This week’s podcast: Baldwin a winner on Match Game

“Alec Baldwin is a good host for Match Game. When the first episode was over, he showed Rosie O’Donnell his blank.” Yes, the former 30 Rock star is hosting ABC’s new Sunday night version of Match Game, and CHML’s Scott Thompson wanted to know why. Probably because they offered him a blank-load of money. It also helps… Read on


Big Brother invades The Amazing Race Canada

Executive producer John Brunton says The Amazing Rave Canada is one reality show that doesn’t need a villain. “It’s a hero show,” says Brunton. “It’s a show where you want to root for people. It’s not a ‘Pick my villain’ show, pick the bad guys.” Brunton should know–he also produces Big Brother Canada and did Canadian… Read on


Rogers makes it official: MacLean back, Strombo out

It’s official. after a full week of speculation, Ron MacLean will be back next fall as host of Hockey Night in Canada. Joining him as host, according to the Monday release from Rogers Media, is David Amber, a HNiC rinkside reporter the past five years who also spent eight years covering sports Stateside for ESPN. Gone “to explore new… Read on



Lawren Harris comes to life in “Where the Universe Sings”

Are you like me — watching more documentaries than ever before? I find that when I get on a plane and check out the movie selections there is very little on the new releases that speak to me. All those superhero and comic book sagas — yeesh. On my recent trip to Banff aboard Air Canada I… Read on


Ann Morgan Guilbert 1928 – 2016

If they were saluting TV players instead of film stars, Ann Morgan Guilbert would fit right in on that TCM segment “What a Character!” The Minnesota-native, who died earlier this week at 87, made a career stealing scenes–especially back on the series she is most remembered for, The Dick Van Dyke Show. It is worth… Read on


CFC salutes Carmody at their annual Garden Party

Is there a more beautiful acreage in Toronto than the grounds of the Canadian Film Centre? E.P. Taylor’s little horse ranch got the traffic cops treatment Thursday in Toronto at its annual Garden Party. This is a way less crowded and better catered affair than the annual TIFF BBQ, more of a thank you to the high rollers… Read on



Russell Peters is serious about The Indian Detective

For me, one of the highlights of last week’s Banff World Media Festival was getting to chat with Brampton’s own Russell Peters. The comedian was awarded the Sir Peter Ustinov Award for comedy at the Rockie Awards and quickly admitted he’d never seen a Ustinov film. “He did make films, didn’t he?” Peters asked the… Read on


This week’s podcast: Stromboulottamess

The Toronto Star has jumped out front on a story many of us have been keeping an eye on for weeks–George Stroumboulopoulos’ future with Hockey Night in Canada. A few weeks ago when I spoke with Sportsnet president Scott Moore at the Rogers upfront, he seemed to duck around the Strombo question. HNiC’s ratings were… Read on