PBS salute to Mary Tyler Moore no hat tosser

I can’t quite say hats off to PBS for airing Mary Tyler Moore: A Celebration. (Tuesday night at 8 p.m. PT; check local PBS listings). It’s listed as a PBS Pioneers of Television presentation. Having just watched the special on the East Coast, I have to agree with many critics who already pointed out that it… Read on

Sam Simon: 1955 – 2015

It seems to me there is a great movie in the Sam Simon story. I never met the man–one of the three credited creators of The Simpsons–but he appears to evoke a passionate response with people who did know him (including comedy writer Ken Levine; check his terrific blog in the coming days for a promised… Read on

Has Canada’s comedy momentum Spun Out?

Spun Out‘s Foley and Campbell What’s the secret of comedy?The answer is “Timing!”, and to make the joke work, you have to blurt it between “of” and “comedy.”Several Canadian shows are hoping to solve the secret of comedy this season. While the private network swing towards funny has been encouraging, ratings, so far, have not… Read on

TONIGHT: The Simpsons hits the big 5-D’oh

Matt Groening and James L. Brooks flank Homer. Photo Frank Micelota/FOX Tonight at 8 p.m., The Simpsons airs episode No. 500 (Fox and Global). The title: “At Long Last Leave.” Fox marked the occasion by unveiling a bronze bust of Homer Simpson on the studio lot Thursday.A lot of credit must go to showrunner Al… Read on