SET VISIT: Star Trek Discovery all set to beam up

Last month I boldly went — along with about 40 reporters representing outlets from all over the planet — onto the set of Star Trek Discovery. The series –originally booked to launch last January — finally takes off Sunday at 8:30 pm ET/PT on both CTV and CBS. A second episode airs right after in… Read on



When you lose Kimmel, you lose America

“We haven’t seen this many people come forward to speak out against a bill since Cosby.” On Thursday night, Jimmy Kimmel gave a brilliant and blistering, ferociously funny rebuttal to the Louisiana senators who are trying to — in the face of tremendous opposition from national health organizations and specialists — repeal and replace Obamacare.… Read on


TONIGHT: Coates, LaPaglia star in Bad Blood on City

There was nothing but good vibes at Tuesday night’s Bad Blood screening in Toronto. Kim Coates and Paul Sorvino and his wife Dee Dee joined a sold out Scotiabank Theatre audience for a screening of the first episode, which premieres Thursday night on City. Executive producers Mark Montefiore and Patrick O’Sullivan from New Metric Media… Read on


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



The Vietnam War may be Ken Burns’ masterpiece

Last year, when I was at the south end of Vietnam in the Mekong Delta (tracking contestants of The Amazing Race Canada), the sound of passing riverboats had a strange but familiar ring. Far enough in from the shore so that the source of the sound could not be seen, the tiny outboard engines with their long… Read on


Coming to your neighbourhood: Kim’s Convenience

Talk about convenience: CBC’s hit series Kim’s Convenience now delivers! The corner store comedy returns Tuesday, Sept. 26 for a second season. To promote the return, CBC has booked the six main cast members — Paul Sun-Hyung Lee (‘Appa’), Jean Yoon (‘Umma’), Simu Liu (estranged son Jung), Andrea Bang (daughter Janet), Andrew Phung (Jung’s pal Kimchee) and… Read on


TONIGHT: T.O. teams set to triumph on Amazing Race

First thing first: I was embedded on two legs of this season’s run of The Amazing Race Canada. That was back in May, when the teams competed in Beijing and in Bangkok. I knew who won those legs of the race, but, like viewers, I have no idea who wins tonight’s fifth edition of Canada’s… Read on


CFC’s annual TIFF BBQ another sunny delight

The Canadian Film Centre held its annual Toronto International Film Festival BBQ Sunday on a glorious, sunny day at its historic Windfields estate campus.  On hand as always was the centre’s founder, Norman Jewison, still full of vim and vigor at 91. He can’t believe that these TIFF schmooze-fests have been gate-crashed for 29 years already.… Read on