Nothing Freaky about American Horror Story strong man Michael Chiklis

NEW ORLEANS, La.–If you ever walk into an restaurant, and you spot Michael Chiklis killing time waiting for a table, invite him to join you and pay for his dinner. The man has more stories than the Freedom Tower. Chiklis is wrapping up his scenes this week in New Orleans on the fourth season of… Read on

Blackstone and 19-2 screenings a gut-punching one-two at CITF14

Two world premiere screenings held Monday night at the Canadian International Television Festival in Toronto offer proof Canadian drama can out edge anybody. I had the pleasure of moderating a panel saluting Blackstone, the APTN aboriginal drama back for a fourth season. The second episode of the season was screened and it was a searing portrait… Read on

O Yeah! Republic of Doyle salute a crowd pleaser at CITF14

The Republic of Doyle ends its six-year run on CBC Dec. 10. What the 500 fans who attended Sunday’s Canadian International Television Festival salute wanted to know was this: will there be any future Doyle TV-movies? Star/executive producer Allan Hawco says he’s game and that co-creator Perry Chafe already has one hell of a script. Both were… Read on

Rare MTM gem part of this month’s CITF’s TV on Film Project screening

Good news for fans of classic TV. A new TV on Film Project screening has been scheduled. Sunday, November 23 at 2 p.m., I’ll be hosting 90 minutes of rare classics as part of the second annual Canadian International Television Festival. The Fest kicks off Friday Nov. 14 in Toronto and runs 10 days. All screenings are… Read on

The week in Canada: November 3 – 9

This was a quieter than usual week, with some reruns slotted in as the U.S. networks headed into the November sweeps. The numbers below are overnight estimates for the week of November 3 to 9, adults 2+. MONDAY Gotham remains bat-strong drawing 1,690,000 in the overnights. I’m guessing the next two were repeats on CTV: Law… Read on

Confessions of a non-Sesame Street kid

Monday was the 45th anniversary of the launch of Sesame Street. It was produced by the Children’s Television Workshop and funded by the U.S. Office of Education, the Ford Foundation and the Canarnegie Corporation. I was already too old to be interested in Sesame Street when it came out. I grew up on wildly diverse… Read on

Canadian comedians on Ghomeshi’s 22 Minutes of fame

Does comedy really equal tragedy plus time? In the wake of ther Jian Ghomeshi incident, I put that question to several Canadian comedians while working on a feature for The Canadian Press. The story went up on the news wire Monday and you can read it here. It started when I began wondering how This Hour Has… Read on

This week’s podcast: more Ghomeshi blather

What with traveling and deadlines, it had been a while since I last spoke with Scott Thompson. So last Wednesday, the AM900CHML host finally got my take on the whole Ghomeshi thing. We kick it around. We also discuss a possible prequel to The Sopranos as well as the launch of new digital streaming services in Canada such… Read on