Saluting Betty White: First Lady of Television

Fans of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Golden Girls and Hot in Cleveland may want to PVR “Betty White: First Lady of Television,” premiering Tuesday, Aug. 22 on PBS (check local listings). The documentary salutes the much loved, 96-year-old actress, whose career spans an unprecedented eight active decades in television. PBS has presented several… Read on



The Disappearance draws Peter Coyote off the farm

Tonight, The Disappearance will finally appear on CTV. I was on location with the stars and crew nearly a year ago in a rural campground area a half-hour west of Montreal. The six-hour limited run series is about a young boy of ten (played by the remarkably professional Michael Riendeau of Ottawa) who goes missing… Read on


The Vietnam War may be Ken Burns’ masterpiece

Last year, when I was at the south end of Vietnam in the Mekong Delta (tracking contestants of The Amazing Race Canada), the sound of passing riverboats had a strange but familiar ring. Far enough in from the shore so that the source of the sound could not be seen, the tiny outboard engines with their long… Read on


Martin Landau 1928 – 2017

In 2010, I joined a small group of  reporters interviewing Martin Landau when he took part in a PBS “Pioneers of Television” press tour session. He was at the Los Angeles gathering along with Nichelle Nichols (Lt. Uhura on Star Trek), Mike Connors (Mannix), Robert Conrad (The Wild, Wild West) and Linda Evans (The Big Valley and Dynasty). Landau… Read on



TCA17 ends as the “Trump? Can’t Answer” press tour

Whew! Scrambled back across the border Thursday night before all hell breaks loose! Donald Trump’s latest reality show “Impeached by America” begins Friday morning on all networks. The limited run series features the bombastic New York billionaire being sworn in as President of the United States. There was no joking about this during the just-ended… Read on


REVIEW: PBS’s Soundbreaking is sensational

Been on the road a lot this past month so way behind in giving this programming heads up: check out Soundbreaking, the best documentary of the fall. Already half way through a run of eight amazing episodes on PBS, the ambitious series charts the history of recorded music. It was the last thing Sir George Martin worked on,… Read on


“Jackie Robinson” another home run from Ken Burns

Hard to believe “Jackie Robinson” is Ken Burns’ 29th documentary for PBS. Far from mailing it in, the 62-year-old filmmaker seems to grow as a storyteller with each project. This one is a collaboration, with his daughter, Sarah Burns, and David McMaron also credited as executive producers. The four-hour film airs Monday and Tuesday night from… Read on


Tonight: PBS profiles “Honest Liar” The Amazing Randi

Usually, a gathering of professional skeptics is commonly referred to as “a newsroom.” In January, I met a skeptic who made even cranky reporters gathered at the winter TCA press tour look unsuspecting: James “The Amazing” Randi. The Toronto-born magician was at the TCA press tour in Pasadena, Calif., promoting the documentary about his life:… Read on