CTV press day brings out the stars; boxed lunches

Arrow‘s Stephen Amell will help CTV pull up its socks These Canadian network upfronts are micro-managed to within an inch of their lives. Studio publicists sit on stacks of screeners as well as talent releases for fear a Canadian journalist might be prepared for an interview, or, worse, stumble on any actual news.Despite these stubbornly… Read on

Shaw/Global upfront Trumps others for venue

Shaw SVP’s Williams and Robertson Shaw Media has a lot of cheek holding their 2012-13 upfront in the new Trump International Hotel & Tower in Toronto. Especially after the way they shoved Trump’s The Apprentice into exile this past season, airing it on Saturdays six nights after NBC. I swear, somewhere down the hall, I… Read on

Upfront Week in Canada: comedy rules at Rogers

Max Greenfield: Schmidt was in the house It’s “Upfront” Week in Canada, an odd mix of American razzmatazz and Canadian reserve. Rogers’ kicks off a week of these things with their 2012-13 upfront today at Massey Hall in Toronto.In past years, the Canadian nets seemed to be trying to out do each other with pricey venues… Read on

Continuum blasts off to 900,000 on Showcase

Set phasers for stunning! The new sci-fi drama Continuum premiered to an overnight, estimated 900,000 Sunday night on Showcase. The specialty series, about a cop from the future on the hunt for a gang of terrorists, was the most watched TV show in Canada Sunday at 9, beating a movie on CTV, and topping both… Read on

Continuum the pitch that stuck for Simon Barry

Rachel Nichols with creator Barry on the set of Continuum Continuum, the new Showcase drama which premieres tonight, starts off in the near future–the year 2077. When I met creator/executive producer Simon Barry in March on the Vancouver set of the series, however, we wound up talking more about the past. Specifically, the many series he… Read on

PREMIERE: promising sci-fi cop caper Continuum

What if in the future the bad guys were really the good guys?That’s just one of the themes explored in Continuum, a slick, smart trip back to the future. The shot-in-Vancouver sci-fi cop show premiering Sunday, May 27 at 9 p.m. on Showcase.Continuum stars Rachel Nichols (G.I. Joe, Criminal Minds) as Kiera Cameron, a cop from the year… Read on

George Maharis recalls his wild ride on Route 66

Maharis (left) and Milner in that classic Corvette George Maharis rode Route 66 in search of fame and fortune. Instead it led straight to hell.I spoke with Maharis last week on the phone as he made himself available to promote the release of Route 66: The Complete Series, a 24 disc boxed set from Shout!… Read on

The Brioux Report: rare win for Grey’s Anatomy

Grey’s finale: “Help! The wreckage from Pan Am fell on me!” Has been a short, crazy busy week, so here is an abbreviated version of The Brioux Report. Hope to have things back to their normal late Tuesday/early Wednesday release next week. (Although, with the Canadian private network upfronts next Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday, that might be a… Read on