Podcast of the week: Emmy recap

Don’t even try to get me on the phone the day after the Emmy Awards. Starting Monday morning at 6am, I was on the blower with radio stations across the country, all looking for Emmy analysis as well as insights into the fall TV season that is already underway. Eleven of those calls were from… Read on



Late night joke of the week

From Tuesday night’s The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: “Everyday, tensions are rising between the United States and our sworn enemy, Canada. Cold Mexico. The Great White North Korea…The President announced that we’re going to be putting a 20% tax on softwood lumber coming into the United States from Canada. As far as I know,… Read on


Late Night joke of the week

From Monday night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live: Kimmel addresses speculation that the Oscar screw-up was some sort of planned prank. As I walked offstage, people started to speculate that maybe I was pulling a prank. Which… trust me – if I had pulled a prank in that situation, I wouldn’t have just had the wrong winner’s name… Read on


Viceland duo Desus & Mero wake up TCA17

PASADENA, Calif. — Launched less than a year ago, Viceland is still the new kid on the block. Even those of us in the press corps who have relatives working at Vice Canada (full disclosure: me), aren’t quite sure what it is yet, other than the channel millennials watch when they do watch something as quaint as… Read on



Alan Thicke 1947 – 2016

You never want to hear about anyone dying at 69, and I can’t imagine the heartache his 19-year-old son Carter experienced watching his dad being stricken right before his eyes. There is something so Canadian, however, about Alan Thicke meeting his end on a Burbank, Ca., hockey rink. Thirty years ago, Alan Thicke was one of the biggest stars… Read on


The Beaverton grabs Trump by the headlines

If you want to know where they tape The Beaverton, look for the church in Toronto’s East end that just burst into flames. That’s because there are few sacred cows on the sassy news satire. The Comedy Network original is spun off from the web site TheBeaverton.com, and, yes, it really does shoot in a rather nondescript… Read on


Tonight: look for Kimmel to ace The Emmys

When I spoke with Jimmy Kimmel in July in Montreal at Just for Laughs he admitted hosting The 68th Annual Emmy Awards was “my big focus right now.” We’ll see what he and his writers came up with tonight at 8 p.m. ET on ABC and CTV. “I wouldn’t say I’m looking forward to it… Read on


Kimmel & Maher take turns targeting Trump

This is harvest time for late night comedians. Look at the production values that go into this jab at Trump broadcast months ago on Jimmy Kimmel Live. The casting! (The stars of the Broadway smash The Producers, Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane, plus Cloris Leachman for a cameo.) The sets! The extras! Kimmel, who will be at… Read on