Thoughts on TV: Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Murphy Brown etc.

On to the entertainment news, mainly because I don’t feel like updating you on the depressing real news going on (another deadly school shooting, etc.). The TV upfronts happened this week in NYC, where the TV networks unveiled their lineups and new shows. Here is a recap of the weird and wild moments from the…

The Trump-era Roseanne revival is a huge, freaking hit!!

Who would have thought it? I thought this Roseanne revival on ABC, which premiered last night, was going to be yet another retread like all these other shows that have been lifted out of the crypt (Will and Grace, American Idol, etc.). But Roseanne drew 18 million viewers!!! What does it all mean? It means…

Batman is dead! Adam West was 88.

Oh, crap, another pop culture icon is dead. The original TV “Batman” Adam West has passed away after a battle with leukemia. 

TV news: new shows overshadowed by Tim Allen’s big cancellation

Last week was the annual “upfronts” previewing the new fall lineups for the major US television networks, and you can see the stories about what went down here, and here.  I guess the biggest TV news of the past while is that ABC intends to bring back American Idol in 2018, which ruffles the feathers…

It’s official: Jay and Dan returning to TSN!

Why am I not surprised? I just knew TSN would do some cheap stunt like this. Today, during their annual NHL TradeCentre trade deadline coverage (which in recent years has been notorious for nothing happening), they take the opportunity to announce that Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole are returning to TSN. This, I think, is…

Late night wars update: Jimmy Fallon is crushing it

   I noticed a piece this week by famed late-night TV chronicler Bill Carter about the current new era of late night TV. It’s basically about how Jimmy Fallon has crushed Stephen Colbert and everyone else in late night, and it makes a few good points.  I have ragged before, in agreement with a NY Post article…

I agree with Grantland: this is the worst fall TV lineup ever!!

   It’s “the Fall”, which in past years usually meant an excited trip by myself to the convenience store to buy the TV Guide Fall Preview edition.  But I am long since past that. This has got to be the least interesting start to a new network TV season in years. This current lineup of…

Can’t believe the news that Maria Stephanos has left Fox 25 Boston

The only reason I am posting today about a Boston TV anchorwoman is because we get all the Boston local TV stations on our local cable in most of Saskatchewan (although Shaw customers still get their stations from Detroit).  So in addition to their nonstop obsessive coverage of the Patriots (which outdoes our local coverage…

Raising a glass of Coke in honor of the final Mad Men

Well, that is it and that is all. Mad Men is history after last night’s final episode on AMC, an episode dominated from start to finish by Coke. Heck, it even had a scene with Joan doing cocaine. Ha ha ha. And of course, it was a very Coca-Cola ending, which anyone who paid attention…

I am wasting my day watching the Mad Men marathon on AMC

   Tonight is the final Mad Men, and in anticipation of that I am doing something I haven’t done all season long — I’m tuning in to the whole season on AMC right now with its Mad Men marathon. In fact I haven’t done enough watching of this show during the entire time it has been…

Momentous week in TV as Stephen Colbert, Craig Ferguson move on

This week marked the end of The Colbert Report and also The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Jay Leno was on hand last night to send Ferguson off. And Jon Stewart was among those who helped send off Colbert. So, so long Stephen Colbert. So long Craig Ferguson. We will miss both of —…

New era of Hockey Night in Canada begins tonight

Yes indeed, the new era with Rogers in charge of the new-look, new-host Hockey Night in Canada begins tonight with NHL games tonight not just on CBC but on multiple channels all over the dial: Tonight on CBC, it’s Pittsburgh at Toronto, followed by Edmonton at Vancouver. On City, it is Montreal at Philadelphia. On…

MuchMusic, MTV cuts begs the question: why am I paying for cable TV?!

I was reading today about the layoffs at Bell’s TV properties. It turns out MuchMusic and MTV took the brunt of the cuts.  Almost 100 employees are out of jobs, including such names as Leah Miller, Lauren Toyota, and Scott Willats. The Financial Post dubs it the “death of the music-video era.” Getting the blame,…

RIP Hollywood voiceover artist Hal Douglas, 89

Found out this week that Hal Douglas, who lent his voice to countless Hollywood trailers, has died this week at age 89. You voice-over fans may remember him not just for his endless movie trailer work, but also for being the voice of the promos you heard on A&E network and also the WB. It…

‘WE ARE MEN’ GETS THE AXE

Just got word that CBS has axed We Are Men after only two episodes. What? So soon? Uh, yeah. It is the second casualty of the new fall TV season. Be careful, folks — if you blink, you might miss one of these new series.

FIRST SHOW CANCELLED OF 2012-13 TV SEASON IS MADE IN JERSEY

I never did get around to doing my annual predictions for what show I thought would be the first one cancelled. I figured I’d have at least another week, or at least, one more day to make a prediction before a show got yanked. But CBS proved especially too trigger-happy this season. I’m not surprised, though, that the first…