TVFMF’s Fall Preview 2014: Read. Watch. Repeat

There was no Netflix or Hulu or Amazon Prime in 1964–unless they were rival agencies like THRUSH on the new spy series that season, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. There wasn’t even Fox or Global or City back in ’64. The TV landscape was so much narrower and easier to get–all you needed was an antenna.… Read on

Another Houde nabbed by 19-2 cops in Montreal

Looks like I wasn’t the only one to get busted on the upcoming second season of 19-2. My old pal Serge Houde (50/50, The Kennedys) guests as Leon, a homeless dude with Tourette’s who has a nasty habit of skinning squirrels until he gets apprehended by Nick and Ben (Adrian Holmes and Jared Keeso). The… Read on

This week’s podcast: Let’s talk CRTC hearings

This week, CHML’s Scott Thompson was shocked–shocked!–to hear that Bell was getting out of the TV news business. Well, that was their threat anyway. Bell’s brain trust, along with other industry weasels leaders, have been in Gatineau, Que., the past week-and-a-half. They’re attending something called “Let’s Talk TV: a Conversation with Canadians.” The CRTC called… Read on

Fear not: The Roosevelts is great television

One of the best new offerings of the 2014 Fall TV season begins Sunday night: The Roosevelts: An Intimate History.  The seven-part, 14-hour miniseries airs every night this week through to the 20th on PBS. It chronicles the lives of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, three well-to-do Americans who had a tremendous impact on the lives of… Read on

Inside Season Two of Package Deal

I caught up with Andrew Orenstein last week.  He’s the creator and showrunner of Package Deal, which is back for a second season starting Friday night at 8 p.m. ET on City. Orenstein was at a downtown Toronto hotel and I managed to trick him into buying lunch. We had a good catch up over… Read on

This week’s Podcast: CFC BBQ & Rivers

This week, CHML’s Scott Thompson wanted to know how the heck a slob like me gets invited to cool stuff like the Canadian Film Centre TIFF BBQ. Connections, I tell him, specifically my old pal Slawko Klymkiw, the CFC’s Mr. Everything. I give the CFC’s TV program a good plug, mainly because it is an… Read on

Jewison and the sun shine at CFC BBQ 2014

You know you’re at a TIFF/Canadian Film Centre event when somebody shouts out “Noah!” and about 30 people turn around. Sunday was the annual CFC BBQ in Toronto on the lush lawns at the old E.P. Taylor estate and the weather could not have been nicer. Thanks to my well preserved Saab 95, I finally felt… Read on

Littler is big about his early Beatles review

The Toronto Star had a fun story Saturday marking the 50th anniversary of The Beatles first concert at Maple Leaf Gardens.  The two shows took place on Sept. 7, 1964 and, as you can see above, tickets were priced at $4.00 and $5.50, which, believe it or not, was considered a lot back when hamburgers… Read on