Earlier this year I was down in Vegas with three friends I’ve known since high school. Normally, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but we’re all so old now the only hi-jinx we got up to was ordering the four egg special with extra pancakes from the Hash House a Go Go. After we

Clive Standen seems like a real stand up guy. I’ve interviewed him on location in Ireland while he was shooting Vikings, in Toronto last June at the Corus/Global upfront and last month in Pasadena. The last was on-stage on NBC’s TCA day where he was scrumming after the session on Taken. Born on a military

It always happens. You come down to LA for the TCA press tour and big TV news breaks back home. Word that Corus had pulled off a $2.65-billion acquisition of Shaw Media in cash and stock reached the floor of the TCA’s Langham hotel Wednesday morning. Now, the little I know about ownership at Corus and Shaw

Brendan Fraser is a funny man. I spoke with him last week at his home near New York. The call was about “Texas Rising,” the 10-hour historical miniseries premiering Monday night on Global and History. I caught Fraser right in the middle of what he described as “a dramatic moment. The world’s biggest wasp just flew

When I ran into the lovely Jessalyn Gilsig at the TCA press tour in January she couldn’t tell me much about Season Three of Vikings, which just began a few weeks ago. The writer-creator of the show, Michael Hirst, was standing a few meters away and he likes to keep his surprises a secret. What

One of my favourite reality shows ends Wednesday night: Ice Pilots NWT. The series, based in Yellowknife, has soared for six seasons on History. I had the great pleasure, on two occasions, to make the trek to the ‘Knife and hang with Buffalo Joe, Mikey and all the colourful McBryans of Buffalo Air. What drew

Fimmel (centre) surrounded by the main cast members of Vikings Michael Hirst has become one of the leading storytellers in historical TV drama. The English screenwriter, who penned Elizabeth (1998) before writing virtually every word over four seasons on The Tudors, is now responsible for everything you see on Vikings. The Canada-Ireland historical drama returns