Glee: one week Jekyll, the next Hyde

Glee, what the hell?! One week you are crazy stupid, marrying Sue Sylvester to herself, tarnishing the legacy of Carol Burnett, trying too hard to salute Singing in the Rain, the next you are offering a coherent, spirited story about a high school glee club.Tuesday’s episode, “Special Education,” allowed all of the young cast members to… Read on

Ratings across Canada Nov. 22-28

CFL on TSN panel Chris Schulz, Dave Randorf, Matt Dunigan and Jock Climie Has TSN become Canada’s second most-watched network? It comes close overall as the sports channel broke a few tackles to claim the No. 1 show of the week, the 98th Annual Grey Cup. The CFL championship averaged close to 5 million viewers on TSN… Read on

TSN, RDS score over 6 million for Grey Cup

Took my car in for a winter tune up today and the subject of Sunday’s Grey Cup game naturally came up. Consensus: not really that exciting.Still, that didn’t stop 6.04 million CFL football fans from tuning in on TSN and RDS according to overnight estimates from BBM Canada.The Alouette’s second straight Grey Cup victory drew… Read on

Pinsent, Williams this week on 22 Minutes

22 Minutes is quietly having a stellar year–despite CBC’s best efforts to kill it.The 16-year-old Canadian comedy showcase hit 925,000 viewers last week, pretty amazing given how little publicity the show receives. That’s like, what, three times what Being Erica gets? At, what, one-third the per episode cost??If it is acknowledged at all in CBC… Read on

Leslie Nielsen 1926-2010

When the Naked Gun movies came out in the late ’80s and early ’90s, friends would not sit next to me in the theatres–I laughed that much. So, when I was invited to have lunch with and interview Leslie Nielsen in the mid-’90s, when he was in Toronto promoting his mostly made up autobiography, The Naked… Read on

Less is Moore and other oldies observations

Harper, Moore and Leachman: made it after all I’ve been checking out CTV’s new specialty channel Comedy Gold since it launched last August, especially reruns of the old “Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “The Bob Newhart Show.” Both were Saturday night staples when I was a kid and I was curious to see how they… Read on

This Week’s Podcast: Blades’ smashing finale

In case you missed Monday night’s Battle of the Blades finale, as CHML’s Scott Thompson did, here’s the end credit clip showing winning Russian pair Valerie Bure and Ekaterina Gordeeva bobbling the crystal trophy. Ker-smash!On Sunday night’s show, co-host Kurt Browning accidentally kicked in a camera, so Battle of the Blades is ending just in time… Read on