They Shoot, We Snore

Did hockey fans return this weekend for another Detroit/Pittsburgh Stanley Cup final? CBC sure hopes so. Round 3 scores were down from previous years. CBC drew 1,463,000 last Tuesday and 1,338,000 Wednesday with its NHL playoff coverage according to BBM overnight estimates. The lack of Canadian clubs in the playoffs has left CBC way up… Read on

Letterman’s Bill Scheft Finds Humour in “Hurts”

A busy week spent typing for dollars has prevented me from getting to this until now, and it is so not news, but Bill Scheft is one funny dude. The head monologue writer for Late Show with David Letterman was in Toronto Wednesday to promote his latest book, Everything Hurts (Simon and Schuster). He conducted… Read on

Crystal’s Leno Swan Song a Tonight Triumph

Jay Leno has packed his final week hosting The Tonight Show with plenty of laughs. Thursday night was no exception, with old reliable Billy Crystal serenading Leno with his trademark show tune shtick, always a big hit at the Oscars. Here’s a clip (if those cross border killjoys at NBC haven’t taken it down already):… Read on

Jabbering About Jay, Jon & Kate

This week on TV Talk on the radio with CHML’s Scott Thompson: more blather about those, to use John Doyle’s great phrase, “self-absorbed fame-sluts” from Jon & Kate Plus Eight. There’s also a heads up about Jay Leno’s Tonight Show farewell (tonight).The big rant is saved for the hypocrisy of Canadian broadcasters who have been… Read on

Once Again, Can Nets Sell Local, Buy American

So much for “Save Local TV.” Hollywood Reporter scribe Etan Vlessing always has the scoop on who bought what at the LA screenings and, once again, the Canadian networks bought up everything in sight. It appears Rogers/City was more of a player, but Canwest–bankruptcy rumours be damned–maxed out their credit cards once again. Read Vlessing’s… Read on

See What Survey Said at TVFMF Poll Archive

Good news–this site should load a little faster now. That’s because those poky poll results that used to run way down the right hand side have been moved to their own site.Forty-one surveys from the past year-and-a-half can now be accessed over at the TV Feeds My Family Poll Archive. Check back anytime to see… Read on

Berman and Brioux Headline June BRC Gala

The Canadian network program buyers are down in LA right now, doing their damnedest to save local television. Somehow–even though they all say they’re broke–they’ll come back from the annual LA screenings with most of the 22 new U.S. network offerings announced last week by ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and The CW. Business is business,… Read on

Plenty of Headlines for Leno’s Last Week

Jay Leno‘s last week has generated plenty of press. I oughta know, I think I pounded out half of it myself.The late night talk show host’s guests this week include Mel Gibson and Lyle Lovett (tonight), Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Dwight Yokam (tomorrow night), Wanda Sykes and Sarah McLachlan (Wednesday), Billy Crystal and Prince (Thursday)… Read on