Landgraf delivers subdued state of the union post-Louie

PASADENA, Ca. — “The most fearless originals are on FX.” That tag line played Friday morning at the end of an FX clip reel heading into CEO John Landgraf’s executive session. It certainly applies to FX programming, but it also sends a message Landgraf was careful to plant before reporters:  the notion that in the… Read on

Russell Peters throws a house party for The Indian Detective

Went to a party this week at Russell Peters’ house. Came home with his mother. The comedian threw his Toronto digs open to press and network TV partiers Monday to celebrate and promote his new series The Indian Detective. The hour-long drama with laughs premieres Thursday night at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and will… Read on

Busy Hawco talks Caught, Frontier at MIPCOM

CANNES — Caught up with the star of Caught — Allan Hawco — Tuesday at MIPCOM. He was at the swank, seaside, eOne booth to help promote his upcoming CBC action series, penciled in for the post Winter Olympic Games – pre-hockey playoffs slot in 2018. The five episode Caught has the former Republic of… 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

Netflix wants your kids. Now. Every damn week.

CANNES — Andy Yeatman, Netflix’s head of Global Kids Content and 2017 MIP Junior keynote speaker, was asked how he limited the amount of television he allows his three young daughters to watch. Simple, says Yeatman, “They only watch TV on iPads, and we keep them high up out of reach when showtime is over.” Huh.… Read on

Likable cast play unlikable Friends From College

Studios and networks have been trying to ripoff Friends for years. The latest attempt comes from a worthy source: “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” writer/producer/director Nicholas Stoller. He was in New York a month or so ago with Cobie Smulders and Fred Savage promoting their new series Friends From College. The eight episode series is available for… Read on

No love for Love as Emmy noms announced

What?! No love for Love? That was my first reaction upon hearing the list of nominations for the 69th Annual Emmy Awards. Actually, I would have been surprised to see the Judd Apatow-produced Netflix gem (pictured above with leads Gillian Jacobs and Paul Rust) among the shows listed in the Best Comedy category. It is such… Read on

REVIEW: Alison Brie comes ready to rumble in GLOW

The latest in the current wave of “female gaze” offerings, GLOW body slams its way onto Netflix June 23. All ten episodes are currently available for streaming. Set in the early ’80s, the series is based on the actual “Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling” TV series that was a thing back in the mid-’80s when Hulk Hogan was… Read on