Jane Fonda: “I am so disappointed with your prime minister”

“Don’t trust good lookin’ liberals.” That’s Jane Fonda’s advice, especially when it comes to Canada’s prime minister. The two-time Best Actress Oscar winner and activist was at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles last July to promote “Jane Fonda in Five Acts,” director Susan Lacy’s compelling look at the 80-year-old Hollywood legend. The documentary premieres… Read on


22 Minutes you’ll never get back

Yikes. Tuesday night, This Hour Has 22 Minutes returned for its 26th season to 367,ooo estimated, overnight viewers. While numbers were counted in some screwy ways back when 22 Minutes began, I’m going to go out on a fairly sturdy limb and suggest that is the series’ lowest-rated season premiere ever. That number is about… Read on


Maurice Boucher 1966 – 2018

A great gentlemen and a true champion of Canadian television has passed away. Maurice Boucher died last Wednesday in Toronto at 52. The Canada Media Fund’s Director of Marketing and Communications was in town to attend the Toronto International Film Festival. I was scheduled to meet Maurice that morning at the BellLightbox’s Canteen. Upon arrival I… Read on



The Great Canadian Baking Show rises again

Co-host Dan Levy says watch out for the new kids as The Great Canadian Baking Show returns for a second season Wednesday night on CBC. “The younger competitors are fierce competitors,” says the Schitt’s Creek star. “I was working at a video store at that age and really didn’t have much to offer.Getting to be in… Read on


The Emmys: extended SNL show had its moments

Monday night on the 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, co-host Colin Jost made reference to the all-star industry salute’s decline as a major TV draw. He did this by thanking the “thousands of you here in the audience tonight and the hundreds of you watching at home.” Well, it wasn’t quite that bad, but it… Read on


NBC looks to Jost and Che to “Update” The Emmys

You get some idea as to where awards shows rank these days when The Emmys get bumped to a Monday night just because NBC won’t surrender Sunday Night Football. Fact is, the NFL primetime showcase is the No. 1 show on their schedule. The Dallas/NY Giants game averaged around 19 million viewers this Sunday. The… Read on



Les is no more

For years I told newcomers attending Television Critics Association press tour sessions in Los Angeles that they aren’t really on this beat until they’ve been in a scrum with Leslie Moonves. Well, things have changed. What’s left of the TV beat writers could pretty well all pull up to the TCA hotel in the same… Read on


Jewison embraces winds of change at CFC BBQ

It was a pretty dramatic day Sunday at the Canadian Film Centre’s annual TIFF BBQ. As storm clouds gathered overhead, CFC CEO Slawko Klymkiw stood at the podium on the wide, flagstone covered back patio at what was once the Winfield Farms Estates and announced a major money deal making Netflix the centre’s chief patron.… Read on