VEGAS ROAD TRIP: hangin’ with Pawn Stars’ Rick & Chumlee

LAS VEGAS — What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas — especially if it’s TV-related. On Tuesday, I swung by the famous Gold and Silver Pawn Shop featured on Pawn Stars, now in its 10 year on History Television. The series — seen in Canada on Corus’ History specialty channel — has taped over 500 episodes… Read on



REVIEW: Allan Hawco and Paul Gross get Caught

Now that The Winter Olympic Games have almost ended, let the TV games begin. CBC goes for the gold with a five-episode series sandwiched between the Olympics and the start of the NHL playoffs called Caught. The hour-long thriller, based on the bestselling novel by Julia Moore, premieres Monday, Feb. 26, following Murdoch Mysteries in the slot… Read on


CBS All Access coming to Canada this June

Here’s some news that came Over The Top and straight from the top: CBS CEO Leslie Moonves told industry analysts Thursday that the Eye network’s CBS All Access streaming service will cross the border into Canada in June. That is indeed an eye opener. The subscription based service has exceeded expectations so far, said Moonves.… Read on


THROWBACK THURSDAY: When critics smoked pipes

Back when I was a wee lad, Cleveland Amory would review shows for TV Guide magazine. He was on the back page, in a pencil sketch, wearing the typical white shirt and black tie reporter uniform of the ’60s. He was clutching a pipe, which is how you knew he was a critic. Reading his stuff… Read on



Marty Allen 1922 – 2018

Famed during the Ed Sullivan Show years of the ’60s as one half of the comedy team of Allen & Rossi, Marty Allen died Monday in Las Vegas. He was 95. Allen & Rossi appeared 44 times on Sullivan, scoring their biggest audience on Sunday, Feb. 16, 1964 on a showcase that also featured The Beatles.… Read on


Colbert puts the White House whammy on “Our Cartoon President”

Last month in Pasadena, Stephen Colbert was asked in the scrum following the TCA session for Our Cartoon President if he had given any thought to making fun of US vice-president Mike Pense. Colbert paused for a split second and said, “How does one mock a manila envelope?” For Colbert and others in late night,… Read on


Let The Games begin — very early Friday morning

Viewers looking to catch the opening ceremonies of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games live from Pyeongchang, South Korea, better be prepared to get up early. Coverage begins with the pre-show at 5:30 a.m. ET, with the opening ceremony broadcast live beginning at 6 a.m. ET. You can watch on CBC TV, CBC News Network, TSN,… Read on


Super Bowl audience slips stateside, steady on CTV

UPDATED AND CORRECTED TUESDAY:  I was a bit fast reporting a jump in Bell Media’s Super Bowl LII numbers. During the game itself, when Canadians could choose between the American feed and the Canadian feed, the English Canada total was 4,451,000 viewers — down slightly from the 4,488,000 who watched in 2017. Broken down, more people watch on the… Read on