Space hitting the Panic Button

Vanessa: just heard Kirstine Stewart left CBC for Twitter Tuesday night at 10 p.m. on Space, it’s time to hit the Panic Button.This creepy new, shot-in-Toronto series turns those messed up Saw movies into a reality show.I had a tour of the set last year and couldn’r believe people would line up to put themselves… Read on



Kirstine Stewart: Tweet her like a lady

Stewart’s curse was that she looked like she could headline a CBC drama Being the top programming executive of the CBC is a little like being captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs. You spend most of your time defending, get jeered even when you score and are a target every time you take to the… Read on


WHCD: Everybody wants to get in on the act

The above video, if you haven’t already seen it, is from Saturday’s White House Correspondent’s Dinner. It is funny, and at the same time a bit surprising and disorienting in that it basically wrangles the President of the United States into a sketch, not unlike how Saturday Night Live might drop Alec Baldwin or Justin… Read on


Levine: Don Draper “television’s biggest prick”

Second in a series of Mad Men character sketches by mydaughter Katie–collect them all A friend–let’s call her the Media Mistress of Mill Street–suggested recently that it was time to warm up Don Draper’s jet ski: Mad Men had jumped the shark.Sacrilege, I thought. This is a show I’d watch in German or Mandarin Chinese… Read on



CRTCpalooza ’13: charging for the Sun, etc.

This week through May 2 in Gatineau, Que., the CRTC is hearing from a steady stream of hucksters folks looking to get mandatory carriage for their TV stations. If you are a shut in or, worse, a TV critic, you can watch it all unfold on CPAC–provided you have a strong stomach. Mandatory carriage means… Read on


Writers salute their own at WGC Awards

Late getting this up (I hate when that happens), but congratulations to all the winners at the 17th Annual Writers Guild of Canada Screenwriting Awards held Monday night at the UNIUN Nightclub in Toronto.  Screenwriters Andrew Wreggitt (The Phantoms), Martin Gero (L.A. Complex), Kim Coghill (Less Than Kind), Dan Williams & Lienne Sawatsky (the animated… Read on


Bombs away as Global calls halt to war effort

It is curious how bad news gets delivered in this country.Shaw/Global sent out a release Monday that made it sound like a good thing that the only Canadian-produced drama they currently have on the main network–Bomb Girls–had been axed.“We are pleased to share,” reads their release, “that we will be creating a Bomb Girls two hour TV… Read on


Rita MacNeil’s passing part of a tough week at the Trailer Park

April has been a cruel month. So many departures it is hard to keep up.Rita MacNeil, the pride of Cape Breton, charmed millions with her musical TV specials in the ’80s and ’90s. Shy and humble, she touched many who saw in her somebody they knew and loved and could relate to. Canadian singing superstars… Read on