All aboard for Manitoba-based oater The Pinkertons

Once upon a time, a TV western was a western. Now it’s “an original action-adventure crime procedural drama.” That’s the way The Pinkertons is being pitched. The series, which is shot in and around Winnipeg, premieres Tuesday night with a two hour launch beginning at 8 p.m. on CHCH. The series is set in the… Read on


Late night joke of the week

From Monday’s Conan (TBS, CTV 1:30 a.m.) The Northeast right now is being hit with a major snowstorm. Forecasters say people have not seen a white out like this since last week’s Oscar nominations.


VIDEO: my CHCH Morning Live picks for 2015

I sat down with Annette Hamm on CHCH’s Morning Live last week and gave my picks for the best of what’s coming up on TV in 2015. We show clips from Wayward Pines, Schitt’s Creek, Togetherness and the new version of The Odd Couple featuring Matthew Perry. I also recommend two nifty little FXX comedies: Jay Baruchel’s… Read on



This week’s podcast: more press tour post mortem

This week, CHML’s Scott Thompson and I talk a lot about traffic and public transportation in LA compared to the GTA. (Bottom line: you can get around a lot easier down south). When we finally get around to talking TV, we get to some highlights from the recent TCA press tour in Pasadena. I talk about… Read on


Two post press tour fallen Idol observations

There is always plenty to deal with every session of every day at the annual winter TCA press tour. Reporters need five hands these days just to raise them for questions, type stories, tweet snark, surf for press info and fill our bellies with food and candy. The daily tasks leave little time to reflect on… Read on


Videocast: Berman & Brioux put a bow on TCA15

TV Media Insights’ resident expert Marc Berman asked me to join him for a second videocast covering the just-concluded TCA 2015 winter press tour. Follow this link to the videocast here. Marc asks what my highlight was from the tour. Skipping over all of the meals and the weather, I mention the final ever Mad… Read on



Rainn or shine, Hart Hanson puts the bounce in Backstrom

I’m always happy to run into Hart Hanson at TCA press tours. The showrunner behind Bones was back before critics a few days ago promoting his new series, Backstrom. The “crimedy” premieres Thursday night at 9 p.m.ET on Fox and City. Hanson has deep roots in Canada. He grew up in North Van and has degrees from both the… Read on


Annie Lennox brings new meaning to Great Performances

PASADENA, Calif.–Annie Lennox put on a private concert for critics Monday night at press tour. Would I lie to you? PBS has spoiled critics rotten in recent years with private music shows featuring the B-52s, Tony Bennett (both on the same tour), Sting (albeit in his weirdo lute phase), Roseanne Cash and Harry Connick, Jr.… Read on