Theresa Perkins

Ask the average American under 40 what they know about President Lyndon B. Johnson and they will likely do one of two things: (1) stare at you blankly or (2) start mumbling about JFK’s assassination. Despite having a political science degree and twenty years of U.S.-based education, I know very little about President Johnson.  Don’t […]

  Kelly Bedard

When an actor leaves a long-running TV series before its natural conclusion, it’s generally not a good thing. Sure, there are some series so long-lived that turnover is not only inevitable but necessary (while it’s key that Grey’s Anatomy has held on to McDreamy, where would we be if George never left and Jackson never […]

  Theresa Perkins

I re-wrote this review three times, which is never a good sign. Do not get me wrong. Sharr White’s new play The Snow Geese is not bad per se, it just left me feeling incredibly nonplussed. Set during the first World War, Snow Geese is a story about adaptation, perception and pretense – it thrusts […]

  Kelly Bedard

The second season of HBO’s loved and loathed Aaron Sorkin drama The Newsroom begins with a toned-down, piano-heavy version of last year’s rousing theme song. Instead of the reverent images of broadcast icons that accompanied last year’s intro, this year we have a slightly more abstract portrait of modern life in the trenches of Atlantis […]

  Kelly Bedard

There’s not a lot that needs to be said about this, the best Video of the Week (day? how often am I supposed to do this feature again?) Ever! Basically, actress Mary McCormack (you remember her, the military gal who somehow ended up with Will Bailey) has a sister (Bridget Mary McCormack) in politics who […]

  Kelly Bedard

Andy’s rousing campaign ditty has been stuck in my head since I watched Thursday’s truly phenomenal episode of Parks & Recreation, and probably will continue to be stuck there for many hours to come. I know, I know, I’m getting repetitive with my exuberant love of this show, but it’s gotten to that point where […]

  Kelly Bedard

30 Rock this week. Aaron Sorkin and Tina Fey (Liz Lemon) sit at a conference table waiting for interview with Nick Lachey to work on the NBC reality competition show The Sing Off. Sorkin: You here for the Sing Off gig? Fey: Yeah, do I know you? Sorkin: You know my work. Walk with me. […]

The Horrifying Irony
  Kelly Bedard

That man. The one who put me on edge for 2 straight hours tonight. The guy, with the mustache and the barely human instincts. That person who threatened the life of so many characters I care about, filled the screen with cold hatred and spilled more blood than I’d seen in entire seasons of Grey’s […]

  Kelly Bedard

The Bachelorette finale and “After the Final Rose” special:The finale goes exactly as planned as Jillian chooses an ecstatic Ed and stomps on the hearts of Kiptyn and Reid (who returned to propose and finally declare his love). The “After the Final Rose” special, however, contained one of the more awkward segments I’ve ever seen. […]

Sad and Strange TV News
  Kelly Bedard

Starting with the sad, Emmy-winning/nominated actors Bradley Whitford (The West Wing, Studio 60) and Jane Kaczmarek (Malcolm in the Middle) filed for divorce on Friday; August would have been the 17th wedding anniversary for these parents of 3. Whitford (a TV favourite of mine) can next be seen alongside Richard Jenkins (Six Feet Under), Amy […]

Farewell to a Superb Character Actor
  Kelly Bedard

Last week the world bit adieu to beloved actor, Ron Silver who died on in his sleep after a 2 year battle with cancer. The Tony Award winning actor (Speed the Plow) will always be fondly remembered at My TV as the man who gave life to one of The West Wing‘s most memorable returning […]

2 Views on the Best of the Best
  Kelly Bedard

A few months ago, TV sites around the internet were posting lists of their favourite moments and episodes from arguably the greatest series of all time, The West Wing. So, as one of the series’ biggest fans, I thought it’d be fun to not only make my list but to ask the other West Wing […]

  Kelly Bedard

 It’s that time of year again. Flower prices are skyrocketing, restaurant reservations are hard to come by, jewelry stores are bustling and all around North America people are wishing that life were as romantic as their TV. So in honour of this most auspicious holiday, that of St. Valentine, I thought I’d revisit the issue […]

More Stars Head for the Alter
  Kelly Bedard

This time it’s a couple that I didn’t even know knew each other. Elisabeth Moss (known to today’s audiences as Peggy on Mad Men but remembered fondly by me for her role as Zoe Bartlett on The West Wing) and Fred Armisen (the man behind SNL‘s Obama) recently announced their engagement. I’m trying to imagine […]

  Kelly Bedard

Last week Rachael presumed to list a couple crush-worthy TV characters who hadn’t made my list because I was yet to discover their shows. So this week, I’ve decided that I need to fix her list of favourite Christmas episodes. See there’s one REALLY big hole in Rachael’s viewing history, The West Wing. One of, […]

  Kelly Bedard

Desperate Housewivesthis week provided a couple wonderful blasts from the past. First we were treated to Six Feet Under‘s Ruth Fisher (Frances Conroy) guest starring as Carlos’ “enthusiastic” massage client. Then came the best part of the evening (Lynette and Tom’s heartfelt rehearsal space encounter aside), seeing Mrs. Landingham and Debbie Fiderer (Mrs. Landingham’s replacement) playing […]

Fiction pales in comparison
  Kelly Bedard

I live in a world of fiction. I’ve always subscribed to the theory that minds are more easily changed with stories than with speeches. And while reality often disappoints, I’ve been able to spend years alongside the honorable heroes, charming leaders and valiant world servants of television. But as of tonight, as of this very […]

Apparently It Wasn’t A Coincidence
  Kelly Bedard

… that The West Wingpredicted the future. They may not have known how close the democratic primaries would be or the approximate age of the 2008 Republican nominee when they wrote the prophetic final 2 seasons, but apparently the parallels between Matt Santos and Barack Obama aren’t an accident at all. Check out this article […]

Brothers & Sisters Takes Me Back
  Kelly Bedard

… to those glorious years of the Bartlett administration, when it wasn’t uncommon for a top notch character to hire someone from the opposing political party to work for them. In fact, it was a point of pride. Characters would often say of president Bartlett that “he likes smart people who disagree with him”, which […]

  Kelly Bedard

Well, sort of. Check out this video from funnyordie.com in which Martin Sheen (The West Wing’s President Bartlett) dispenses valuable fake presidential advise to Paris Hilton and find out that “America [really was] at its best when it was on NBC” http://www2.funnyordie.com/public/flash/fodplayer.swf See more Paris Hilton videos at Funny or Die

Television Greatness: A Look Back at “The West Wing”

The best Christmas present I ever got was a navy blue file folder with the seal of the president. Inside that file folder were seven files. Inside each of those files were 22 episodes of the greatest show of all time. The Christmas that my dad got me the entire series of The West Wing […]