Oprah OWNs the States now, Canada March 1

Oprah Winfrey is about to OWN Canada.That’s the buzz as her new network, OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) launches tonight at midnight on cable in the United States. Canadians are going to have to wait a while as Corus owns the rights and plans to preview it for a few months on W before re-branding VIVA as… Read on

Air Farce, Ron James set to rock in the New Year

Clear the runway–the Air Farce is back for another New Year’s Eve special. All seven members of the comedy troupe–including originals Roger Abbott, Don Ferguson and Luba Goy–are back this year for the one hour special, which airs at 8 p.m. and again at midnight. I attended night two of the taping earlier this month and… Read on

Ratings across Canada Dec. 20-26

Really? You care about ratings this week? Tons of pre-emptions and Christmas programming rendered the usual Monday to Sunday recap pointless. Nevertheless, a few numbers pop out:Sunday’s opening game in the WJHC: 2.94 million viewers on TSN. The Canada-Russia tilt was up 23% from last year’s already lofty hockey numbers.George Stroumboulopoulos’ The Hour I’ll Never… Read on

Sign of the apocalypse: CTV off the menu at 990

Anybody want to buy a vowel? Could there be a more telling sign of the sea change in the Canadian TV biz than the painting over of the letters “C, T and Vey” outside Bistro 990? For years, the cozy Bay Street bistro was a favourite haunt of CTV power wielder Ivan Fecan. As 2010 comes to a close, the Fecan… Read on

Around the world in 80 shows: 2010 TV travel highlights Part One

Looking out toward the harbor from The Citadel in Halifax Cover television, see the world. Who knew?One of the great thrills of 2010 has been being offered the chance to go to so many exciting places and do so many interesting things. I’ve never traveled so often and so far in my life, 12 different… Read on

From the Department of WTF

Man, I’ve been sick as a dog over Christmas. I was so delirious from fever I actually thought for a moment that, starting Jan. 19, CTV had scheduled the performance show of American Idol to air Wednesdays on CTV and then–in order to avoid a conflict with their simulcast of The Big Bang Theory–they had bounced… Read on

‘Tis the season

Always loved this Larry Fritz illustration, which graced the cover of TV Guide for the week of December 24, 1955–exactly 55 years ago today. Back when signals were pulled in from all over on rooftop antennas–for free. Apparently they still work. Off to Cloverdale to start my shopping. For those of you not wrapping gifts tonight by the Yule… Read on

CBS tree tweets a blast from Christmas TV past

When it comes to Christmas and television, Diane Werts literally wrote the book. (“Christmas on Television”; order your copy here.) Not only does the TV Worth Watching editor know all about the various holiday specials and TV movies made over the years, but today on Facebook (shouldn’t it have been on Twitter?) she posted the above clip from this… Read on