CBS All Access coming to Canada this June

Here’s some news that came Over The Top and straight from the top: CBS CEO Leslie Moonves told industry analysts Thursday that the Eye network’s CBS All Access streaming service will cross the border into Canada in June. That is indeed an eye opener. The subscription based service has exceeded expectations so far, said Moonves.… Read on

Colbert puts the White House whammy on “Our Cartoon President”

Last month in Pasadena, Stephen Colbert was asked in the scrum following the TCA session for Our Cartoon President if he had given any thought to making fun of US vice-president Mike Pense. Colbert paused for a split second and said, “How does one mock a manila envelope?” For Colbert and others in late night,… Read on

Q&A with White Famous star Jay Pharoah

Jay Pharoah stars in the new Showtime comedy White Famous. The series premieres this Sunday in Canada on CraveTV. I spoke with Pharoah on the phone about a month ago. The publicist threw one of those last-minute curve balls before putting him on the line: “No questions about Saturday Night Live.” Pharoah owes his fame… Read on

SET VISIT: Star Trek Discovery all set to beam up

Last month I boldly went — along with about 40 reporters representing outlets from all over the planet — onto the set of Star Trek Discovery. The series –originally booked to launch last January — finally takes off Sunday at 8:30 pm ET/PT on both CTV and CBS. A second episode airs right after in… Read on

Q&A with Twin Peaks’ Kyle MacLachlan

Still puzzling over Sunday’s Twin Peaks finale? You’re not alone. Kyle MacLachlan, who played FBI agent Dale Cooper (and a few doppelgangers), is also much befuddled. The 58-year-old actor was in Toronto Tuesday to address what could be the end of the series (now streaming in its entirety on CraveTV). The folks at Bell/CraveTV set up… Read on

Down to the last seven episodes of Episodes

Episodes is one of those lost-in-the-clutter shows that seems tailor-made for TV critics. It takes all the excesses of network television and pampered celebrity indulgence and rolls it all up into a big, venal ball. The satire hits some pretty broad targets, but it hits them smack in the bulls-eye. I thought this series might… Read on

Carrey relives his past with I’m Dying Up Here

I’m Dying Up Here rings true as a study of the peculiar, sometimes cruel comedy club culture I grew up with. It’s a bit like Vinyl, HBO’s study of rock ‘n’ roll around the same early ’70s era, only funnier. The Showtime series premiered Sunday in Canada on CraveTV. Among the executive producers on the series… Read on

Critics weigh in on David Lynch’s new Twin Peaks

“Filled with giants, dwarves, monsters and ghosts, Twin Peaks most resembles a modern fairytale written on LSD then heavily redacted by the CIA.” That’s Mark Lawson’s take in The Guardian on Sunday night’s reboot of Twin Peaks. The Showtime series is seen in Canada on CraveTV. Their publicity department send  over a large crumpled box… Read on