Tuesday: another Mercer Report signs off for the season

  What, already? Yes, The Rick Mercer Report signs off for another season Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on CBC. The 12th season brought the usual million-viewers a week and Mercer has already inked a deal for at least two more seasons. Rick ends 2014-15 in the usual manner by visiting the top schools participating in the Spread… Read on


Throwing the book at Canadian television

A little over a year ago, I was invited to Ottawa to moderate a panel of Canadian TV executives. The event was Prime Time in Ottawa, which just hosted industry leaders for the 20th time earlier this month. At the session I moderated, the professionals in the room were still buzzing over a fuse colleague John Doyle… Read on


This week’s podcast: end of the road for Top Gear’s Clarkson

This week, AM900 CHML’s Scott Thompson starts things off by asking about Jeremy Clarkson, until recently the main host of the BBC hit motoring series Top Gear. Clarkson recently ran afoul of his broadcaster after one temper tantrum too many and was informed March 25 that his contract will not be renewed. This after not enough… Read on



Review: The Late Late Show with James Corden

It really isn’t fair to review a late night talk show after one episode. It took Conan O’Brien six months to a year to find his rhythm. Larry Wilmore new Comedy Central series continues to evolve. Still, if Corden’s mission was to establish himself as a clear alternative Monday it was pretty much mission accomplished.… Read on


Cinefest: 1981 – 2015

“Where else would you find a room full of men who want to have sex with dead actresses?” The late Phil Serling said it. He was talking about an event he helped create and run, Cinefest, a celebration of early–and obscure–silent and sound cinema. Cinefest always was an eccentric event populated by eccentric people. Held each… Read on


Jessalyn Gilsig says goodbye to Glee, Vikings

When I ran into the lovely Jessalyn Gilsig at the TCA press tour in January she couldn’t tell me much about Season Three of Vikings, which just began a few weeks ago. The writer-creator of the show, Michael Hirst, was standing a few meters away and he likes to keep his surprises a secret. What… Read on



This week’s podcast: singing the praises of PaleyFest

If CHML AM900’s Scott Thompson sounds a bit thrown this week, that’s because his computer shut down right at the start of our segment. The poor man had to think on his feet! No matter–asking me one question is like lighting a six minute fuse. I blab on about my recent trip to Hollywood where I… Read on


Several reasons to watch One Big Happy

There was a lot of talk about how groundbreaking One Big Happy was at the January TCA press tour. The NBC sitcom, which premieres Tuesday night, stars Calgary-born Elisha Cuthbert as an uptight lesbian who decides to have a child fathered by her lifelong friend, Luke (Nick Zano). Then Nick goes and meets a curvy… Read on