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



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


Plepler says HBO will continue to “curate excellence”

CANNES — Richard Plepler just looks like money. He always appears as if he just stepped off one of the 200-foot yachts docked in the harbour surrounding the main pavilion here at MIPCOM. He looks like Thurston Howell the Fourth or Fifth. HBO’s Chairman and CEO was presented with the “Hey, he showed up” award Monday… Read on


Winter may be coming, but CBC’s Summer Games beat CTV’s Game of Thrones

CTV’s gambit to blunt CBC’s Rio Summer Olympic Games coverage with their broadcast premiere of Game of Thrones is off to a bloody start. In Monday’s head-to-head matchup, CBC’s primetime Olympic coverage drew an overnight, estimated 2,021,000 viewers vs. the 667,000 who watched the very first episode of the sword-and-sandal fantasy epic. It was about the… Read on



Samberg in control in smooth Emmy showcase

  In a shocker, Ricky Gervais cleaned up at the 67th Annual Emmy Awards Sunday Night. Yes he did. The proof is right on the right–there he is with one of his 14 Emmy statuettes. Well deserved, mate. Actually, no he didn’t. He just grabbed one award and waved it around so people would blog that… Read on


Outlander: they had faces back then

Outlander, which begins Sunday night at 10 p.m. on Showcase, is the latest big-budget historical epic to be shot in Europe. Vikings, Penny Dreadful and Game of Thrones shoots next door in Ireland. The Borgias was shot in Hungary, as is the upcoming CBC spy drama Camp X. There’s one actor on Outlander who has traveled… Read on


HBO execs on Thrones, Emmys and Curb

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.–HBO chief executives Richard Plepler and Michael Lombardo had plenty to crow about at Thursday’s TCA press tour session. Once again, thgeir premium cable network had cleaned up at the Emmys, snaring 99 nominations, including a record 19 for the limited run series True Detective. (That tally nosed out the 18 noms gained… Read on


Late night joke of the week

From Tuesday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live: The LA Kings lead the NY Rangers three games to none in the Stanley Cup Finals. Watching the Stanley Cup finals is kind of like watching Game of Thrones in that – it’s violent – and you can’t tell who anyone is because they all have beards.