CBC draws curtain on 2016-17 with a lite launch

They had to know the risk. The headlines: “Curtains for CBC!” Thursday in Toronto at their rapidly rented-out broadcast bunker, CBC held it’s annual fall launch in Toronto. Reporters were lifted up to the 10th floor in service elevators and led down hallways where bare walls were wrapped in thousands of yards of curtains and drapes.… Read on


Priestley declares Private Eyes binge-worthy

Earlier this week, there was plenty of laughter coming from the conference room for Private Eyes. The two leads, Jason Priestley and Cindy Sampson, seemed to be having way too much fun. The Toronto-based series premieres Thursday night at 9 p.m. on Global. Priestley plays an ex-hockey player-turned-private eye. Sampson is the kick-ass P.I. he… Read on


Has Netflix Canada pulled off a Hollywood heist?

It is deal day down south as Canadian networks start heaving giant wads of shrinking Canadian dollars at U.S. studios. One report I’m hearing, however, suggests a new player has swooped in and changed the game. And, yes, that would be Netflix. Remember how ABC cleaned house? How they canned Paul Lee and brought in Channing Dungey?… Read on



Alan Young 1919 – 2016

Like Art Linkletter, Alan Young was one of those Canadians embraced as all American in the early days of U.S. network television. He died earlier this week at 96. Born in England, his family moved to Scotland and then, when he was six-years-old, West Vancouver, He got hooked on radio as a lad due to… Read on


Fox takes Lethal stand post-Idol, X-Files still hovering

Are more new X-Files episodes out there? On a conference call with reporters Monday in advance of their upfront presentation, Fox executives said they while they had nothing specific to announce, talks are on-going to extend the series. Six new episodes aired this season reuniting original stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson with series creator/executive producer Chris… Read on


A fond look back at The Courtship of Eddie’s Father

In a brave, new digital era of binge viewing, trust me to get hooked on a series which began back in the ’60s. The Courtship of Eddie’s Father ran for three seasons, from 1969 to ’72. I liked it as a pre-teen and enjoyed it even more the past several weeks as I caught up with… Read on



This week’s podcast: Nashville eliminated, twice

It’s been a few weeks since I last checked in with CHML’s Scott Thompson. The Hamilton, Ont. radio host wanted to catch up on some old news–Kelly Ripa getting all shirty over Michael Strahan ditching Live!, my trip to New York and to the set of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah as well as… Read on


So why isn’t there a Wayne & Shuster street in Toronto?

Still several time zones removed from reality, I managed to scramble downtown earlier this week to attend Wayne & Shuster in Black and White, a presentation of the Toronto Jewish Film Festival. Held at the University of Toronto’s Innis College (a wonderful mid-size screening room I hadn’t been in since attending U of T), the… Read on