Podcast: Oscars a dud. So did we still watch?

Did the morning after radio chat with my buddy Mike Miller at Lima, Ohio’s WIMA this a.m. The subject, of course, was Oscars and despite a little mid-show Crystal correction what a drag it all was this year. It’s not just me saying it. Roger Ebert called it the worst Oscarcast he’s ever seen. Salon’s Matt Zoeller… Read on



Brett Wilson twit slip? Dragons drama drags on

Plenty of drama in CBC’s Dragons’ Den. Ousted Dragon W. Brett Wilson is hot on the spin trail, appearing on Calgary’s Breakfast Television Monday morning to address his departure from the hit CBC reality series. The 53-year-old venture capitalist says he couldn’t come to terms on a couple of key points, including availability (he had a… Read on


Franco, Hathaway bomb in dull, sloppy Oscars

Hathaway and Franco. Paging Billy Crystal Boy did I pick a bad year to live tweet the Academy Awards. The snark was flying at the start of the annual film industry salute but most of the fun evaporated an hour into this boring train wreck. After a while, I’d look at my laptop and see 19 minutes had… Read on


Live snarking the Oscars this Sunday on Twitter

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards airs live Sunday night begining at 8:30 p.m. on ABC and CTV. I’ll be like snarking on the annual Oscar deal over at Twitter. Follow me @BillBriouxTV. Let the 140 characters or less hilarity begin.James Franco and Anne Hathaway host this year’s Oscarfest, a departure from the usual stand up… Read on



Out at CBC: 18 to Life and Dragon Brett Wilson

Couple of CBC things that make you go “huh” on a Thursday. First is the news that started to filter in yesterday that 18 to Life is officially dead. Odd this call was made the week the show took a major jump in the ratings. This Monday, 18 to Life pulled 381,000 viewers, up over… Read on


Rogers plays chicken with cable subscribers

Buckbuckbuckbwaaaat? Starting Monday, Rogers is offering cable subscribers in Ontario a 24 hour rotisserie chicken channel. This is no joke. Just endless shots of chicken roasting on a spit. And you thought Americans were pissed before because they couldn’t get Aljazeera.The Chicken Channel is 100% sponsored by rotisserie restaurant chain Swiss Chalet. Always so good… Read on


This Week’s Podcast: another YouTube sensation

CHML’s Scott Thompson starts off our weekly chat with audio of Maria Aragon, the 10-year-old from Winnipeg who has suddenly become a viral superstar. The future American Idol winner was a guest on Ellen DeGeneres this week where she sang “Born This Way.” Ten million people have so far checked out Aragon singing the Madonna-like Lady Gaga song on YouTube. Check… Read on


Ratings across Canada Feb. 14 to 20

UPDATED with Friday and Saturday and also Sunday network numbers. That Jeopardy IBM infomerical was a hit (featuring Alex Trebek, Ken Jennings, Watson and Brad Rutter, above), topping two million viewers per day on CBC over the three-day challenge. Look for Jennings, Watson and Rutter next season on Survivor: Deduction Island.Two and a Half Men, Survivor,… Read on