FX drama The Americans is a work of art

Nobody does network promotions like the folks at FX. This package arrived in today’s mail and the photo on the cover of the plain, brown shipping box is a work of art. The shot was taken by James Minchin, a Los Angeles-based photographer who has also provided key art for shows such as Mad Men, Sons… Read on



Don’t miss a minute of The People v. O.J. Simpson

I’m sitting in an airport eatery (Wahlburgers–try the Dad burger). People keep walking past, a few take the moving sidewalk. I can’t help thinking of those old O.J. Simpson ads where he’s running through a terminal, trying to chase down a rent-a-car. Yes, I’m that old. Old or young, you’ll want to check out the premiere… Read on


Nothing Freaky about American Horror Story strong man Michael Chiklis

NEW ORLEANS, La.–If you ever walk into an restaurant, and you spot Michael Chiklis killing time waiting for a table, invite him to join you and pay for his dinner. The man has more stories than the Freedom Tower. Chiklis is wrapping up his scenes this week in New Orleans on the fourth season of… Read on


Q & A with The Strain’s Guillermo del Toro

Guillermo del Toro loves Toronto. The Mexico-born director has shot five projects in the city and raves about the crews every chance he gets. He’s putting hundreds to work on the new horror-thriller The Strain, which premieres Sunday night on FX and FX Canada. I caught up with him in June when he was the… Read on



David Bradley holding up under The Strain

I admit it–I’m a-scared of The Strain. The new Guillermo del Toro vampire thriller premieres Sunday on FX and FX Canada. Helping me over my heebie-jeebies was a visit to the set. The Strain shoots in Toronto at an old west-end glass factory-turned-TV studio and the folks there aren’t scary at all. Carlton Cuse (Lost, Bate’s Motel)… Read on


Tyrant looms over Middle East

This question was posed to the producers of Tyrant at the most recent TCA press tour: either of you guys heard of a little picture called The Godfather? There are some strong parallels with the Francis Coppola classic and this new drama, which premieres Tuesday night at 10 p.m. on FX and FX Canada. There are… Read on


CQ exhibit on now at Znaimer’s MZTV Museum

There’s more from me on the newly-opened MZTV Museum of Television and Archives in the entertainment section of Saturday’s Toronto Star. The museum, located at Zoomerplex in Toronto’s Liberty Village, houses Moses Znaimer’s incredible collection of early television receivers, including the largest collection of pre-war sets in the world. If you visit the museum before the… Read on


Louie: overflowing with truth and insight

All other shows, thanks for coming out. There’s nothing else on TV like Louie. The FX series wrapped up for a fourth season Monday night with two more brilliant episodes, concluding a trilogy featuring co-writer and producer Pamela Adlon. The remarkable thing about Louie this season was the daring departure from how stories were told… Read on