Hunter adds bounce to annual Air Farce year-ender

For the first time in ages I missed the taping of the annual Air Farce New Year’s Eve special in Toronto. I was out of town and could not arrange to get back. Reports from founding member Don Ferguson and producer Mark Selby were that it was one of the most enjoyable two-night tapings ever.… Read on



My Canada AM “best shows to binge” report

The folks at CTV’s Canada AM asked me to come in Monday morning and talk binge viewing. Specifically, name five binge-worthy shows to catch up on over what’s left of the holidays. You can watch the five-minute report here. The hard part here is narrowing it down to five. That “Peak TV” era FX boss John Landgraf… Read on


Christmas Eve brings ghosts of Christmas past

This festive Larry Fritz illustration graced the cover of TV Guide for the week of December 24, 1955–exactly 60 years ago today. That was back when signals were pulled in from all over on rooftop antennas–for free. Back when there were TV listings magazines–which sold for 15 cents. Back when it used to snow in Toronto… Read on


Seinfeld picks up POTUS as Comedians in Cars returns

On HitFix’s “Best TV Shows of 2015” list, I made Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee my No. 2 pick. So I’m thrilled Jerry Seinfeld’s web series is coming back early. Season 7 (already?) premieres Dec. 30 on Crackle, a service that crosses the border and is free. Guests include Will Ferrell, Steve Martin, Garry Shandling, Kathleen… Read on



What are the best TV Christmas episodes of all time?

What are the best regular series Christmas episodes ever? I wrote a story this week for The Canadian Press listing 10 of the best-ever Christmas-themed episodes. The hook was Monday’s episode of Murdoch Mysteries, a two-hour Christmas special featuring guest stars Brendan Coyle (Downton Abbey) and TV legend Ed Asner. Even Peter Mansbridge gets in on… Read on


Best shows of 2015? The envelope…please!

This time of year, it’s all about the lists. Top-10 new shows, Top-10 Canadian, Top-10 reasons Top-10 lists are lamer than a Leafs goaltender, etc. The folks at HitFix, home of relentless TV typist Alan Sepinwall, asked me to participate once again in their annual list-o-rama. They canvass 53 TV beat scribes, do the math,… Read on


Last week’s podcast: some Golden Globe blather

Here’s a bit of an oldie–it goes way back to last week, Dec. 10 to be exact. I was on the streets of Vancouver, dodging raindrops, and had to duck into a large bank building to take this call from Geoff Currier at AM680, CJOB in Winnipeg. Geoff wanted to talk about the just-released Golden Globe… Read on


Late night joke of the week

This is pretty epic. From The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. The force is with them.