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With apologies to the Bard, dis-content — or lack of content — is a plaque upon all our houses heading into the summer season. On Wednesday, CBC is hosting a virtual upfront press conference. We’ll learn a little more about the few new shows they’re adding to their schedule, and the shows that are returning.

This Sunday, April 19 on Fox/Citytv, The Simpsons handed the opening “Couch Gag” segment off to Acme Filmworks animator Michal Socha. Acme is an indie house, utilizing 50 directors from 24 countries working on everything from features to commercials to music videos to apps. Polish director Socha, 38, directed this weekend’s extended opener. Acme has

Usually I beg off radio requests to pay homage to celebrities who have just died unless I have a personal story to tell. The latest request came with news of the passing of Kirk Douglas. The Hollywood legend passed away Wednesday at 103, and so many others have better stories to tell. Still, it was

The traditional broadcast networks used to introduce their new seasons with Fall Preview reels packed with catchy slogans and jingles such as, “Still the One!” “Where the Good Times Are” and “This is the place to be.” This year it’s more like, “Thanks for not cutting the cord yet!” Here’s a look at how shows

People are still upset about that “Simpsons come to Canada” episode that aired last Sunday. Most of the ruckus, however, comes from south of the border. It seems the good folks of Buffalo, N.Y., are ready to sic Cellino & Barnes on the show’s writing team — including the co-writer of “D’oh Canada,” Exeter, Ont.,

Canadians have always been pretty good at dishing out jokes — but can we take ’em? There was that time Conan O’Brien took his NBC Late Late Show across the border in 2004 for four Canada-themed shows from downtown Toronto. It was all fun and games until Triumph the Insult Comedy Dog started using Quebec

Earlier this week I spoke with CHML’s afternoon host Scott Thompson about Disney’s US$71 billion acquisition of 21st Century Fox, an entertainment industry power move that took two years to finalize. Besides the movie division and access to films such as “Avatar,” “Titanic” and “Deadpool,” Fox’s TV holdings are vast and international. They include Twentieth