Great News is a blast from TV newsrooms past

Great News is good news if you are looking for a traditional network sitcom. They still make them, critics be damned; Matt Leblanc and Tim Allen and Kevin James and other familiar faces make a nice living cranking out comfort food for millions who don’t have FX or HBO or Netflix. Executive producer Tina Fey… Read on



Finding Love: TV’s top romantic comedy

How much do I love Love? Let me count the ways. Season Two of the Judd Apatow-produced Netflix rom-com dropped less than a month ago. A third season has already been ordered. The 12 new episodes find our heroes, Mickey (Gillian Jacobs) and Gus (Paul Rust), right where we left them at the end of Season One.… Read on


Toronto’s Stephan James one to watch in Shots Fired

You meet some fine young Canadians working the TV beat. One of them is Stephan James. The 23-year-old was born and raised in the Toronto suburb of Scarborough, Ont. In five years, he’s gone from grabbing fast food at Johnny’s Hamburgers to winning roles in everything from Degrassi to The Book of Negroes to playing Jesse Owens in… Read on


Too many Annes? Shirley you jest

I was just a young punk photo editor at TV Guide when Kevin Sullivan’s Anne of Green Gables broke viewing records in Canada in 1985. A great, big, Hallmark greeting card of a series, the two-part event drew around five million viewers for one of its two nights. At least I think it did. That… Read on



Murphy, Lange & Sarandon make Feud feisty fun

You’d have to think Joan Crawford and Bette Davis would have cackled over last week’s spectacular screw up at the Oscars. The sight of Hollywood’s elite being humiliated on stage in from of millions around the world probably would have taken 10 years off each of their faces. Executive producer/director Ryan Murphy  pays homage to both… Read on


REVIEW: PBS’s Soundbreaking is sensational

Been on the road a lot this past month so way behind in giving this programming heads up: check out Soundbreaking, the best documentary of the fall. Already half way through a run of eight amazing episodes on PBS, the ambitious series charts the history of recorded music. It was the last thing Sir George Martin worked on,… Read on


Ennis Esmer steals a second season of Red Oaks

Here’s a series where a Canadian is stealing every scene. Trouble is, Canadians can’t see it — yet. It’s called Red Oaks. Season two premieres Friday on Amazon Prime Video — which is why most Canadians have never heard of it. The streaming video service, similar to Netflix, is only currently available in the US, UK,… Read on


MIPCOM REVIEW: The Rocky Horror Picture Show

CANNES, France — Do we really want to do the time warp again? The question was semi-answered Tuesday night as Fox premiered it’s shot-in-Toronto re-boot of the ’70s cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The Fox PR department pulled out all the stops for the packed screening, with party hats and boas provided at… Read on