CRTC throws bomb, hits CTV for huge loss over Super Bowl ads

He’s speaking for Kevin Crull and everyone at Bell Media, clearly, but Kevin O’Leary has a point when he calls the Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission’s surprise ruling about Super Bowl ads “insane.” (See O’Leary’s BNN rant here.) CRTC chairman Jean Pierre Blais announced Thursday that, starting in 2017, Canadians can watch all the U.S. Super… Read on



A look back–without prejudice–at The Bill Cosby Show

I’ve said it before: 1969 was an important year in the history of television. Several quiet little comedies emerged that year, shows I feel were HBO before HBO. They were all before their time, one reason none of them lasted. The examples I’ve listed before are Room 222, The Courtship of Eddie’s Father and My World… Read on


This week’s podcast: Reege up way past his bedtime on Late Late Show

This week, CHML’s Scott Thompson wants to know, “What the hell is going on here?” He’s not asking about CTV’s decision to slap the second season return of Masterchef Canada into the coveted post-Super Bowl timeslot. Are they hoping for a lot of turnovers?? The last-minute decision came about due to a sex scandal surrounding an… Read on


Teletoon Retro celebrates Gumby’s 60th

“Who was once a little green slab of clay…Gumby!” If you recall that lyric, You probably grew up watching Gumby and Pokey and all their Plasticine pals. You probably, at one point, also owned a bendable green Gumby figure. Gumby dates back to the Eisenhower era of the mid-’50s. Teletoon Retro celebrates his 60th anniversary Thursday, Jan. 29,… Read on



All aboard for Manitoba-based oater The Pinkertons

Once upon a time, a TV western was a western. Now it’s “an original action-adventure crime procedural drama.” That’s the way The Pinkertons is being pitched. The series, which is shot in and around Winnipeg, premieres Tuesday night with a two hour launch beginning at 8 p.m. on CHCH. The series is set in the… Read on


Late night joke of the week

From Monday’s Conan (TBS, CTV 1:30 a.m.) The Northeast right now is being hit with a major snowstorm. Forecasters say people have not seen a white out like this since last week’s Oscar nominations.


VIDEO: my CHCH Morning Live picks for 2015

I sat down with Annette Hamm on CHCH’s Morning Live last week and gave my picks for the best of what’s coming up on TV in 2015. We show clips from Wayward Pines, Schitt’s Creek, Togetherness and the new version of The Odd Couple featuring Matthew Perry. I also recommend two nifty little FXX comedies: Jay Baruchel’s… Read on


This week’s podcast: more press tour post mortem

This week, CHML’s Scott Thompson and I talk a lot about traffic and public transportation in LA compared to the GTA. (Bottom line: you can get around a lot easier down south). When we finally get around to talking TV, we get to some highlights from the recent TCA press tour in Pasadena. I talk about… Read on