Rogers’ Hometown Hockey tour boosts Brampton

This past Sunday, Rogers’ took over downtown Brampton as trucks and tents set up for Hockey Day in Canada. This happens every Sunday for half the year in communities all across Canada but it was unusual to have it all set up right in the GTA. Ron MacLean and Tara Slone could be seen and… Read on

Blindspot’s Martin Gero now a master of Deception

The Canadian Screen Awards air Sunday night at 8 pm on CBC but not every talented Canadian working in television will be among the many nominees. Many are in New York, LA, Atlanta and elsewhere, starring in, writing or making American network TV shows. One such lad is Martin Gero, who I got re-acquainted with last… Read on

Yost mixes laughs and larceny on Sneaky Pete

Graham Yost claims he didn’t learn all that much at the University of Toronto. “I majored in football, pinball and trying to take a girl to the dance,” he claims. None of those activities prepared him much for a career as a major Hollywood film and TV screenwriter, executive producer and showrunner. Still, he found… Read on

Canadian Screen Awards 2018: more trophies; less viewers

Do you have Canadian Screen Week fever? Yes, the annual Canadian TV and film industry salute to itself is knee-deep in statue swapping. Very practical awards that double as ice scrapers are being distributed to everyone who over-paid for tickets to attend the multiple nightly galas. It all culminates Sunday at the main gala, broadcast on… Read on

TONIGHT: new man Kimmel on an Oscar roll

Jimmy Kimmel says this about last year’s Oscar “Best Winner” screw up: “If it happens again, literally everyone that works at ABC should be fired, right?” he told reporters in Pasadena in January.  “If it happens a second time, no one is competent enough to be running a television show or network.  So I don’t think it’s going… Read on

Vegas casinos place their bets on TV tie-ins

LAS VEGAS — Playing slots is a lot like watching television. Both require sitting on your ass and pushing buttons. So it’s no wonder TV show graphics are on many of the slot machines found in Las Vegas casinos. Even The Simpsons –noticeable by its absence in casino slots the last time I visited Vegas… Read on

REVIEW: CBC’s Little Dog packs a punch

Joel Thomas Hynes has been punching beyond his weight for a while now. No matter what ring he steps into — novelist, screenwriter, actor, musician, director — he seems to shine. The 41-year-old Newfoundland native finds an apt outlet for most of his talents with Little Dog, a black comedy premiering Thursday at 9 p.m. ET… Read on

VEGAS ROAD TRIP: hangin’ with Pawn Stars’ Rick & Chumlee

LAS VEGAS — What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas — especially if it’s TV-related. On Tuesday, I swung by the famous Gold and Silver Pawn Shop featured on Pawn Stars, now in its 10 year on History Television. The series — seen in Canada on Corus’ History specialty channel — has taped over 500 episodes… Read on