Marty Allen 1922 – 2018

Famed during the Ed Sullivan Show years of the ’60s as one half of the comedy team of Allen & Rossi, Marty Allen died Monday in Las Vegas. He was 95. Allen & Rossi appeared 44 times on Sullivan, scoring their biggest audience on Sunday, Feb. 16, 1964 on a showcase that also featured The Beatles.… Read on



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


Not just balls deflated at Super Bowl LII

Will this be the year Super Bowl ratings get hit for a loss? This season saw NFL TV regular season numbers drop around 10 per cent overall. The season before, there was an eight per cent drop in viewers. Plenty of theories as to why. All those concussion reports — and the NFL’s slow response to the… Read on


TCA18 Set Visit: Young Sheldon

The 2018 winter TCA press tour is coming to a sleepy end this week. PBS shuts things down with a panel featuring Bill Nye the Science Guy on Wednesday. The usual “death march with cocktails” was more “with Sominex” this January as overall energy levels seemed down among participants not starring in a re-boot of Roseanne.… Read on



Netflix Letterman news revives FX’s other Feud

PASADENA, Ca. — I’ve been in the main TCA banquet room a mere four minutes and already witnessed the first F-U of the winter press tour. Today is FX Day, and this morning TV critics and reporters gathered from across Canada and the United States to hear from the Mayor of TCA, FX present and… Read on


Louie, Louie, Louie, Loo-yeeeks.

In January of 2015, Louis CK was before critics at a TCA press tour promoting the fifth season of his Emmy award-winning FX series, Louie. At the time he was the undisputed King of the comedy world, in stand-up and on television. Louie — dark, fearless, funny and at times heartbreakingly sad — was my favourite… Read on


Frank Barron 1919 – 2017

One of the last great “characters” of the Television Critics Association has gone to the big cathode ray tube in the sky: Frank Barron. The TCA’s oldest living member passed away Monday according to his widow and constant companion, Margie Barron.  He was 98. Put in TV terms, Frank aged beyond the all important 18-49-year-old… Read on


Don Rickles 1926 – 2017

Please observe a minute of insults. Mr. Warmth is no more. Don Rickles passed away Thursday at 90. He was the ultimate stand-up funnyman, heckling his audience for more than 60 years. His shtick was so abrasive he never had his own hit series. No matter; he livened up plenty of other hits, with memorable appearances on… Read on