Corus now the No. 1 broadcaster in Canada: Williams

The third and final leg of Canadian Upfront Week occurred Thursday in Toronto. This was Corus’ turn to host reporters and, later, advertisers. The press deal started early with breakfast up in the showy sixth floor event space. Corus enjoys one of the most beautiful work spaces in Toronto as has been pointed out here before. A… Read on



CTV looks to buy its way back to dominance

First about the food: CTV stuck with the same old breakfast Wednesday in their 6th floor balcony bunker at 299 Queen Street West. Press had their choice of cold egg squares with spinach and/or cold sausages. Bottles of liquid leaf clippings were on ice to wash it all down. I guess Bell’s media breakfast budget got… Read on


Rogers boldly kicks off Upfront week in Canada

First things first: the breakfast was way better this year at the Toronto Intercontinental Hotel. Rogers had a guy warming up those gross McEggy things with a heat lamp the past few years in a room way up at SkyDome, but, really, they tasted like the eggs had been tossed around the dugout and dropped… Read on


Carrey relives his past with I’m Dying Up Here

I’m Dying Up Here rings true as a study of the peculiar, sometimes cruel comedy club culture I grew up with. It’s a bit like Vinyl, HBO’s study of rock ‘n’ roll around the same early ’70s era, only funnier. The Showtime series premiered Sunday in Canada on CraveTV. Among the executive producers on the series… Read on



Arnett bikes back to Venice as Flaked returns

Many years ago, when I lived in LA while working for TV Guide Canada, I was always heading down to Venice Beach. It was its own little circus, a great place to people watch. There was this guy there in the late-’80s who would cruise up and down the boardwalk on roller skates, wearing a billow-y,… Read on


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