MIPCOM 2018: Jamie Oliver offers food for thought

CANNES — MIPCOM, the international television marketplace taking place this week in France, is a bit like a giant food court for TV. There’s a lot of junk food, some of the fare is overpriced and underdone and a lot of it is hard to swallow. Then there’s Jamie Oliver. The British celebrity chef delivered… Read on


Don’t miss MZTV’s salute to “Forgotten Genius” Farnsworth

Philo fans (l-r) Moses Znaimer, Malcolm Baird, Phil Savenick and Farnsworth’s great grandson Jonathan Imagine if you could talk to the man who invented electronic television. The next best thing was possible Thursday night in Toronto, as the MZTV Museum of Television presented a wonderful event saluting Philo T. Farnsworth. The evening began with a… Read on


TONIGHT: Kim Coates back for more Bad Blood

Back in June, when Rogers Media hosted their annual upfront in Toronto, Kim Coates was reluctant to give me any details on the second season of Bad Blood (premiering Thursday evening on Citytv). “If I tell you, I have to kill you,” said Coates, who burnished his tough image over six seasons on the FX… Read on



Premiere week ratings in Canada Sept. 24 – 30

Canadian networks have to be breathing a little easier now that final audience data is in for the first full week of the season. Numeris reports that several scripted shows received hefty lifts once the PVR numbers were added over a seven day period. The Sept. 24 to Sept. 30 chart used a bit of… Read on


Monday by the numbers

Last week (Oct. 1-7), the new TV season came smack up against one of the busiest times of the year in sports (start of hockey, baseball playoffs, college and NFL football). The Kavanaugh hearings south of the border also seemed to distract Canadian eyeballs. Here’s a look at the start of last week in terms… Read on


SET VISIT: Jann Arden’s upcoming CTV series “Jann”

CALGARY — “This is the hardest work I’ve ever done,” says Jann Arden. The 56-year-old singer/songwriter is taking questions from a gathering of reporters and media influencers on the set of her upcoming series Jann. While an exact date has yet to be announced, the Alberta-based, six-episode comedy will premiere later this season, perhaps in… Read on



“Stay for the couple” says Happy Together’s Tim McAuliffe

Here is something you never hear a showrunner of a new network TV series talk about: their fears about how audiences might take their new show. Leave it to a Canadian, then, to break the barrier. “My fear is that people are not going to give it a shot,” says Tim McAuliffe. “I personally wouldn’t.”… Read on


Monday by the numbers

Are Canadian viewers tearing themselves away from US Supreme Court nominee hearings long enough to catch the new fall TV shows? After a week or so, here is a quick look at the overnight estimates on the night’s that matter (Fri-Sat-Sun will be added late Monday, Oct. 1): MONDAY SEPT. 24 CTV won the night,… Read on