Spun and done: summer run for shelved sitcom

UPDATED: See bottom of this post. Quick–is anybody looking? CTV has waited until the dead of summer to sneak Spun Out back onto its schedule. The Toronto-based sitcom, featuring Paul Campbell and Dave Foley, was supposed to return last February in the coveted post-Super Bowl slot. CTV was amping up the launch until, five days before the… Read on

Campbell, Asner add to TCA’s Hallmark moment

PASADENA, Calif.–The folks at the Hallmark Channel are always gracious and generous hosts during TCA press tours. Thursday night was no exception as reporters and Hallmark channel talent and executives enjoyed an evening at the stately Tournament of Roses House. Guests entered to the strains of romantic music played by beautiful young violinists. Rose pedals… Read on

Campbell spins out into two guest roles

Canadians. They’re sneaking into TV shows again. Sunday, for the second week in a row, a Canuck was stealing scenes on Mad Men. That was JAG lead David James Elliott as David Wooster, Don Draper’s luncheon date near the beginning of the episode. Elliott was disguised behind those horn rims, unlike Neve Campbell, who was… 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

Q&A with Spun Out’s Paul Campbell

Paul Campbell plays office newbie Beckett Ryan in the new CTV comedy Spun Out (Fridays at 8 p.m.ET). I spoke with the Vancouver native a week ago and we talked about how he was kind of playing the calm-at-the-centre-of-the-crazy the way Bob Newhart used to play it on his ’70s and ’80s sitcoms. Since Campbell,… Read on

How Spun Out’s Paul Campbell helped Cobie Smulders meet her husband

Spun Out’s Foley (left) and Campbell Last January during the TCA press tour, I spoke with Canadian-born actress Cobie Smulders on the set of How I Met Your Mother. I was among a group of critics shuttled to the CBS Radford Studios lot where the series tapes as it wound down towards its final episodes.… Read on

Looking for Friday night fun? Sit in on Spun Out

On the Spun Out set with director Brian Roberts “Twenty bucks to the first person who can name the original bass player with Steely Dan.”The challenge was thrown out by Brian K. Roberts, executive producer and director of the new CTV sitcom Spun Out.Roberts was crossing in front of the bleachers between camera set ups… Read on