Seth Meyers makes his Late Night debut

In January at the Television critics Association Winter press tour in Pasadena, I asked Andy Samberg how he thought his old pal Seth Meyers would do in late night.“He’s going to destroy it,” the Brooklyn Nine-Nine star said without hesitation. “He’s the best.”Fans can judge for themselves tonight when Late Night with Seth Meyers premieres… Read on

Prime Time in Ottawa: Day Two recap

Hindle (right) says I remind him so much of director Bob Clark it’s spooky OTTAWA–A few observations about the second and final day of Prime Time in Ottawa.First, it was fun catching up with Canadian acting dean Art Hindle. He is full of great stories, including one about how he was all set to do… Read on

Prime Time a good time in Ottawa

Gerry Dee (left) is in and at Prime Time OTTAWA—This was my first time attending the annual industry confab Prime Time in Ottawa. Some observations from a rain-soaked TV critic:Gerry Dee performed at the Thursday night post-sessions show and joked that he never knew about this convention until he was asked to participate–which made me… Read on

This week’s podcast: Sochi and Jimmy

This week, CHML’s Scott Thompson started off asking about the Olympic ratings. Specifically: how commissioner Gary Bettman can be threatening to yank the NHL out of the Olympics when hockey is gaining viewers in America.NBC reported Wednesday that the USA-Czech quarter final game was streamed by close to 800,000 viewers, the most-streamed Olympic sporting event… Read on

Fallon’s Tonight debut: a visual stunner

Seth Rogan pays homage to Fallon in Monday’s Tonight debut The new era of Tonight dawned Monday in a spectacular, star-packed opener for Jimmy Fallon.The show looked great visually. The new set features plenty of wood paneling in what was Conan and Letterman’s old NBC digs, with a classic, retro curtain behind the host during… Read on

Ottawa hosts ready for Prime Time players

Prime Time in Ottawa sounds like a Canadian comedy from the ’80s–like Not My Department or Learning the Ropes. Instead, it is a Canadian TV and film industry conference and schmoozefest that has been going on in the nation’s capital since those two shows were on the air. Maybe it began in response to them!Presented… Read on

Jimmy Fallon becomes the 6th host of Tonight

Tonight at 11:30 p.m. ET, Jimmy Fallon becomes the sixth host of The Tonight Show. But is it still, as they called it during the Johnny Carson years, “the late night place to be?” Tonight started in New York, with original host Steve Allen. at the Hudson Theatre. Allen came up with the template–the desk,… Read on

Shawn Ashmore speaks to his Following

It’s always nice to see a local boy do good.One such lad is Shawn Ashmore, who plays FBI agent Mike Weston on The Following. The Fox drama returned for a second 15-episode season recently and airs Monday nights at at 9 on both Fox and CTV.Ashmore and his twin brother Aaron (Smallville) were born in… Read on