Things get thorny tonight on “After the Rose”

A few weeks ago I was in Victoria, B.C. for the taping of a show that airs tonight: The Bachelor Canada’s “After the Final Rose.” A reason for me to watch will be to see how much of what I saw at the taping will be left out of tonight’s broadcast (9:30 p.m. ET on… Read on

Season of dirty Dancing comes to a close

Was nice to see the non-Olympian win the All Star season on Dancing with the Stars. Former Bachelor reality star Melissa Rycroft and partner Tony Dovolani took the Mirror Ball trophy in Tuesday night’s two-hour finale. The ex-Dallas Cowboys cheerleader peaked at the right time and beat out Olympic gold medal gymnast and former DWTS… Read on

50 shades of Grey Cup ratings

TSN scored a touchdown with Sunday’s Grey Cup coverage, with an overnight, estimated average audience of 5,478,000 viewers.That’s a record for Cup coverage on TSN. The 2009 Grey Cup thriller swelled to over 5 million viewers on TSN, but that was back when the Portable People Meters were first introduced. Those “ratings ‘roids,” as I… Read on

50 shades of Grey Cup

Unlike the Stanley Cup, the Grey Cup hasall the names of all the teams from everyyear inscribed on those silver plates Will Sunday’s 100th Grey Cup be the most-watched CFL championship broadcast ever? The game, which begins at 6:30 p.m. ET on TSN, will have to surpass the 5 million-plus total TSN fetched for their… Read on

Larry Hagman: 1931-2012

Hagman: the brim kept getting bigger to extend past his eyebrows It was just about a year ago, in January of 2012, when Larry Hagman faced television critics as a group for the final time. The TV icon passed away Friday at 81 of complications from cancer. He was battered but unbowed, thin from the… Read on

SET VISIT: Once Upon a Time

VANCOUVER–Once Upon a Time, it was easier to get on to a sound stage in Vancouver–and then along came Once Upon a Time.The Sunday night ABC/CTV drama shoots next to the upcoming CTV “howdunnit” Motive, so the CTV publicity team went knocking on doors to see if a gaggle of Canadian journos could bust into… Read on

This week’s podcast: cross Canada check up

November has been a travel blur. I’ve been criss-crossing Canada like Justin Trudeau, checking out new TV production sets in Vancouver and Halifax.CHML’s Scott Thompson tracked me down at Vancouver’s Fairmont Hotel for our weekly radio chat. The Vancouver landmark offers patrons something I’ve never seen before–dogs you can borrow to take for a walk.… Read on

TONIGHT: The Phantoms take on N.B. tragedy

The Phantoms: these young actors sweated for their shots On the one hand, it is easy to see why this CBC TV-movie The Phantoms (premiering tonight at 8 p.m.) has a lot of folks spooked.There’s the tragic, true life story. A van carrying 15 passengers, mainly members of a small town New Brunswick high school… Read on