On location with Endgame’s Shawn Doyle

VANCOUVER, B.C.–Man they get their money’s worth out of Shawn Doyle on Endgame. The Newfoundland native is in every scene as Russian chess brainiac Arkady Balagan, who goes all Howard Hughes when his fiance is murdered. Holed up in a Vancouver hotel, barefoot and unkempt, he gets drawn into a world of crime fighting, his 20-moves… Read on

On location: beginning of the Endgame

Doyle (centre), Gallagher (second from right) and the Endgame cast VANCOUVER, B.C.–Patrick Gallagher knows his burgers and Buckley’s.I met the Chilliwack, B.C.-native for the first time today on the set of Endgame, a new thriller shot at Vancouver’s Bridge Studios. The Showcase series, set to debut in a March, stars Shawn Doyle as Arkady Balagan,… Read on

Rick Mercer Report hits record high

Tuesday’s Rick Mercer Report on CBC soared to 1,548,000 viewers according to overnight estimates–a record high for the series. Maybe it had something to do with Mercer’s spot-on rant about those creepy attack ads being run by the Conservatives: Mercer’s latest success lifted follow-up 8:30 comedy InSecurity to its highest level in three weeks at… Read on

This Week’s Podcast: Oprah, Friends & LaLanne

Been a while since I’ve posted a radio chat with my old pal Scott Thompson over at Hamilton, Ont.’s CHML. Apologies for my froggy voice–it has dogged me since the TCA hack-a-thon earlier this month in Pasadena. Scott wants to talk about Regis Philbin’s announced departure from Live! (he will be 80 this August) as… Read on

Ratings across Canada Jan. 17 – 23

New Idol judge Jack Sparrow Jr. At this point, with Simon gone and the series shifted onto a new night in its 10th season, American Idol doesn’t seem to need any help shedding viewers. The talent search series got off to its lowest start ever in the United States with an overnight, estimated audience of 26.23 million, a… Read on

Jack LaLanne: 1914-2011

LeLanne (left) meets 98lb weakling News of the passing yesterday of Jack LaLanne at 96 brought me back to my encounter with the famous fitness guru 13 years ago at the Hollywood Collectors Show. LaLanne was just 83 then but he was still  probably the oldest guy in the room. He was probably the fittest, too. The Hollywood… Read on

Buffalo gal Malick works Cleveland via Toronto

Wendie Malick was in Toronto Friday to promote the second season premiere in Canada of Hot in Cleveland (tonight at 8 p.m., CTV). Malick’s no stranger to Toronto. She was born across the lake in Amherst, N.Y., and grew up in picturesque Williamsville, both just outside of Buffalo. Her family used to summer on our shores.… Read on

Laugh along with Gervais at An Idiot Abroad

Pilkington (middle): Idiot  People ask: you were just down at TCA, TV boy. What are the hot new shows? After saying, “Mister TV Boy to you,” I usually say I like what I’ve seen so far from The Borgias, that Matt LeBlanc is surprisingly effective in Episodes and I also like what I’ve seen of his… Read on