Wade Belak: 1976 – 2011

News that Wade Belak was found dead in as Toronto hotel room came as a total shock to those close to him at CBC’s Battle of the Blades.The former NHL enforcer and one time Toronto Maple Leaf was an early recruit for the third season of the CBC reality series. Blades, which is set to… Read on

Mike Holmes makes it right in Brampton

I recently flew 4300 kms to Dawson City, Yukon, to work a story but it’s also a kick when I can simply walk to a TV location. That happened earlier this year when Mike Holmes was just three blocks away ripping apart a house for his HGTV series Holmes Inspection (returning for a second season… Read on

Canada goes digital: time to analog out

August 31 is D-Day in Canada–as in Digital TV Transition day. It’s the last day you’re supposed to be able to watch over-the-air broadcasts through an old school antenna.Really, if you haven’t addressed this by now, well, hate to break it to you but the Dumont network is no longer carrying Gleason.At any rate, not… Read on

Shameless plug alert: CHCH’s Morning Live

The sleepy-looking guy in the white beard will be me Tuesday morning around 8:10-ish as I get dragged before the camera on CHCH’s Morning Live. I’ll be there to yak about the upcoming fall TV season. ‘CH has two new fall imports, both from The CW: Hart of Dixie stars Rachel Bilson as the top… Read on

Corus Quay: a 21st century showcase

Which media company has the best work environment in North America? One to beat would have to be the stunning new headquarters of Corus Entertainment. Had a tour of their multi-million dollar Toronto edifice at the foot of Jarvis right on Lake Ontario and it is impressive inside and out.I was at the 500,000 sq.… Read on

Francois Arnaud makes the most of being a Borgia

Arnaud with Holliday Grainger (Cesare’s kinky sister Lucrezia) The Borgias has certainly been a big break for Francois Arnaud. The 26-year-old Montreal native landed the role of Cesare Borgia and is second billed to Jeremy Irons on the Showtime/Bravo/CTV series, which has been renewed for a second season. Season One comes to DVD and Blu-ray… Read on

Hollywood Suite: more movies for less

Most TVFMF readers undoubtedly saw the news Tuesday that a new package of movie channels is coming to Canada. Hollywood Suite is from a few of the restless suits who ran CHUM back in the day. It will offer uncut movies in high definition across four different channels. Content deals have already been made with… Read on

Tonight: Sam Roberts Band at the Concert Hall

Quick–flip on the set, turn to Bravo! and check out Sam Roberts at the Concert Hall (8 p.m. ET, repeats Friday at 6 p.m.). The Juno award-winner performed this concert a few months ago at the funky old Masonic Temple in Toronto. My 18-year-old son Daniel, who stood in the snow to see Roberts perform… Read on