No love for Love as Emmy noms announced

What?! No love for Love? That was my first reaction upon hearing the list of nominations for the 69th Annual Emmy Awards. Actually, I would have been surprised to see the Judd Apatow-produced Netflix gem (pictured above with leads Gillian Jacobs and Paul Rust) among the shows listed in the Best Comedy category. It is such… Read on



Late night joke of the week

From Tuesday night’s The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: “Everyday, tensions are rising between the United States and our sworn enemy, Canada. Cold Mexico. The Great White North Korea…The President announced that we’re going to be putting a 20% tax on softwood lumber coming into the United States from Canada. As far as I know,… Read on


This week’s podcast: the O’Reilly factor

For all the power and clout Bill O’Reilly had as the most popular TV personality on Fox News, the news cycle concerning his dismissal seems already over as I post this podcast. That, at least, seems fitting. O’Reilly was a pompous gas bag. His many sins on air seemed only to fuel his conservative fan… 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



This week’s podcast: last one out turn off the lights

There was much to cover on this week’s radio chat with CHML’s Scott Thompson. Among the topics was the job slashing this week carried out at Bell Media. The axe swung in several newsrooms, with long-time CTV News Network veteran Dan Matheson among the victims. A couple of times in recent years I’ve driven out to… Read on


This week’s podcast: Noah finding himself Daily

This week, CHML’s Scott Thompson wanted my reaction to Trevor Noah’s first week as host of The Daily Show. Mindful of Tim Goodman’s edict to never review a late night talk show until 100 episodes or so, I do have some quick first impressions. It’s still The Daily Show, with the same crew and writers… Read on


Still waiting for the real Colbert after Late Show debut

Tim Goodman has a rule: never review a new late night talk show until about 100 episodes. That makes sense to me, especially after watching Tuesday night’s premiere of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. So consider the following just notes or observations. The opener was overcooked. Colbert joked that doing a late night talk… Read on


Hosting advice for Stephen Colbert via Vanity Fair

These Vanity Fair folks have their video act together. This gem finds Stephen Colbert’s rivals pitching tips for his debut as host of The Late Show, happening Tuesday night at 11:35 p.m. on CBS and Global. Kimmel, Conan, Maher, Noah, Wilmore, Meyers, Corden and Oliver all weigh in; Fallon is curiously missing. Colbert’s opening night… Read on