REVIEW: Roseanne rocks Brampton’s Rose

Roseanne Barr wasted no time Sunday night at the Rose Theatre in Brampton. “Let’s get going,” she began, “before my booze and pills wear off.” The 65-year-old grandmother of six is, once again, the biggest star on television. The revival of Roseanne is a massive hit this spring, drawing close to 20 million viewers a… Read on



CBC’s Catwalk doc fun even for finicky viewers

On an Easter Sunday traditionally more about bunnies than kitties comes Catwalk: Tales from the Cat Show Circuit, premiering April 1 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT) on CBC Docs POV. (You can also stream it here). Yes, it is premiering on April Fools Day, but this isn’t a gag. The documentary, from Markham Street Films… Read on


REVIEW: Roseanne’s well-timed reunion really works

There’s a surprising amount of comfort — along with laughter — with the triumphant return tonight of Roseanne. The first  of nine new episodes of the groundbreaking comedy from the late-’80s/’90s premieres Tuesday, March 27 at 8 p.m. on ABC and CTV. At 65, the comedienne at the centre of the show has mellowed, as… Read on


REVIEW: The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling

Here’s what really surprised me about The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling. It’s too long. Judd Apatow’s new documentary about his close friend and mentor, the late, great comedian Garry Shandling, premieres over two nights Monday March 26 and Tuesday 27 on HBO and HBO Canada. Eat early and set a long evening aside if you… 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


REVIEW: Allan Hawco and Paul Gross get Caught

Now that The Winter Olympic Games have almost ended, let the TV games begin. CBC goes for the gold with a five-episode series sandwiched between the Olympics and the start of the NHL playoffs called Caught. The hour-long thriller, based on the bestselling novel by Julia Moore, premieres Monday, Feb. 26, following Murdoch Mysteries in the slot… Read on


REVIEW: Frankie Drake Mysteries

Wendy Crewson chews the scenery to bits in Monday night’s opening episode of Frankie Drake Mysteries. Trust a TV veteran to get the tone just right. Crewson guests as a gold digger with a secret that links her to the main character, flirty, flapper-era detective Frankie Drake (played by Lauren Lee Smith). The series premieres… Read on


Down to the last seven episodes of Episodes

Episodes is one of those lost-in-the-clutter shows that seems tailor-made for TV critics. It takes all the excesses of network television and pampered celebrity indulgence and rolls it all up into a big, venal ball. The satire hits some pretty broad targets, but it hits them smack in the bulls-eye. I thought this series might… Read on