For TV buffs, there’s no show like The Hollywood Show

There’s a big TV press event going on right now in Los Angeles and I’m not there this year and it’s killing me. Yes, I’m taking about The Hollywood Show, a celebrity autograph deal that I’ve attended off and on for close to 20 years. Sunday is the final day, so if you’re in the… Read on


Buckley and Gore were “The Best of Enemies”

Looking for something smart on TV this weekend? Try your local movie theatre. “Best of Enemies” opens in selected cinemas—including Toronto’s TIFF Bell Lightbox—this Friday, July 31. The documentary, from filmmakers Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon (“Respect Yourself: The Staxx Records Story”), looks at a fascinating footnote to the explosive year 1968. William F. Buckley… Read on


This week’s podcast: CHCH is porn again

Oops they did it again. They aired porn on Hamilton’s CHCH, so naturally Scott Thompson’s could hardly wait to talk about it on this week’s CHML AM900 radio chat. How does hard core pornography just accidently wind up on an afternoon broadcast? At least this time it was only for 5 seconds, but it was… Read on



Bag it: why I’m not at TCA this summer

I have eleventy-million-billion hooks or so in my laundry room at home. For years now they’ve been filled with tote bags hauled across the border from TCA press tours. I have a zillion PBS bags and quite a few from networks that don’t even exist anymore, like CBC. I’ve tried giving them away, even handed them out… Read on


Trevor Noah the big winner at JFL 2015

The pressure was on Trevor Noah to live up to the advance hype this summer at North America’s ultimate comedy summit, Just for Laughs. Noah, as everybody knows by now, takes over from Jon Stewart as host of The Daily Show (Monday, Sept. 28, Comedy Central/CTV). Those are big shoes to fill and the 31-year-old… Read on


JFL comics swear by Kindler’s State of the Industry

In recent years, one of the highlights of the Just for Laughs comedy festival has been Andy Kindler’s “State of the Industry” address. I got a preview of this year’s laffer waiting for the elevator with Kindler. The comedian was already standing before the four closed elevator doors on the 10th floor when I hit… Read on



Neil Patrick Harris hopes to have Best Night Ever at JFL

MONTREAL–Neil Patrick Harris had no idea Just for Laughs was such a wild friggin’ party. He arrived Saturday and quickly got swept up into the after-party fast lane. That pushed our interview back an hour Sunday but when Harris did emerge he could not have been more gracious or accommodating. We chatted for nearly an… Read on


Let the 2015 Pan Am Games begin to end

Sunday marks the finale of The 2015 Pan American Games. Canadian athletes did our country proud, winning a record 214 medals by end of day Saturday, including 77 gold. Sunday’s haul should add to that tally. But how did the Games do on TV? CBC is the rights holder and is looking for a big… Read on