Your Morning reviewed about 100 days too early

The Canadian Press asked me to get up early Monday and review the show that is replacing Canada AM, CTV’s Your Morning. I did, and you can read the review here. It’s really not a fair thing to review the first episode of a show that is going to run five times a week. I… Read on

This week’s podcast: CBC Hip ratings a reach

Summer being a season of upside down schedules, it had been a while since I last spoke with CHML’s Scott Thompson. We got back together on the radio this week to talk about the big TV audience last Saturday night for The Tragically Hip. Which gave me an opportunity to take issue with the CBC’s… Read on

Keeso on Monday’s 19-2 season finale, Letterkenny news

The third season finale of 19-2 airs Monday at 10 p.m. on Bravo. That gives Jared Keeso about two weeks before he has to jump right into production on Season Four. In between, he’s been writing scripts — sometimes from the passenger seat of a car — for his CraveTV comedy Letterkenny. A second season… Read on

Over 4M Canadians say goodbye to The Hip

Overnight estimates for Saturday night’s nearly three hour live broadcast of The Tragically Hip’s end-of-tour performance in Kingston puts the average minute audience at 4,039,000. That’s an impressive number for a Saturday night in summer and should easily stand as the most-watched show of the week in Canada, outperforming CBC’s Olympic Games coverage. The Olympic… Read on

CBC deserves Olympic medal for pure salute to The Hip

I don’t think I’ve ever tweeted anything that drew over 100 re-tweets before, but a rather simple observation is up around 155 “likes” Sunday morning (and incited about as many more unlikes from The Haters): Remarkable — any other broadcaster would have littered this showcase with promos and screen crawls #HipInKingston #CBCTheHip — Bill Brioux (@BillBriouxTV)… Read on

Will The Hip be a bigger draw than The Olympics?

How high will The Hip go? I was asked that question on Twitter. It is one of those unique TV draws where there’s just no answer until the data comes in. CBC has promoted the hell out of their exclusive broadcast Saturday night of the very last concert by The Tragically Hip, broadcast live from… Read on

Set visit: party time at CBC’s Kim’s Convenience

Headed out to Kim’s Convenience Tuesday but not for milk and bread. The comedy, premiering in October on CBC, is shooting in Toronto on seven standing sets spread across two large sound stages. If you’ve been watching CBC’s Summer Olympic Games coverage, you’ve no doubt seen the promos for the series. “We really lucked out with… Read on

Social media, sexism and the Olympics: busting the broadcasters

Since I was watching a lot of it anyway, The Canadian Press asked me to review the coverage — Canadian and American — of the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games. The review went up on the wire Monday and you can read it here. There’s been much written so far about gaffes and political correctness… Read on