Eric McCormack enjoyed a sweet hometown homecoming this past Monday in Toronto at an “In Conversation” event hosted by the Canadian Film Centre. The 59-year-old Emmy winner was on stage with Zoomer magazine editor-in-chief Suzanne Boyd (above, right) before a well-vacinated crowd assembled at the downtown Toronto Varsity VIP cinemas. McCormack, in town to shoot
After a nation-wide vote that broke the Internet, Canada’s Got Talent has a new champion: Jeanick Fournier. The Celine Dion-level singer from Chicoutimi, Quebec, wowed the judges and Canadians voting at home in Tuesday night’s finale, seen live from the Fallsview Resort and Casino in Niagara Falls. “Thank you to all of the people from
Fire up the Tiki torch and pass the Doritos: Survivor keeps winning Canada’s weekly TV ratings race. The long-running CBS import was the most-watched show in Canada the week of May 2-8, drawing 1,544,000 viewers on Global. Furthermore, the castaway competition series has ranked No. 1, according to Numeris, five of the past six weeks.
Hockey superstars aside, who is the most-talented Canadian? Viewers will find out Tuesday night, live, on Citytv as a champion is crowned on Canada’s Got Talent. Eight finalists will compete before the full judges panel on Howie Mandel, Lilly Singh, Trish Stratus and Kardinal Offishall as well as the man himself, America’s Got Talent head
It takes about ten days to get final broadcast TV numbers. We won’t know until Tuesday, May 29, therefore, how many viewers watched the Toronto Maple Leafs get eliminated Saturday night by the Tampa Bay Lightning in their seven-game opening round series. What we can predict, however, is that the audience was somewhere between three
The folks at Newstalk 1010 in Toronto — CFRB to us oldtimers — called and asked if I would weigh in on an important election matter. The issue they wanted my expert opinion on: which Gilligan’s Island character does each of the Ontario party leaders most closely resemble? Mark Towhey is the host of a
Perhaps the most impressive thing about the Kids in the Hall picking up right where they left off – 27 years after their last sketch season ended – is their total embrace of doing it at 60. The series opens with Scott Thompson menacing through a yard sale. He’s all tarted up in grey-ish dreads,
To have not done a podcast with Kenneth Welsh — what an opportunity lost. Welsh died May 5 at 80 years of age. He burned so bright for so many years that 80 seems both impossibly long and way too short for such an incendiary life. You could not cover television in Canada throughout the
David Birney, who passed away April 27 in Santa Monica, Calif., is best known to TV audiences for two one-season roles — and one unhappy marriage. His first starring TV role was as Bernie Steinberg, a Jewish cabdriver with writing ambitions married to Irish Catholic schoolteacher Bridget Fitzgerald on the CBS sitcom Bridget Loves Bernie
Man Men creator Matthew Weiner wrote a sterling exit for Robert Morse. Towards the end of the series’ run, Morse’s character — ad firm patriarch Bertram Cooper – dies at home shortly after witnessing the best ad line ever uttered on television: Neil Armstrong’s “That’s one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for
“People used to describe us as pot smoking hippies on welfare.” That was Paul Pope, the dean of Newfoundland TV and film production, describing his early days in an industry he helped create. I knew him for one day, but it was memorable, and he told me the secret to making Canadian television. That day
Early this year, shortly after his comedy club pals Bob Saget and Louie Anderson died, Gilbert Gottfried shared a photo on Instagram of the three of them. The shot was “very sad now,” he wrote. A few months later, they’re all gone. I mean, these guys were all still in their sixties. What the Hell.
Estelle Harris, who passed away April 2nd at 93, will always be remembered for her role as George’s mouthy and haranguing mother Estelle Costanza on Seinfeld. For many viewers, Estelle Costanza became a morbid object of fascination. People had to know: how did George Costanza turn out the way he did? Her impact was so