Video: my Canada AM review of Sunday’s Emmy Awards

The folks at Canada AM invited me back Monday to review the 67th Annual Emmy Awards. Weather anchor Jeff Hutcheson joked that if this keeps up I might soon get a parking spot. They wanted my take on Sunday’s 67th Annual Emmy Awards. CTV News Channel’s Todd Van der Heyden asked what, for me, was the biggest… Read on



Samberg in control in smooth Emmy showcase

  In a shocker, Ricky Gervais cleaned up at the 67th Annual Emmy Awards Sunday Night. Yes he did. The proof is right on the right–there he is with one of his 14 Emmy statuettes. Well deserved, mate. Actually, no he didn’t. He just grabbed one award and waved it around so people would blog that… Read on


Fall Preview 2015: step into the way back machine

Is it possible to be bored with a Fall TV season before it even starts? That seems to be the case with many critics this September after suffering through a largely lame, unadventurous pack of pilots. Talk about seen-it-before: Don Johnson, John Stamos, Rob Lowe, The Muppets and Heroes? I feel as if I’ve covered… Read on


Crying U.N.C.L.E. at the movies

David Bianculli and the gang over at TV Worth Watching told me to go see a movie. The catch was they wanted a review right away. The movie? A TV series makeover, of course–“The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” I guess Bianculli knew I had a Johnny 7 spy gun when I was a kid. The original Man… Read on



Video: CHCH Morning Live gets my take on seven for fall

My buddy Bob Cowan had me on CHCH Morning Live Monday to chat up the 2015-16 season. That was the idea, anyway, but we spent a lot of time trashing ABC’s revival of The Muppets. So be warned–we come off like those two old coots who used to heckle The Muppet Show from the balcony–Stadler… Read on


Buckley and Gore were “The Best of Enemies”

Looking for something smart on TV this weekend? Try your local movie theatre. “Best of Enemies” opens in selected cinemas—including Toronto’s TIFF Bell Lightbox—this Friday, July 31. The documentary, from filmmakers Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon (“Respect Yourself: The Staxx Records Story”), looks at a fascinating footnote to the explosive year 1968. William F. Buckley… Read on


A good, Short read for summer

Looking for a good summer read? This came out last year but I just got to it last week at the cottage: I Must Say: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend by Martin Short (HarperCollins 2014). Short has had an amazing life so far. He grew up in Hamilton, Ont., dreaming of showbiz and fascinated by… Read on


Review: test driving Samsung’s spectacular 88-inch SUHD TVs

Did you know that Samsung has been the No. 1 manufacturer of TV’s sold worldwide for nine consecutive years? That’s just one of the things I learned after an overnight test drive of the new Samsung curved, 4K UHD TV. The test occurred two weekends ago at a swanky, Hollywood-style pad tucked into the tony Toronto neighbourhood… Read on