Tony Curtis: 1925-2010

Over the years I’ve spent covering television I’ve only met a few genuine movie stars. One was Tony Curtis, who died Wednesday in Hollywood at 85. First time I met the man was way back in 1986, on one of my first TCA press tours. Curtis was at the Century Plaza hotel in Beverly Hills,… Read on

Britney Boosts Global’s Glee to Tuesday win

Glee boss Ryan Murphy between Britney and Brittany Glee emerged as the big Week Two winner in Tuesday’s Canadian TV ratings. The Fox phenom, which featured much music Tuesday night from Britney Spears, pulled an overnight, estimated 2,384,000 viewers at 8 p.m.CTV, as it aggressively declared in today’s press release, didn’t do bad opposite Glee with… Read on

CTV quick to brag about Week Two numbers

It didn’t take long for the old arrogance to seep back into the CTV ratings releases. “Wipe Out! CTV Wins Monday” crowed the latest. “Castle drowns Hawaii FIVE-0 with 1.8 million viewers.”All the networks have been spinning the numbers like crazy in the past week and a half. CTV certainly has plenty to crow about,… Read on

Lone Star flames out as season’s first dud

One man, two wives. The good news: he saved on insurance There’s plenty of whining on the Internet today about Fox making Lone Star the first cancellation of the season. Some are saying it is being punished for being different or being a serial drama or not having a big name lead. That everything else… Read on

Will CBS’s The Good Wife make history tonight?

Wondering what’s going down on The Good Wife this season? Julianna Margulies for one. At least that’s how it looked when I got a sneak peak at the racy opening scene during a visit last month to the Brooklyn, N.Y. set.We’ll find out if the provocative opener made the cut when the series returns tonight… Read on

Premiering tonight: No Ordinary Family

Thought all the new shows had premiered already? A few more trickle in over this second week of the official Fall season, including this out-of-the-ordinary little hour from ABC: No Ordinary Family (8 p.m., ABC and CTV) Ever take a family vacation and come back feeling super? The Powells did. Dad Jim (Michael Chiklis from… Read on

50 Years Later: the Kennedy-Nixon Debates

There was a pretty significant TV anniversary over the weekend–50 years since the Kennedy-Nixon Presidential Debates. They were billed as “The Great Debates” when the first of four aired over three U.S. networks on Sept. 26, 1960. They were the first televised presidential debates and the opener is generally considered to have boosted then senator John F. Kennedy’s… Read on

Amazing Race helps S#*! sell Sunday on CTV

Daddy-daughter Racers Gary & Mallory The Amazing Race continues to be an amazing story for CTV, racing back as Canada’s No. 1 Sunday show with close to 2.5 million viewers according to overnight estimates. That topped a big night at the private broadcaster, which squeezed in six shows between 6 p.m. and midnight—and saw all six… Read on