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



Accountability takes a hit at TCA in the age of Trump

PASADENA, Calif. — I used to tell young journalists attending their first Television Critics Association press tours to make sure not to skip CBS  Day. “You’re not on the TV beat,” I would say, “until you’re in a scrum with Leslie Moonves.” This was way back before I started quoting myself on blog posts. In any… Read on


Everybody loves PBS foodie Phil Rosenthal

I’m a little late to this table, but here’s my new favourite reality show–I’ll Have What Phil’s Having. The first six episodes aired Mondays at 10 p.m. ET on PBS and can be streamed here at pbs.org. Time magazine’s Joel Stein calls it “Not only the funniest travel show on television, but also the warmest.” I’d… Read on


JFL comics swear by Kindler’s State of the Industry

In recent years, one of the highlights of the Just for Laughs comedy festival has been Andy Kindler’s “State of the Industry” address. I got a preview of this year’s laffer waiting for the elevator with Kindler. The comedian was already standing before the four closed elevator doors on the 10th floor when I hit… Read on



More headaches for CTV as CBS moves Bang, Race

It’s been years since the Eye Network blinked. Well, pass the Visine. Stand Pat CBS took a hit last season, losing its A18-49 ratings crown to suddenly resurgent (thanks mainly to Sunday Night Football, The Voice and The Blacklist) NBC. Wednesday in New York at Carnegie Hall, CBS CEO Leslie Moonves and programming head Nina… Read on


Beatles ’64: we saw them standing there

NEW YORK, N.Y.–“I was a teenager who loved rock ‘n roll, especially Elvis,” says Art Hindle. The veteran Canadian actor, who starred on such shows as E.N.G. and Dallas, was one of millions who tuned in to The Ed Sullivan Show exactly 50 years ago.  “My girlfriend insisted I sit there and watch the Sullivan show… Read on


Moonves.

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.–I have long told new kids attending these TCA press tours that they aren’t on this beat until they’ve been in a scrum with Leslie Moonves. The CBS CEO was on stage before critics because CBS president Nina Tassler–scheduled to take questions at the executive session–had to fly back East Saturday due to… Read on