The View From The Republic of Doyle

ST. JOHN’S, Nfld.–The Republic of Doyle is bloody awesome. Not just the upcoming CBC series–which looks as cool as the 1968 Pontiac GTO driven by the show’s private eye protagonist–but the jewel of a town where it all takes place, St. John’s, Newfoundland.The folks were as warm as sunshine, even on a cold and blustery… Read on

Thousands Flee as Border Left Unprotected

CBC’s The Border sank to its lowest audience level ever Thursday night, attracting just 410,000 viewers. The Toronto-lensed series, starring James McGowan (left), got bloodied opposite Grey’s Anatomy on CTV, which drew 3.1 million viewers (all figures BBM Canada overnight commercial estimates).McGowan’s character, Maj. Mike Kessler, takes his beating next week in an episode set… Read on

Mornings Come Early in Newfoundland

ST. JOHN’S, Nfld.–Holy crap, things happen a whole hour-and-a-half earlier out here.The view of St. John’s harbour looks mighty fine from the sixth floor of the Delta hotel but that’s about all I’ve seen of the joint so far. Even the cab driver sounded like Rick Mercer so I guess I’m in the right place.I’m… Read on

This Week’s Podcast: Three Chairs for CBC

CBC made a big mistake by overselling their news makeover Monday and are they paying for it this week. All the outrage on the Internet, you’d think Mansbridge had lied about hiding a kid in a balloon.Everybody seems convinced CBC News stands for nothing now that Mansbridge won’t sit down (especially the Legion of Decency’s… Read on

Tuesday Night: Mercer, Erica Up, News Down

What BBM giveth, PPM taketh. The Rick Mercer Report was up to 1,242,000 viewers Tuesday night while CBC’s much hyped The National slipped to 627,000 at 10 and 495,000 at 10:25. The other newscasts all held steady: CTV National News at 11 got 1,328,000. Global National at 5:30 scored 1,209,000. Other Tuesday night numbers in… Read on

New CBC News Numbers Show Promise

CBC News’ all new The National drew 704,000 viewers Monday at 10 p.m., slipping to 573,000 at the 10:25 mark. (All numbers BBM Canada overnight estimates). A lift over the Sept/Oct news numbers absolutely but at a cost of about $1o,000 a viewer given Monday’s aggressive media blitz. CTV National News pulled 1,194,000 viewers at… Read on

Men Wear the Worldwide Pants in Late Night

There’s a move afoot in Toronto to step back to the days of all boys schools. One of the school board chiefs is all for it.Which is idiotic. All black schools, all boy schools, how far back in time are we headed? What is with this move to segregation? What are we teaching our kids?The… Read on

CBC`s Brand New National: Faster Than a Speeding Bulletin

CBC made the leap into the age of short attention spans with the premiere of their new news look Monday night. Segments zipped by in the blink of an eye and the newscast seemed to pick up speed as it went along.“I like how it’s quicker,” says my 16-year-old son, who found the bam-bam-bam newscast… Read on