Spend Canada Day with Catherine O’Hara

Celebrate Canada Day by reading about national treasure Catherine O’Hara. She’s come a long way from Our Lady of Peace grade school in Etobicoke. O’Hara and her ol’ SCTV mate Eugene Levy, and his son Dan Levy, just wrapped up the Season Two shoot of Schitt’s Creek. It returns next season on CBC and Pop.… Read on


This week’s podcast: Trump never sleeps

It looked like I was going to be able to just comb over the latest Donald Trump dealio until Scott Thompson brought it up on this week’s CHML AM900 radio chat. The real estate tycoon knows how to steal a slow news cycle with his hilarious summer run for the White House. That some polls put… Read on


Review: test driving Samsung’s spectacular 88-inch SUHD TVs

Did you know that Samsung has been the No. 1 manufacturer of TV’s sold worldwide for nine consecutive years? That’s just one of the things I learned after an overnight test drive of the new Samsung curved, 4K UHD TV. The test occurred two weekends ago at a swanky, Hollywood-style pad tucked into the tony Toronto neighbourhood… Read on



Patrick Macnee: 1922 – 2015

Early on in Patrick Macnee’s rollicking, anecdotal autobiography, Blind in One Ear, the actor describes his great-grandfather Daniel Patrick Macnee as a randy, free-spirited artist known to his friends as “The Prince of Raconteurs.” Like his namesake, the thrice-married actor picked up where the old boy left off with tales of life, lust and showbiz behaviour… Read on


This week’s podcasts: General Lee offensive

The confederate flag flap has given The Daily Show and The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore a week’s worth of WTF gold. At the risk of wading in way over my head I wrap myself into the controversy. I’m actually drawn into it with Scott Thompson on this week’s weekly AM900 CHML radio chat. Scott credits… Read on


Summer seems like a good time to Fool Canada

Last October when I was at MIPCOM in Cannes you couldn’t help but notice all the signage for Just For Laughs Gags. Scenes from the very visual Quebec comedy were everywhere, on giant electronic billboards as well as on the sides and roofs of the many overpriced taxis. The message: visual gag comedy sells internationally.… Read on



Summer starts slowly with True Detective Two

Summer is the fastest season, A few days have already whizzed by before I could get this link up to this story I wrote on Summer Television for The Canadian Press. Things slowed right down, however, for Sunday’s Season Two premiere of True Detective (HBO, HBO Canada). I watched most of the first hour on an 88-inch,… Read on


CBC tests APTN gem Blackstone in late night slot

Are you watching Blackstone on CBC this week? The APTN drama, from creator/showrunner Ron E. Scott, is getting a summer window on CBC. Season One and Two episodes will run through July 7. It’s a gritty, unblinking series set in a fictional Aboriginal community, with director Scott mining gold in first time performances from many of… Read on