CBC shares 2020 vision

CBC has released its statement outlining the public network’s future plans through 2020. You can read the whole deal here. Titled “A space for us all,” the release is very general but boils down to these points: President and CEO Hubert Lacroix wants to make CBC “the public space at the heart of our conversations… Read on

CTS bows before Idol

Good Lord! CTS–that Canadian religious channel in the No. 9 spot on most cable lists–suddenly has a heavenly network TV lineup. The Burlington, Ont.-based broadcaster has claimed American Idol–dumped by CTV after a sharp ratings nosedive last season–and is also the new home of America’s Funniest Home Videos, The Biggest Loser and The X Factor… Read on

Perception makes McCormack a director

Eric McCormack’s drama Perception came back strong in its third season debut. It scored  3.1 million viewers June 17 on TNT and picked up an overnight, estimated 123,000 the same night in Canada on Bravo. That was for a well-hyped season premiere shot in Paris. This Tuesday at 10, McCormack’s neuroscience professor character, Dr. Daniel… Read on

Tyrant looms over Middle East

This question was posed to the producers of Tyrant at the most recent TCA press tour: either of you guys heard of a little picture called The Godfather? There are some strong parallels with the Francis Coppola classic and this new drama, which premieres Tuesday night at 10 p.m. on FX and FX Canada. There are… Read on

CQ exhibit on now at Znaimer’s MZTV Museum

There’s more from me on the newly-opened MZTV Museum of Television and Archives in the entertainment section of Saturday’s Toronto Star. The museum, located at Zoomerplex in Toronto’s Liberty Village, houses Moses Znaimer’s incredible collection of early television receivers, including the largest collection of pre-war sets in the world. If you visit the museum before the… Read on

Seinfeld back for more Coffee

Just as Louie shuts down for another season, Jerry Seinfeld pulls up for more Comedians in Cars Going for Coffee. Whew! The Web series streams on Crackle with the first episode of Season Four, featuring Sarah Jessica Parker, up now. Future episodes, which will roll out weekly,  feature Aziz Ansari (Parks & Recreation), Robert Klein,… Read on

Louie: overflowing with truth and insight

All other shows, thanks for coming out. There’s nothing else on TV like Louie. The FX series wrapped up for a fourth season Monday night with two more brilliant episodes, concluding a trilogy featuring co-writer and producer Pamela Adlon. The remarkable thing about Louie this season was the daring departure from how stories were told… Read on

Thank the Lorde for the MMVAs

It’s probably impossible for me to weigh in on Sunday’s MuchMusic Video Awards without sounding like an old coot but here goes. It disheartened me right off the bat that this show was going to be “hosted” by two Kardashians. Really Canada? Why did we have to stoop so low across the border for this one?… Read on