Sochi Olympics not an eleventy billion draw

CBC Olympic team members David Amber, Diane Swain, Ron MacLean, Andrew Chang, Andi Petrillo and Scott Russell  After a few days, Canada is kicking ass in Sochi–but are we watching the Games on television?Well, yes, but the CBC broadcast numbers, as expected, are well down from the giddy levels the CTV-Rogers consortium enjoyed four years ago… Read on



Can Peter Pan pull NBC out of Neverland?

Greenblatt (middle) with Growing Up Fisher star J.K.Simmons (left) and EP Jason Bateman PASADENA, CA–Really Robert Greenblatt? You never knew NBC had mounted a production of Peter Pan before?The NBC Chairman began his executive session Sunday by announcing that the network would follow up the spectacular success of The Sound of Music Live with a stage… Read on


Count every viewer up to 30 days, says Reilly

Reilly demonstrates how to eat an In ‘n Out burger PASADENA, CA–Kevin Reilly had so much to announce at Monday’s Fox executive session he actually brought out an egg timer to try and get it all in.He set it for five minutes. When it went off he set it again.“TV is 2014 is pretty cool,”… Read on


No medal, soft ratings with WJHS

Who’s afraid of the big bad World Junior Hockey Championship Deathstar? Not rival programmers this year. The annual junior shinny tourney used to outdraw Grey Cups and Super Bowls back when Canada was kicking ass. In January of 2010, Canada lost in the finals but an overnight, estimated 5,625,000 watched on TSN. The next year,… Read on



TONIGHT: Downton Abbey returns

Lady Mary  (Michelle Dockery, left) looks for the baby off switch Take a close look at Downton Abbey as it returns for a fourth season Sunday night (9/8c, PBS).It’s a sneaky show. On the surface, it looks like an old-fashioned miniseries, a throwback to Upstairs, Downstairs, Brideshead Revisited and other period dramas from the ’70s and… Read on


Orphan Black cracks critics’ Top 15 for 2013

The North Poll isn’t the only poll sticking out these days. Everybody seems to be making with their annual best and worst TV show lists of the past year.The folks at HitFix, home of Alan Sepinwall, asked me to participate in their Second Annual Television Critics’ Poll. Fifty-three critics took part. Everybody was asked to… Read on


Sound of Music drowns out Wonderful Life

New Von Trapp`s Carrie Underwood and Stephen Moyer. Will Hart/NBC Late in posting this on a Saturday night, but if you live on the West coast, NBC is rerunning The Sound of Music Live. They`re even bumping their annual airing of It`s a Wonderful Life to make room for the production. (The Frank Capra classic… Read on


No Mysteries as to the CITF’s biggest draw

Yannick Bisson (left) was a fan favourite at CITF Fans from eight to 80 crammed into the TIFF Bell Lightbox’s largest cinema Sunday to get their Murdoch moment.The entire cast of the hit CBC Monday night drama Murdoch Mysteries took a bow live on stage as part of the inaugural Canadian International Television Festival. Yannick… Read on