Vegas casinos place their bets on TV tie-ins

LAS VEGAS — Playing slots is a lot like watching television. Both require sitting on your ass and pushing buttons. So it’s no wonder TV show graphics are on many of the slot machines found in Las Vegas casinos. Even The Simpsons –noticeable by its absence in casino slots the last time I visited Vegas… Read on



Will Grim Gables be embraced outside Canada?

Its CBC run over, Anne premiered Friday in nearly 100 million homes outside of Canada on Netflix. It’s been renamed “Anne with an E” on the streaming service; presumably “E” stands for Export. There are a lot of talented people behind it. The cast is stellar, especially leads Geraldine James as Marilla Cuthbert, R.H. Thomson as… 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


McConaughey, Cranston headline 30th TCA Awards

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.–Who turned out the lights? That’s what everybody was asking shortly after Saturday nights’s 30th annual TCA Awards. It was as if once all the stars left from the post awards party, they took all the electricity with them. With elevators out of commission, the party simply moved downstairs to the dimly-lit Trader… Read on



Is Better Call Saul breaking bad?

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.–Vince Gilligan is one of the reigning heroes of press tour. The Breaking Bad EP and showrunner is still taking bows and picking up award nominations for one of the best series finales ever. So why did he and fellow producer Peter Gould spend much of their TCA session Friday downplaying expectations on… Read on


This week’s podcast: Netflix sets Scott free

This week, CHML’s Scott Thompson wanted to talk about how Netflix has changed the TV landscape. ‘Course, Scott finds Netflix invaluable as he catches up with shows such as Breaking Bad. (Spoiler alert: he finally saw the finale.). We talk about how savvy cable networks like FX have also broken free of the old network… Read on


Another annual end-of-year list

These end-of-year lists of best and worst TV shows are so arbitrary and dumb. They do make for speedy blog posts, however. Follow this link to mine, as written for The Canadian Press.Breaking Bad, of course, is my pick and just about everyone else’s as show of the year. The finale lived up to the… Read on


Orphan Black cracks critics’ Top 15 for 2013

The North Poll isn’t the only poll sticking out these days. Everybody seems to be making with their annual best and worst TV show lists of the past year.The folks at HitFix, home of Alan Sepinwall, asked me to participate in their Second Annual Television Critics’ Poll. Fifty-three critics took part. Everybody was asked to… Read on