Quick Takes: Abigail Spencer of Timeless

One network series with a fun premise this season is Timeless. It premieres Monday night at 10 p.m. ET/PT on NBC and Global. The Vancouver-lensed sci-fi drama stars Goran Visnjic (ER) as a dangerous fugitive who steals a top-secret time machine. Chasing after him won’t be easy, so the U.S. government rounds up three experts they feel can track… Read on



REVIEW: Pitch shows promise as a game original

When I first sat down to screen all the network pilots for this fall season way back in early June, Pitch stood out. It wasn’t a remake of a movie, for one thing, something re-booted to take advantage of an existing Intellectual Property holding. It wasn’t a time travel show. It seemed original, and, better… Read on


Fall Preview 2016: the new season in 5 minutes

There are many other Fall Preview guides out there this time of year. Some offer more depth, more insightful reviews. Few, however, can be read in under five minutes. Check back as shows will be added as screeners become available. Ready, set, go!:   American Housewife ABC/CTV Premieres: Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 8:30 PM (Saturdays… Read on


Set visit: party time at CBC’s Kim’s Convenience

Headed out to Kim’s Convenience Tuesday but not for milk and bread. The comedy, premiering in October 4 on CBC, is shooting in Toronto on seven standing sets spread across two large sound stages. If you’ve been watching CBC’s Summer Olympic Games coverage, you’ve no doubt seen the promos for the series. “We really lucked… Read on



Upfront Canada Week: Corus/Global

Thursday in Toronto Corus hosted the third leg of the Canadian private network Triple Crown. Front and centre at Thursday’s Corus upfront was EVP and COO Barb Williams. The savvy network executive has had a Tartikoff-like ride in the TV game, making tons of money for her company although never exactly the poster child for Canadian TV… Read on


Upfront Canada Week: CTV (press day)

Day Two of Upfront Canada Week began bright and early Wednesday at 8 a.m. in Toronto. CTV likes to get journalists fresh off a punishing commute along the Gardiner before turning them loose on their executives. The reward was some Canadian bacon (nice) and artery-choking sausages and plenty of fresh fruit. There were some delicious… Read on


Netflix pushes up the price but CTV wins Sutherland sweepstakes

The dust has settled and–contrary to an early report here–CTV has won the Sutherland sweepstakes. The most sought after network series at the Hollywood screenings this year turned out to be Designated Survivor. The ABC political drama stars Kiefer Sutherland and a man who becomes the president of the United States, pretty much by a… Read on


CBC draws curtain on 2016-17 with a lite launch

They had to know the risk. The headlines: “Curtains for CBC!” Thursday in Toronto at their rapidly rented-out broadcast bunker, CBC held it’s annual fall launch in Toronto. Reporters were lifted up to the 10th floor in service elevators and led down hallways where bare walls were wrapped in thousands of yards of curtains and drapes.… Read on