This week’s podcast: Trudeau Justin time to save CBC?

This week, CHML’s Scott Thompson wanted to talk about the election. “Does this mean CBC is out of danger?” asks Scott. There have been hints from the Liberals that they will find more money for arts and culture in general. Whether this translates into automatically replacing the $150 million the Harper government cut over three… Read on

This week’s podcast: on the scent of The Sniffer

Just before I go on his early afternoon show each Wednesday, I can hear CHML’s Scott Thompson yakking about something else. Today it was the news that Playboy is dropping naked women from its pages. I begin our segment by vowing to take up the slack on TV Feeds My Family. That is not going… Read on

This week’s podcast: Noah finding himself Daily

This week, CHML’s Scott Thompson wanted my reaction to Trevor Noah’s first week as host of The Daily Show. Mindful of Tim Goodman’s edict to never review a late night talk show until 100 episodes or so, I do have some quick first impressions. It’s still The Daily Show, with the same crew and writers… Read on

This week’s podcast: some Sirius Emmy talk with Arlene

On Monday, SiriusXM’s Arlene Bynon (“Canada Talks” on channel 167)  felt there was “plenty of meat on the bones” of Sunday’s Emmy Awards. We both applauded Jon Hamm’s win for that final season of Mad Men. But those spoilers! Not that I was ever going to get around to watching the finale episode of Nurse Jackie, but… Read on

This week’s podcast: an exhausting opener for NPH

This week, CHML’s Scott Thompson wanted to get my thoughts on the first episode of Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris. The host described it to me several weeks ago in Montreal as seven or eight different shows thrown into a blender and that was pretty accurate. The Tuesday night opener was bright and… Read on

Touring the TV landscape with Humble & Fred

It’s always fun to drop in on Humble & Fred, even when they’re not really expecting you. I forgot to confirm my booking Monday and just showed up at 7:30 a.m. at their “5-Hour Energy Studio” down near the lake in Toronto’s west end. The had me on anyway. Ever gracious despite their cheeky radio banter, Howard… Read on

This week’s podcast: will Apple core cable?

Jamie West was sitting in for Scott Thompson this week on CHML’s AM900. He had lots of questions about Apple TV getting into the content business. Is this the death of cable, West asks. Hang on. Big changes are coming to cable and specialty in Canada, for sure. Netflix is the catylist, not Apple TV,… Read on

This week’s podcast: remembering Yvonne Craig

Yvonne Craig was introduced at the start of the 1967-68 ABC season as Batgirl on Batman. I would have been 10, so I would still probably have been more excited to meet Adam West, but Lordy, Craig helped rush a lot of us through puberty. The actress died Monday at her home in Pacific Palisades, Calif., from… Read on