Leno, Kimmel Connect in Late Night Summit

More evidence that The Tonight Show is having a hard time booking guests during this writers strike: last night’s opening guests were a Priest, a Rabbi and a Minister. Good thing Jimmy Kimmel was Jay Leno‘s next guest. The Jay/Jimmy love-in last night wasn’t the vent-a-palooza I was hoping for last night but it was… Read on



Sophie Not Choice

If you were looking for laughs last night, you had to look past CBC’s new Wednesday night comedy Sophie. The gag at the end of the first episode was enough to make you gag. Sophie, played by Natalie Brown (that beguiling chick from those Bailey’s commercials), is lurching from crisis to crisis is what has… Read on


This Week’s Podcast: Jaywalking with Jimmy

Scott Thompson at Hamilton’s Talk Radio CHML checks in this week about–what else?–the never ending writers strike and the big news for Thursday night: Jay Leno and Jimmy Kimmel guesting on each other’s shows. Listen here.As far as I can recall, no two network late night talk show hosts have ever pulled this kind of… Read on


Simon Sez

Just got off the phone with Simon Cowell. Rather, off the Fox phone conference with the American Idol judge, which is nowhere near the same thing. Feeling a little bit like a contestant who came all the way from Canada for an Idol audition but didn’t get a chance to sing. The way these telephone… Read on



Less Than a Million Cross The Border

One thing my old pal Jim Bawden was always quick to flip were the numbers. Since the long time TV columnist was squeezed out at The Toronto Star late last year, those overnight TV ratings have more or less gone missing in that daily. Well, the numbers are in on The Border: 710,000 viewers caught… Read on


CBC’s Got Game With jPod

Last night something revolutionary happened. My teenage son wanted to see a show on CBC.The show is called jPod, and it airs Tuesday nights at 9 p.m.This hasn’t happened since, well, never. Credit CBC’s on-air promotion department for getting the word out. Credit also the teen magnet subject matter: the show is about a group… Read on


Book Buzz

My buddy David Bianculli, for years the esteemed TV critic at the New York Daily News, has kindly posted a review of my book “Truth & Rumors” on his web site “TV Worth Watching” (http://www.tvworthwatching.com/books.shtml). Check it out, I swear I didn’t write it myself.Oh, yeah, you can order the book here.


They’re Mad As Hell and They’re Not Going to Take it Anymore

Perhaps the only fun of watching the new, writerless versions of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report last night was detecting the seething anger both hosts evidently feel from having to front half-assed versions of their shows. While both Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert drew wild ovations last night, both knew that what their… Read on