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


Miss fighting in hockey? See Goon: Last of the Enforcers

“I’m just so bloody excited to show the world this movie.” That’s Jay Baruchel on his pet project, “Goon: Last of the Enforcers,” opening in cinemas across Canada Friday. This is the long-awaited sequel to the 2011 hockey comedy “Goon.”  Baruchel not only acts in and co-wrote the sequel (with Jesse Chabot), he also makes… Read on


Zone coverage: Dawidziak’s clever book will serve man

My Television Critics Association pal Mark Dawidziak has come out with one of those, “Why didn’t I think of that!” ideas. He’s written the perfect book for classic TV lovers and knowledge-seekers in general: “Everything I Need to Know I Learned in The Twilight Zone.” Mark is a very funny man who has my respect for a lot of… Read on



Slice is back with more Canadian First Dates

I asked Adam Snider, who plays the chipper bartender on First Dates, how he thought he’d do on the series. Season Two begins Tuesday, March 14, on Slice. “Good question,” he said on the phone from Vancouver (the series is shot there in a downtown restaurant). “I think I would fare well. I can pretty much talk to… Read on


Robert Osborne 1932 – 2017

Turner Classic Movies almost never takes part in the semi-annual Television Critics Association press tours. I’m always a little disappointed about this, because it is one of my favourite channels. Around ten years ago, TCM cracked open the vault and hosted an evening event outdoors at the Beverly Hilton. They brought a few movie stars from… 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



24 Legacy star Smits never wears out his welcome

Jimmy Smits has been an A-List TV star since he broke out on LA Law over 30 years ago. With nine TV series on his IMDb list, he’s been a familiar face for decades at TCA press tours. I joined a scrum of reporters who spoke with him on stage following the TCA session for… Read on


Bill Paxton 1955 – 2017

I met Bill Paxton, with other reporters,  on a couple of occasions. Once or twice during the run of HBO’s Big Love, and just last month in Pasadena during the TCA press tour where he was promoting his new CBS series Training Day. He was his usual, good-natured self on that day, dominating the session.… Read on