Sticking a fork into How I Met Your Mother

How I Met Your Tailor (l-r): Neil Patrick Harris, Cobie Smulders, Josh Radnor, Alyson Hannigan and Jason Segel All successful major network American sitcoms last a season or three too long. Case in point: How I Met Your Mother, which airs its hour-long series finale beginning tonight at 8 p.m. ET on CBS and City.… Read on



24: Eat Another Day

Napoleon once said that an army travels on its stomach. Sure, armys are important, but what he really meant to say was “crews working TV shows.” Smart producers know that hiring the best craft services chef is more important than tax incentives. Well, okay, not that important, but important.Reporters on set visits occasionally get to… Read on


Why don’t we do it in the (Abbey) road?

Juan, Paula, George (with ladder) and Brioux LONDON–Folks who come to this alleged TV site often are probably a little Beatled out by now, but in the spirit of 50 years since ’64, please forgive another indulgence.I’ve been fortunate to come to England this week as a guest of Shaw Media to visit the set… Read on


Jack Bauer is back for a day in the U.K.

Will Bauer battle atop Big Ben? You’ll hafta watch  LONDON–#JackIsBack! That’s the way Fox wants to promote the return of Jack Bauer on Twitter. Another way they’re hoping to promote 24: Live Another Day, the new, 12-part re-launch of the 24 franchise, is by bringing reporters to the West London studios for interviews.This week, I’m… Read on



Has Canada’s comedy momentum Spun Out?

Spun Out‘s Foley and Campbell What’s the secret of comedy?The answer is “Timing!”, and to make the joke work, you have to blurt it between “of” and “comedy.”Several Canadian shows are hoping to solve the secret of comedy this season. While the private network swing towards funny has been encouraging, ratings, so far, have not… Read on


This week’s podcast: still agitated by Avery

Dancing duo Karina Smirnoff and Sean Avery What’s the deal with Dancing with the Stars? That’s CHML’s Scott Thompson’s opener on this week’s Hamilton Talk Radio podcast. He’d read my report of the abuse of poor old Billy Dee Williams, turned into a Jedi joke on Monday’s Season 18 premiere. Scott wonders if this might… Read on


The sad decline of Dancing with the Stars

Billy Dee, who got a Billy D-minus for his dancing from one critic Each week, I recap Dancing with the Stars for TheStar.ca. I have done it for a few years and am not ashamed to admit it.Until this season, that is. What an unholy hot mess that show has become. It is as if… Read on


Natalie Brown Cracked under The Strain

Cracked is kaput, confirms Natalie Brown, who has moved on to The Strain. Brown–who starred on CBC’s comedy Sophie a few years back–was recurring on Cracked. The shot-in-Toronto CBC cop series, however, is not returning next season. Arctic Air has also been grounded, joining George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight and The Ron James Show on the CBC scrap heap.… Read on