Quick takes: Code Black’s Ben Hollingsworth

Canadian Benjamin Hollingsworth returns Wednesday night  as young resident Mario Savetti in the second season premiere of the medical drama Code Black (CBS, CTV Two, 10 p.m. ET). I spoke with him in Toronto at the last couple of CTV upfronts and found him friendly and impressive. Here’s a snapshot of the 32-year-old actor: He’s from: Brockville, Ont.,… Read on

Ten years in, Lights, Camera, Access! is ready for its close-up

Time to shine a light on the good work being done by Lights, Camera, Access! (LCA!).  Since 2007, this Toronto-based charitable organization has been dedicating their efforts to advocacy and advancement for people with disabilities who work – or want to work – in all aspects of the TV, Film and Digital media business in Canada.… Read on

Shomi new originals? Look no further than Amazon

A day after the announcement of shomi’s demise, the service put out a release saying it recently topped 900,000 subscribers. SVP David Asch was quoted as saying that this “would likely make shomi a Top 10 service in North America.” Hey, I was one of them and if you were into Transparent, Mozart in the… Read on

Shomi the door. Enter Amazon Canada

Rogers finally pulled the plug on their doomed digital streaming service shomi. You can read their “We surrender!” release here. The service is set to end Nov. 30. Rogers, which joined with Shaw on the venture just a couple of years ago, expects to incur a loss of $100M to $140M in its third quarter. Shomi how to… Read on

Clinton v. Trump: there’s no wall high enough to keep this out

Way back in 1960, during the very first U.S. presidential televised debates, it was said that if you listened to them on the radio, Richard Nixon won. If you watched them on TV, the winner was John Kennedy. I’m temped to repeat that experiment for Monday night’s first of three televised debates between Hilary Clinton… Read on

“…filling in for Peter Mansbridge — Ian Hanomansing”

When I sat down to interview Ian Hanomansing late last May at the CBC Upfront in Toronto, I got straight into it. “Mansbridge has already hinted he’s leaving soon,” I said. “You’ve been waiting longer than Price Charles for this top job. Should I put some money on it?” Hanomansing waved me off, looked embarrassed… Read on

This week’s podcast: funding Can-con in a global TV age

This week, Scott Thompson at Hamilton’s CHML wanted my take on a thorny issue stirring up plenty of controversy in Canadian TV circles: changes to the CRTC regulations regarding funding. The rule change that rankles many in the Canadian writing, directing, acting and production communities: shows now only need to achieve a 6 out of… Read on

REVIEW: Pitch shows promise as a game original

When I first sat down to screen all the network pilots for this fall season way back in early June, Pitch stood out. It wasn’t a remake of a movie, for one thing, something re-booted to take advantage of an existing Intellectual Property holding. It wasn’t a time travel show. It seemed original, and, better… Read on