Remedy and other post-Olympic ratings

With the Olympics done like borscht, the real TV Games have begun. This week, several new and returning shows aired series as well as season premiere episodes. Here is a sampling. (Keep in mind as we move deeper into the PVR, Live+7 era these estimated, overnight numbers are a bit like reporting only the first two… Read on



How Australian Travis Fimmel became a Viking

Fimmel (centre) surrounded by the main cast members of Vikings Michael Hirst has become one of the leading storytellers in historical TV drama. The English screenwriter, who penned Elizabeth (1998) before writing virtually every word over four seasons on The Tudors, is now responsible for everything you see on Vikings. The Canada-Ireland historical drama returns… Read on


This week’s podcast: assessing Seth Meyers

This week, CHML’s Scott Thompson wanted to take one last look at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games. We talk viewing numbers, down compared to Vancouver, naturally, but up in digital. You can read more about that here in this Olympic ratings report I wrote for The Canadian Press.Scott wondered how CBC and NBC did… Read on


Holly Taylor, the Canadian on The Americans

Taylor (far right) with Russell, Keidrich Sallati and Rhys Shhh. There is a Canadian on The Americans. She’s our own little spy on the spy series, which returns Wednesday night for a second season on FX Canada.She’s Holly Taylor, the 16-year-old actress who plays Paige Jennings, the daughter of the two Russian spies posing as… Read on



50 years later: Muhammad Ali makes history

Nineteen sixty-four grows in significance, for me, with every passing anniversary. Tuesday the 25th being the 50th anniversary of Muhammad Ali becoming The Greatest.On Feb.25, 1964, the 22-year-old boxer defeated fearsome heavyweight champion Sonny Liston. Mighty Liston failed to answer the bell for the seventh round. Cassius Clay, as Ali was known at the time,… Read on


Sochi-Vancouver ratings Apples to oranges

I wrote a piece for The Canadian Press Tuesday that takes a look at CBC’s Sochi Olympic ratings compared to four years ago at the Vancouver Games. You can read that story here.That it is an Apples to oranges comparison is underlined by a fact pointed out to me today by my buddy David Kines… Read on


Harold Ramis: 1944 – 2014

I always loved those early SCTV shows done for about a buck-ninety-five out of Global-TV. There was something about Harold Ramis as Mo Green that just killed me every time.The bit resonated with viewers who grew up in the Toronto-Niagara-Buffalo region since it was such an obvious goof on WKBW’s tepid local daytime game show… Read on


Rico Colantoni fronts Remedy’s A-1 ensemble

Colantoni, middle, is flanked by (l-r) Ward, Allen, Canning and Casey I tried to interview Enrico Colantoni a few months ago on the set of his new series Remedy but he was just too damn busy. The made-in-Toronto medical drama premieres tonight at 9 p.m. ET on Global.The man stopped by to say hi when… Read on