Jerry O’Connell loves loves loves North Bay, Ontario

Jerry O’Connell is one caffeine-fueled perpetual promotion machine — especially when it comes to the city where his new series Carter is shot — North Bay, Ontario. He’s part Speedy Gonzales, part Energizer Bunny, zipping around Europe for a day of international sales promotion, touching down in Toronto for some radio and TV appearances, then… Read on


Margot Kidder 1948 – 2018

This is not a super story about Margot Kidder. Born in the Northwest Territories, the actress best known for playing comic book heroine Lois Lane in a series of Superman movies passed away this week at 69. Kidder was winning on screen and at one point even enchanted the Prime Minister of the day, dating… Read on


Kimmel calls SCTV the “greatest sketch show ever”

Last December, Jimmy Kimmel checked a biggie off his bucket list when he was invited over to Martin Short’s house. The host of Jimmy Kimmel Live and The Oscars, could not have been more excited. An invitation to Short’s annual Christmas party has for years been one of the hottest tickets in Hollywood. “I will… Read on



Buzz builds as SCTV reunion draws near

On Sunday, I will “take off” for the SCTV reunion at the Elgin Theatre in Toronto. CHML’s Scott Thompson had plenty of questions about Martin Scorsese’s upcoming SCTV documentary, which has just been picked up in Canada by CTV. Smart move, Bell. Not a lot of details are known at this point about the project,… Read on


Big Bang wedding sure to be a ratings crasher

With Sheldon and Amy tying the knot, Thursday night’s 11th season finale of The Big Bang Theory is sure to be a ratings grabber. In the most recent available national total ratings tally from Numeris (the week of April 23-29), the CBS sitcom was the No. 1 show in English Canada with 3,221,000 CTV viewers.… Read on


CBC gem from the ’70s a hit at TJFF screening

Very late in posting this but had a great time last Saturday moderating a panel at the Toronto Jewish Film Festival. A A 40-year-old CBC TV-movie was saluted: “The Making of the President 1944.” Among the distinguished guests on the panel was the author of the original short story upon which the movie was based,… Read on



CBC gem from 1978 shines Saturday at archival screening

On Saturday, May 5, it will be my privilege to help salute a rare, 40-year-old CBC teleplay: The Making of a President. The hour-long drama, which has nothing to do with the similarly-titled American election chronicles of Theodore H. White, has been kept in a deep corner of the CBC vaults since it aired in 1978.… Read on


Lionel Richie no idle star-maker on Idol

Last January at the TCA press tour in Pasadena, Calif., Lionel Richie was trying to explain his motivation for becoming a judge on American Idol. “How many times do you hear ‘No’ in this business?” he asked reporters. “More than you’ll ever hear ‘Yes.’” Richie, we were told, came up the old fashioned way. “I… Read on