Ten years after: 9/11 and the impact on television

While it was a time of bewilderment and sorrow, it was also a privilege to be in a newsroom on Sept. 11, 2001. At the Toronto Sun, where I was working in those days, it was battle stations, all hands on deck. The newspaper put out a “bugle” edition that day (a special, afternoon edition),… Read on

No third season on CTV for Dan For Mayor

Paul Bates gets the bad news Dan for Mayor has been voted out at CTV. Executive producer Mark Farrell confirms that the second year comedy has not been renewed for a third season at the broadcaster. There is no confirmation yet that the same fate befell CTV’s other domestic comedy, Hiccups.The two shows were launched… Read on

U2, Leafs nothing at Toronto film fest

“Two Irishmen walk out of a bar…” If, like me, you still haven’t found what you’re looking for, check out the new U2 film From the Sky Down. The documentary was the kick start to this year’s 36th Annual Toronto International  Film Festival.Thanks to the folks at Astral, I was among the crowd packed into… Read on

Geminis fail to break Brampton barrier

Wednesday’s final Gemini gala on CBC was watched by an overnight, estimated late summer audience of 402,000 viewers, That put it fifth across Canada in the 8 p.m. timeslot behind Global (Big Brother drew close to 1.7 million), a rerun of The Listener on CTV, Minute to Winnit on City and American Restoration on History.… Read on

William Shatner: as enterprising as ever

Captain’s Log: Stardate: Sept. 8, 1966. The voyages of the Starship Enterprise began–as I was reminded over at TV Worth Watching–exactly 45 years ago today. William Shatner’s mission: to boldly go on forever as a TV icon.Seems to be working out. I reached Shatner on the phone earlier this summer at his ranch in Kentucky… Read on

This week`s podcast: Gemini Peters out

On this week`s podcast with CHML`s Scott Thompson, we talk about the ridiculousness of the Geminis. Wednesday night`s closing gala was dis-spiriting in a whole new way. The host, Russell Peters, seemed to realize he`d made a big career mistake about 15 seconds into his opening monologue. His jokes about the Canadian TV industry quickly… Read on

Thanks for the Douchebag jar, New Girl

It’s that time of year again–time for all the zany promotional packages to pile up on the front door.A new TV season means more promotional ballyhoo, especially from the folks at Fox. Arriving this week: packages promoting new Fox series Terra Nova and New Girl.Terra Nova is the sci-fi dino-drama executive produced by Steven Spielberg,… Read on

J.R. Diggs: Man (of La Mancha) with a Van

J.R. Diggs just won’t give up. The mop-haired dude from Hamilton, Ont., has been aching to be Canada’s next great late night talk show host since he started making TV shows for nickles and dimes around 10 years ago. Of late, on Man with a Van (late Saturday nights around 2 a.m. on Global), he’s… Read on