Canada 150: stars share their passion for the True North

Feeling like waving the flag this Canada Day? Over the past weeks and even months,m I’ve been banking quotes from several TV personalities, getting their response to one question: What does Canada’s 150th birthday mean to you? Among those I quizzed: Don Cherry, Ron MacLean, Rick Mercer (above), Brent Butt, Marilyn Denis, Cobie Smulders, Jared… Read on



Savvy moves shore up CBC’s fall schedule

CBC is back in business with The Junos! Much was made of this re-acquisition at CBC’s Upfront Wednesday in Toronto. Canada’s annual music awards showcase did seem to shed viewers the last few years at CTV, and CBC won praise for that Tragically Hip concert (to be re-broadcast June 24), so why not. Let’s bring back… Read on


Momoa scores a Hudson’s Bay breakaway in Frontier

When Jason Momoa says he wants to play hockey, you find him some skates– quick! The former Game of Thrones and Conan the Barbarian star takes on the Hudson’s Bay Company in Frontier, premiering Sunday night on Discovery Canada. The rest of the world can follow along on Netflix. Landon Liboiron (Hemlock Grove), Jessica Matten (Blackstone), Allan… Read on


Upfront Canada Week: CTV (ad event)

Random highlights from CTV’s really big shew for advertisers Wednesday night at Toronto’s Sony Centre: The venue was the same but the cast has changed. Just last year, Phil King was centre stage at the CTV upfront, changing T-shirts between clips. This year Phil got to sit out front; he’s now on the supply side, having… Read on



Upfront Canada Week: CTV (press day)

Day Two of Upfront Canada Week began bright and early Wednesday at 8 a.m. in Toronto. CTV likes to get journalists fresh off a punishing commute along the Gardiner before turning them loose on their executives. The reward was some Canadian bacon (nice) and artery-choking sausages and plenty of fresh fruit. There were some delicious… Read on


O yeah! Doyle drives off into the sunset after six seasons

Wednesday night, CBC airs the final regular season episodes of Republic of Doyle. The two-hour Doyle-fest begins at 8 p.m. This was a series that was easy to embrace for me right from the beginning. For one thing, it wasn’t another formulaic, procedural, Canadian cop show mimicking a formulaic, procedural, American cop show. It screamed St.… Read on


Wandering TV critic tries to steal Jake Doyle’s ride

Wednesday, Republic of Doyle airs in its regular CBC timeslot (9 p.m.). Then, next week, Dec. 10, comes the two-hour finale to the brawlin’, tire-squealin’  six year old detective series. I was out in St. John’s last summer when they were putting the finishing touches to the series. So, naturally, I tried to steal Jake… Read on


O Yeah! Republic of Doyle salute a crowd pleaser at CITF14

The Republic of Doyle ends its six-year run on CBC Dec. 10. What the 500 fans who attended Sunday’s Canadian International Television Festival salute wanted to know was this: will there be any future Doyle TV-movies? Star/executive producer Allan Hawco says he’s game and that co-creator Perry Chafe already has one hell of a script. Both were… Read on