Yost mixes laughs and larceny on Sneaky Pete

Graham Yost claims he didn’t learn all that much at the University of Toronto. “I majored in football, pinball and trying to take a girl to the dance,” he claims. None of those activities prepared him much for a career as a major Hollywood film and TV screenwriter, executive producer and showrunner. Still, he found… Read on

Liam Cunningham abdicates Thrones for Electric Dreams

One of the hottest writers in television and film has been dead since 1982. Philip K. Dick passed away at 53 but left behind a treasure trove of important science fiction literature. “Blade Runner 2049” just revived interest in one of the most celebrated adaptations of his work, 1982’s original “Blade Runner”. Fans will also… 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

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

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

Walter White gets what he deserves–as do fans

Bryan Cranston finds a moment of peace in a Volvo SPOILER ALERT: DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THE SERIES FINALE OF BREAKING BAD. As Jesse would say, good luck dodging all the other spoilers already out there, Bitch! How fitting that it all ended with Breaking Badfinger.Sunday’s riveting–if you  could… Read on

Down to the final eight hours of Breaking Bad

All Bad things, as the campaign goes, must come to an end.Sunday night, AMC airs the first of eight final episodes of Breaking Bad (9/8c). Walter White, it would seem, is heading for that big drug bust in the sky.Leave it to Bryan Cranston, then, to cut the tension at the summer press tour late… Read on