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



Blue Jays only home run in fall full of singles

UPDATED: The numbers posted by the victorious Toronto Blue Jays during the ALDS are incredible: an overnight, estimated 4.85 million viewers watched that unforgettable fifth and deciding game on Sportsnet Wednesday night, peaking at a staggering 8.1 million by the final out. That tally followed 4,377,000 viewers for Game 4 vs Texas on Thanksgiving Monday afternoon and… Read on


Year of the flood nearly capsizes MIPCOM 2015

CANNES, France–This was the MIPCOM that never was. On Saturday–two days before I arrived in Cannes–terrible storms whipped this Mediterranean seaport, dumping 120 days worth of rain in two hours. Delegates who arrived early, some to attend children’s TV marketplace MIP Junior, were caught in dangerous floodwaters. Some waded out of restaurants in water past their… Read on


So far, no breakout hits among Fall rookies in Canada

So how are all these new Fall shows doing in Canada? About as so-so as they are in the U.S. based on first week, overnight impressions. Keep in mind overnights are now like watching the first two periods of a hockey game. Still, they provide a relative indication of which shows have made some sort… Read on



Norm Macdonald sticks to the Sunnyside on City

When I spoke with Norm Macdonald this summer in Montreal at the Just for Laughs comedy festival, he was quite happy to talk about Sunnyside. The all-Canadian comedy returns Sunday at 8 p.m. on City with the first of several brand new episodes. Shot in Winnipeg and co-created by Dan Redican and Gary Pearson, Sunnyside, like… Read on


Retweet this: Norm Macdonald is the Mark Twain of Twitter

A few weeks ago when I was in Montreal for Just for Laughs I caught up with Norm Macdonald. The 51-year-old comedian has long been a favourite of mine, dating back to his days as Saturday Night Live‘s most fearless Weekend Update anchor. Twenty years ago, Macdonald knew the next shot he took at O.J. Simpson… Read on


Upfronts 2015: Sportsnet and TSN battle over who’s bigger

At 8:01 Tuesday morning, Bell Media sent an email with the following headline: “TSN once again ranks as Canada’s #1 specialty channel in all key demos” At 8:08 a.m., Rogers–who hosted today’s Canadian network upfront in Toronto–blasted out their message: “Sportsnet is Now the #1 Sports Brand on TV in Canada” So who is telling the… Read on


Horsing around on the set of Sunnyside

Don’t blink or you’ll miss me tonight (Thursday) on Sunnyside (8 p.m. on City). That’s me in the grey suit hailing a cab. The creators and executive producers of Sunnyside, Dan Redican and Gary Pearson, invited me to the set in Winnipeg last fall. I’ve known Dan since forever; we both went to the same… Read on