Breaking Bad


Way back in the early ’50s, when CBC first began broadcasting NHL games on Hockey Night in Canada, a friendly service station dealer would greet viewers between periods.He was played, for 16 years, by Murray Westgate. The man became an iconic figure in Canadian television, mainly thanks to these ads.I spotted a few tweets yesterday

Blades battlers Shae Lynn Bourne and Anson Carter Remember the CBC? The Canadian public broadcaster has coasted along with reruns since around the time the Leafs were eliminated from the Stanley Cup. No network can afford to take the summer off anymore but that’s exactly what CBC did.  With the surprise exit of former programming

Bryan Cranston finds a moment of peace in a Volvo SPOILER ALERT: DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THE SERIES FINALE OF BREAKING BAD. As Jesse would say, good luck dodging all the other spoilers already out there, Bitch! How fitting that it all ended with Breaking Badfinger.Sunday’s riveting–if you  could

For the past month I’ve been joining Arlene Byson on SiriusXM’s “Canada Talks” for a weekly chat about what’s new in television. This Monday, Arlene (right) wondered if groundbreaking shows such as Breaking Bad are chipping away at broadcast network ratings.There is no doubt that Walter White and Company have had an impact. One look at

All Bad things, as the campaign goes, must come to an end.Sunday night, AMC airs the first of eight final episodes of Breaking Bad (9/8c). Walter White, it would seem, is heading for that big drug bust in the sky.Leave it to Bryan Cranston, then, to cut the tension at the summer press tour late

School’s out for summer, as Alice Cooper used to say. So what’s on TV?Tons ‘o stuff. The new Showtime original Ray Donovan, starring Liev Schreiber as a slick LA fixer-to-the-stars, begins Sunday, for example. Dexter returns for a final run. In August, so does Breaking Bad. The Listener, True Blood, Saving Hope and Rookie Blue

Man, Lego has come a long way. Just spotted this on a Facebook post. (Thank you, Caroline Godin.) The makers of these TV shows must see these skillfully-animated viral videos (this one attributed to Brian Anderson) much the same way series creators and producers in the ’60s and ’70s saw those great Mad magazine parodies–as

Seed stars Adam Korson and Carrie-Lynn Neales: Take two I’ve been following the TV numbers racket for years in Canada but am left scratching my head over the past few days.  The one that really seems, if you’ll pardon the pun, inconceivable: the soft opening of Seed Monday night on City. According to the overnight