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


REVIEW: Kim’s Convenience open for business

Not many people saw The Big Bang Theory coming. It was dismissed as a show about nerds when it premiered nine years and several billion dollars ago. It wasn’t an instant smash hit; people had to find it and come ’round to it. CBC can only hope to have a fraction of Big Bang‘s success… 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



REVIEW: Hail to Sutherland, network television’s Designated Survivor

Kiefer Sutherland is the reason to watch tonight’s premiere of Designated Survivor. He’s nothing like Jack Bauer, dammit. Which is what makes this series interesting. Sutherland plays Tom Kirkman, a U.S. cabinet minister as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development about to get demoted outside the power circle. That’s before the U.S. Capitol Dome blows… Read on


Veep, Thrones, O.J. and Kimmel big winners at entertaining Emmys

Okay, it’s official: as television eclipses film, The Emmys is so much more the show to watch these days instead of The Oscars. Sunday night’s 68th Annual Emmy Awards was pretty terrific from start to finish. Host Jimmy Kimmel has played this room before and that helped. He knew how far to push things, kept his… Read on


Review: Better Late Than Never

This review is Better Late Than Never. That’s because the series Better Late Than Never has already aired two hour-long episodes. That’s already about 100 minutes too much of this sorry little celebrity travelogue. The casting is intriguing for TV buffs: William Shatner, 85, Henry Winkler, 70, Terry Bradshaw and George Foreman, both 67. Who… Read on


This week’s podcast: Baldwin a winner on Match Game

“Alec Baldwin is a good host for Match Game. When the first episode was over, he showed Rosie O’Donnell his blank.” Yes, the former 30 Rock star is hosting ABC’s new Sunday night version of Match Game, and CHML’s Scott Thompson wanted to know why. Probably because they offered him a blank-load of money. It also helps… Read on