Throwing conventional network TV into The Grinder

A lot of shows this fall seemed designed to cut through the “too much TV” clutter by offering a connection or two to the past. They’re built around familiar stars (Don Johnson from Blood & Oil, John Stamos from Grandfathered, The Muppets), familiar concepts (Heroes Reborn, Fuller House, The Muppets), familiar movie titles (Minority Report, Limitless,… Read on



So far, no breakout hits among Fall rookies in Canada

So how are all these new Fall shows doing in Canada? About as so-so as they are in the U.S. based on first week, overnight impressions. Keep in mind overnights are now like watching the first two periods of a hockey game. Still, they provide a relative indication of which shows have made some sort… Read on


Trevor Noah takes on his Daily challenge

Tonight’s the night Trevor Noah makes his long-awaited debut as host of The Daily Show (11 p.m. ET on Comedy). Following Jon Stewart can’t be easy. Stewart redefined late night after a 16-year stint in the Daily chair. Noah is a very different comedian as he demonstrated this past summer at the Just for Laughs… Read on


Norm Macdonald sticks to the Sunnyside on City

When I spoke with Norm Macdonald this summer in Montreal at the Just for Laughs comedy festival, he was quite happy to talk about Sunnyside. The all-Canadian comedy returns Sunday at 8 p.m. on City with the first of several brand new episodes. Shot in Winnipeg and co-created by Dan Redican and Gary Pearson, Sunnyside, like… Read on



Quantico’s Priyanka Chopra could be fall’s breakout star

This past week in Montreal I fell under the spell of Priyanka Chopra. The former Miss World and current Bollywood superstar is making her North American series debut Sunday in Quantico (10 p.m. ET, ABC and CTV). The 33-year-old stunner plays an FBI recruit at the Quantico, Virginia, training academy who is not above flirting with… Read on


Beatles’ bed-in still a draw at Montreal’s QE hotel

MONTREAL–CTV flew me in to visit the set of Quantico, the new thriller set to premiere Sunday. The ABC series is set at an FBI training facility and is parts Rookie Blue, parts Homeland. They put press up at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth hotel, which allowed me to take a Magical Mystery side-tour. Suite 1742… Read on


This week’s podcast: some Sirius Emmy talk with Arlene

On Monday, SiriusXM’s Arlene Bynon (“Canada Talks” on channel 167)  felt there was “plenty of meat on the bones” of Sunday’s Emmy Awards. We both applauded Jon Hamm’s win for that final season of Mad Men. But those spoilers! Not that I was ever going to get around to watching the finale episode of Nurse Jackie, but… Read on


Fall Preview Tuesday: not much new to Scream about

Three new network shows premiere Tuesday along with new episodes of some old favourites: NCIS is back, with Jon Cryer guest starring as a surgeon. So Gibbs is in good hands then (gulp). Starts at 8 p.m. ET on CBS/Global. Also at 8 is the two-hour premiere of the new Ryan Murphy series Scream Queens (Fox,… Read on