Front Page of the week (perhaps millennium)

You had to know folks were standing around a central editing desk when some smart aleck suggested this headline. Other papers would have gone shields up, but hats off to the Toronto Sun for beaming this one out there for the ages. Epic, but makes you wonder what got rejected! Read Jim Slotek’s terrific Sun… Read on

For your binging pleasure: Mozart in the Jungle

If Rogers is puzzled as to why the numbers on Hockey Night in Canada are so dramatically down this season, they may have to look beyond the spiraling fortunes of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Last Saturday, Feb. 21, a Toronto/Winnipeg tilt on CBC’s Rogers rental Hockey Night in Canada drew 1,407,000 overnight, estimated viewers. The late… Read on

Leonard Nimoy: 1931 – 2015

Sometimes when a famous TV personality dies, I get asked to talk about the person on the radio. I got a message from a producer today asking if I would speak about Leonard Nimoy. Star Trek‘s original Spock passed away Friday at 83. Since the interview was for Arlene Bynon I quickly said yes. We chat every Monday… Read on

This week’s podcast: more Oscar snark

This week, CHML’s Scott Thompson is still keen to sift through the Oscar ashes. Scott loses it about halfway through. “One thing that makes me want to scream  out loud,” he says, are all these stupid red carpet shows. He’s thrilled there’s a backlash against “manicams” and other brainless and insulting red carpet practices. There was a… Read on

No joke: Oscar ratings way, way down

UPDATE: Don’t have a bird, man. Oscar ratings plummeted across the U.S. The nearly four-hour statue-fest sank 12% nation-wide in overnights compared to last year. In Buffalo, N.Y., according to my colleague Alan Pergament, ratings were down a whopping 25%. More viewers watched last week’s equally long Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary special in Buffalo than… Read on

Tonight: come for the Oscars, stay for Kimmel’s “After the Oscars” party

Sunday is the 87th annual Academy Awards 8:30 p.m. ET, ABC, CTV). We’re supposed to just call them the Oscars now, just like we’re supposed to stop using roman numerals for Super Bowl’s after next year’s Lth, but screw that. If you love shampoo ads, there’s a 90-minute red carpet pre-show. Ninety minutes!! So five hours… Read on

This week’s podcast: giving Oscar the bird, man

This week, CHML’s Scott Thompson wanted to ask my take on the Oscars. We went on to gab for over 16 minutes and completely ignored the awards talk. Instead we got sidetracked yakking about last week’s epic Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary special. I got a call this week from my colleague Bill Carter who, in 1975… Read on

Feeling Independent? Hollywood Suite has Saturday’s 30th Spirit Awards

Prediction: the Oscar ratings will be down this year. Based on what? I was asked to blather about the 87th annual awards show on a couple of radio shows this week. Both times the hosts and I got sidetracked and ran out of time before getting to the Oscars. That never happens. Much as I liked “Birdman,”… Read on