American Gods rise up on Amazon Prime Video

American Gods premiered Sunday in Canada on Amazon Prime Video. The much anticipated series, seen on Starz in the States, was shot in Toronto and features an all-star cast, including Pablo Schreiber, Ian McShane, Gillian Anderson, Kristin Chenoweth, Cloris Leachman, Dane Cook, Peter Stormare and Corbin Bernsen, along with English actor Rickey Whittle in the… Read on


Minhaj makes the most of his White House roast

Hasan Minhaj, one of Trevor Noah’s comedy correspondents on The Daily Show, did not get to mock Donald Trump to his face Saturday night at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. POTUS #45 ditched the annual “Geek Formal” is Washington, which was probably all for the best. I had the good fortune to meet Minhaj just over… Read on


Nat Geo’s Genius has a Canadian connection

Who, one might ask, is the genius behind Genius, the 10-part series that premiered earlier this week on the National Geographic Channel? The cable network’s first-ever scripted series stars always amazing Geoffrey Rush as 20th century brainiac Albert Einstein. The series is the brain-child of Noah Pink, a Halifax native trying to make it in… Read on



Late night joke of the week

From Tuesday night’s The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: “Everyday, tensions are rising between the United States and our sworn enemy, Canada. Cold Mexico. The Great White North Korea…The President announced that we’re going to be putting a 20% tax on softwood lumber coming into the United States from Canada. As far as I know,… Read on


Great News is a blast from TV newsrooms past

Great News is good news if you are looking for a traditional network sitcom. They still make them, critics be damned; Matt Leblanc and Tim Allen and Kevin James and other familiar faces make a nice living cranking out comfort food for millions who don’t have FX or HBO or Netflix. Executive producer Tina Fey… Read on


This week’s podcast: the O’Reilly factor

For all the power and clout Bill O’Reilly had as the most popular TV personality on Fox News, the news cycle concerning his dismissal seems already over as I post this podcast. That, at least, seems fitting. O’Reilly was a pompous gas bag. His many sins on air seemed only to fuel his conservative fan… Read on



Ridley’s Guerrilla tactics effective at TCA

John Ridley is always a welcome addition to any TCA press tour gathering. The American Crime showrunner never fails to express how much he values the opportunity to speak before TV beat writers. It never comes across ass-kissy, although that’s always welcome, too. Time to return the favour. Ridley is the John Landgraf of executive producers.… Read on


Five Canadian teams a win for Rogers as Cup chase begins

Wednesday marks the beginning of two months of playoff hockey and this year, viewers in Canada have reasons to cheer. Unlike last spring, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Edmonton and Calgary all made the playoffs. Only Vancouver and Winnipeg missed the cut. That’s good news for Scott Moore, president of Sportsnet and NHL Properties at Rogers. He and his… Read on