Global framed their 43 minute, virtual upfront presentation Wednesday with an old-fashioned “let’s put on a show” approach. Food Network Canada host Noah Cappe kidded around as the director of the virtual video, introducing Corus execs such as Doug Murphy, Troy Reeb and Barb McKergow. Hey, it’s been a long year in lockdown. Things opened
“Is regular network TV programming dead? These four Canadian broadcast execs say no, it’s evolving.” That’s the headline to a feature I wrote appearing in Saturday’s Toronto Star. Read the full story here if you’re a subscriber or, better yet, buy a copy. People have been writing the network TV obit for years. Tina Fey
Trying to look ahead to the end of the month in television? The Brioux.TV July calendar has now been updated through to the 31st. There are plenty of offerings from streaming services such as Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime Video, Crave and CBC Gem. Trying to crack an already crowded field is new entry Peacock, launching
It now looks like everybody except The DeFranco Family, Dick Assman and Don Cherry will be taking part in Sunday’s all-star, Canadian talent extravaganza, Stronger Together, Tous Ensemble. When the first long list of names were announced, a lot of us wondered: what about Drake? Well, he’s now closing the 90-minute, commercial-free, multi-network show. He’ll
Way back last April I was invited to the set of Nurses, a Canadian-made hospital series set in Toronto. Nine months later, it premieres this Monday night at 8 p.m. on Global. I’m not here to pan it or even bed pan it. There are some folks behind it who have made several very successful
Is the world ready for more Rick and Morty?. The out there animated, space adventure comedy, which airs on Adult Swim, returns for a fourth season Sunday. The series is about an eccentric and alcoholic mad scientist named Rick and his naïve, 14-year-old grandson named Morty. Together, they leave suburbia to explore strange new galaxies.
This has been the most muted upfront TV season I can remember. That impression may, admittedly, be due to the fact that I’ve seen a lot of them, but also I think it is because all the action and excitement and, frankly, a great deal of the audience, has shifted over to the streaming side.
May the 9th not be with you. Journalists across Canada took hits on all fronts Thursday. The Globe and Mail announced it is offering voluntary buyouts to save $10M annually. Should the target not be reached, the union representing Canada’s national newspaper workers says downsizing will follow. Rogers, meanwhile, after sending writers “Save the Date”