Summer seems like a good time to Fool Canada

Last October when I was at MIPCOM in Cannes you couldn’t help but notice all the signage for Just For Laughs Gags. Scenes from the very visual Quebec comedy were everywhere, on giant electronic billboards as well as on the sides and roofs of the many overpriced taxis. The message: visual gag comedy sells internationally.… Read on



Summer starts slowly with True Detective Two

Summer is the fastest season, A few days have already whizzed by before I could get this link up to this story I wrote on Summer Television for The Canadian Press. Things slowed right down, however, for Sunday’s Season Two premiere of True Detective (HBO, HBO Canada). I watched most of the first hour on an 88-inch,… Read on


That Mad Men finale: delayed reaction

Mad Men has often been accused of being slow, so I thought I would take my time before weighing in on the final episode. Actually I just saw it Friday night. Was up north the Sunday it aired and my neighbour has rigged his dish just to get hockey games. Had it in my PVR… Read on


Review: Happyish is supremely unpleasant

Warning! Do not watch Happyish. I’m still trying to scrub the first two episodes out of my eyes. If the miserable, aggressively unlikable characters from the series were reviewing it they would call it a total piece of s—. There would be swearing. I’ve never heard so much cursing and I’m a Leafs fan. The… Read on



Mad Men’s final season premiere: Is That All There Is?

Peggy Lee’s haunting “Is That All There Is?” plays a big part in Sunday night’s Seventh and final season opener of Mad Men (10 p.m., AMC). I remember first hearing the song back when I was in Grade school. It came out in November of 1969 and times in nicely as Mad Men closes out… Read on


Burnett & Downey spread the word on A.D. The Bible Continues

Finally a series of Biblical proportions. That would be A.D. The Bible Continues, the new 12-part miniseries from husband and wife power couple Roma Downey and Mark Burnett. Part One–depicting Christ’s death and resurrection–premieres Sunday night on NBC and CTV. The first hour is told at a brisk pace. Christ is condemned, crucified and entombed in just… Read on


Review: The Late Late Show with James Corden

It really isn’t fair to review a late night talk show after one episode. It took Conan O’Brien six months to a year to find his rhythm. Larry Wilmore new Comedy Central series continues to evolve. Still, if Corden’s mission was to establish himself as a clear alternative Monday it was pretty much mission accomplished.… Read on


No joke: Oscar ratings way, way down

UPDATE: Don’t have a bird, man. Oscar ratings plummeted across the U.S. The nearly four-hour statue-fest sank 12% nation-wide in overnights compared to last year. In Buffalo, N.Y., according to my colleague Alan Pergament, ratings were down a whopping 25%. More viewers watched last week’s equally long Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary special in Buffalo than… Read on