My picks for the 10 Best Shows of the Year

  In the U.S. alone, according to FX Research, there were 455 original, scripted series on network, cable and streaming services last year. What were the 10 best TV shows of the year? ‘Tis the season to get plenty of takes on that. I was asked to give my annual year-end list at Uproxx, which,… Read on


Amazon Prime Video staggers into Canada

First the good news: Amazon Prime Video is finally available in Canada. The Netflix-like streaming service was only in the U.S. and the UK the past few years. Canadians got a window on a few Amazon shows such as Transparent and Mozart in the Jungle on shomi. Now it’s shomi the door, enter Amazon, and let… Read on


Seuss, Jones, Karloff and Noble built The Grinch to last

When telling the story of young Cindy Loo Who/Two guys in bow ties knew just what to do. They were Theodor Geisel, a.k.a. popular children’s author and illustrator Dr. Seuss, and Warner Bros animation legend Chuck Jones. Together, they made Dr, Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas, which premiered 50 years ago this month in 1966. It… Read on



If you covered TV in Canada, you have an Alan Thicke story

It’s both an honor — and another indicator I’ve been doing this a long time — to find myself a go-to obit guy. This year, it seems, every day or two, another entertainer from my youth passes away. Bewitched‘s Dr. Bombay — Welsh actor Bernard Fox — was paged for good Wednesday at 89. That was a day… Read on


Christmas-themed TV on Film Screening to close out 2016

Ho Ho Who doesn’t like classic Christmas episodes? Save the date — WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14 — for a special holiday-themed TV on Film Project screening. Watch The Dec., 1963 episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show titled, “The Allen Brady Show Presents” where Rob, Laura, Buddy, Sally and Mel put on a Christmas show. Then… Read on


Alan Thicke 1947 – 2016

You never want to hear about anyone dying at 69, and I can’t imagine the heartache his 19-year-old son Carter experienced watching his dad being stricken right before his eyes. There is something so Canadian, however, about Alan Thicke meeting his end on a Burbank, Ca., hockey rink. Thirty years ago, Alan Thicke was one of the biggest stars… Read on



“Best cast ever” aces annual Air Farce NYE taping

An annual holiday tradition at Brioux.TV is a trip down to CBC for a taping of the annual Air Farce New Year’s Eve special. Brampton neighbours Doug and Roberta are part of the entourage and got an extra kick this year out of getting a visual shout out from the studio monitors welcoming “VIP” guests. Every… Read on


TellMe TV aims to bring “Peak TV” to vision impaired viewers

The term “Peak TV” was coined to describe the explosion of content on television today. Not all of these shows, however, are always accessible. You have to subscribe to Netflix or Amazon or Hulu to see the original shows on those services. You have to subscribe to HBO to watch Game of Thrones (legally). For some viewers,… Read on