No medal, soft ratings with WJHS

Who’s afraid of the big bad World Junior Hockey Championship Deathstar? Not rival programmers this year. The annual junior shinny tourney used to outdraw Grey Cups and Super Bowls back when Canada was kicking ass. In January of 2010, Canada lost in the finals but an overnight, estimated 5,625,000 watched on TSN. The next year,… Read on



TONIGHT: Downton Abbey returns

Lady Mary  (Michelle Dockery, left) looks for the baby off switch Take a close look at Downton Abbey as it returns for a fourth season Sunday night (9/8c, PBS).It’s a sneaky show. On the surface, it looks like an old-fashioned miniseries, a throwback to Upstairs, Downstairs, Brideshead Revisited and other period dramas from the ’70s and… Read on


Orphan Black cracks critics’ Top 15 for 2013

The North Poll isn’t the only poll sticking out these days. Everybody seems to be making with their annual best and worst TV show lists of the past year.The folks at HitFix, home of Alan Sepinwall, asked me to participate in their Second Annual Television Critics’ Poll. Fifty-three critics took part. Everybody was asked to… Read on


Sound of Music drowns out Wonderful Life

New Von Trapp`s Carrie Underwood and Stephen Moyer. Will Hart/NBC Late in posting this on a Saturday night, but if you live on the West coast, NBC is rerunning The Sound of Music Live. They`re even bumping their annual airing of It`s a Wonderful Life to make room for the production. (The Frank Capra classic… Read on



No Mysteries as to the CITF’s biggest draw

Yannick Bisson (left) was a fan favourite at CITF Fans from eight to 80 crammed into the TIFF Bell Lightbox’s largest cinema Sunday to get their Murdoch moment.The entire cast of the hit CBC Monday night drama Murdoch Mysteries took a bow live on stage as part of the inaugural Canadian International Television Festival. Yannick… Read on


NBC joins Global in Working the Engels

Pirini Scleroso, all cleaned up Finally some good news for people on TV named Ford.NBC announced today that they are on board as a full broadcast partner in the new shot-in-Toronto comedy Working the Engels.The series, created and written by sisters Katie and Jane Ford, stars SCTV legend Andrea Martin as the matriarch of a… Read on


Monday: Murdoch soars while Package drops

It’s no mystery; Canadians love Murdoch Monday’s early season overnight ratings were an eye opener on several fronts.First, they continue to show tremendous growth for a series given up for dead just two years ago. Murdoch Mysteries returned to CBC–a network off the radar all summer–with an overnight, estimated 1.4 million viewers. This on a… Read on


Fall Preview 2013: Thursday

Thursdays, long dominated by CTV in Canada (and coveted by advertisers across North America), suddenly looks to be in play. Not at 8 p.m., where The Big Bang Theory remains Canada’s most-watched series. Grey’s Anatomy, however, is not as dominant as it has been in the past, and at 10 p.m., Global will win with Elementary.A bit of a… Read on