More and more Canadians are sticking close to home as they observe self-isolation during this pandemic. Has that led to a spike in TV ratings? A quick look at three days of overnight estimates shows that news viewership has jumped higher so far. Let’s start with last Sunday, March 15: CBC’s The National drew 640,000
It is March, a month when most of Canada is colder than Kevin Spacey’s TV career. Knowing many of us are staying cozy on the couch, the networks and streaming services in Canada and the U.S. are hoping to keep us there with some terrific new shows that are joining their schedules. Here is a
Every day, it seems, there’s talk of another canceled TV show coming back in a new, re-booted version. This week, we learned Hulu is looking at renewing Veronica Mars with Kristen Bell back in the lead (good news for her Canadian co-star Rico Colantoni?). Kelsey Grammer, apparently, is wondering if the doctor might be back
Last January at the TCA press tour in Pasadena, Calif., Lionel Richie was trying to explain his motivation for becoming a judge on American Idol. “How many times do you hear ‘No’ in this business?” he asked reporters. “More than you’ll ever hear ‘Yes.’” Richie, we were told, came up the old fashioned way. “I
PASADENA, Ca. — Are music talent based reality shows still something to sing about? It’s a topic being kicked around in the US and Canada this week. During the current winter TCA press tour, there was a press conference Monday promoting ABC’s revival of American Idol (featuring returning host Ryan Seacrest along with new judges Katy
Upfronts have become look back week, and that’s bad news for broadcast television. This used to be draft day, a chance to look forward, to see where the smart minds of broadcasting were taking the medium. Now the big news is the return of shows that failed 20, ten or two years ago. Is there
NEW YORK — One of the sure signs of spring is the annual promotion of the next fall TV season. There are signs all over Manhattan, including illuminated ads on top of Yellow Cabs promoting the return of Will & Grace. That’s a straight-to-series reboot NBC will flaunt next week when all the US networks unveil their
Ryan Seacrest signed off the finale episode of American Idol Thursday night with, as TV critic Roger Catlin tweeted, a worrisome addendum: “So long America…for now.” There is some chatter that Idol will be back, and soon. The 15th and farewell season steadied at around 11 million viewers per week, still a strong draw, especially on Fox.