Season Two of Star Trek: Discovery set to blast off

Captain’s log Stardate Thursday, January 17. Star Trek: Discovery boldly sets sail for a second shot-in-Toronto season. Fourteen new episodes will premiere on CBS All Access in the States and on specialty channel Space and the french-language Z in Canada. Canadians can also stream it on Crave. Netflix has rights in over 180 other countries.… Read on


Family Guy rips Trump, teases Trudeau in ‘toon take down

Have to thank cottage neighbour Jimmy for the heads up on Sunday’s episode of Family Guy. If you missed it live (as I did), check out the high points in the video, above, or stream it here at Citytv Go. Basically, Family Guy ran Donald Trump through a shredder. Every possible joke about his tiny… Read on


VIDEO: meet Murdoch Mysteries’ makeup ace Deb Drennan

It takes a village to turn me into an actor. A heritage village, in fact, such as Westfield Heritage Village just outside Hamilton, Ontario. It was there last September where I shot a scene opposite Jonny Harris and Charles Vandervaart on Canada’s top-rated drama series, Murdoch Mysteries. The episode, “Annabella Cinderella,” airs (and streams) tonight… Read on



CHML musings: singing the praises of The Sopranos

CHML mid-morning host Bill Kelly called Friday to talk about the 20th anniversary of The Sopranos. The landmark HBO series launched in January of 1999. Did we fagetaboutit? Fagetaboutit! The two Bills agreed that the late, great James Gandolfini had a lot to do with the success of the series. While others may have been… Read on


VIDEO: did The Sopranos change television? Don’t you Fagettaboutit

It was 20 years ago today that The Sopranos grabbed TV by the Paulie Walnuts. In January of 1999, executive producer David Chase’s groundbreaking drama about a mob boss, his shrink (Dr. Melfi, played by Lorraine Bracco) and his two “families” took the antihero into a whole new direction.  Emmy winner James Gandolfini kicked down… Read on


Picking my ten best from The Dick Van Dyke Show

This week, Vulture ranked  all 158 episodes of The Dick Van Dyke Show from first to worst. Doing that with any series is a big undertaking; making that effort for a series that began 58 years ago is a testament to how timeless and enduring that sitcom remains. So, hats off to Vulture. The author… Read on



New season numbers getting harder to count

You’ve undoubtedly seen all those ads on bus shelters, billboards and even on television. Instead of declaring when Big Bang or Schitt’s Creek or the new CBC series Coroner will be air, they simply say when each series will start “streaming.” Here’s why: a report last April suggested that streaming will surpass broadcast viewing in Canada by 2020. Yes, next… Read on


Little and Bush dish on their new comedy Cavendish

Comedies mixed with elements of horror have long been staples of movies and TV. The latest example: Cavendish, a new sitcom created by Canadian stand-up/sketch comedians Mark Little and Andy Bush. The former Picnicface co-founders have teamed on this shot-in-Nova Scotia and P.E.I. project, which premieres Tuesday night at 9:30 on CBC — right after the… Read on