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


Trump no joke to Obama fan Keegan-Michael Key

STUDIO CITY, Calif. – Donald Trump is promising jobs once he’s sworn in as president of the United States. One guy, however, is about to lose his job:  Keegan-Michael Key. Key spent several years playing President Barack Obama’s “Anger Translator,” Luther, opposite comedy partner Jordan Peele on Key & Peele. While Peele calmly played the… Read on


From TCA17 to Taffel’s 16mm TV rarities

Did you know Sammy Davis Jr. could not land a special on a U.S. network TV schedule in the late ’50s — so he made one in Canada instead? That’s just one of the things I learned Monday from my pal Stan Taffel, 16mm film collector extraordinaire. Taffel is the president of Cinecon, an annual Los… Read on



Tuesdays, Thursdays or Every Day; Michael needs help

To say I was surprised when CBC brought Michael: Tuesday & Thursdays back from the dead is an understatement. The last time something like this happened, three wise men came to visit from the East. Let me state upfront: I really like this well-crafted series, right from the start, and I’m happy to spend more time… Read on


Sunday: The Simpsons air first hour-long episode

PASADENA, Calif. — After 600 episodes, it’s hard for The Simpsons to get much attention at TCA. The series will try again Sunday with their first hour-long episode. Titled, “The Great Phatsby,” the episode finds Mr. Burns (voiced by Harry Shearer) getting conned by a music mogul. Don’t worry; Burnzie gets revenge. Taraji P. Henson, Keegan-Michael… Read on


Canadians share in TCA17’s Hallmark moment

PASADENA, Calif. — The Hallmark Evening Event has been the TCA’s senior — and I mean senior — prom for over a decade. The generous folks at Crown Media host a lavish dinner presented in an enormous party tent on the grounds of an impressive estate, the Tournament House in Pasadena. There is champagne, a… Read on



Viceland duo Desus & Mero wake up TCA17

PASADENA, Calif. — Launched less than a year ago, Viceland is still the new kid on the block. Even those of us in the press corps who have relatives working at Vice Canada (full disclosure: me), aren’t quite sure what it is yet, other than the channel millennials watch when they do watch something as quaint as… Read on


TCA17: Lange, Sarandon are fabulous in “Feud”

PASADENA, Calif. — Hard to top Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon for star power here at TCA17. The two no-nonsense Oscar-winners star in Feud: Bette & Joan, an eight-hour series from executive producer Ryan Murphy (The People v. O.J. Simpson). The homage to Hollywood past casts Lange and Sarandon as two other formidable Oscar-winning actresses:  Joan Crawford… Read on