Colbert puts the White House whammy on “Our Cartoon President”

Last month in Pasadena, Stephen Colbert was asked in the scrum following the TCA session for Our Cartoon President if he had given any thought to making fun of US vice-president Mike Pense. Colbert paused for a split second and said, “How does one mock a manila envelope?” For Colbert and others in late night,… Read on



Q&A with White Famous star Jay Pharoah

Jay Pharoah stars in the new Showtime comedy White Famous. The series premieres this Sunday in Canada on CraveTV. I spoke with Pharoah on the phone about a month ago. The publicist threw one of those last-minute curve balls before putting him on the line: “No questions about Saturday Night Live.” Pharoah owes his fame… Read on


Q&A with Twin Peaks’ Kyle MacLachlan

Still puzzling over Sunday’s Twin Peaks finale? You’re not alone. Kyle MacLachlan, who played FBI agent Dale Cooper (and a few doppelgangers), is also much befuddled. The 58-year-old actor was in Toronto Tuesday to address what could be the end of the series (now streaming in its entirety on CraveTV). The folks at Bell/CraveTV set up… Read on


Down to the last seven episodes of Episodes

Episodes is one of those lost-in-the-clutter shows that seems tailor-made for TV critics. It takes all the excesses of network television and pampered celebrity indulgence and rolls it all up into a big, venal ball. The satire hits some pretty broad targets, but it hits them smack in the bulls-eye. I thought this series might… Read on



Carrey at JFL35: “I don’t believe I’m a person anymore”

MONTREAL — “I truly am in an existential crisis. I don’t believe in the character I’m selling. I don’t believe I’m a person anymore.” That statement had a packed, Place des Arts audience leaning forward Thursday night towards the end of an extraordinary, 90-minute show panel at Just for Laughs. The speaker was Jim Carrey, barely… Read on


Carrey relives his past with I’m Dying Up Here

I’m Dying Up Here rings true as a study of the peculiar, sometimes cruel comedy club culture I grew up with. It’s a bit like Vinyl, HBO’s study of rock ‘n’ roll around the same early ’70s era, only funnier. The Showtime series premiered Sunday in Canada on CraveTV. Among the executive producers on the series… Read on


Critics weigh in on David Lynch’s new Twin Peaks

“Filled with giants, dwarves, monsters and ghosts, Twin Peaks most resembles a modern fairytale written on LSD then heavily redacted by the CIA.” That’s Mark Lawson’s take in The Guardian on Sunday night’s reboot of Twin Peaks. The Showtime series is seen in Canada on CraveTV. Their publicity department send  over a large crumpled box… Read on


Ridley’s Guerrilla tactics effective at TCA

John Ridley is always a welcome addition to any TCA press tour gathering. The American Crime showrunner never fails to express how much he values the opportunity to speak before TV beat writers. It never comes across ass-kissy, although that’s always welcome, too. Time to return the favour. Ridley is the John Landgraf of executive producers.… Read on