MVP Held Off Score Sheet

House welcomed MVP to Tuesdays with a stiff bodycheck to the boards. In its new days and date premiere, the sexy prime time soap about the “secret lives of hockey wives” netted only 249,000 viewers. That almost exactly what it was getting on Fridays before CBC flipped it with lower rated rookie jPod. The problem… Read on


Cross Border Election Win

Who was the big winner last night? Obama? Hillary? John McCain? No, silly, it was The Border, which won this week’s TV Feeds My Family Poll, topping the list of Canadian-produced shows most likely headed to a U.S. network. The Border won with 25% of the vote, followed–surprisingly–by just banished to Fridays jPod, with 19%… Read on


Three Stooges of Late Night

How have Conan O’Brien, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert been killing time on their late night shows without their armies of writers? By morphing into the Three Stooges. Take a look at the silliest–and funniest–showbiz feud since Jack Benny met Fred Allen: Too bad Chuck Norris couldn’t have joined in the fun, although, this strike… Read on



Dr. House Slashes Nip/Tuck in Half

Lost in the hoopla of the Super Bowl numbers is the ratings battle that followed. CTV’s solid Super Bowl audience (an estimated 4, 093,000–great, but less than half proportionately, Fox’s massive 97.5 million draw) bailed on that fifth season opener of Nip/Tuck, which drew 623,000 viewers. Over at Global, the network stripped of the Super… Read on


Why Leno Keeps On Winning

Great article by Bill Carter in The New York Times on indomitable Jay Leno. As Carter points out, the late show host critics love to dismiss is as dominant as ever in the ratings a month after he and David Letterman returned to the air–Letterman with his writers, Leno without. How has he done it?… Read on


Was Manson Up To Monkee Business?

One of the strangest tales in Truth and Rumors: The Reality Behind TV’s Most Famous Myths is the Charles Manson story. Did the serial killer actually audition to become one of The Monkees? That’s one of the rumors I’ll be discussing tomorrow at 1 p.m. on CBC Radio One’s Q with Jian Ghomeshi (94.1 on… Read on



Dexter Slashes Through CTV’s Super Bowl

First off, to all those people who were mislead by my Super Bowl prediction, I’m sorry. Giants won by three points, not four as I predicted. I’ll try harder next year.Now, a few thoughts on the broadcast.I know The Super Bowl is considered the biggest promotional platform in television today. Certainly Fox wasn’t shy about… Read on


Pepsi’s Pop Pitch Lost in Super Bowl Substitution

Ask any Canadian NFL fan: signal substitution sucks, especially at Super Bowl time. With the game on CTV, get ready to watch endless appearances of those two F-ing Bell Canada cell phone beavers instead of the most talked about U.S. ads of the year.Thanks to YouTube, however, you can watch one U.S. ad Canadians can’t… Read on