Rogers opens doors to the TV on Film Project

Michelle Lomack (far right) and her Rogers’ PR players Tonight is Halloween, but it was Rogers shelling out last night at their cool and comfy in-house Toronto screening room, the Velma Rogers Theatre. That’s where the inaugural TV on Film Project was launched, and many thanks to the folks who braved the elements to come… Read on

The TV on Film Project: before the medium became the message, it was on film

I’m excited to be hosting an industry  screening of rare 16mm films today at the Velma Rogers Theatre at Rogers’ headquarters in Toronto. Many thanks to Michelle Lomack and her PR team at Rogers for providing such a comfortable shelter from the storm! Looking forward to a fun gathering with industry folk, with the next… Read on

No audience? No problem for David Letterman

If your TV was knocked out by Sandy, you missed David Letterman’s storm show Monday. Too bad, because it was the kind of more intimate entertainment you’d want to share by candle light, if you had some sort of magic TV generator. Faced with the emergency shut down of Manhattan, Letterman was forced to either… Read on

TODAY: Canada AM celebrates 40 years

Looking good: Twelve former Canada AM co-hosts join today’s trio Got up crazy early this morning to attend a salute to one of Canada’s longest-running TV traditions–Canada AM.The series marks 40 years on the air this month. There must have been something in the water that fall of 1972: not only did Canada AM launch,… Read on

TONIGHT: Big Bang Theory has extra Buzz

Buzz Aldrin hands out Mars bars, right? Photo: Monty Brinton/CBS You may have noticed that CTV has somewhat morphed into The Big Bang Theory Network. The CBS comedy is stripped nightly on CTV at 7:30, is by far Canada’s most watched show Thursday at 8 and often gets plugged into the schedule as an all… Read on

This week’s podcast: CBC’s big hockey hit

CHML’s Scott Thompson was still on this “CRTC kicks Bell bid in the Astral” story. The shock still hasn’t worn off and rumours continue to swirl, with news Rogers might be sniffing around for Astral parts.I applaud the CRTC’s decision to stand up for consumers and against media consolidation, as well as reports the Harper… Read on

In praise of TCM’s recent animation showcase

UPA’s Rooty Toot Toot (1952) There does seem to be a disconnect between what I am writing about lately and what I am actually watching on TV. To that end: Kudos to TCM for showcasing classic animation last Saturday night. Robert Osbourne welcomed animation historian Jerry Beck and the two presented six hours of vintage… Read on

HBO Hitchcock portrait is for the birds

It was odd at press tour last August when HBO paneled back-to-back sessions on Ethel Kennedy and Alfred Hitchcock.Ethel premiered Thursday and is a loving scrapbook, a daughter’s valentine to her famous parents. Both Ethel, now 84, and Rory, the director and youngest of the Kennedy’s 11 children, were at press tour, treated like royalty… Read on