Spectacular screw-up ends Oscars’ Best. Night. Ever

“Guessing that’s not the first time Warren Beatty has called out the wrong name at the end of the night.” The Twittersphere had a field day with the crazy mixed up 89th Annual Academy Awards. The above witticism was contributed by Modern Family writer/producer Danny Zuker. Oscar So What turned into Oscar — so, Whaaaat??… Read on



Jimmy Kimmel hosts star-studded Trump roast

I’m glad Jimmy Kimmel is finally getting his chance to host the Academy Awards. Nonetheless, I’ve never been less interested in the Oscars in my entire life. Oscars So White has become Oscars So What. It doesn’t help that I seldom go to movies anymore. I like comedies. Finding a comedy you want to pay to… Read on


Tide turns in favour of Canadian access to Super Bowl ads

A Canadian industry executive emailed me during the big game last Sunday suggesting the CRTC made the right call — watching the Super Bowl with the US ads is definitely a big part of the overall programming experience. Canadians have been missing half the story for decades. Outlets such as The New York Times offer play-by-play… Read on


Bell/CTV hit for Super Bowl loss as many in Canada opt for US ads

UPDATED WITH CORRECTED OVERNIGHT TOTALS: The overnight, estimated tally for Bell Media’s share of the Super Bowl audience suggests that up to 40% the Canadian football audience opted to watch the game — and the American ads — on Fox Network border stations. For the game itself –from kickoff at approx. 6:37 p.m. ET to the end… Read on



Catching a CRTC Super Bowl bounce in Canada

It’s really happening: a legal, American feed of a Super Bowl game on Canadian TV screens. The CRTC mandated an exception to the simultaneous substitution rule and not even lawyers or lobbyists could stop it — this time. The hiccup will cost CTV millions and, really, that’s not fair. Nonetheless, go ad crazy, Canada. Things… Read on


SET VISITS: 19-2 and The Disappearance

MONTREAL — It will soon be 10-4 for the Canadian cop drama 19-2. The Canadian Screen Award-winning series is wrapping production on a fourth and final season. Look for those final 10 episodes when 19-2 returns late next spring to Bravo. The series may pick up another award Monday night. It’s among four series competing for Best… Read on


Janet Wright 1945 – 2016

It was no accident that Corner Gas co-stars Janet Wright and Eric Petersen had such good chemistry. The two knew each other since they were both 18. “She’s from Saskatoon, I went to school there,” Peterson told me a few years ago in Rouleau, Sask., on the set of “Corner Gas: The Movie.” “I knew… Read on


MIPCOM 2016: Kiefer on “bizarre” U.S. election fight

CANNES, France –“This is the most bizarre election cycle I’ve seen in my lifetime, and I remember Watergate, so I’ve seen some stuff.” That was Kiefer Sutherland earlier this week in conversation for a story I wrote for The Canadian Press. You can read the entire article here. Sutherland plays U.S. president Tom Kirkwood, the… Read on