Quick Q&A: The Son’s Pierce Brosnan

It’s been 30 years since Pierce Brosnan finished his final scenes on his NBC detective series Remington Steele. The Irish actor enjoyed a four-picture run as James Bond and made several memorable feature films in the interim, but now he’s back in his next TV series, AMC’s The Son (Mondays at 10 p.m. ET/PT). The… Read on

Jagger, Scorsese & Cranston start me up for TCA16

Mick Jagger’s giant face was among the disturbing images from my first day at the winter 2016 TCA press tour. I timed my arrival at the Langham in Pasadena to coincide with the afternoon HBO sessions. Among them was a panel for Vinyl, HBO’s big-name rock ‘n’ roll drama coming in April. The panelists sitting in… Read on

That Mad Men finale: delayed reaction

Mad Men has often been accused of being slow, so I thought I would take my time before weighing in on the final episode. Actually I just saw it Friday night. Was up north the Sunday it aired and my neighbour has rigged his dish just to get hockey games. Had it in my PVR… Read on

Mad Men’s final season premiere: Is That All There Is?

Peggy Lee’s haunting “Is That All There Is?” plays a big part in Sunday night’s Seventh and final season opener of Mad Men (10 p.m., AMC). I remember first hearing the song back when I was in Grade school. It came out in November of 1969 and times in nicely as Mad Men closes out… Read on

This week’s podcast: will Brian Williams replace Jon Stewart?

This week, CHML’s Scott Thompson wondered if it was wrong to compare Better Call Saul to Breaking Bad.  He describes those first few episodes of Breaking Bad as “a sack of angry cats.” I think that means he feels it was the cat’s meow right from the start. Better Call Saul (Mondays at 10 p.m. on… Read on

Odenkirk knew he had better call Cranston about Better Call Saul

Bob Odenkirk knows he has a tough act to follow. Odenkirk’s Better Call Saul–a prequel to the acclaimed Breaking Bad, begins Sunday night at 10 p.m. ET on AMC. (Episode Two airs Monday). The actor, who has credits on some of television’s greatest comedies–including The Larry Sanders Show and The Simpsons–knows he’ll be judged on… Read on

Even a real bullet couldn’t stop the Canadian on Better Call Saul

When the publicist called and asked if I wanted to speak to the Canadian on Better Call Saul it was a no brainer. Better call Michael Mando. Mando has come a long way from his Quebec City roots, both literally and figuratively. He and his two brothers moved around a lot with their dad. Mando… Read on

This week’s podcast: more on that CRTC Super Bowl fumble

This week, CHML’s Scott Thompson asks about that CRTC decision to allow the U.S. broadcast of future Super Bowls, into Canada without a Canadian signal substitution. It’s supposed to start happening in 2017. To me this is as inexplicable as Seattle Seahawk’s coachPete Carrell’s decision to allow his quarterback to throw a last minute slant… Read on