Hockey flight in Canada

Hey, anybody remember hockey? The fastest game on earth? Little round disc, guy with loud jackets?Seems if the players aren’t wearing blue and white sweaters with little leaves on them, a lot of us just don’t care. The ratings for the second round of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs have been astonishingly low.How low? A… Read on



Lehman finds her Motive in This Fair Land

Because it gives away the “who,” Motive was sold as a “how-dunit” rather than a whodunit.Now that it has been renewed for a second season, it’s an it-dunit.The season finale airs Thursday night at 10/9c on CTV.The Vancouver-based drama launched Feb. 3 (directly after CTV’s power-out delayed Super Bowl coverage), opening to 1,354,000 total viewers (Live+7).… Read on


Upfronts 2013: Night moves driving Canadian show buyers crazy

Alex O’Loughlin jumps to Fridays next season on Hawaii FIVE-0 This is the week Canada’s private network programming executives play shop till you drop.Together, they’ll drop between $600- to $800 million picking up American network programming for their 2013-14 schedules.It all happens over a few jam-packed days spent in Los Angeles screening rooms and hotels.… Read on


Leafs break record, 5.2 million hearts

Montreal Gazzette great Terry “Aislin” Mosher Monday’s overnight, estimated audience for CBC’s coverage of the Leafs’ Game Seven heart breaker drew a staggering 5,155,000 viewers. That tops the 4.5M+ who tuned in for Sunday’s Leafs victory over Boston in Game Six and is likely the highest total ever for an opening round playoff tilt.CBC drew… Read on



CRTCpalooza ’13: charging for the Sun, etc.

This week through May 2 in Gatineau, Que., the CRTC is hearing from a steady stream of hucksters folks looking to get mandatory carriage for their TV stations. If you are a shut in or, worse, a TV critic, you can watch it all unfold on CPAC–provided you have a strong stomach. Mandatory carriage means… Read on


Bombs away as Global calls halt to war effort

It is curious how bad news gets delivered in this country.Shaw/Global sent out a release Monday that made it sound like a good thing that the only Canadian-produced drama they currently have on the main network–Bomb Girls–had been axed.“We are pleased to share,” reads their release, “that we will be creating a Bomb Girls two hour TV… Read on


TONIGHT: Gross, Pinsent guest on Doyle finale

The Three Acting Amigos: Pinsent, Gross and Hawco The Republic of Doyle has been under siege all year. Moved to Sundays by budget battered CBC, they’ve had to dodge or battle the Oscars, the Grammys, the Screenies and the Super Bowl, not to mention the Walking Dead. This Sunday, their season finale goes up against… Read on


TONIGHT: Mr. D meets “Manaconda”

Gerry Dee and Mark Little trying not to get picked up at the Menz Bar I play hockey in a teacher’s league in Brampton and one of my teammates told me the other day he ran into a former student.“Hey–Mr. D!” the kid shouted.It was not a compliment.Several teachers and teammates have told me they… Read on