Trump the wild card as House of Cards returns

House of Cards is the series that put Netflix on the map. As the savvy political drama marks a fifth season (new episodes premiere Tuesday), Netflix has passed the 100 million mark in terms of worldwide subscriptions. The streaming revolution isn’t the only thing that has happened in the last few years. Season Five will be… Read on



Savvy moves shore up CBC’s fall schedule

CBC is back in business with The Junos! Much was made of this re-acquisition at CBC’s Upfront Wednesday in Toronto. Canada’s annual music awards showcase did seem to shed viewers the last few years at CTV, and CBC won praise for that Tragically Hip concert (to be re-broadcast June 24), so why not. Let’s bring back… Read on


Plenty of sugar to go around on Kim’s Convenience

It was fun catching up with “Appa” and “Umma” — a.k.a. Paul Sun-Hyung Lee and Jean Yoon — Wednesday at the CBC Upfront in Toronto. I joined the two leads of Kim’s Convenience, along with writer/creator Ins Choi, in the press room after the network honchos finished unveiling the new fall season. The very accommodating… Read on


At least two to replace Mansbridge at The National

Peter Mansbridge is leaving in five or six weeks and they’re still not ready to name a replacement. That was the big news Wednesday in Toronto at CBC’s annual Upfront. Now, yes, the network had a ton of new and returning content to promote (see the next post). Add up all the kiddie and digital… Read on



Roger Moore 1927 – 2017

Roger Moore was the sitcom James Bond. He played opposite Tattoo from Fantasy Island (Herve Villechaize), Jaws (Richard Kiel), even the guy from the Cola-nut commercials (Geoffrey Holder). Still, his seven-picture Bond stint spanned two of the better Bond theme songs (McCartney and Wings’ “Live and Let Die” and “Nobody Does it Better”). Moore died… Read on


Critics weigh in on David Lynch’s new Twin Peaks

“Filled with giants, dwarves, monsters and ghosts, Twin Peaks most resembles a modern fairytale written on LSD then heavily redacted by the CIA.” That’s Mark Lawson’s take in The Guardian on Sunday night’s reboot of Twin Peaks. The Showtime series is seen in Canada on CraveTV. Their publicity department send  over a large crumpled box… Read on


CBS puts their Marx on I Love Lucy in colour

I know, I know. A lot of purists see red at the idea of colourizing classic black and white movies and TV shows. The process got a bad name when the first computer-coloured attempts were made over 30 years ago. They left a fuzzy first impression. The very first feature I ever wrote for TV Guide… Read on


Let’s be upfront: this fall looks pretty familiar

Upfronts have become look back week, and that’s bad news for broadcast television. This used to be draft day, a chance to look forward, to see where the smart minds of broadcasting were taking the medium. Now the big news is the return of shows that failed 20, ten or two years ago. Is there… Read on