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



Tuesday: another Mercer Report signs off for the season

  What, already? Yes, The Rick Mercer Report signs off for another season Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on CBC. The 12th season brought the usual million-viewers a week and Mercer has already inked a deal for at least two more seasons. Rick ends 2014-15 in the usual manner by visiting the top schools participating in the Spread… Read on


Canadian comedy elite salute 22 years of 22 Minutes

Thursday in Toronto, a comedy Who’s Who packed into the Bell Lightbox to celebrate 22 years of This Hour Has 22 Minutes. Half of Newfoundland seemed to make it down to the Bell Lightbox for the salute. The Pope (Gordon Pinsent) and the ex-premier (Danny Williams) were both in the house, as was every 22… Read on


CBC still “Lives” at 2014-15 preview

They’re still using the slogan “Canada Lives Here” at CBC. It was on-screen during the presentation reel at CBC’s 2014-15 preview Thursday in Toronto. It seems to need an addendum now:  “Canada Lives Here–They Just No Longer Work Here.” Or, “Canada Lives Here–But the Kids Never Visit.”  Or, “Canada Lives Here–Five Percent of the Time” or…this… Read on



More stars, screenings Sunday at CITF

“Michael Donovan wrote whaaat??” The Made in Canadapanel brought a few surprises and many laughs The inaugural Canadian International Television Festival kicked off with a packed day of sessions and screenings Saturday in Toronto.I was honored to moderate panels celebrating 40 years of Air Farce as well as the 15th anniversary of Made in Canada.… Read on



Rick Mercer soars in 10th season opener

Ten years on, Canadians love their Rick Mercer Report.The series blasted back Tuesday at 8 p.m. with 1,256,000 overnight, estimated viewers.CBC’s winning Tuesday continued with the 20th season return of 22 Minutes, which also broke a million at 1,009,000. The Dragon’s Den spin-off The Big Decision drew 480,000 at 9 p.m.Mercer’s strong showing was the… Read on


Sun comes out once again for annual CFC BBQ

Made the scene Sunday at the Canadian Film Centre’s annual Toronto International Film Festival BBQ. The spread was held once again at Stately Wayne Manor, a.k.a. E.P. Taylor’s old Windfields Estate in Toronto, with CFC executive director Slawko Klymkiw presiding. The usual CanCon suspects were there, including: Rick Mercer (below right), celebrating his 10th season… Read on