Toronto’s Stephan James one to watch in Shots Fired

You meet some fine young Canadians working the TV beat. One of them is Stephan James. The 23-year-old was born and raised in the Toronto suburb of Scarborough, Ont. In five years, he’s gone from grabbing fast food at Johnny’s Hamburgers to winning roles in everything from Degrassi to The Book of Negroes to playing Jesse Owens in… Read on



Fall Preview 2016: the new season in 5 minutes

There are many other Fall Preview guides out there this time of year. Some offer more depth, more insightful reviews. Few, however, can be read in under five minutes. Check back as shows will be added as screeners become available. Ready, set, go!:   American Housewife ABC/CTV Premieres: Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 8:30 PM (Saturdays… Read on


Killjoys, Between back for second seasons

Feeling patriotic this Canada Day? A good time then to catch up with a couple of made-in-Canada TV shows. Fact: I visited the sets of both Between and Killjoys several months ago while both were still in production for Season 2. Both return this week; Between on City and Netflix and Killjoys on Space. Both were showcased… Read on


Upfront Canada Week: Rogers

Day One of the Upfront Canada Week began Monday in the spacious press room known as the Rogers Centre. Rogers Media made smart use of the ballpark Ted picked up for Uber money. Reporters were escorted into a breakfast nook with a cool view of the baseball field below, where workers were hoisting Ferris wheels,… Read on



Netflix pushes up the price but CTV wins Sutherland sweepstakes

The dust has settled and–contrary to an early report here–CTV has won the Sutherland sweepstakes. The most sought after network series at the Hollywood screenings this year turned out to be Designated Survivor. The ABC political drama stars Kiefer Sutherland and a man who becomes the president of the United States, pretty much by a… Read on


Sunnyside: a fine madness on the wrong channel

A few days after I razzed Rogers to make a call on Sunnyside, they did. The show, as expected, was officially cancelled. The sketch-uational comedy, shot for all the right tax reasons in Winnipeg, pleased fans dying to see some of Canada’s best comedy performers romp through a half-hour of unbridled madness. Here was a… Read on


Empire: too red, white and black for Canada?

Usually the Canadian Top-30 pretty much mirrors the American Top-30 when it comes to weekly TV ratings. There are, occasionally, significant differences. Take Empire. Fox’s hip hop prime time soap took off like a rocket in America last season. Through the end of the 2014-15 season, it was the No. 1 U.S. network series on television,… Read on


This week’s podcast: these Grammys don’t sing

This week, CHML’s Scott Thompson asks if I enjoyed The Grammys. Not really, although I only watched a little here and there of it. I was put off by how the whole deal has become one giant CBS promotional opportunity. You had Colbert setting up the Broadway number, Corden sharing the stage for another intro, Gary Sinise… Read on