, died at her home in Los Angeles on Tuesday of complications from diabetes. As “Monsters & Critics” editor April Neale headlined it,… Read on



Best new show this fall: The Kids Are Alright

I grew up without brothers or sisters, the dreaded only child. Many of my friends and cousins, however, were part of large Catholic families. The Bullocks numbered eight kids and one elderly auntie, although no one ever saw all of them in the same room at the same time. My cousins who lived north of… Read on


The results are in: here’s how the networks did on election night

In an age when you can find out who won or lost instantly on Twitter, does the full-blown, all-star election night coverage still matter? There was some hubbub recently, for example, when CBC decided not to preempt their Monday night hit Murdoch Mysteries in order to provide live, municipal election night coverage on its main… Read on


Roseanne: not even Trump can save her now

Count me among those feeling let down and disgusted today by Roseanne Barr. Here was a good news story destroyed by a stupid, selfish act. Kudos to ABC/Disney for spiking the show within three hours of her racist and offensive Twitter implosion. The network knew who they were hiring when they got back into business… Read on



Lionel Richie no idle star-maker on Idol

Last January at the TCA press tour in Pasadena, Calif., Lionel Richie was trying to explain his motivation for becoming a judge on American Idol. “How many times do you hear ‘No’ in this business?” he asked reporters. “More than you’ll ever hear ‘Yes.’” Richie, we were told, came up the old fashioned way. “I… Read on


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