On set: Montreal’s arresting cop series 19-2

MONTREAL, Quebec–I was just standing around, minding my own business, when I got busted by Jared Keeso. The actor–who won raves for his portrayal of a young, pre-plaid Don Cherry in a CBC bio-pic–plays nice guy new recruit Ben Chartier on the Bravo drama 19-2. The series, warmly received by critics last season, is back in production in Montreal.… Read on

Uncle Bill drops in on Tiny Talent Time reboot

I was just exiting the CHCH news studio Tuesday morning after my Emmy report on Morning Live (you can watch here) when who did I run into but “Uncle Bill.” That would be Bill Lawrence to those of us who grew up in the GTA and remember Lawrence from his many years as a ‘CH weatherman… Read on

Unspectacular Emmy show had its moments

I had to recap this stupid show called Bachelor in Paradise Monday night for TheStar.ca, so I missed the first hour of The 66th Annual Emmy Awards. When I went back and watched it later, I realized I’d missed the best part. The show seemed dull and predictable in its last half, but the first… Read on

Outlander: they had faces back then

Outlander, which begins Sunday night at 10 p.m. on Showcase, is the latest big-budget historical epic to be shot in Europe. Vikings, Penny Dreadful and Game of Thrones shoots next door in Ireland. The Borgias was shot in Hungary, as is the upcoming CBC spy drama Camp X. There’s one actor on Outlander who has traveled… Read on

Outlander and about with Diana Gabaldon

It has taken Canada a few extra weeks, but Outlander in finally here. The bodice-ripping sci-fi/historical romance begins Sunday at 10 p.m. ET on Showcase. I was on the set of the series in Scotland back in February along with a few other reporters. We were taken to the production location, a converted factory/studio, as… Read on

So You Think You Can Judge

Is it just me, or is So You Think You Can Dance the easiest talent search show when it comes to picking the eventual winner? After having sat out the series this season since the early audition rounds, I was asked to recap Wednesday night’s semi-final for TheStar.ca. (You can follow this link to the recap).… Read on

This week’s podcast: paying tribute to Pardo

This week, CHML’s Scott Thompson asks about another radio voice: Don Pardo. Pardo died Monday at 96. He’s best known, of course, as the announcer on Saturday Night Live but he began his NBC career in 1944 as a radio man. We pay homage to Pardo for ten minutes, or about as long as it took… Read on

Don Pardo 1918 – 2014

Born Feb. 22, 1918, Dominick George “Don” Pardo joined the NBC Radio Network as an announcer in June of 1944–or, as Lorne Michaels once pointed out, “before I was born.” Michaels hired Pardo in Sept. of 1975 as the original announcer for Saturday Night Live  and, save for one season in the ’80s, he has… Read on